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Amish Brides by Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber, Amy Lillard

Under bright blue skies, wedding bells ring—fulfilling sweet dreams, impossible wishes, and joyous new beginnings . . .

THE RELUCTANT GROOM
Jennifer Beckstrand
Spirited Suvie Newswenger has three marriage proposals—but not from the man she truly loves. No matter how lonely widower Aaron Beachy is, he seems determined to stay that way forever. Now, with help from his matchmaking great-grandparents, Suvie will do whatever it takes to rekindle Aaron’s hope—and spark happiness for a lifetime.

JOSHUA’S BRIDE
Molly Jebber
Madeline Lehman fears her fiancé’s family will never accept her because of her rebellious sister. She’s postponed her wedding to Joshua Stutzman until they see the truth. But when Maddie adopts her sister’s abandoned baby, can she and Joshua find a way to unite their families through forgiveness as well as love?

A SUMMER WEDDING IN PARADISE
Amy LillardReba Schmucker longs to be a bride. And she knows her mischievous nieces just wanted to help when they “chose” Abel Weaver for her. But he’s the last man in the world she’d ever marry. There’s no way her independence and his stubbornness could ever get along—unless a sudden crisis somehow leads to understanding . . . and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496711632
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 674,378
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA nominated and award-winning author of the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill and The Honeybee Sisters series, as well as a number of novellas. Novels in her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series have been RITA® Award and RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award finalists. Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for inspirational fiction and Huckleberry Hearts was named a Booklist Top 10 Inspirational Fiction Book of the Year. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten. Please visit her online at www.JenniferBeckstrand.com
 
Molly Jebber enjoys writing stories about Amish history and their culture. She’s a Women’s Christian Connection motivational speaker and enjoys meeting new people. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. Readers can visit her website at www.mollyjebber.com.
 
Amy Lillard is an award-winning author of over forty novels and novellas ranging from Amish romance and mysteries to contemporary and historical romance. Since receiving a Carol Award for her debut novel, Saving Gideon (2012), she has become known for writing sweet stories filled with family values, honest characters, a hometown feel and close-knit communities. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

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CHAPTER 1

Amish fraas were supposed to butt into their children's lives — not the other way around. But Anna Helmuth's daughter Esther passed out advice like most Amish mammis handed out cookies. And Esther had real trouble taking no for an answer.

"Mamm," Esther said, stuffing her yarn into her jumbo-size canvas bag. "Your hands are going to shrivel up like chicken feet if you insist on crocheting a dishrag for every unmarried boy and girl in the district. You don't want to be a cripple, do you?"

"I'd rather not be a cripple." Anna purposefully doubled her speed with the crochet hook. Esther meant well, but she knew nothing about crochet or cripples. Anna's hands were sure to shrivel up with arthritis if she didn't keep them limber with her handicrafts. And there were so many of die youngie who still needed a dishrag. How was she supposed to get two young people together without a crocheted gift to soften them up?

"You're working too hard, Mamm," Esther said. "A woman your age shouldn't be flitting about town making matches for all the unmarrieds. It's not gute for your health, and it's not exactly respectable, either. Mary Eicher says you encourage young people to kiss. Before they're married."

Poor Esther. She was always so worried about what other people thought.

Felty, Anna's husband of sixty-six years, glanced up from his newspaper. "When you're in love, it doesn't hurt to do a little spooning to see if you like it."

Esther fastened her most serious frown on her face. "Cassie told me that Dr. Reynolds kissed her for the first time in your barn. And there are rumors that Titus kissed Katie Rose Gingerich right here in your kitchen in front of their parents and you." She waved her hands in Anna and Felty's direction.

Felty grinned, even though he seemed to be paying rapt attention to his reading.

Anna couldn't keep a smile from her face either. "Isn't it wunderbarr that Titus found love right here in our kitchen? It didn't even matter that both his goats pooped on my rug."

Esther grunted. "I'm glad Titus found Katie. I was sure no girl would ever fall in love with him. But that's no excuse for letting him kiss her right out in the open like that."

Anna reached out and patted Esther's hand. "Now, Esther. I don't make a habit of encouraging die youngie to kiss. They might think it strange that a middle-aged woman was so concerned about their lips."

"But you do encourage matches," Esther said.

"Of course," Anna said. "All young men should be married before they make nuisances of themselves. Bachelors and fish stink after three days, you know."

Esther grunted when she didn't agree with something Anna said. She was doing a lot of grunting today. She sounded like a bear who'd missed her breakfast. "It's not your responsibility, Mamm."

Anna snipped her yarn and tied a knot. "I don't know who else would make the matches if I didn't."

