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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Recent Reads: Amish Fiction

What is it about Amish fiction?  I just love it! 

"The Fiddler" by Beverly Lewis was an great love story.  Clashing cultures converge as two young people, both under pressure from their families for their expected duties in life, meet and fall in love.  Can they really find some way to be together without losing their families?

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed Beverly Lewis' writing style.  I felt like I was right there, strolling through the field listening to fiddle music.  Her way of pulling in modern day elements (cell phones and country music) with the traditional Amish culture is captivating. The characters are lovable and realistic.   This was an excellent read!

Another great read: "The Captive Heart" , the second in The Daughters of Caleb Bender series by Dale Cramer.   If you haven't read Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb Bender) yet, here's the basic background story: an Amish family decides to move to the unsettled areas of Mexico to avoid the religious persecution they have faced in Ohio.  

This second book picks up the story as that first family has gotten settled and other families are beginning to join them in this harsh new world.  Faced with bandits who will rob them, kidnappers, and disease, the Amish must decide if they will stick to their traditional ways of faith, or if they will fight back with guns, weapons, and modern medicine.

I loved the first book in this series, so I had no doubt the second one would be the same.  I was home sick from work and I basically did not put the book down until I had finished the entire thing in one long afternoon!  Since Cramer's books are based on his own true family stories, they're all the more fascinating.

Required disclaimer: Both of these books were given to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers in return for posting my honest reviews.

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