Bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould offer readers The Amish Bride, Book 3 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Plain women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love.
Ella Bayer and Ezra Gundy are in love and hope to marry someday, but she is a young Mennonite woman while he is an Amish man. Though both Plain, one of them will have to forsake what they believe to embrace another way of life.
Hoping some distance will cool the relationship, Ezra’s family sends him to work at an Amish dairy farm in Indiana. But Ella disregards what her family wants and follows Ezra. In short order she finds a place to live, a job in a bakery, and an unexpected but budding friendship with a handsome Amish farmhand, Luke. When a family tragedy forces Ella back to Pennsylvania, she must face all she’s been running away from. And once she has made peace with those around her, she has an important decision to make: Whose Amish bride will she become–Ezra’s or Luke’s?
My Comments: I started this book with a little hesitation because I read another book in the series, The Amish Nanny, and felt it was advertised as something it really wasn’t, I didn’t really “get” the story, and I felt it was more Mennonite/Englisch than Amish. I really enjoyed this book, however. It was again a mix of Amish and Mennonite, but was more along the lines of traditional Amish novel. Ella was a real cracker-jack – full of energy and personality. She loved and excelled in baking and had huge goals for her future – she know what she wanted and she had a plan. Even though Ella knew what she wanted out of life, she kept running into road blocks. Secrets surrounded her family. Secrets that had been kept from her until she reached the age of 18 and circumstances demanded she be told . Ella was driven to find out the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Her search led her into a life of surprises. I now want to go back and read the other book in the series, The Amish Midwife.
This book will be released August 1, 2012. I read a preview egalley from NetGalley for the purpose of review. Thank you NetGalley!
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