The Amish Bride, Women of Lancaster County Series #3
Review Summary: When I pick up a book with Mindy Starns Clark as one of the authors I expect to find an intriguing mystery, that keeps me up late at night trying to figure out who the culprit is. This book wasn’t one of those, so I was a little disappointed. This book was a very slow start for me and I struggled getting into the book especially the main character, Ella. I struggle with characters that are manipulative and stop at nothing to get their way. However, I must admit by I cried tears of joy at where the authors brought these characters.
I should also mention here that although this is a book 3 of the series, the book didn’t feel like a continuation. It might have added more for me to have read previous books, but it didn’t make it any less enjoyable.
Digging Deeper: The story opens with Ella visiting her Grandmother who gives her a journal that belonged to Ella’s great-grandmother,Sarah, and she ask Ella to break the code that Sarah used throughout her book. Ella is the primary female character in this book. She’s a headstrong, independent young woman of the Mennonite faith. There is much discussion regarding her faith and the Amish faith of her boyfriend, Ezra. Ella wants to go to school and learn to be a baker, something that is frowned upon by the Amish community and Ezra’s family.
The book provides an interesting assortment of characters from the conservative Amish of Lancaster Count to the slightly more relaxed Amish of Indiana. It was also interesting to see the contrast and comparison of the Amish and Mennonites. The authors did a beautiful job of portraying both groups in a positive light. I loved the Amish pastor that Ella meets in Indiana.
Another aspect of the story was Ella’s relationship with her father. Ella had much to learn and deal with in regards to him and his return to Lancaster County. I think one of the strongest messages of the book comes from this part of the story.
Final thoughts: Although not my favorite book by Mindy Starns Clark, it did have things to offer and I enjoyed it. Some of us (ok maybe me) become adrenaline junkies and need a dead body on the first 3 pages, where this book takes a slower pace. If you enjoy Amish book, I think this is a good one. If you enjoy stories that take a look at history and the importance of finding one’s own way, definitely a winner. If you want dead bodies and high intensity, then you might take a pass.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. I am under no obligation to provide anything but my honest opinion.