Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Amish Brides by Beckstrand, Jebber, and Lillard

June 2, 2017 Amish, Amy Lillard, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber, romance 24

about the book

Under bright blue skies, wedding bells ring–fulfilling sweet dreams, impossible wishes, and joyous new beginnings . . .

THE RELUCTANT GROOM
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.

JOSHUA’S BRIDE
Molly Jebber

Madeline Lehman fears her fiance’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?

A SUMMER WEDDING IN PARADISE
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.

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GENRE: Inspirational Amish Fiction
PUBLISHER: Kensington
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017
PAGES: 352

In The Reluctant Groom by Jennifer Beckstrand, we get to hang out once again with two of my very favorite people – Anna and Felty Helmuth. Y’all know about my crush on these two adorable octogenarians and they are in rare form (which for them is normal) in this latest visit to Huckleberry Hill.  I do have to argue with them on one point though. Throughout the story, they are quite troubled (hilariously so) by the unromantic nature of their great-grandson’s choice of breakfast cereal. Yet, this line in context – “I like you much better than bran flakes.” – had me reaching for my swooning fan. Also – the kisses. Whew. Keep your own swooning fan handy. (5 stars)

Joshua’s Bride by Molly Jebber is a sweet story of two young people preparing for a wedding in spite of opposition from the groom’s family. Madeline’s rebellious sister hurt Joshua’s brother, so as far as his family is concerned nothing good can ever come from associating with her family. The problem is that Joshua and Madeline want to do more than associate. They want to get married. This novella is a poignant picture of how bitterness destroys – and how love rebuilds. The unnatural dialogue (more than a bit of info-dumping) does prove distracting but if you can get past that you’re in for genuine characters and a heartfelt story.  (3 stars)

Amy Lillard’s A Summer Wedding in Paradise rounds out the mix with a fun heroine, an important message, and three adorable matchmakers. Reba and Abel and their catastrophic meet-cute – and the continued way fate and Reba’s nieces keep throwing them together – is well written and funny without straying into slapstick or sappiness. As a heroine, Reba is layered and heartwarming and I think nearly every female can relate to her insecurities. This is adorable and romantic and full of great characters!  (4 stars)

Bottom Line: The Amish Brides collection by Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber, and Amy Lillard is a sweet group of stories that ranges from humorous to heartfelt. This is perfect for a take-along on your summer travels as well as a chance to get a taste for each author’s style. Some great kisses plus a few giggles divided by three meaningful messages equals the only kind of math I enjoy!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / you’ll forget to breathe on occasion & you may need your fan too.

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about the author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy.

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and soon-to-be six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten. Readers can visit her website at www.jenniferbeckstrand.com.

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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!

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Amy Lillard loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family…and maybe homemade tacos…and nail polish. But reading and writing are definitely way up on the list. Born and bred in Mississippi, Amy is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, two spoiled cats, and one very lazy beagle. Oh, and don’t forget the stray kitty that has taken up residence on her front porch. ^..^

When she’s not creating happy endings, she’s chauffeuring her teen prodigy to guitar lessons and practice for whatever sport he’s into this week. She has a variety of hobbies, but her favorite is whatever gets her out of housework. Amy is an award winning author with more than thirty novels and novellas in print. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. She  loves to hear from readers. Visit her website to connect with her!

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by 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 too.

 

What about you? What’s your favorite wedding memory (yours or someone else’s)?

 
Don’t we look so happy?
I’m actually laughing at him because he just told me his pants were about to fall down! 😉

Carrie

24 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Amish Brides by Beckstrand, Jebber, and Lillard”

  1. Janet Estridge

    Our twin grand-daughters were flower girls in our daughter’s wedding. They were 3 and cute as a button. One of the girls stood still like she was told too. The other put her dress over her head and twirled the flower basket. Wish we had captured it on video.

  2. Dianne Casey

    I recently went to a wedding where the couple was married on the eigth anniversary of their first date. It was a really beautiful wedding.

  3. Marilyn

    These books look like great reads.
    Marilyn

  4. Kay Garrett

    Although I naturally wasn’t there to see it, I’ve heard the stories so often that I love hearing it over and over about my parents marriage. They met on a blind date and got married seven – yes 7 – days later. When they went back to tell Mom’s parents that she was married they went to town because all farmer went to town on Saturday. When they told my Granny started to cry and said “Why did you have to marry my baby?” At which point, an elder friend stepped up and said “Katie he might as well as married the baby as anyone else.” Granny stopped and turned put her arm around Dad and said “Come on son, let’s go home.”

    My parents were married just shy of 60 years when Dad passed away. They loved each other just as much at the end as they did in the beginning. I can still see my parents sitting in their recliners with a little table between them holding hands under that table. They were inseparable.

  5. Trixi

    Of course our wedding was memorable….but we just did a renewal of our vows last month and that was spectacular! My sister-in-law and niece came down for it, my son walked me down the aisle, my three year old granddaughter was my flower girl, my daughter stood up front with me, my niece took pictures, and all our church family not only attended, but threw us the best reception! THE. BEST. NIGHT. OF. MY. LIFE.

    Three great Amish authors collaborating on one book, count me in!!

    • Trixi

      I forgot to mention it was our 20th year anniversary 🙂

      • Carrie

        awwwww happy anniversary (belated)! What a sweet way to spend it 🙂

  6. emilee

    I loved my wedding! It was the days before the wedding was a bigger deal than the “marriage”! This Book Looks Great!

  7. Carole

    I, too, am in love with Anna and Felty, Carrie. Jennifer really created something special with these two. I was so glad to read “Return to Huckleberry Hill” and will never tire of their stories.

    By the way, I enjoyed your recent interview with Deron Spoo. I used a quote from it in my review, linking back to your post. I meant to ask you ahead of time, but was up against a deadline. Hope that was okay, Carrie.

    • Carrie

      I saw that!!!! I loved that you included his quote!!

      • Carole

        Glad to hear that, Miss Carrie! I was searching for something he might have said in an interview and came across yours. It’s funny that I might not have chosen to review his book had it not been for Kyle Idleman’s high praise.

        Kyle is tops in my book, by the way. I’ve been to a few conferences at his church over the years and he’s a great preacher/teacher/writer. Challenging too!

  8. Tracy Sylvester

    Amish stories are intriguing reads. Once you start one you just can’t put it down.

  9. Mary E Bell

    I LOVE Amish stories, booth fiction and true stories. So intrigued by the simple ways. Thank you.

  10. Carol Alscheff

    Our wedding rehearsal was a 15 mile drive in December in the dark. The alternator on the car started to give out. We were driving on a long lonely Parkway. It was sleeting and we had to take turns between using the lights, windshield wipers and defroster. It was a harrowing drive but we made it and used different cars the next day. We are still married with 8 children and 8 grandchilgrandchildren almost 45 years later.

  11. RachelS

    A funny thing I remember from my wedding was the minister saying “You may now kiss the bride for the first time!” HA! That got a good laugh out of everybody. 🙂