Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Bridesmaid: A Book Review

About The Book:

Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis' celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.

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....

About The Author:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at for more information.

My Review:

Beverly Lewis has been a favorite author of mine for many years! In fact, I have read each of her adult fiction novels! With each read, I have really enjoyed learning about the Amish way of life, and have been very refreshed by the simplicity of it. A few months ago I have the great chance to read The Fiddler and loved it, it is probably my favorite of her books thus far. Then I had the chance to read the second book of the Home to Hickory Hollow series, The Bridesmaid.

The Bridesmaid follows Joanna on her journey to romance after being a perpetual bridesmaid. It has some great, well-developed characters and the story lines flowed nicely. The book never felt rushed, and I could not put it down. Lewis had me hooked from page one!  I actually read it in only a few short days. I rooted for Joanna and Eben throughout the book. 

The book was a wonderful reminder that God's timing is not ours, and that we are always on the right path when we put all our trust in Him, even though we don't always understand His ways. 

I look very forward to reading book 3, The Guardian, when it releases in April 2013. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Bridesmaid at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., 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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