The Bridesmaid (Home to Hickory Hollow Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764209789
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: Home to Hickory Hollow Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 111,659
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Lewis
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

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    To the heartoheart reviewer....why do you write a small book in your review then reveal every plot point? Ppl like you ruin books for others. I would like to read and be surprised but thanks to vain, egotistical reviewers like you, the book is now ruined for me. Just because you have read it, dont presume to think your opinion is so very important that you must reveal every detail. I guess you think the rest of us is just too dumb to read a booj and get all the details. Thank you for ruining this book. You must take lesdons from harriet klausner

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Recommended for info on Amish

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    An Amish love story

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    *****

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended-well worth reading

    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".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    A young man and a young woman with hope of marriage; conflict be

    A young man and a young woman with hope of marriage; conflict between wants, traditions and needs; the quilting bees, the gardening, and the hard and spotless work in the kitchen; the Kapps, aprons and straw hats; the practically idyllic life in Hickory Hollow… All of it is in this book. And from this point of view, there is nothing new in this new Amish novel by Beverly Lewis. Actually, I would dare say that the situations depicted in the book are highly impossible. Alas! This is a fiction work after all and, despite all the expected features of a Beverly Lewis book, she manages to create a love story through which we see the characters deal with conflict in a beautiful manner (excepting for Cora Jane, the obnoxious brat) that only someone with a strong commitment to biblical principles would make us of. Mrs. Lewis summarizes it as follows: “…we’re all here by design… that none of us is an accident in God’s eyes. Our heavenly Father’s hand is at work in all of our comings and goings – and in the choice of a life mate (p. 312).” That’s the main beauty of this book.
    The story revisits Joanna, the kind young woman who is introduced in “The Fiddler,” the first book of this series. She has gone on with her life in Hickory Hollow, and the reader learns that she has been at the altar several times, always as a bridesmaid. Cora Jane reminds her that “three times a bridesmaid, never a bride,” and Joanna can’t help but think that some people already consider her to be a spinster at her age. However, she meets Eben when the family travels to another Amish community, and her whole outlook on her life shifts. Distance does not aid their relationship, which is also hindered by Joanna’s commitment to her church, Eben’s duty to his father’s farm, and Cora Jane’s (Joanna’s younger sister) selfishness and inability to cope with change. The largest part of the book describes the hardships Joanna and Eben have to face to nurture their relationship from afar.
    The end is farfetched and a bit too convenient but, despite my chuckles at the unlikeness of the odds, it didn’t keep me from savoring the richness of conclusion, wrapped in the details of Amish culture – particularly quilts – that play an important part in the resolution of the story; Aunt Joanna’s faith, the woman Joanna is named after, is remarkable and inspiring. Equally inspiring are the sacrifices Joanna and Eben are willing to make for each other, putting the other person before their own wants.
    A part I really enjoyed was the prologue. It describes how Joanna and Eben met. It happens all in the beach, where there are many non-Amish people enjoying the sand, sea and sun. At one point, Joanna starts toying with the idea of letting her hair down, just to enjoy the breeze, but she “didn’t want to add to the misconceptions far too many Englischers already had about us [the Amish people], some even from novels they’d read (page 9).” Being the utmost Amish writer, I could picture Mrs. Lewis getting a kick out of this line, as I did. I don’t know how many accomplished people would be brave (and goofy) enough to let themselves joke with themselves the way she does, all the way to the end. Joanna likes writing, and I can picture a bit of Mrs. Lewis in her – rereading what she has written, pondering ways of choosing a better wording, having a binder with her drafts, finding inspiration in her friend’s lives and even snuggling in bed with a notebook on her lap (p. 130-132, 206, among other references throughout the story). In short, this particular novel offers a deep insight into Beverly Lewis’s as a woman and a writer.
    I also enjoyed several references to other characters that live in Hickory Hollow. I won’t mention how Mrs. Lewis uses this resource, but I will say that this book sparked my interest in reading some of her previous stories again, which I would gladly do anytime. This particular feature is not absent in “The Bridesmaid;” Mrs. Lewis has a way of writing in which she tells enough of the story to make a book interesting and enjoyable, while leaving enough slightly inconclusive to leave the reader wondering about the “what else,” and she certainly delivers with each sequel.
    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who might be interested in Amish fiction. As any of her previous works, this book has clean vocabulary, good morals and godly principles. Furthermore, as with any couple getting to know each other in the way Joanna and Eden do, there is sexual tension, but it is coupled with respect, modesty and restraint. This can only be treasured in a time where the pace and values of today sadly seem to always tend in the opposite way.
    I received a complimentary sample of this book from Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for an honest review. This has not biased my opinion on the book, nor on the author.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    When I first started reading this book, I felt an instant connec

