Beverly’s first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author’s maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly’s work to be “a primer on Lancaster County folklore” and offers “an insider’s view of Amish life.”
Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly’s tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, “Beverly’s books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don’t run across writing like that every day. I hope she’ll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time.”
A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction “book worms.”
Learn more about Beverly and her books on her Website.
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The Latest in Chart-Topping Amish Fiction from Beverly Lewis
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.
Eben 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 bridesmaid?
The Bridesmaid is yet another intimate look into the Amish life by one of the genre’s most well known authors. This time the focus is on Joann Kurtz who is quickly becoming known as an old maid in Lancaster County. When she and Eben meet on a trip away from home, she and Eben are both certain they have met their perfect match. Unfortunately circumstances surrounding them seem to be intent on keeping them apart.
Written in Lewis’ descriptive style that makes the reader care about her characters, The Bridesmaid can be easily read in just a few hours. The plot moves at an easy pace and there is just enough drama and conflict to keep the story interesting. Lewis provides enough details about the Amish lifestyle and some of its rules and regulations that I find extremely harsh that it makes me wonder exactly what the current fascination with the Amish is all about. Over all The Bridesmaid is a good story, especially for fans of the genre but I’m not sure there is anything about it that really sets it apart from other similar books.