Felty always stood up for her. She loved that about him. "If it weren't for your mater, half the population of Bonduel would still be single."

Anna smiled at her husband. "I wouldn't dream of quitting. Die youngie need my help."

Esther did the grunting thing again and zipped up her canvas bag. "Well, you could at least charge people money for your matchmaking. It would help pay for all that yarn."

Anna tried hard to keep her patience. Esther was her very own daughter. Hadn't she taught Esther better than to think she could put a price on true love? "I wouldn't dream of charging money. Seeing two people fall in love is payment enough."

Esther scrunched her lips together as if she held a pickle between her teeth. "Yarn doesn't grow on trees."

Anna simply gave her daughter a sweet smile. Esther was sixty-eight years old and a strong, determined widow. Anna had done her best to raise her, and she'd turned out quite well, even if she did have misguided notions about yarn and kissing. "Will we see you for Sunday dinner?"

Esther slung her bag over her shoulder, and the weight of it made her stoop. "I'll bring pies and rolls. Do you want me to roast a chicken?"

"Nae. I'm trying out a new recipe. Gouda-and-raisin-stuffed hamburgers."

Esther's right eye twitched. "I'll roast three chickens."

Someone tapped firmly on the front door, and Esther opened it since she was on her way out. Suvie Newswenger stood on the porch, nibbling the nail on her index finger and holding a small brown paper bag. She smiled — Anna had rarely seen Suvie without a smile — and threw her arms around Esther as if she were her long-lost sister. "Esther! Gute maiya."

Esther did not take kindly to affection, but she stood patiently until Suvie released her grip. Suvie was like that. Everybody in the community had mostly gotten used to it. When the hug finally came to an end, Esther took a giant step away from Suvie and ushered her into the great room that served as both a kitchen and living room.

"Cum reu, Suvie," Anna said, jumping to her feet — well, not exactly jumping. Anna hadn't executed a good jump for probably twenty years. "How wunderbarr to see you."

Suvie laughed and reached her arms out for Anna. "I'm sorry to bother you, but I need your help."

Esther raised her eyebrows and gave Anna one of her I-told-you-so looks. "Remember what I said about the yarn."

Felty rested his paper in his lap. "We love you, Esther. Travel home safely and give the kinner our love."

Esther transferred her bag to the other shoulder, marched out the door, and closed it a little harder than she needed to.

"Cum and sit, Suvie," Anna said. "And tell us what we can do for you."

Suvie waved in Felty's direction. "Wie geht?"

Felty folded his paper in his lap. "It's wonderful-gute to see you, Suvie. How is your dat getting along with that new heifer?"

Suvie plopped onto the sofa, set her brown bag beside her, and took off her bonnet. "My dat got a new heifer?"

"Last week."

Suvie giggled and leaned toward Felty as if sharing a great secret. "I hope he hasn't named it yet. He named our last milk cow Fred. I told him not to name another animal on the farm without consulting me."

Felty grimaced. "He named her Rocky."

Suvie laughed harder. "I guess that's better than Fred. We'll just hope that Rocky doesn't give lumpy milk."

Suvie had a round, sensible face and especially intelligent eyes, as if she hadn't forgotten a thing she'd been taught since first grade. The smile lines curved naturally around her mouth, and they'd probably been there since the day she was born.

A more cheerful girl had never been seen in Bonduel.

Did she need help finding a husband?

Surely that couldn't be what she wanted from Anna and Felty. Suvie had been seeing Vernon Schmucker for several months.

"I need your help finding a husband," Suvie said.

Well. You never knew with some people.

Suvie turned to Anna. "It's no secret that you've been successful finding matches for many of your grandchildren, and I am hoping you can do the same for me." She picked up her brown paper bag and unrolled the top. "I brought some cookies to butter you up."

She pulled two blobs from the bag that were probably cookies, even though they looked like lumpy gray pebbles, and handed one each to Felty and Anna.

Anna plastered an excessively cheerful smile on her face, just to prove she wasn't afraid, and took a bite. The cookie crumbled to dust in her mouth. If she accidentally breathed in, she'd die of smoke inhalation. Stifling a cough, Anna swallowed as best she could. "Would anybody like some milk?"

Felty took a hearty bite. He wasn't shy about strange food. "Delicious," he said. "Peanut butter?"

Suvie's face fell. "Coconut and lemon." She sighed the air from her lungs. "This is one of the reasons I need your help. I can't cook, and a man wants a wife who can cook."

Anna was immediately sympathetic. Not everyone had the talents in the kitchen that Anna had been blessed with. Suvie was a wonderful-gute girl. Her lack of cooking skills shouldn't doom her to spinsterhood. "But, dear, why do you need us to help you find a husband? I thought you and Vernon Schmucker were serious."

