(Book Review) The Amish Bride

Amish Bride

Amish Bride

Reviewed by: Emily Nosek, writing student


Title: The Amish Bride: The Women of Lancaster County, Book 3

Author: Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

Publication Date: August 2012

Format: Book

Length: 352 Pages


Mennonite-reared Ella Bayer travels to Indiana on a mission to decipher a code in an old family journal. At the same time she works to realize her dream of a future in which she is married to her Amish boyfriend and running her own bakery. Meanwhile, Ella’s estranged father shows up back home desiring to rekindle old ties. What results is a gripping adventure filled with mystery, young love, and lessons about forgiveness and trusting in God’s plan.

The plot is well-developed and unique. The authors do an excellent job overall of avoiding predictability, which keeps the reading fresh and interesting. The story’s romance is tastefully done and doesn’t overpower the other aspects of the plot. However, one criticism would be that the abundance of characters is oftentimes hard to keep track of and makes certain characters underdeveloped.

At the end of the novel, the authors include ten discussion questions that could be helpful for a book club setting.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 out of 5

Suggested Audience

Young Adults

Christian Impact

This book takes place in the context of the Mennonite and Amish churches, and those views are represented.

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