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?
This is the second novel in the Hickory Hollow series, 'The Bridesmaid “I have read every single book written by Beverly Lewis so far and have not yet been disappointed.
The story revisits Joanna, the kind young woman who is introduced in "The Fiddler," the first book of this series. I enjoy reading stories of characters I've previously met in other books. It feels like you are visiting and old friend.
Joanna is and inspiring character with lots of faith. Watching her put all of her trust in God despite all the trails that kept coming her way.
I would of love to have seen Eben and Joanna get together in person more. The long distance relationship did somewhat make the story get drawn out. The majority of this story was about Joanna and not Eben. Overall, I enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book in the story.
You do not need to read the first first book to read this one. It stands on it's own just like all of Beverly Lewis’s books do.
This book has been provided to me my by Bethany House Publisher free of charge and in no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.