THE AMISH BRIDE
This wonderful Women of Lancaster County novel gives outsiders a glimpse at what life is like for Amish and Mennonite young people. There are twists and turns and even a mysterious journal that will keep readers interested. The characters are well rounded and well thought out by two amazing authors.
Ella Bayer, a Mennonite, has been in love with Ezra Grundy, who is Amish, ever since she was little. They both know one of them will have to convert to the other’s way of life, but choose to deal with that when the time comes. When Ezra’s family sends him to an Amish farm in Indiana, Ella follows him, much to the surprise of her family. Ella’s grandmother gave her a journal that belonged to Ella’s great-grandmother, and wants her to figure out what all the symbols mean. While in Indiana, Ella meets Luke, who is Amish. They feel a connection and try to figure out the secrets of the journal together. When a family tragedy sends Ella back home, she will need to decide which Amish man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. (HARVEST HOUSE, Aug., 336 pp., $13.99)