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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628361654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628361650
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Upon their first meeting, Laura Meade is immediately attracted to Eli Yoder, one of the Plain People, but Laura has no real concept about faith, God’s love, and forgiveness of sins. Eli is also enamored with Laura, but to marry outside his faith would be forbidden. What then is the hope for love?

From the Publisher

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.

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:

Customer Reviews

A bit too repetitive.
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I like her style of writing and the character development is strong.
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I am hooked on series books.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on February 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Laura Meade is attending a scool for interior design in Lancaster County and hopes to pick up some decorating tips from the Amish who live there. She goes to a market and meets Eli Yoder, resulting in an instant attraction between them. Although Darla Shelby, who lives in the same dorm with Laura, and is familiar with the Amish and their lifestyle, warns her against becoming involved with Eli, Laura can't seem to avoid him. She disregards Darla's warning that plain and fancy don't mix. After all, there aren't any problems too big for love to solve.

Neither his parents nor hers are happy about the growing friendship, and even Laura and Eli have reservations. Is the gulf between his world and hers too deep to cross? This is a compassionate story about a man and a woman caught between two cultures. Another good book from Wanda Brunstetter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Paetow on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Wanda E. Brunstetter is, without doubt, a successfully selling author with a huge following. Library shelves abound with her books. And she does know the Amish, whose customs she portrays precisely and accurately. Her characters, however--at least in this book--are stock and superficially drawn. Neither their emotions or actions are adequetely explored as they move woodenly though a predictable storyline. The protagonist is first portrayed as a savvy, intelligent, well-to-do city girl with reasonable judgment and ambition. As the plot progresses, however, her character seems to devolve into that of a not-too-bright gamine with the sophistication and emotional stability of a twelve-year-old. She, for instance, weds an Amishman who tells her he wants a houseful of children, but then is shocked and dismayed when she discovers she is pregnant. (Although the narrative is bereft of even a hint of sexual passion, the reader would of course assume the marriage was consummated.)
The novel is probably a prime example of what libraries now label "Gentle Reads". Neither the plot nor choice of words would disturb an innocent little girl or a prim old lady (unless she's anti-Christian). And, if one desires a lesson about the Amish in an easily read, non-challenging fictional format, this book should manage that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becky on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book had a sweet romantic story. One person gave up most of what she knew to be with the man she loved. He had to tolerate the naysayers, particularly his parents.

My father joined my mother's Church shortly after they were married and never looked back. His family adored my mother and have never treated their children differently. But, it did bother his mother that he forsook the faith he'd been reared with. However, Dad didn't have to change his occupation, manner of dress, or anything of that nature. So, Laura must have really loved Eli to give up all she was accustomed to for him.

I really enjoyed the Daughters of Lancaster County series, where one book picked up where the other had left off or maybe a few years later. However, the generations pass way too quickly in the Brides of Lancaster County series. A couple marries, maybe have a child or two at the end of one book. Then, poof, in the next, that child and subsequent ones are all grown. I find that irritating. It would certainly be nice to read more of their growing up, etc.

This series alone has had at least three generations of young adults who had present day technology around them. That is quite improbable.

I also found it difficult to believe that sweet, friendly, outgoing, spunky Mary Ellen Hilty would turn into a bitter, nagging, judgmental middle-aged crow.

One thing that bothered me was that Laura and her mother thought that little David should be placed in a "home" for handicapped children. I worked with special needs children and their families for many years. There are foster homes that specialize in special needs children if, for some reason, their parents can't care for them. But, not institutions like there used to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria de A on May 2, 2014
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I'm sorry, but this story was sad in a bad way. I didn't like it, not a little bit. It left me sad sad depressed! It promised to be a beautiful love story, but it was poorly developed. It lacked the inspirational spirit of Amish novels. The characters seemed immature and the faith seemed a burden and not a safe harbour. It was a huge dissapointment. I'm sorry, but I had to be honest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Peterson on January 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I will begin this review by saying that after page 11, (actually page 4 as the book begins with page 7), I developed a bias due to the fact that the synopsis on the back cover is blatantly incorrect. The back cover states that "Eli, a baptized member of the Amish church is enamoured with Laura". However, on PAGE 11 (4), Eli is musing that "he was in no hurry to be baptized and join the church", and indeed, on page 180 he and Laura are baptized together. HUH??? The back cover also states that, he knows, should he leave the faith, he would face a shunning. Anyone who has read even one Amish novel knows that an unbaptized member is not shunned for leaving.

So, Eli, your basic Amish man of deep faith, and Laura, English, child of wealth and privilege, 21st century electronics and NO religious beliefs at all, meet and fall in love. And then, in a story line that requires a certain suspension of disbelief, she decides to give it all up for sloping hogs, mucking stalls, backbreaking gardening and living pretty much in the nineteenth century. I particularly love it when she calls her parents to tell them about her decision and says "being with Eli will make me happy and if I have to make a few sacrafices along the way in order to make it happen, the I'll learn to deal with it". A FEW sacrifices!!!!! I visit Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts frequqently and I love it, especially the costuming (I own a fabric store). However,as romantic as it appears, I have NO desire to live like that and I am NOT even a child of privilege. I learned to sew on a treadle machine but no football - No way!

So, onward and upward into la la land.
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