Suvie sighed again. Long and loud. She must have very deep lungs. "Vernon and I saw each other for six months, and I tried. For sure and certain, I tried. This is nothing against Vernon, but I'd rather be an old maid."

Anna nodded. "I don't blame you." Vernon could do that to a girl.

"He asked me to marry him, and I feel terrible that I might have made him believe that marriage was even a possibility. He didn't take it well, and Clara Yutzy told me he's gained ten pounds in the last month."

"Vernon never had trouble drowning his sorrows in a Big Mac."

"My sister Hannah told everyone that we were practically engaged. She's more frantic to see me married than I am."

"Sisters can be that way sometimes," Felty said.

Suvie shifted in her seat as if she couldn't get comfortable. "I think I should tell you that I have had three marriage proposals. Vernon, Adam Wengerd, and Lee Zook. Lee has assured me that he will still marry me if I can't find anyone else. He feels sorry for me, but I don't feel sorry for myself. I won't marry someone I don't love or someone who makes me cringe whenever we're in the same room. I don't want you to think I'm flighty."

"Of course not, dear," Anna said. "You can't talk yourself into loving someone, though some folks have tried."

"After I turned twenty-four and the marriage prospects began to fade, I decided I was perfectly content to be an old maid."

Anna smiled. Suvie was no shrinking violet. "You bought your own house."

"Jah. With the money I earned from working at the feed store. My brothers built that greenhouse for me so I could start my own business." The soft line of Suvie's lips melted into a grin. "I'm twenty-eight years old, and I don't want to be an old maid anymore. There's someone I really like."

Anna leaned forward, mostly to try to clear cookie dust from her throat. "Someone?"

Suvie laughed. "There's a man who bought a shoat this spring, and he's been coming into the feed store almost every week for three months." She smiled sheepishly. "I'm in love with him, and I'm determined to make him fall in love with me. He's tall and handsome and wonderful polite, and he mopes and sulks and broods like a gathering storm. Hardly says a word."

Anna furrowed her brow until she felt her wrinkles crash into each other. "He sounds like a dud. Are you sure you want him?"

Suvie nodded, her eyes wide with eagerness. "I'm sure. He's your great- grandson Aaron Beachy. You don't think your own relative is a dud, do you?"

Felty smoothed his beard with his fingers. "Some of our relatives are duds, but Aaron isn't one of them."

It only took a split second for Anna to realize what a perfect match Suvie and Aaron would make. Suvie was eternally cheerful, Aaron was as gloomy as a funeral on a rainy day. They'd mix like oil and vinegar, raisins and meatloaf, peanut butter and maple syrup. "Why, Suvie," she said, "what a wunderbarr idea! Aaron needs a girl like you. He hasn't smiled for three years."

Felty pressed his lips together and stuffed his newspaper between the cushion and armrest of his chair. "I hate to discourage you, Annie Banannie, but it's too soon to talk about Aaron marrying again. Mary hasn't been gone but a few months."

"Nae, Felty," Anna said. "Mary passed on almost three years ago."

Felty's brows inched together. "Three years? Are you sure?"

"Jah. She died two months before Beth and Tyler's wedding, and their third anniversary is in September. I never forget an anniversary."

"It seems shorter," Felty said.

"Jah," Anna said. "Because Aaron still acts as if it happened yesterday."

Felty got that unsettled look in his eye he always had when something troubled him. "It hit us all wonderful hard. They were only married half a year. It's best to stay an old maid, Suvie. Aaron will never get over Mary."

Suvie fingered one of her kapp strings. "I don't expect him to get over her. I'm just hoping he can find room in his heart for me too."

Felty shook his head. "Mary's memory casts a long shadow."

Suvie didn't seem especially distressed by this bad news. "I'm sensible enough to know that I could never replace Mary. But I want to try to win a small piece of Aaron's heart even though it might be hopeless to try. That's why I came to you for help."

Anna didn't think it was as hopeless as all that. In her eighty-five years of experience, she hadn't seen much heartache that romance couldn't cure. And Aaron was going to be her next victim ... er ... match.

She went to the junk drawer in the kitchen and pulled out a pencil and her trusty notebook. "You've come to the right place," she said, sitting next to Suvie on the sofa and holding her pencil at the ready. "We are happy to match you up with our great-grandson at no charge. Aren't we, Felty?"

"Of course, Banannie. I don't mind paying for extra yarn, especially when your dishrags help so many people fall in love."

Suvie's smile narrowed. "Ach, vell. I don't mind paying."

