Something Old, Plain City Bridesmaids Series #1   -     By: Dianne Christner
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Something Old, Plain City Bridesmaids Series #1

Barbour Books / 2011 / Paperback

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Travel to Plain City, Ohio, to witness the Mennonite and English culture clash. As Katy Yoder accepts a new job and struggles to define her place in the world, childhood friends and a past romance get in the way. Even when her friends try to help her change her judgmental attitude, Katy is certain that seeing things as black and white is the only way to please God. But as love softens her heart, slowly shades of gray seep into her world, and she discovers the right answer isn't always the easiest one.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1616262311
ISBN-13: 9781616262310
Availability: In Stock
Series: Plain City Bridesmaids

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Publisher's Description

Travel to Plain City, Ohio, to witness the Mennonite and English culture clash. As Katy Yoder accepts a new job and struggles to define her place in the world, childhood friends and a past romance get in the way. Even when her friends try to help her change her judgmental attitude, Katy is certain that seeing things as black and white is the only way to please God. But as love softens her heart, slowly shades of gray seep into her world, and she discovers the right answer isn’t always the easiest one.

Author Bio

Dianne Christner’s first book was published in 1994, and she now writes full time. She has written several historical fiction titles and has started writing contemporary fiction from her experience of being raised in the Mennonite church. Dianne lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she enjoys the beauty of her desert surroundings and life sizzles in the summer when temperatures soar above 100 degrees. Dianne and her husband have two married children and five grandchildren.

Publisher's Weekly

Barbour taps into the Amish fiction fan base by offering an Anabaptist series, the Plain City Bridesmaids. Christner, raised in the Ohio Mennonite Church, introduces Katy Yoder--who's not Amish despite the name--a young woman seeking to follow God as she interacts with the "outsiders" for whom she works. Katy's heart remains closed to Jake Byler, the young man she once loved but who has returned home as "spoiled goods." Her rigid world begins to waver as she faces temptations from the outside world, her feelings for Jake revive, and she confronts issues such as head coverings, cellphones, and the Internet. But it isn't until Jake accuses her of "living your self-righteous life" that she begins to see her life as more than a set of rules. The book offers an interesting look at Mennonite struggles, with cleaning tips and home remedies included, but the plot plods and the writing stutters through stilted dialogue.. (Aug.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Christner has written a novel about the Mennonites that is rich in detail without being overbearing.  The characters are well written and believable.  The main female character is unsympathetic at times, but redeems herself in the end.

Fans of contemporary Inspirational fiction will enjoy Something Old. The characters are well-developed and for the most part, likable and sympathetic. Dianne Christner delivers many valuable lessons of faith that transcend specific religious boundaries. Katy’s love story and journey make for a truly delightful read.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 25, 2013
    Ruth Swartz
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has great features and I couldnt put it down.Was very good book.
  2. n.c.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    something old
    May 2, 2013
    jean60
    n.c.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this series! I just wish it would have another one to it
  3. Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I liked this story more than I thought I would...
    November 26, 2011
    Michelle Sutton
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I was pleasantly surprised at the many deep spiritual themes in this book. The most compelling had to do with the consequences of festering anger and unforgiveness. It truly made Katy difficult, unattractive, and I daresay, downright ugly at times. In contrast, forgiveness and grace changed her countenance as well. The ordinary becomes beautiful when gratitude and grace result in living at peace with men.

    The story did a great job at illustrating how the outside of the cup can be clean (I found it ironic that Katy was a cleaning lady,) but the inside can still be full of dead man's bones. And while the heroine was a Christian and did sincerely love God, she'd let the structure and boundaries of her Mennonite faith determine how she lived her life rather than reflecting God's love onto others. In short, the symbol became more important than the meaning behind it.

    But I loved how Katy often softened around Jake, and how she wanted to forgive him, but that stinkin' pride kept getting in the way. But when they kissed, wow! Sparks flew and the room got a bit warmer. I have to say I loved that this wasn't a one kiss at the end type story. That gets bonus points from me. There was realistic tension, desire, and passion between them that made for some great scenes.

