The Bridesmaid (Home to Hickory Hollow Series #2)

The Bridesmaid (Home to Hickory Hollow Series #2)

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by Beverly Lewis
     
 

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The Latest in Chart-Topping Amish Fiction from Beverly Lewis

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

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The Latest in Chart-Topping Amish Fiction from Beverly Lewis

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764209789
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Series:
Home to Hickory Hollow Series , #2
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
121,519
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 11 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more atwww.beverlylewis.com.

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The Bridesmaid 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply written with nice ending. This gives a good picture of people trying to live within the Amish rules and yet fulfilling their personal talents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply can't believe that even after 90(!) books, Beverly Lewis still keeps the genre fresh. I read this in almost one sitting, learning new things about Plain people even after reading her all these years. I guess most Englischers are still very intrigued with Amish, hence shows about Amish and Hutterite people pepper basic cable. I'd rather read a Lewis book anyday!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beverly Lewis never disappoints me. Another well-written Amish fiction. Whether you're a seasoned Amish fiction reader or a first timer, you're going to enjoy "The Bridesmaid".
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
The Bridesmaid is the second book in the Home to Hickory Hollow Series. I reviewed the first book The Fiddler. Joanna Kurtz has been a bridesmaid several times and some people, like her sister Cora Jane, are wondering if she will ever be a bride herself. Joanna is optimistic though that she will one day marry. Her heart is taken with Eben Troyer. They have a long distance courtship because he lives in Indiana. Will Eben be able to leave Indiana to move to Hickory Hollow to properly court Joanna? Should Joanna wait for him or move on? I liked reading Joanna's story. I appreciated her faith and her dedication. She had a strained relationship with Cora Jane which caused problems through the book. She also had a tough time because of her love for writing stories and her hidden desire to have her work published. This was an enjoyable book, and I have enjoyed it as I've enjoyed others by Be
Edie76 More than 1 year ago
Old wives tales don't always hold true. She supported her friends by being their bridesmaid. When her time came she was ready. I enjoy reading Beverly Lewis' books because they're relaxing. Edie76
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I felt an instant connection. I was the last of four siblings to get married. However once Joanna met her love, I thought that she was done with being a bridesmaid, and was finally going to be a bride. I was wrong. As in most Amish stories the Amish families are tightly knit. They do not leave their families behind, if they are needed. That is the case with Eben. Eben is the only male left at home to help his dad, because his brother left the Amish community to be with Englisher. Joanna could leave to be with Eben, but she too has a secret. She writes stories that are more Englisher than Amish. This would be okay, because she writes in secret but her sister outs her and she is not in good enough terms to move away. In this book Beverly Lewis comes home to Hickory Hollow. We meet new characters as well as old. The book is very interesting and even though one relationship may be mended, there are still a lot of relationships that need forgiveness. It was a definite page turner until the end. I did not know what was gonna happen until the end. I am looking forward to reading more about Hickory Hollow. The book is well written and easy to follow. I was given a copy by Bethany House to review, however all opinions are my own
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Beverly Lewis's books I can get my hands on. This is another sweet Amish story. Joanna Kurtz has been a bridesmaid several times, and her sister Cora Jane is always reminding her. Joanna at 24 is almost considered a old maid. Eben Troyer from Shipshewana, Indiana and Joanna from Hickory Hollow, PA have a chance meeting on a beach in VA. Guess not to far fetched considering they are all there to pay their respects to her Uncle who has passed...he is an Amish Bishop. Eben and Joanna are able to spend three glorious days together, and then promise to write. So begins a long distance romance. Can they ever get together? So many miles. Eben's family need him in order to keep their farm going...his brother has left and gone English. Joanna's roots are deep in Hickory Hollow, can she give everything she loves up? I loved spending time with these families....the meals, quilting bees, the gardening and canning. Visits with loved one, and new babes....feel good moments. Enjoy this fast great read! Hard to put down once you begin!! I received this book through Net Galley and the publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
charws More than 1 year ago
This is one of Beverly Lewis's best books so far and I have read quite a few of hers. I would recommend reading this book if you like/love the Amish community and its nuances. Having lived close and made friends with a lot of them in and around Lancaster and Lebanon Counties in PA., Beverly Lewis depicts their lives perfectly!
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Bethers More than 1 year ago
The Bridesmaid is the second book in Beverly Lewis' series Home To Hickory Hollow. I read the first book in the series, The Fiddler so when The Bridesmaid was offered I knew I had to read it! Joanna Kurtz is a 27 year old single Amish woman who is a writer who longs to be published but knows it's unheard of in her community. Joanna has been a bridesmaid several times for her friends and family. She meets Eben Troyer, who is visiting their area, and they have an instant connection. As everyone knows I am a HUGE fan of Amish Fiction so when The Bridesmaid was offered, I had to have it! Beverly Lewis is one of my must read authors! I have loved all of her books I have read including this one! Beverly Lewis writes with such expertise in the Amish Faith, culture, and neighborhoods. I loved the characters in this story especially Joanna and her writing. All the characters made the story so enjoyable. I found myself taken in from the start! I enjoyed meeting new characters in Hickory Hollow and finding out about old friends from the first book. I felt like I was there watching all of the events unfold in Hickory Hollow! Such vivid descriptions! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction, you will not be disappointed. If you haven't read the first book, don't worry, you won't be lost or feel like you are missing anything. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. I give this book 4.5 STARS.
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coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
The Bridesmaid Beverly Lewis Book Summary: 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? Review: It took me a while to get into the book when I started but then it took off!! I breezed through it. I had mixed emotions about Joanna and Eben in the beginning. I was not disposed to like Cora Jane especially with some of the things she did but Joanna had such a real and amazing love for her sister. I loved going back to Hickory Hallow. That was a special treat, especially with the recent movies of Shunning and Confession that have come out. I really found it to be fun to see where Katie grew up with that community today. I really could empathize with Joanna about the way the Pastor was. I think that it was a little more than necessary since the Pastor’s admonishments were heavy handed to Joanna alone. If true than he should have included her parents in the talk since she lived in their home. Than to include her parents in it at the end when he amended his conditions was less realistic Over all it was a great standalone book that was well put together with realistic characters and an interesting premise along with some fun complications. The ending was almost too convenient but realistic because life does work out that simply in the end. I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
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This is a very heart warming story that ends very well leaving you with a happy feeling. I will be looking forward to the next novel in the series.
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Rogelio64 More than 1 year ago
This book opened my mind to different ways people use to keep their cultures. I had a lot of problems with language but I researched and now I know than they use some words from their country of precedence. I think this book is a great educational source for all people.
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Beverly Lewis never disappoints me with her books. As always I loved this book and can't wait to read the third book in this series. ( The Guardian )