Anna threw out her hands and very nearly lost her pencil. "Absolutely not. Gotte has given us our unique talents to help forlorn and desperate people like you. We wouldn't dream of charging money for it, no matter what Esther says."

Felty nodded. "Our daughter means well, but she thinks yarn doesn't grow on trees."

Anna tapped the eraser side of the pencil against her cheek. "So, Suvie, if we're going to couple you up with Aaron, we need to know what we have to work with. Tell us a little about yourself."

"The most important thing you need to know ... well, maybe not the most important, but it might be an obstacle. I am three years older than Aaron. Is that bad?"

"My brother was six years younger than his wife," Felty said. "They were very happy."

Anna nibbled on her eraser. "It is a concern, but it's not exactly robbing the cradle."

Suvie settled her back against the sofa and smiled as if all Anna's grandchildren were coming for a visit.

Anna wrote "nice teeth" in her notebook. It was gute to keep a record of everything, just in case Aaron needed convincing.

"I'm a hard worker," Suvie said, "and a gute cleaner. I can make a linoleum floor shine like it was made of marble." She hesitated and scrunched her lips to one side of her face. "I hope I don't sound like I'm bragging."

Anna shook her head. "There's no pride in telling the whole truth. I need all the facts if I'm going to help you catch Aaron." She wrote "humble" in her notebook.

Suvie giggled. "Okay. I love to work in the garden and to grow plants at my greenhouse. My mamm says I have two green thumbs." With her smile in place, she sighed as if one of her plants had just died. "But I don't cook and my sewing skills are lacking, though I know how to make a dress if it's an emergency. My sister says I'm too cheerful and that I laugh too much, but I'd rather laugh than cry since crying makes my eyes puffy. I tend to be bossy, and I chew my fingernails, and I don't like grapes. Dogs make me sneeze and cats make me itch." She pulled her sleeve above her elbow and pointed to a patch of bumpy skin. "I have this scar on my arm where I burned myself on the water heater, and I have another scar on my scalp from when I fell backwards off the wagon."

"Hold on," Anna said, furiously scribbling notes in her notepad. "What did you say after making an emergency dress?"

Suvie caught her breath. "Ach, I almost left out that I can't knit or crochet."

Anna wrote "NO KNITTING" in capital letters and underlined it for good measure. She glanced up at Felty. What would he think about the fact that Suvie couldn't knit? It was a disability, to be sure.

Suvie's smile drooped. "Do you think you can help me?"

Felty nodded with that wise glint in his eye that always made Anna glad she'd married him. "I think we'd be selfish not to try, for Aaron's sake, but when all is said and done, we will have to leave it in Gotte's hands. Aaron thinks his grieving proves how much he loved his wife. A boulder might be easier to move than our great-grandson."

Suvie didn't lose her smile. "I lift feed sacks and piles of dirt around all day. I'm pretty strong."

Felty stroked his salt-and-pepper beard. "You'll have to be. A memory is a hard thing to budge."

(Continues…)


