Under bright blue skies, wedding bells ring–fulfilling sweet dreams, impossible wishes, and joyous new beginnings . . .
THE RELUCTANT GROOM
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.
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
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.
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Fiction
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017
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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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! 😉