Monday, July 7, 2008

Plain and Fancy by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Brides of Lancaster County

Book 1 – A Merry Heart
Book 2 – Looking for a Miracle
Book 3 – Plain and Fancy
Book 4 - The Hope Chest

I didn't like the cover picture on the front of the book, but don't let it take away from the sweet story.

Back of the Book Says:

Laura Meade grew up with all the modern conveniences and frills that her fancy English world could offer. While studying interior design at a school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she becomes fascinated with the Amish who live in the area, and she seeks to learn more about their culture.

When Laura meets Eli Yoder, one of the Plain People, she falls hopelessly in love.

Never much of a churchgoer, Laura has no real concept of God’s love or the need to attend church. Eli, a baptized member of the Amish church, is enamored with Laura, as well. However, the rules of his church forbid him to marry outside the faith, and he knows that should he decide to leave, he will face a shunning.
(In my reading of the book, I found these last two sentences to be an incorrect, Eli wasn’t yet a baptized member of his church, much to his mother’s dismay. Since he wasn’t baptized, he wouldn’t be shunned for joining the English world, but relationships would be stained with his family and the Amish community.)

Is it good for two people – one plain, and the other fancy – to fall in love? Will Laura and Eli find a way to be together?

Plain and Fancy was a book that makes one consider what they would do for love. If you’d like to relax a bit and step into the slower paced world of the Amish, grab a copy of this book, but only after you’ve read books 1 and 2. Each book can all stand alone, but I enjoy learning more about characters as they develop and mature.

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