CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): To write books that show “Even though the Amish live a different lifestyle, as Christians our core beliefs are the same…We love Jesus and really, what better thing to have in common than our love for Him.”
FACTS: Many Amish romances are written in stilted language with predictable plots. The Farmer’s Bride is quite different. The language flows and the plot unfolds naturally. The notion of a single Amish woman not looking for a suitor is a theme rarely explored. The characters are all developed and not stereotypical. The strengths and talents of the heroine are celebrated, rather than stifled, as usually occurs in books of this genre. Very readable and enjoyable. This is Book #2 of the Brides of Birch Creek. Full disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. The author gives a glimpse into Amish culture which shows that underneath their surface differences, they are very much like us.