Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Bridesmaid



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?

My Review:

A simple love story rife with complications. How's that for an oxymoron? Loved this gentle read steeped in family and faith but not without moments of angst. In fact there's a certain secondary character who caused me no end of grief! She made me want to barge right into the Kurtz home and take control of the story!  

Lewis is such a solid writer of Amish fiction and I love the depth in character and plot that make her stories so satisfying. This one is beautifully told and a wonderful read Amish lovers everywhere won't want to miss.


If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Bridesmaid, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 23 2012. Offer open to international readers.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".   


  1. Beverly Lewis first introduced me to Amish Fiction, and i still think she is great at what she does. I would love to win this one, Kav. Thanks for the chance


  2. Beverly Lewis is such a gifted writer and I love reading her work. Haven't read this one but would love to win it. Blessings!


  3. I love Beverly Lewis' work. She's my favorite Amish writer, and honestly the only one I read regularly. Please enter me.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  4. Most Amish writer books are delights to read and gentle on the heart and spirit. I would love to win this one.

    godleyv at [yahoo]dot[com]

  5. Love Amish books would love to win.

  6. I would love to read this. Love Amish books. :)

  7. I love Beverly's books. Hers was the first Amish book I read.She's great. So is Beth Wiseman. Love them both. Please enter me to win this book.
    Maxie (mac262(at)me(dot)com )

  8. Glad to see so many Amish lovers out there!Good luck everyone!

  9. Beverly Lewis is the best there is in amish fiction. Honestly most of the others I just skip. Seems like they are a dime a dozen. Cindy Woodsmall is good also...


  10. Hi, KAV! I think you have Beth Wiseman and Bev Lewis mixed up, but that's ok. We love you and both of them! :)

    I actually had this one in my cart at WMart, with a bunch of new towels (I have company coming and sorely needed them.) I added up the price of the towels (even expensive at WMart), and put the book back on the shelf with a lump in my heart and my throat...seriously. If I don't win it here the Lord will bless me with it some way, some day, b/c He is just good like that! Thank you for the opportunity to win this, Kav!

  11. Beverly Lewis started it all! I have read every single one of her Amish fiction books except this one! I have even met her at a book signing in Shipshewana, IN a few years back. Her daughter was with her. They both were sweethearts!

    I too have looked at this book on the shelf of Wal-mart and passed it by. I couldn't justify buying any book at this time.


  12. A few bumps on the road to love, makes for a good story. :) I'd love to be entered.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  13. Kav, please take me out of the drawing. I found it on sale at Lifeway earlier tonight.

  14. would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. Though I'm not a big Amish fiction fan, I read Beverly Lewis' book The Fiddler and enjoyed it very much. Joanna was introduced in that book. She was a very likeable character so I'm glad to see she has her own story in this book. I'd love to win a copy.
    Thanks for the chance.


  16. KAV!!!!!!!!!!!! HI :D How are you???? I've missed you so much, my friend!

    What luck, to stumble in on a day with a giveaway lol :) You're so kind to us, lovely lady. I've actually never read any books of Beverly Lewis'. Crazy, huh?? I'd love the opportunity to try one of hers :) I love Amish fiction. From everything I've heard, she's the best of the best in Amish fiction.

    Thanks so much, Kav!!

  17. Would love to read Joanna's story! Kathleen

  18. Diana -- how embarrassing! LOL. Can you tell what kind of week it has been? And who started a Wiseman book right after reading this one? Oy.

    Good luck everyone -- and thanks for letting me know to take your name out of the hat, Michelle.

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  20. It's ok, Kav! It has been one of those weeks here, too. I'm surprised I even noticed the name difference. bleh is how I feel!

  21. I would love to win Beverly's new book, thank you for hosting this giveaway.


  22. Oh, I would love to win The Bridesmaid. My first Amish author was Beverly lewis. Please let this be my lucky day. Maxie ( mac262 at me dot com )