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LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
Here’s a trio of Amish tales that are full of amusement. First up is Jennifer Beckstrand’s Reluctant Groom, which rejoins Felty and Anna Helmuth in their matchmaking antics. Their great-grandson Aaron has been widowed for three years and refuses to shed his grief. Suvie, who’s always cheerful and bossy, is just what he needs. Molly Jebber contributed Joshua’s Bride. I liked Madeline and Joshua, who want to marry. His parents and brother are against the match. Madeline’s sister left the Amish community and broke Joshua’s brother’s heart. They’re convinced Madeline will hurt Joshua. This family is hard to like with their harsh judgment. One twist in the story I expected to lead in one direction, but surprise, it didn’t. Amy Lillard wrote A Summer Wedding in Paradise. An out-of-control horse and buggy cause Reba to tumble into a water-filled ditch and break her ankle. Then she meets the driver with his devastating dimples. Hold on for the ride. This is an enjoyable book, quick to read.
Dawncatlady More than 1 year ago
Each story well written and enjoyed the characters with their journeys to find a future. Good authors that I will be looking for more books . Ebook from Netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Amish Brides By: Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber, andAmy Lillard Amish Brides is a collection of three novellas written by three different authors. The Reluctant Groom By; Jennifer Beckstrand This is a sweet and fun novella. I loved the story and the characters. I laughed and laughed in this novella. There is some match making goes on in this novella. Suvie and Aaron are being paired together , but Aaron cannot stop grieving over the death of his wife. Is there any hope for Suvie and Aaron. Joshua’s Bride By: molly Jebber I really enjoyed this sweet novella about a couple who loves each other . Joshua and Madeline love each other , but his parents is agains them marring because of her sister. Is there any hope for Joshua and Maddie ? Should Maddie have to pay for what her sister did? A Summer Wedding in Paradise By: Amy Lillard I really enjoyed tis sweet novella. The author had me hooked right at the start. Reba ,a young Amish woman who is filling in as a teacher thinks that life has passed her by with love. She meets Abel , but everything seems to go wrong. There is also some match making going on in this story. I laughed several times . Reba thinks that Abel is the last man on earth that she will marry. I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
SimpsonsPB More than 1 year ago
AMISH BRIDES A COLLECTION OF LOVE STORIES Amish Brides is a collection of love stories written Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber and Amy Lillard, all of who have written other Amish books. THE RELUCTANT GROOM - Jennifer Beckstrand (author of Huckleberry Hill series and Honey Bee Sisters) Suvie Newswenger has been proposed to three times by three different suitors and she has turned all three of them down! Annie and Felty Helmouth's great grandson, Aaron Beachy is grieving for his late wife, Mary , who has been gone for three years. Annie and Felty are famous for playing matchmakers, so the two of them decide to match Suvie up with Aaron. Will Suvie and Aaron be a perfect match and will the both of them find happiness. JOSHUA'S BRIDE - MOLLY JEBBER Madeline Lehman and Joshua Schultzman are ready to be married , but the only thing that is standing in their way is Joshua's parents. The Schultzman's are objecting to the marriage because Madeline's sister Catherine left the Amish commuinty and also left Joshua's brother with a broken heart. Joshua's parent fear that Madeline will do the same thing to Joshua, so Madeline postpones the wedding until Joshua's family realizes that she is not like her sister. To complicate matters Catherine leaves her infant daughter with Madeline to raise. Will the Schutzman family come to realize that Madeline is not like her sister and will they and Joshua accept Catherine's daughter, so they can be married. A SUMMER IN PARADISE - AMY LILLARD Reba Schumucker's three young nieces decide to play matchmaker for their Aunt Reba, as they feel she is lonely. Abel Weaver has moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to recover from a broken heart. Reba's nieces think that Abel would be the perfect husband for Reba, but Reba cannot stand Abel. Reba's young nieces will do whatever it takes to get the two together including putting a hole in the ceiling in the school that has been recently repaired by Abel. Will these two people with two different personalities make a good couple and will the girls be successful in getting the couple together. I found all three of these stories of love to be delightful to read. I would highly recommend this book and I would suggest that you read some of the other books that have been written by these three great authors. (Jennifer Beckstrand Huckleberry Hill Series, Honey Bee Sisters) Molly Jebber ( Two Suitors for Anna , Keepsake Pocket Quilt series) Amy Lillard ( Wells Landing, Clover Ridge Series, Sugar Creek Mysteries and various other Amish books in the same genre and some books of romance (Cattle Creek Series )
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Amish Brides is a sweet collection of Amish love story novellas. As is expected in the shorter format, things happen fast and the outcomes are pretty predictable. But the stories that lead to those outcomes are delightful to read. In The Reluctant Groom, Jennifer Beckstrand takes us on a quick visit to Huckleberry Hill and the matchmaking duo of Anna and Felty. If you are familiar with that series, you know that fun and wisdom will show up as the Helmuths do their part (and more) to help find just the right match for one of their grandchildren. Molly Jebber's Joshua's Bride carries a little more serious tone than the other stories. The characters have some difficult family issues to work through, requiring each of them to evaluate their own feelings and priorities. In a A Summer Wedding in Paradise, Amy Lillard tells the lively story of a couple who aren't quite sure what they are looking for . . . and some eager little girls who have their own ideas of how to give love a push in the right direction. If you are a fan of Amish fiction and enjoy light, entertaining stories of love, Amish Brides would be a great choice. