Saturday, June 3, 2017

Amish Brides by by Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber and, Amy Lillard

I on tour with Celebrate Lit!  Hop on board!

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This book is a trio of Amish women looking to snag the perfect mate.  
From the back: Under bright blue skies, wedding bells ring—fulfilling sweet dreams, impossible wishes, and joyous new beginnings . . .

Jennifer Beckstrand
Spirited Suvie Newswenger has three marriage proposals—but not from the man she truly loves. No matter how lonely widower Aaron Beachy is, he seems determined to stay that way forever. Now, with help from his matchmaking great-grandparents, Suvie will do whatever it takes to rekindle Aaron’s hope—and spark happiness for a lifetime.

Molly Jebber
Madeline Lehman fears her fiancé’s family will never accept her because of her rebellious sister. She’s postponed her wedding to Joshua Stutzman until they see the truth. But when Maddie adopts her sister’s abandoned baby, can she and Joshua find a way to unite their families through forgiveness as well as love?

Amy Lillard
Reba Schmucker longs to be a bride. And she knows her mischievous nieces just wanted to help when they “chose” Abel Weaver for her. But he’s the last man in the world she’d ever marry. There’s no way her independence and his stubbornness could ever get along—unless a sudden crisis somehow leads to understanding . . . and love.

This book had three short stories by three really good writers.

In The Reluctant Groom I see my two favorite matchmakers Anna and Felty.  I really want them to adopt me.  The part where Anna is in her pink dress when all other proper elder Amish women wear black and grey had me grinning.  Jennifer brings them to life and gives them so much personality.

I didn't feel as connected to Aaron and Suvie.  There was a lot of extra description of how sad he was and how happy she was.  I just didn't enjoy them as much as other characters that Anna and Felty had matched.  The story still had lots of funny parts and I really adore Anna and Felty.

In Joshua's Bride we see the themes of forgiveness, love, and family.  I enjoyed meeting new characters in the story and seeing complex family relationships.

I did have a bit of a hard time with this story as well.  While the idea was a good one I almost feel as if the story reflected a more contemporary times than the Amish past.  It also had a lot of extra description thrown into the mix that maybe could have been condensed.

In A Summer Wedding in Paradise we meet spunky Reba.  She was truly a delight to get to know. Amy's story moved at a fast easy pace and had fun subplots that kept me engaged and turning pages. The nieces in the story were adorable as well and this was just a fun read.

So pick up your copy of Amish Brides, join the tour, and stick around for a giveaway!  Happy Reading.
About the Author

Molly Jebber’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today’s HEA, and Romantic Times has given them a near excellent rating. She’s on RWA’s Honor Roll. She’s a speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and she offers presentations on writing, publishing, Amish lifestyle and traditions. She has received widespread media coverage, including live interviews, across the United States for her books and speaking engagements.
She’s just signed a new contract for four more Amish books! She loves interacting with her readers. She loves God, her husband, family and friends. She has a hard time saying no to cupcakes, swimming, nine holes of golf, and walks on the beach. Coconut, oatmeal, and onions, on the other hand, are not hard to say no to!
Guest Post from Molly Jebber

Do you remember picking out your bride’s dress? The cake? Food? Location? The invitations? Weddings are fun, no matter how simple or extravagant. The marked event fills your heart with joy sharing in the special day with the bride and groom. I remember the day I married Ed, my best friend and soulmate. We planned the details together, and we still talk about what a heartwarming memory it is for us. I’m sure if you and I met for a girl’s chat, we’d enjoy hearing each other’s account of when we exchanged vows with our sweethearts.

Amish brides may not have the flowers, rings, and fancy food and cake, but they have their traditions and share in the excitement like we do. I enjoyed writing “Joshua’s Bride”. I hope you enjoy it to.

To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!  Enter here.

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  1. I appreciate your honest review!

  2. I absolutely love Amish stories. Each one is different and unique in it's own way. Each one also gives insight into the lives of the Amish, and their traditions.

  3. I struggled with this book too for much of what you stated!