The Amish Bride (Women of Lancaster County Series #3)

The Amish Bride (Women of Lancaster County Series #3)

by Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould


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Bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould offer readers The Amish Bride, Book 3 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Plain women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love.

Ella Bayer and Ezra Gundy are in love and hope to marry someday, but she is a young Mennonite woman while he is an Amish man. Though both Plain, one of them will have to forsake what they believe to embrace another way of life.

Hoping some distance will cool the relationship, Ezra’s family sends him to work at an Amish dairy farm in Indiana. But Ella disregards what her family wants and follows Ezra. In short order she finds a place to live, a job in a bakery, and an unexpected but budding friendship with a handsome Amish farmhand, Luke. When a family tragedy forces Ella back to Pennsylvania, she must face all she’s been running away from. And once she has made peace with those around her, she has an important decision to make: Whose Amish bride will she become—Ezra’s or Luke’s?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736938624
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: Women of Lancaster County Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 742,079
Product dimensions: 12.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.

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The Amish Bride 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
deelynn66 More than 1 year ago
If you like Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter you will like Mindy Starns Clark. She also writes about Amish/Mennonite life but with a mystery intertwined into the plot which revolves around one or more of her characters in her story plot. The Amish Bride deals with a strong willed older teen who thinks she knows what she wants out of life and what she wants in a husband and is convinced that Ezra is the man for her. But life has a way of getting in the way of what we want, just as it did with Ella and she was forced to move to Indiana where she learned God's will for her and realized that perhaps she didn't know as much as she thought she did. This is a great read for anyone...but if you have a teen in your life, this might be a good book for him or her to read.
SwimmingMary More than 1 year ago
This third book in the series skips along like an afternoon with a good friend. Ella is a teenager we can all relate to who is choosing the woman she wants to be. Clark and Gould masterfully weave a story that I completely invested in so when the climax came with such a surprise my heart missed a beat and I was there with this family struggling to find their way in God's greater plan. Another quietly inspiring triumph for the authors.
NanceeMarchinowski 6 months ago
Original & creative! The above authors have coauthored several books, and I'm always amazed at the cohesiveness and flowing stories they create. There is no telling who is writing any specific portion of the story, and that's no easy feat! This Amish fiction tale is beautifully written, and original. I love the history that was interwoven throughout, and the lives of the characters in this book are varied. Characters are deep and believable, and relationships are realistic at all levels. There is no predicting which way this story will travel, and events throughout are emotional and credible. For readers who enjoy Amish fiction, this is above and beyond mainstream stories of that genre. The stories of the characters in The Amish Bride go much deeper than everyday life. I found this to be one of my favorite Amish stories because of the originality and depth created by these authors. I highly recommend The Amish Bride, and look forward to reading more from this series! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. All expressed opinions are honest and my own.
Lindz2012 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and received though net gallery. I am review. I truly enjoyed reading this. I could connect though the Characters of this book. The book starts out with Ella reviving a book from her grandmother. The book is from her Great Grandmother Sarah. There a mystery or code that Ella is asked to break in her great grandmothers book.Her mother and grandmother and the Grandys want their relationship with Ella and Ezra to change. They Ezra is to go to a farm but Ella decides to go with him. She get a job and a place to live. She forms a friendship with an Amish farmhand named Luke while in Indiana.There a tragically back at home, with her brother Zed. She goes back home and has to face her past from what she was running way from. I really like this book. The mystery is pulled though out the whole book. It come to lite and helps another family in the process. The mystery is revealed at the end of the book.So does Ella choose Luke or Ezra to Marry? What is the Mystery in the book that Ella must break the code? To find out these answers I suggest you read the book. I would Recommend it too.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
People dream and plan out their lives. It matters not whether they are Mennonite, Amish, or some other persuasion. The natural tendency for Christ-followers is to make plans and then ask, or even demand, that God bless their plans. Ella had laid out her recipe for life, including who she would marry, the steps to get to that point, and what would follow that. Have you ever gotten that specific with your plans for your life? How did it work out for you? Did God apply His heavenly stamp of approval on your plans and bid you to proceed with all due haste? Or did He withhold approval and put enough roadblocks in your way that you had to either leave the planning to Him and obey Him or disobey Him and go your own way? If you did the latter, how did that work out for you? Ella was still young with her life ahead of her. What plans did God have for her? What was necessary for her to see those plans materialize? Some of us may be somewhere in the middle, maybe having a few plans but just floating along waiting to see what comes next. I love that the authors did not write that kind of story. Instead I saw a progression as the story moved forward with them sharing solid truth and teaching clothed in a beautiful story of love, pain, secrets, grace, forgiveness, learning, growing, and more. The time reading this story was well-spent. I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
GlendaTracy More than 1 year ago
"The Amish Bride" is Book #3 in the 4-book series The Women of Lancaster County. I have read the first two (and recommend that so you have an idea of the "family setup"), but #3 is my favorite. I had a hard time putting it down. The authors lead the readers in the story of Ella, how she grew personally and spiritually. She learns about forgiveness and giving her life to the Lord.
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Great book!
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EraCG More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. I enjoyed the series ( Women of Lancaster County).Very entertaining. I would recommend this book to a friend.
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Great story and mystery. Loved this book watching girl grow into young woman. Mystery solving was also great. This is a family that had some major skeltons in closet :-)
tricia54 More than 1 year ago
I love this series by Mindy Starns Clark. Beginning with Amish Midwife, Amish Nanny, then this one. I could not put the book down. It keeps you always wondering how the story will turn. I can't wait until the next one. I love this author.
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After reading the first two in the series was really excited with the third in the series. It is close to the beliefs and the life of the memmonite and amish way of life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where Ella was trying to figure out the code.