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of the book. I was happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful group of 3 novellas. The authors are Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber and Amy Lillard. Each story has great romance. There is a lot of matchmaking in these stories. I always love Anna and Felty. They are my favorite. These are all well written and they all made me laugh and cry a little. These novellas make me want to read many full length novels by these stories. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Three young Amish Ladies are featured in three wonderful stories. I enjoy Amish stories and this is a delightful collection featuring Amish brides. Each story was by one of my favorite authors and what a treat to find them all in this collection!
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a very delightful collection of novellas! I found one commonality among them. In each story I found someone wallowing in a negative emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how each author handled the need to work through the negativity and move on with life. The Reluctant Groom by Jennifer Beckstrand The characters are incredibly well developed. When you talk about opposites attracting, Suvie Newswenger and Aaron Beachy definitely fit the bill. It was a joy to see what ideas Anna and Felty came up with to help in their matchmaking endeavors this time. I love Felty’s down to earth wisdom and how he lays it out at just the right time. This was a very humorous romance. Joshua’s Bride by Molly Jebber The main characters, Madeline Lehman and Joshua Stutzman, are fantastic. They are both strong believers and steadfast in doing what they believe to be the right thing. They have enormous obstacles thrown in their path. They face them with their faith in God guiding them. A Summer Wedding in Paradise by Amy Lillard Reba Schmucker is definitely an unusual Amish woman. I was caught up in her struggle with trying to figure out how to be more like others when she isn’t. The romance is sweet and helped along by the darling girls who adore their Aunt Reba. The shenanigans that they pulled were my favorite part of this story. I received a free eBook copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Amish Brides contains three well-written stories that are entertaining to read. My favorite story is The Reluctant Groom. I love Anna and Felty Helmuth (great characters) and their antics. I giggled frequently while reading it, and I was left with a happy feeling when I finished The Reluctant Groom. Joshua’s Bride is a well-constructed story that is more serious than The Reluctant Groom. It is about not judging others based on their family members. It shows us the importance of love, forgiveness, the power of prayer, faith and believing in God’s will. In Amy Lillard’s A Summer Wedding in Paradise, I liked Reba Schmucker. She is a sassy, independent woman who loved bright, bold colors and pushing boundaries. The story has a good message. It reminds us to be ourselves which can be hard to remember in our society. The little girls were adorable and their capers provided me with some chuckles. The Christian element is light yet powerful. Amish Brides contains three inviting novels that I give 4.5 out of 5 stars.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
This delightful collection of Amish Brides is insightful and uplifting. Three stories, three brides and three prospective grooms, some more willing than others. Author Amy Lillard’s style of writing is enjoyable and at the same time presents a true picture of life and its difficulties. In her fun novella, A Summer Wedding in Paradise, Reba Schmucker realizes her three mischievous nieces are ‘matchmaking’ again! Even though their prospect is not Reba’s choice, the lengths the three munchkins go to is endearing. I hope to see this threesome in another story in the future. Author Jennifer Beckstrand in The Reluctant Groom continues the quirky adventures of Felty and Anna Helmuth, perpetual matchmakers, who are romantics at heart. Their methods may not be perfect but their years of experience and advice are priceless. Author Molly Jebber’s Joshua’s Bride is a story of hope and faith and misjudging someone based on another’s actions. Can true love triumph over Joshua Stutzman’s family’s prejudices? Forgiveness is key but at what cost? Check out this collection, you won’t be disappointed!
annelr More than 1 year ago
Amish Brides is a delightful collection of novellas by three gifted authors. Romance abounds in Amish communities and these captivating stories tell about three young couples and their trip to the altar. Each story is unique in their settings and plots and the characters are fun to get to know. With lots of humor and fast-paced action, these tales are quick reads and enjoyable. The Reluctant Groom by Jennifer Beckstrand has a great-grandmother who loves to be a matchmaker and now it is her recently widowed great-grandson who needs her help. And she has found just the girl. Armed with almost non-existent petunias, hand made dishrags and Mammi's famous (for a reason) jalapeño banana bread, Suvie sets her sights on Aaron. Will Suvie's bossiness (one of her most endearing qualities!) and persistence be just the thing to break through those memories that made it impossible for Aaron to 'move on'? Or would he listen to his former mother-in-law and continue to wallow in his grief? Would this be Mammi's first matchmaking failure? In the second novella of the collection, Joshua's Bride by Molly Jebber, readers find Madeline and Joshua, in love and all ready to set the date for the wedding. BUT then his parents and brother voice their disapproval. Madeline's family has issues and she is just not the right one for him. Will her sister's choice to leave the Amish faith destroy Madeline's happiness? Choosing to follow God's will, the engagement is broken. Joshua never gives up faith but it surely looks hopeless. Lots of tension and twists to the