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Product Details

  • Series: BRIDES OF LANCASTER COUNTY (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (June 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628361344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628361346
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Rachel Beachy has been in love with her sister’s boyfriend since she was a child. When her sister leaves the Amish faith, Rachel initiates a campaign to win Silas’s heart. Can Silas set the pain of Anna’s rejection aside and see Rachel as more than a child? Will Rachel ever know the true meaning of hope?

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The poignant stories that launched Wanda E. Brunstetter's loyal readership are back in the reissue of the popular 4 book Lancaster Brides series. New scenes have been added to these classic Wanda E. Brunstetter novels that further develop the characters and add even more emotion and intrigue to the original story lines. The new Brides of Lancaster County series is being released as 4 full-length novels that will delight first time readers, as well as fans of the original Lancaster Brides books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very good ,page turner .
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I have been waiting for this last book of this series and I finally have it.
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Most of the characters were well-developed, as well as scenes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Veronica A. Stutler on March 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have read all of the Brides of Lancaster and wish there were more in this series. I felt like I was right there in Lancaster with these characters. I want to cry with the characters when something bad happens or something good happens to them. I love the wholesome feeling these stories give me. I love the amish and cannot wait until Wanda comes out with another book or series to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Regina A. Munster on March 1, 2007
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I recommend that you read all of the Brides of Lancaster County series and the Daughters of Lancaster County series. Wanda Brunstetter brings the simple and peaceful way of the Amish to life in her books. A must read for the Amish lover at heart!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heidi S. Pastore on June 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
After reading the Amish series by Beverly Lewis, I was excited to find a new series on the Amish culture. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this particular book. The story of Rachel Beachy and Silas Swartley is simplistic in its style and predictable. While the central conflict is good, the story churns slowly around its characters and seems to be a better fit for a younger reader. What is most disappointing is its ending, which centers around the death of a young family member. This turn of events is treated superficially and takes away from the emotion of how a loving family would react in such a situation.

Perhaps other books in this series are better, and I am anxious to read another to see. I would not suggest this as an introduction to the series.
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I have enjoyed the series "Brides of Lancaster County." However, Brunsetter has overlooked the beliefs of the strick Amish as if she does not understand their true shunning.

Amish shun a member who has left the faith for the "fancy" world. They do this to keep their community "pure" in their beliefs. When one daughter runs away to marry her husband who wants to go "fancy," the family has put their daughter under the shunning. This story is almost preachy in that it keeps bringing up forgiveness and how the family should forgive their daughter and welcome her back into the family. This DOES NOT happen in real Amish families unless the person goes through a period of repentance and agrees to rejoin the church.

The story does touch on the difficulties Amish young adults have during their "courting" where two women may want to court the same man.

If you want to enjoy an inspirational uplifting book, you will be pleased, but don't expect to learn the honest life of the Amish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Whiteside on August 16, 2008
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Love it! Can't say enough about what a good author Wanda Brunstetter is. Made me feel as if I was one of character's.
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By Karen Zemek on January 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed The Hope Chest by Wanda E. Brunstetter about an Amish family whose eldest daughter left the faith to marry an Amish man who chose to leave the Amish community because he liked the modern things. An Amish man wanted to court her but she kept putting him off and encouraged him to court her younger sister instead who she felt was a better match for him. Her younger sister, Rachel, actually did hope to marry him some day.

Of the three books in the "Brides of Lancaster" series, I liked this one best. There was the romance story line but also the story line about shunning the oldest daughter who married outside the community, leaving her Amish lifestyle behind. It wasn't as depressing as the others and I liked the main characters better in this one too. It's a light, quick read.
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By Becky on October 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is, by far, my favorite in the series. Most of the characters were well-developed, as well as scenes. I did wonder where the grandparents were. They weren't mentioned at all. Only one great-grandparent was.

I was also very impressed that the author finally seemed capable of bringing things together without one of her notorious tragedies. Alas! I was wrong. She just had to throw the proverbial rake in someone's spokes. At least she waited until the end to do it, however, and did it just once. It was totally unnecessary to kill off young Perry.

It is baffling why such a competent author as she has to continuously plague her characters with disasters in her otherwise wonderful books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine S. Conrad on November 24, 2007
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The entire series is very good. Depicts the Amish way of life and holds your interest.
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More About the Author

Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com

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