Back Cover (from Amazon):
Twenty-seven-year-old Joanna Kurtz has made several trips to the altar,
but never as a bride. The single young Amishwoman is a closet writer
with a longing to be published something practically unheard of in her
Lancaster County community. Yet Joanna's stories aren't her only secret.
She also has a beau who is courting her from afar, unbeknownst even to
her sister, Cora, who, though younger, seems to have suitors to spare.
Troyer is a responsible young Amishman who hopes to make Joanna Kurtz
his bride--if he can ever leave his parents' farm in Shipshewana,
Indiana. Yet with his only brother off in the English world, intent on a
military career, Eben's hopes for building a life with his dear Joanna
are dimming, and patience is wearing thin. Will Joanna ever be more than
A sweet Amish tale!
After reading The Fiddler a few months back, I was eager to read Joanna's story. I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Always a bridesmaid never a bride." Sadly, this saying appears true for Joanna and her sister, Cora Jane, won't let her forget it.
Joanna has such a sweet spirit and kind heart. I think I like her better than I did Amelia in the first book. Though Cora Jane, did some cruel things to her, I loved how Joanna brushed herself off and forgave. That is not an easy thing to do so I applaud her for that.
Eben, Joanna's beau, is faced with a lot of obstacles and I liked how he handled them with a level head, though his heart ached. He's an honorable man, strong in his faith. And best of all, he's a great match for Joanna.
For a girl who isn't an avid reader of Amish fiction, this book is very much to my liking. Beverly Lewis is an excellent author and I can't help but adore her characters.
I checked this book out at my local library, no review required. All opinions stated are my own.