    Jake was the consummate hero. There was nothing not to love about him. I was actually glad at one point when he said he was tired of the fighting and maybe it wasn't meant to be. Good for him. I was getting ticked at Katy and her back and forth emotions myself, all of which were propelled by anger. That is such the antithesis to Christ's love, whether the anger is deserved or not. I loved how God used the foolish things to confound the wise, in other words, how God used the person that Katy believed was so worldly that she couldn't be a good person, to show her how to be honest with herself and others. I loved that!
  4. Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Enjoyable Read
    November 12, 2011
    ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Katy Yoder is 19 and doesn't date anyone because of the heartbreak she experienced with Jake Byler joined the Englisch world, meeting worldly girls and doing things she doesn't approve of. Their last time together, Jake was drunk and pushed himself on her, so she has hated his since. But she still just can't get over him enough to date anyone else. But what a surprise she gets when Jake shows back up in town, and it seems like everywhere she goes, he is there. Not only that, everything she is involved in, Jake is involved in it too. She just can't shake loose of him. All she was interested in now was moving in with her childhood friends for a while.

    Jake Byler's life changed while he was away and he wants to come back to the church and try to win his only love Katy back. But this will be a challenge because of her hatred and bitterness over him leaving her.

    I enjoyed this Mennonite story as I met Katy and her best friends Megan and Lil, and was in on the excitement of their moving in with each other. The author created a cast of characters that played their parts so well in the story and it was fun getting to know them, even though at times some of them were irritating.

    The main character Katy sometimes acted like goodie-two-shoes because she was always judging others. And Lil really got on my nerves when she was trying to nose into Katy's life, pushing her to go back with Jake. I wanted to scream at her sometimes and tell her to tend to her own business. At first I didn't like Jake, but as I got to know him, I really liked him because he was real. He had accepted the Lord and his life had definitely changed for the better. And David, well I couldn't figure out if he really liked Katy or he was just being a jerk because Katy's dad kinda forced her to go on three dates with David. And then he was so jealous of Jake, but that could have just been a male thing, right? I was proud of Jake for finally speaking up to Katy about her attitude, she really had that coming.

    Over all this was an enjoyable read and I hope there is a second book to follow these characters further in their lives. Though I do think this could be a YA book too, it just seems like something younger people would enjoy reading. Which is a good thing, we need more YA books! I encourage you to grab a copy of this book, read and enjoy it. You will not be disappointed.
  5. Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mennonite Story
    October 5, 2011
    NYbooklover
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Something Old by Dianne Christner is a novel that deals with the Mennonite people. It helps you to become familiar with some of the differences between the Amish and Mennonite. Such as the Mennonite people use cars.

    The book is about three girls (Katy, Lil, and Megan) that make a pact to live with each other when they get older and before they get married. They were friends and made this decision while at camp. They had to call their group a name so they decided to call themselves "three bean salad".

    Megan ends up going on the mission field so she never does live with Katy and Lil. Katy and Lil don't seem to get along together because Megan was their mediator. But Katy and Lil learn from each other about responsibility, independence, and cooperation.

    The main emphasis is on the character of Katy. She is judgmental, unforgiving, and looks at life as black and white. She has a friend that she has known since childhood named Jake. She dates him when they get older but Jake seems to live in the gray areas of life. She really loves Jake but doesn't want to admit it. The other person she dates is David who seems to be "perfect" but she doesn't really love him. Who will she pick to spend the rest of her life with Jake who lives in the gray areas and challenges her faith or David who seems to be perfect? Katy comes to find out old friends and old places can be cherished.

    Katy enjoys her job of cleaning homes. She does end up taking care of some children when the lady she cleans for can't find someone to take care of her children. The children and mother seem to stretch her faith. Another person she takes care of once is Jake's grandmother who has Alzheimer which ends up to be a disaster. It is humorous and sad at the same time. It shows the innocent child-like behavior of people with this illness.

    I could relate to Katy because I have trouble with being judgmental, unforgiving, and looking at life as black and white.

    I am looking forward to reading the author's new book Something New which emphasizes the character of Lil.

    This unbiased review was based on an electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
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