Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis -Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Bridesmaid
Bethany House Publishers (September 11, 2012)
Beverly Lewis


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."

Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly's tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, "Beverly's books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don't run across writing like that every day. I hope she'll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time."

A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction "book worms."


The Latest in Chart-Topping Amish Fiction from Beverly Lewis

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.

My thoughts:  I highly recommend you read The Fiddler which is the first book in the series before you read this one.  I had to find it and read it first and loved it!  This one carries on the story of one of the Amish girls that are met by the Fiddler.  It is a wonder love story with a twist.  I enjoyed the book and recommend that you find a way to read it.  It brings about questions that wouldn't normally be thought of in our modern English life, but that are very relevent to the plain lifestyle.

I received a copy of this for free to read as part of the CFBA. However, all opinions in this post are mine and not influenced by others.  I was not compensated in anyway for this review other than a copy of the book. Pin It Now!


  1. Her books are so good! I haven't read this one yet.

  2. I have read some of Beverly Lewis's books before by not this one-I may need to check it out!

  3. I love Beverly Lewis and can't wait to read the Bridesmaid. Thanks for the review.

  4. I'm from PA, not that far from Lancaster so this would be an interesting read for me. But as you suggest, I'd rather start with the first book. It bothers me to start a series out of order!

  5. im excited to read this book so thank you for the review

  6. It's funny how many Amish themed books I am seeing these days. I grew up as a PA Dutch girl in the heart of Amish country and was lucky enough to always be surrounded by their beautiful culture.