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?
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.
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