plot keep the pages turning in this story. Will Joshua's family find redeeming qualities in Madeline or will they give up their dreams of a life together? In the last of the three stories, A Summer Wedding in Paradise by Amy Lillard, Reba wears too bright dresses and has a tendency to speak her mind. She finds herself forced off the path into a mud-puddle by a run-away horse and buggy. Some buggy driver Abel was...no sense of community or responsibility. How in the world would these two ever match up? With Madeline's three eager young nieces, who helped find a bride for their widowed father, on the matchmaking path again and Abel's dastardly dimples, the plot thickens! Reba begins to conform to what others might think is a model wife. Will that help? What if she has already blown it? Abel wasn't really in the market for anything more serious than casual friends, right? But those now not-so-dastardly dimples. Reba is apparently destined to be an old maid! Will the nieces meddling lead these two to the altar? Amish Brides, a collection of three great stories by three wonderful authors, makes for an enjoyable read especially for readers who cannot get enough of romance and Amish life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
A collection of novellas with love being discovered for one another individual. Each tale is characteristic of the author's writing style. Joshua’s Bride, by Molly Jebber, was my favorite tale in this series with the message of restoration, forgiveness and God’s love. The Reluctant Groom connects readers once again with Anna and Felty Helmuth, the great grandparents’ matchmakers on Huckleberry Hill. This was another cute tale by Jennifer Beckstrand with Anna and Felty assistance to awake their grandson, Aaron Beachy, to life and love once again. Suvie Newswenger isn’t the best cook but she did work hard at the grain store. Will Suvie’s determination to spruce up Aaron’s yard and talk about his deceased wife be enough to open him up to see life in a new way? Joshua’s Bride by Molly Jebber grabbed me from the start. I enjoyed the historical setting for this tale. Madeline Lehman is struggling with how she and her dad are accepted in their community currently. She’s engaged to be married to Joshua Stutzman; however, his family does not believe she is good enough for him. Madeline’s sister, Catherine, was going to marry Joshua’s brother, Nathaniel, but she left for outside world. Joshua knew deep in his heart, Madeline was to be his wife. She had a beautiful spirit with her giving nature and empathy shown toward all, no matter how unpleasant, rude and hearing other gossip about her. With Madeline agreeing to raise Catherine’s child when she left the infant on the Lehman’s porch, the gossip only increased. What events will show the community members and the Stutzman’s family the loving and compassionate Madeline? Will members find true forgiveness for their actions and be able to move forward with the Bishop’s messages? Joshua’s Bride is a beautiful story that shows each family member is their own unique individual, forgiveness, redemption, God’s love and grace when truly relying upon Him. A Summer Wedding in Paradise by Amy Lillard is a lighthearted tale of finding love. Reba was unsure of herself filling in as a teacher for her soon to be sister-in-law. When Abel Weaver’s buggy is out of control and she is plunged into a muddy ditch it only adds to her frustration. Abel had moved to the area after being jilted by his fiancé. Reba’s three little nieces were set to make their Aunt Reba happy. They just knew Abel would be the one to do this. What mischievous endeavors will happen to create laughter and just maybe romance? I received an e-book copy of this from NetGalley as part of the Celebrate Lit tour with Molly Jebber. I was not required to write a positive review, but have expressed my honest thoughts.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Amish Brides is a wonderful collection of stories by Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber and Amy Lillard. This is a great read. Stories that are refreshing and sure to delight. I am looking forward to reading more books by these talented authors. Be sure to order your copy today. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars!
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
These are three of my favorite Amish authors! The stories were each different and unique. All very entertaining and such that you didn't want to stop reading till the end. I love Jennifer Beckstrand's humor in her story, using the wonderful matchmaker characters of her Huckleberry Hill series. I enjoyed Molly Jebber's contribution, Joshua's Bride, which brought in a historical Amish story from the 1880's which gives a more earlier time period with it's views and feelings. I loved how this story had a great theme of healing and forgiving and learning to accept people for themselves and not those who surround their lives. Amy Lillard's A Summer in Paradise, starts out with a bang, literally as Reba finds herself in a bad way after nearly being hit by a passing buggy. And finding herself the subject of a match-making plan which is definitely not wanted. Loved these three in a nicely combined book. Great stories for any Amish reader. You will love these. I received an ebook copy from NetGalley for my honest review, which I have given. All thoughts are my own.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
