The Bridesmaid, by Beverly Lewis, is a wonderful book of love and hope for Joanna Kurtz. She has been a bridesmaid several times, and is now in her mid-twenties. The whispers have started that she will end up an unmarried woman, unfortunately seemingly led by her younger sister Cora. She meets a wonderful man, Eben, and believes he is the one. The problem is that he belongs to another Amish church in another state.
This book is a really wonderful love story. It has a lot of depth of the characters, which I adore in a book (like most people!). I felt so involved in Joanna’s life, between her quilting bees, and her chores, and her relationship to her immediate and extended family. It showed such a nice picture of the values of the Amish.
Overall I was incredibly pleased with this book. I had one issue, which was the redemption of the younger sister. I am sure that the author was demonstrating how a real Amish woman would forgive her sister, but for the majority of the book I wanted Joanna to yell or scream, or something! Their reconciliation seemed too easy to me, but perhaps that is because I am not Amish.
I think that anyone who enjoys an Amish story will enjoy this book. The dedication of the children to their parents was very admirable, and I can only hope that my children will feel the same dedication as they grow up!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my review. The opinions are my own.