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A Merry Heart (Brides of Lancaster County #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

In Romance on January 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm
A Merry Heart (Brides of Lancaster Country #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

A Merry Heart (Brides of Lancaster Country #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Title: A Merry Heart (Brides of Lancaster County #1)

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Genre: Fiction/Amish/Romance

Rating: ***/****

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Okay, so I’m an atheist, but I decided to read an Amish romance story because of an article I read a few months ago which noted their rising popularity.  Also, last time I was in a bookstore I saw a table covered by stacks of these books.  Hey, I can’t help it, it looked interesting!

But it was culture shock! Still interesting, but a shock nonetheless considering our differences in values, plus the scripture quoted throughout the book.  I’m in the Bible Belt, but it still makes me feel strange when people quote scripture verbatim, even fictional characters.  Don’t ask me why, you’d be too offended to hear my answer.  Aside from this, I did like the protagonist Miriam who is bitter after her boyfriend jilted her two years ago.  Now, she has another man in her life wanting to marry her, but she believes it’s only because he needs a mother for his daughter, and not because he loves her.

Miriam really has a trying time trusting men, especially when she means an ‘English’ reporter who excites her in a new way, tells her that’s pretty, but deep down she knows nothing can happen with this man.  He is an outsider & she isn’t willing to abandon her church, her family, for this person.  Now, this is the only gripe I have about the novel, but it may just be a gripe with Amish values.  Nowhere did I read any character talking to Miriam about how she felt about being jilted, sure they talk about her behind her back, but practically push her on another guy to make her happy.  The lady has trust issues, why push her on another guy before those can be dealt with?

I guess Amish people just don’t think non-married people can be happy. I’m so happy I’m not Amish.  Despite this one complaint, I will continue reading these books as they are well-written (for any age) & I like reading about these people, even though I find their lifestyle to be completely ridiculous overall.

Yes, I’m mean. Wah!

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http://www.wandabrunstetter.com/

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