Sunday, 25 December 2011
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Three Amish women yearn for the perfect wedding.
"A Perfect Plan" by Beth Wiseman
Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester proposes on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. What wasn't planned was all the problems the couple encounters as their big day approaches. A house disaster, a ruined wedding dress, and a sick attendant all make the couple wonder if God's sending them signs to call things off.
"The Perfect Match" by Kathleen Fuller
Naomi Fisher has had great success at matchmaking her family members and friends. Now with her sister’s wedding right around the corner, Naomi wonders why she’s able to find husbands for her friends and family, but not one for herself.
"The Perfect Secret" by Kelly Long
Rose Bender has recently become engaged to handsome but somber Luke Raber. She agrees out of a sense of duty and a willingness to settle for solid friendship as a basis for the engagement. But as she watches her friend's excitement over her soon-to-be wedding, Rose wonders if there shouldn’t be more to her relationship with Luke. She begins to examine Luke and his life more closely and is amazed when she stumbles upon an exciting, secret side of him that engages her mind and heart.
As you can see by the publisher's description of this book, it actually contains three separate novellas, written by three separate authors. But don't let that distract you from going out and buying it! Each novella contains strong and believable characters whose stories are entwined and wrap around each other, creating a thoroughly enjoyable and complete work.While each novella focuses on a different couple the story does not get confusing and flows smoothly, helped by the fact that the three brides are from the same small tight-knit community.
I have to admit that I am an avid fan of Amish fiction and thoroughly enjoyed this book, I am certain that other fans of the genre will as well. Newcomers to the genre will find the glossary at the front of the book to be helpful as it is full of the definitions of basic Amish terms and phrases that are scattered through-out the three novellas. Something I appreciate with many Amish fiction writers (and these ladies are no different) is that they put genuine recipes used by Amish communities in the back of their books. I have to say that the Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe looks divine, and I can't wait to try it out ... one day! Or the Amish Blueberry Cobbler, which looks equally delicious!
Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the booksneeze.com book review bloggers program. I am not required to give a positive review, just an honest one. The opinions expressed are my own.