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    The Bridesmaid is the second book in the Home to Hickory Hollow

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Amazing Book!

    Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors. The Bridesmaid was charming and delightful.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

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    The Bridesmaid

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    not bad

    Beverly Lewis books are usually very good, the last 2 books just didn't feel like one of hers. Hopefully the next one will be better.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Great book!

    I loved it. Most books by Beverly Lewis are wholesome and a welcome change from the books with illicit sex and unnecessary graphic detail.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Loved it! Warm and so enjoyable. A very comfortable read.

    I love all of Beverly Lewis' books! I recommend them to all friends and family. The depths of her stories are fulfilling and never let me down. The spiritual strength is rewarding.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Loved it!! Would highly Recommend it!!

    It is a very good book. Beverly Lewis is a very good author on Amish stories and she didn't disappoint in this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

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    Joanna Kurtz isn't getting any younger and it seems like her onl

    Joanna Kurtz isn't getting any younger and it seems like her only request lately is to be a bridesmaid for someone else's wedding. Now that she's 24, she feels like that's all she will ever be. It doesn't help that all her friends are getting married or that they are currently seeing someone that more than likely they will marry in the future, but not Joanna. She doesn't even have any one who seems to be interested.

    So she finds enjoyment in the only thing that she can, and that's writing in her journal. Whether she is using it as a diary or adding to her collection of fictional stories, she finds it gives her an outlet of something to keep her mind occupied until God changes that. When she meets a young Amish man, Eben Troyer during a trip to the beach, they immediately connect. He has a love for photography and hers is writing. However they are both from different states and it means courting for both of them could pose an issue. Eben is the only remaining male son in his family, after his brother left to follow after some English pursuits. While they await his hopeful return someday, Eben's father is relying on him to help out around the farm in Indiana.

    Joanna lives in Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania and has always longed to marry and raise a family here. For now, her only consolation is to spend time writing letters to Eben until God either answers their prayers to send the prodigal son home to Indiana to help out with the family farm or shows them another path for their future.

    In the latest novel in the Home to Hickory Hollow series by Beverly Lewis, The Bridesmaid is the second addition to this delightful community of Amish residents. You can feel the pain and loneliness of Joanna when even her younger sister Cora Jane seems to mock her as always being a bridesmaid and never a bride. Will she always remain single or will God make a path known for her? Why does it seem like Cora Jane can't seem to be happy for her even when she announces that Eben is coming for a visit? You'll have to pick up a copy of The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis and find out.

    I received a copy of the Bridesmaid compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I've been a huge fan of Beverly Lewis' Amish novels and I couldn't wait to read this one. As someone who sees others around her getting married and then being labeled as an Old Maid, you can sympathize with Joanna when all her prospects seem to be empty until she meets Eben. Not only is he interested but he can relate to her artistic talents as well, despite what others may think. The only issue is how they can get together when faced with seemingly impossible odds that seem to constantly keep pushing them apart. That's the beauty of Beverly's stories is she makes her characters so likeable, you find yourself rooting for them all the way. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for the next novel in this series!

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    Great book!

    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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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    The Bridesmaid is the second book in Beverly Lewis' series Home

    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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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    The Bridesmaid Beverly Lewis Book Summary: Twenty-seven-year-ol

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Highly recommend Beverly Lewis

    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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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Excellent book

    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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