The Bridesmaid Book Review

Ever read a book where you couldn’t decide if you love it or not, but you are way too engrossed in the character’s lives to put it down? This is one of those books for me. I couldn’t read it fast enough. I was upset with the rigid rules of the bishop, frustrated with the main characters for not being able to decide whether they could follow their hearts without destroying their lives and reputations, even while I found myself cheering for the family. I just wanted to see the characters figure out how to resolve the conflicts and live a happy, fulfilling life.

By the time I got to the end of the book, I found myself loving the choices made by all involved. The book just took off and flew. The issues were resolved and I had the feeling of satisfaction that you want at the end of a book! I’m looking forward to reading more of Lewis’s books. The book is well written as always. The characters are well developed and you truly feel like you are taking a peek into the lives in Hickory Hollow and Lancaster County. The main character Joanna loves to write and has a notebook where she pens her stories and thoughts. I loved that way she has this passion for expressing her feelings and just has to get them written down. There are quite a few of you reading this blog, who know exactly how that feels.


Beverly’s first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author’s maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly’s work to be “a primer on Lancaster County folklore” and offers “an insider’s view of Amish life.”

About the book

Twenty-seven-year-old Joanna Kurtz has made several trips to the altar, but never as a bride. The single young Amishwoman is a closet writer with a longing to be published something practically unheard of in her Lancaster County community. Yet Joanna’s stories aren’t her only secret. She also has a beau who is courting her from afar, unbeknownst even to her sister, Cora, who, though younger, seems to have suitors to spare.

Eben Troyer is a responsible young Amishman who hopes to make Joanna Kurtz his bride–if he can ever leave his parents’ farm in Shipshewana, Indiana. Yet with his only brother off in the English world, intent on a military career, Eben’s hopes for building a life with his dear Joanna are dimming, and patience is wearing thin. Will Joanna ever be more than a bridesmaid?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Bridesmaid, go HERE.

You can order Bridesmaid, The (Home to Hickory Hollow) from Amazon or request it at your local library.

I received a copy of this book for the purpose of the review from Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

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