This book is comprised of three novellas by Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber and Amy Lillard. As in her Honey Bee series, Jennifer had me laughing throughout A Reluctant Groom. Anna Helmuth’s daughter Esther didn’t think her mother should be playing matchmaker for the youth in their district. She thought her too old and she thought it was unrespectable. Anna is a hoot! Joshua’s Bride is a story of two people wanting to marry and Joshua’s family upsetting the cart. Joshua Stutzman loved Madeline Lehman with all his heart. His brother Nathaniel had loved her sister Catherine but she left the faith to become English. The Stutzman family, with the exception of Joshua, held that against the entire Lehman family. As if that wasn’t enough, Catherine comes home with a baby, gives the baby girl to Madeline and leaves again. A Summer Wedding in Paradise had me laughing too. Reba Schmucker is filling in as school teacher because teacher Bernice Yoder was marrying her widowed brother Jess. While walking to school one day, already running late, a buggy with an out of control horse came barreling down the road. A car was coming from the opposite direction. To keep from getting hit, she dove into the muddy ditch. She was expecting a repairman to come do some work on the school but, she didn’t expect him to be the driver of the buggy! Her three nieces were so successful in matching up their father and Bernice they decided it was time for Aunt Reba to be happy too. They set about to match her with Abel the repairman. I enjoyed reading all three of these stories. I enjoyed the antics of Anna & the little Schmucker girls. Reading Joshua and Madeline’s story was a bit sadder but you didn’t want to put it down because you wanted to see how things turned out for them. How did things turn out in all the stories? Was Anna successful in the matchmaking or did she cave to Esther and give it up? Did Joshua’s family ever accept Madeline and the baby? What of Reba Schmucker? Did her nieces interfere in her life? I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
As soon as I turned the cover I knew I was in for a delightful treat, and while I tried to hold back and savor, I couldn’t stop page turning. THE RELUCTANT GROOM Jennifer Beckstrand I have just finished reading “Returning To Huckleberry Hill” and as always I started to miss the beloved Grandparent’s Annie and Felty, and low and behold they are back here. This time one of their great grandsons is hurting, it has been three years since his beloved Mary passed away, and he is still grieving like it was yesterday. Along comes spunky Suvie, she has had her eye on him, and she gets Annie and Felty’s help with Aaron, and of course our Anne is willing to make some delicious meals for her grandson. Watch as Suvie starts to bring Aaron back to life, but will he continue on the road of the living, or as Mary’s mother wants, stay in mourning? There are so many cute parts of this book, I wanted more, and Annie and Felty have a lot more grand’s in need. Joshua’s Bride goes back to the early Amish settlement in Pennsylvania, and though the Amish are much more strict in their beliefs, this group seems very severe. Joshua is madly in love with Madeline, but because her sister went English she is being judged by her sister’s actions. It is almost liked she is being shunned, but hasn’t done anything wrong. She is one amazing woman, and Joshua may have trouble getting her to marry him, she doesn’t want to go against his parents. Wait and see what happens, and it is going to warm your heart. The last story A SUMMER WEDDING IN PARADISE is so sweet and enjoyable, and we get a word fashion show by teacher Reba. We also see this girl in one bit of a mess when she shows up at her school, she was run off the road, now she was walking, and landed in a ditch full of water. She now has mud all over her, dripping water, and is limping, and then the deed doer shows up at the school to fix the roof. Abel Weaver is in for a treat when Reba’s nieces are at it again in their matchmaking, and we get a front seat, and be ready for a few chuckles. Things do start looking up for this pair, but then an old love reappears, ugh. Now you are going to have to pick up this book to find the answers, and they are all here. Enjoy!! I received this book through Net Galley and Kensington Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
AMISH BRIDES published by Kensington Books THE RELUCTANT GROOM by Jennifer Blackstock It takes a great-grandmother crocheting dish rags, encouraging the matches of the young. Even to kissing before they are married. JOSHUA'S BRIDE by Molly.Jebber His parents didn't approve of his choice to marry Madeline. Find another she'll run off like her sister did. Parents wouldn't let go of past, and wedding date has been set and approved by bishop. A SUMMER WEDDING by Amy Lillard His stubbornness and her independence, they were not a match, even though Reba wanted to get married. She had some mischievous nieces who think they are helping. All three of these will be a delightful read and hours of enjoyment for readers. Romance with humor in all three stories Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Amish Brides is a lovely collection of three novellas by Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber and Amy Lillard. The Reluctant Groom by Jennifer Beckstrand is a fun, must-read novella! It is the first novella in the Amish Brides collection. Anna Helmuth and her husband Felty are in the Amish match-making business. Can Anna and Felty help Suvie Newswenger and their grandson Aaron Beachy who is determined to grieve the death of his wife his entire life? This fast-paced novella will have you chuckling and cheering for Suvie and Aaron all the way! I really enjoyed reading the second novella, Joshua's Bride by Molly Jebber. Take a stroll back in time to Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1885. Joshua Stutzman cannot wait to marry Madeline Lehman, but his family is strongly opposed. Madeline's sister left the faith and they believe Madeline will too. Madeline's sister does return one day, only to give Madeline her baby to raise and then she is gone again. How will Joshua's family ever accept her now? You will enjoy reading this beautiful Amish historical novella. The final novella in the collection is A Summer Wedding in Paradise by Amy Lillard. This fast-paced novella is a great read! Reba Schmucker is filling in as the teacher at a local Amish school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She does believe that she is past her time of falling in love until she meets Abel Weaver. They started off on the wrong foot, but could that change? Reba and Abel is a got-to-read-until-I-finish it kind of story, one you won't want to miss! Amy Lillard does a great job of bringing the characters to life, you will feel like you are right there with them in beautiful Lancaster County. I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Amish Brides for yourself and a friend! What a beautiful gift!