Lewis’ second Home to Hickory Hollow book exemplifies the old adage “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” The author’s well-drawn, quaint characters struggle to align their hearts’ desires with God’s will in this charming read.
Joanna Kurtz will be a bridesmaid once again when her younger sister is wed. She has a secret beau, Eben Troyer, whom she hopes to marry, but he lives in another state. Eben’s family expects him to take over the family farm. Joanna harbors a secret desire to be a writer. When her sister reports her, she is warned to stop and not to ask to change districts and move. Will God arrange it so Joanna and Eben can pursue a relationship, or does He have other plans? (BETHANY HOUSE, Sep., 352 pp, $14.99)