May 23, 2019

The Brides of Big Valley

The Brides of the Big Valley is a collection of three novellas set in a blended Amish community in Pennsylvania. The sweet stories are a bit predictable but contain unique and special scenarios. Two of the three stories felt slow to start, though. Mentioning mundane tasks that didn’t necessarily move the plot along. At least not at the pace I’d hoped. Especially in a short story.

Deanna’s Determination (Wanda Brunstetter)
I love that this story incorporated original characters and themes. Deanna is a likable main character, which made it easy to sympathize with her, and her son, who has Down Syndrome, is sweet and unique. I empathized with Elmer’s depression, and love how authentically this was dealt with.
Rose Mary’s Resolve (Jean Brunstetter)
I like Rose Mary. She is confidant in her faith and listens to the voice within her. Kevin is an interesting Englischer, although it took me longer to sink into this character. Rose Mary is at a crossway in her life and must make difficult choices on which direction to go.
Lelia’s Longing (Richelle Brunstetter)
This one is my favorite novella of the three. Lelia is shy and not as confidant. I love the growth she experiences, letting go of her fears and becoming the woman she was meant to be. It best displays the distinctions in the blended community.

Three Amish tales that build upon each other, sharing common threads of following God’s path and trusting in Him.

⭐⭐⭐

Author(s): Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, & Richelle Brunstetter
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Pages: 448
First Line (Deanna’s Determination): Deanna Speicher hurried to set up her table at the flea market, all the while trying to keep her five-year-old son in tow.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review.  

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