The Amish Bride, The women of Lancaster County, bk 3
Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould © 2012
Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 978-0-7369-3862-4 (ppbk.)(also available s e-bk)
350 pp. plus discussion questions
Ella Bayer is feisty, stubborn, smart, pretty and a free spirit. She knows what she wants and how to reach her goals. But she flinches at the thought her desires may not be God’s will.
Her boyfriend, Ezra’s family and Ella’s mother seem determined to stop their relationship. Ella secretly finds a room and a job in Indiana when Ezra is sent to work at a dairy there. She also dreams of cooking lessons from a nearby school.
Ezra is ordered back to Lancaster County. Ella is stuck in Indiana. However, her grandmother urgently wants Ella to decipher a code in a book written by Ella’s great-grandmother, who grew up in Indiana.
Ella meets helpful people and some who dislike her. She becomes friends with the dairy owner’s son, Luke and his young brother.
The cooking school owner insults Ella’s projects. She can’t figure out the book’s code. She looses her cell phone so can’t contact Ezra. Her employer may not have enough business to keep paying Ella.
Will she marry Ezra and change from Mennonite to Amish? Will she pass the cooking lessons to someday open her own shop? Will she gain approval from the dairy owner? Why is his wife often ill? Can she find more business for her employer? How will Luke figure in Ella’s future? What will she learn from the mysterious book? How will she settle her relationship with God?
A well-written story about characters who feel ‘alive’, The Amish Bride shows this culture in a better light than some Amish tales. An enjoyable read with satisfying surprises to the tale.