The Bishop's Daughter (Daughters of Lancaster County Series #3)

The Bishop's Daughter (Daughters of Lancaster County Series #3)

by Wanda E. Brunstetter
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Bishop's Daughter (Daughters of Lancaster County Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, the long-awaited final installment in the 'Daughters of Lancaster County' trilogy. I have to say, out of the three books, I enjoyed this one the most. This final book has tied up all the loose ends in the series, and has answered every question. The book has the most poignant romances, the most humor, and the most well-developed plot lines of the trilogy. We first meet Leona Weaver, the local schoolteacher and daughter of the Amish community's bishop. She leads a life that while full of activity, is lonely. She had a bad experience with a fiance previously, and still hasn't gotten over the loss of him. She claims she hasn't any interest in marriage, yet it is painfully clear that she needs love in her life. We next meet up again with Jimmy. As readers of the trilogy will recall, Jimmy is Naomi's baby brother that was kidnapped by a man who wanted to make his infertile wife happy. Linda, the woman who has raised Jimmy as her own, has recently passes away from cancer, and she insists that her husband inform Jimmy about his background of being adopted, however, Linda never knew about the kidnapping. Jimmy's 'adoptive' father turns to alcohol for relief after the death of his wife, and doesn't inform Jimmy of his birth. Jimmy finds out about his birth and kidnapping, and makes the decision to move to Lancaster County to attempt to discover if the 'wild' tale of his kidnapping really is true. He decides to blend in, and takes a painting job for an Amish worker to try to learn about his heritage. Then, to complicate matters, he meets Leona. There is an attraction, nearly from day one, between Leona and Jimmy. Of course, they know that pursuing a relationship is not really an option, and Leona is Amish and Jimmy is an Englisher. Then, a tragedy strikes the Bishop, and he develops ammnesia, so Jimmy decides he must help the family out. While the reader must feel sorry for the Bishop's family, it is rather hilarious to read about the Bishop's new pet goat and the touble they get into together. What will become of the secret, blossoming love between Leona and Jimmy? Will Jimmy find his family? Will he ever forgive the man that kidnapped him and raised him as his son? All these questions, and many more, are answered to satisfaction. The author has weaved another enchanting tale about the'Plain People', and my only wish is that this series was not merely a trilogy, but continued, as I would love to spend more time in the company of the 'Daughters of Lancaster County'.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I know I'm behind the times as I've never read a Beverly Lewis novel, so this was my first time reading a novel about the Amish. It was a pleasurable experience for me. I loved the plot and the twists and turns. The characters were also well-developed. I think the author sprinkling in Amish words helped me to get a feel for their culture. It reminded me of a soap opera in that every time the secret was about to come out someone interrupted them. Can you say As the Amish World Turns? :) Seriously, I really enjoyed this story. It was unique in many aspects and the conflict was good and seemed very realistic to me. I don't want to spoil it for the reader so I won't go into details by identifying the secret, but I'll just say that this story will put a smile on your face and bless you as you experience God's hand moving in the lives of the characters. The Englisher's father's struggle with alcoholism was well developed and true-to-life as well, making this novel a page turner for me. Again, I loved how the secret almost came out about twenty times. I wanted to shout at the characters to stop interrupting them--the hero and heroine (like on the soaps when someone walks past them in a crowd who has been missing for years. You want to reach into the screen and turn the person's head.) The Bishop's Daughter is listed as general fiction, but had just enough romance to satisfy me. (Did I mention it was a 'sweet' romance? Those don't normally appeal to me, but this was so well done I enjoyed it anyway.) I highly recommend this novel, and now I wish I had read the first two books in the series as well.
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I have read the other books in this series and this book did not disappoint me. They are always interesting and give a real feel for the Amish and their way of life. I enjoy the stories and also the biblical references which always give me something to think about. The references are connected to events that happen to many of us and can help people to cope in a subtle way. I have read many of her books and look forward to reading more. The questions at the end can be easily used in a book club and help to get the discussion going. This book was very enjoyable, easy to read and kept my attention.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have truly enjoyed these stories. I am anxious to have this one. The unanswered questions are coming to an end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for another of her books to come out. Her books are wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read 3 of this ladies books and I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. She knows how to keep you wanting to turn every page.