"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?"
The Bridesmaid is the second book in Beverly Lewis' trilogy Home to Hickory Hollow series, but is could also be read as a stand alone. Mrs. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed every book I have read by her. I love how vivid her descriptions of the settings are. It makes you feel like you are right there in Hickory Hollow. Joanna is a wonderfully written character. Her heartbreak over her relationship with Eben made me tear up at points. I loved how even in the midst of not understanding, she placed her full trust in the Lord, even going as far as laying out a "fleece" before Him. (I won't give it away, but I loved that little side story in the novel.) Eben's dedication to his family is noble and heart wrenching all at the same time. I would highly recommend this book and cannot wait for Mrs. Lewis' next one!
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