The Brides of the Big Valley is a compilation of three Amish stories by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter. Set in Pennsylvania, the stories cover three different Amish groups. The groups are identified by the colors of their buggies. The white-toppers had sparsely furnished homes, the black-top and yellow-top had more furniture that were cushioned and comfortable. There are slight differences between each group; as well as the English. This book shows just some of those differences and the affects they have on the members. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is easy to read and contains interesting information. The last story, by Richelle, has a different writing style than the others. It took a little while to get into for me. Once I was able to get into the story, is was very good.
Deanna’s Determination, by Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a story of Deanna, a young widow from the plain, white-top community. After the death of her husband, his best friend, Elmer was there to help her when she needed him. Following the death of her mother, Deanna and her son moved in with her father. Deanna and Elmer’s relationship reached the point they are considering marriage when he has an accident while preforming ferrier duties.
Rose Mary’s Resolve, by Jean Brunstetter, is a story of Rose Mary, from the conservative black-top community. She has been dating a young man that is considering leaving the Amish community. She breaks it off when he goes to help his uncle. Shortly after a plane lands in their field and the family befriends the English pilot, Kevin, who is dealing with family issues and is looking for more meaning in his life.
Leila’s Longing, by Richelle Brunstetter, is a story of Leila from the yellow top community. With the illness and then death of her mother, Leila has been left to tend to her mother’s card shop and raise the family. When she hires help for the shop, she hires someone from another community. While at a get-to-gather, she meets Aden from the black-top community. As their friendship builds and she wonders if she will ever have a family of her own, Aden’s father comments he could not handle his children marrying outside of their community.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Wanda Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish genre. She does much research to accurately portray the Amish faith. You can connect with her at: www.wandabrunstetter.com
Jean Brunstetter is Wanda’s daughter-in-law. She became friends with many Amish after meeting her father-in-law in Pennsylvania. She tries to put some of their practices in her own life. You can connect with her at: www.jeanbrunstetter.com
Richelle Brunstetter is Wanda’s granddaughter. Developed a desire to write after taking a creative writing class in high school. She became a writer after taking college courses.
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