Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Running Around (and Such): Book Review

About The Book:


Lizzie Glick longs to fit into her quiet Amish community. Her sisters, Emma and Mandy, are ready to get married and settle into the traditional rhythm of having children and keeping house. But Lizzie isn't sure that's what she wants for her future. It isn't that Lizzie doesn't want to stay Amish. It's just that there's so much to figure out!

Stephen, her quiet, gentle friend, hints that he might be interested in a relationship deeper than friendship, but Lizzie is also drawn to the charming Amos who seems to have eyes for everyone but her.

She has certainly attracted the attention of the egg-truck driver. A thrill runs through her every time the worldly man comes to pick up an order, each time extending his stay a little longer. How long will she keep this a secret from Emma -- and Mam and Datt?

What will become of Lizzie? She has too hot a temper. She hates housework and dislikes babies. She loves driving fast horses but is petrified of going away from home for a week to work as a maud(maid). Is she too spirited, too innocent, and almost too uninhibited for a young Amish woman?

You can read an excerpt here

About The Author:

Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. Growing up, Linda loved to read and write. In fact, she still does. She is well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper. Linda and her husband, their children, and grandchildren live in central Pennsylvania.

My Review:

There is something about the Amish lifestyle that is so simple, yet fascinating, to me. I have absolutely fallen in love with Amish Fiction, and upon reading Running Around (and Such) by Linda Byler. It is the first book in the Lizzie Searches for Love series, and based on true life experiences of the author.

It is full of humor, and tons of teenage drama. If you have a teen girl in your home, this would be a perfect book to introduce her to the world of Amish Fiction. A very light read, with likable characters and well developed plot lines. You will explore themes such as faith in God, development of self confidence, the angst of teen life, consequences to choices made, and the importance of family, and so much more! Be on the look out for a review of the next book in the series, When Strawberries Bloom.

One thing that I really appreciated was the book included a glossary of terms used by the Amish, so it really helped me understand some of the Amish culture. The author also includes a few of her favorite Amish recipes, including this one for Whoopie Pies. Sounds delightfully yummy!

Whoopie Pies
By Linda Byler,
Author of 
Running Around (and Such): Lizzie Searches for Love, Book 1

Makes about 4 dozen whoopie pies 
2 cups sugar 
1 cup oil 
2 eggs 
4½ cups flour 
1 cup dry cocoa powder 
½ tsp. salt 
1 cup sour milk 
2 tsp. vanilla 
1 cup hot water 
2 tsp. baking soda 
4 cups confectioners sugar, divided
2 egg whites, beaten 
1 tsp. vanilla 
½ cups vegetable shortening 
1. To make pies, cream sugar, oil and eggs together thoroughly in a large mixing bowl. 

2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. 

3. Add these dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with sour milk. 

4. Stir in vanilla. 

5. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water. 

6. Stir into batter until smooth. 

7. Drop batter by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets. 

8. Bake 8-10 minutes at 400ยบ

9. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

10. While pie tops/bottoms are cooling, make Filling. 

11. In a medium bowl fold 2 cups confectioners sugar into beaten egg whites. 

12. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla. 

13. Beat in shortening until smooth. 

14. Beat in remaining 2 cups confectioners sugar until smooth. 

15. Assemble pies by spreading a dab of filling over a cooled bottom and topping it with a second cookie.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Running Around (and Such) by Linda Byler online through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca - it is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of FSB Media and the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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