Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book Review - An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding
Published by Thomas Nelson, 2011

I wasn't sure how well having a trio of established Amish fiction writers writing on the same theme  would work, but to my pleasure, it did indeed work pretty well ! Beth Wiseman is probably by far the best known of the authors, and I must admit that her story was definitely my favourite as I really like her style of writing and characterisation, but the other stories were great fun too.

The three novellas focus on the characters of one community, where all will be gathering to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of Priscilla and Chester. In A Perfect Plan, Beth Wiseman follows the ups and downs, trials and tribulations of the preparations being made by Priscilla and Chester's families for the big day - but so many things go wrong that poor Priscilla begins to have second thoughts and wonder if she is truly meant to get married at all.

The Perfect Match
by Kathleen Fuller follows the story of Naomi, who manges to act as the perfect matchmaker for her friends and relations but is still single herself. She finds it hard to see her friend immersed in all the wedding preparations. Will she be able to find someone whom she can fall in love with and marry ?

Kelly Long's story, The Perfect Secret, is the one with which I struggled the most. The premise of the story was brilliant - that a young Amish woman is marrying a childhood friend for whom she cares and loves greatly as a friend, but with no major passion.Is this a strong enough basis for a marriage ?  Are there more hidden depths to the handsome but rather stolid Luke Raber than she ever dreamed possible ? And just who is the thief who has been stealing from various homes in the community?

As I said, the plot is excellent but it just doesn't quite work for me in terms of the character and behaviour of Luke in the first half of the book, though it got much better towardst the end. On the whole, still an enjoyable read.

I was given a free copy of this ebook from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in return for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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