The Bridesmaid~Book Review {Beverly Lewis}

From the Publisher’s website, here is a brief synopsis of this latest book from Beverly Lewis:

Joanna Kurtz has made several trips to the altar, but never as a bride. The young Amishwoman is a closet writer whose stories aren’t her only secret. 

Eben Troyer hopes to make Joanna his bride–if he can ever leave his parents’ farm in Shipshewana, Indiana. Yet Eben’s hopes to build a life with Joanna hinge on his brother’s return from the English world…

 

Beverly Lewis is pretty much the founding mother of Amish fiction. She has been writing stories of the “Plain People” for about 15 years and I am always delighted with her novels.   I don’t have a lot of time to read fiction but when I do, I am always craving a good Beverly Lewis novel.  Her knowledge of this particular group of people is so vast; there simply aren’t very many authors who have the history and experience with the Amish as Mrs. Lewis.

In this particular story I was captivated by the character development. It was as if you could predict how each character in the story would respond to various situations.  I especially loved Joanna and her unique gift of writing stories~as if Beverly Lewis herself was giving us a glimpse into her own world of how she develops characters and the process of creating a great tale.

This novel isn’t a mushy romance. Yes, there is a love story. But more so than other novels I have read in this genre, this book tells the story of family dynamics when personalities collide. It is very much a story of patience and unconditional love.

The other thing that Mrs. Lewis seems to be getting better at(as if she wasn’t already fabulous in this area) is painting a visual image with words.  I cannot tell you how many times I would put this book down after reading a couple of chapters and feel like I had just stepped out of Pennsylvania .   It is like watching a movie. Her use of language, appealing to our senses(I’m sure I smelled pie on at least 3 occasions) and making us love the family is a true testament to Beverly Lewis’ keen ability to draw her readers into the pages.

I loved this novel and you certainly don’t need to read the one that precedes it(I have not) to appreciate this book.

For any Amish-novel lover or even for those who are curious about the Amish life, THIS is definitely the book to read!

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

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