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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Publication Date: 2009
Availability: In Stock
Series: Daughters of Lancaster County
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While The Bishops Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter is delightfully sweet, simple, and even borders on the romantic in some of the scenes, the story is nothing new. Oddly, what this reviewer noticed is that all the major characters have nearly identical personalities. True, each has his and her own set of problems, but they all think the same way, act the same way, and even speak the same way with the occasional German word thrown in for the Amish dialogue. Because of the lack of any real contrast between them, character development is sadly minimal. The climax comes more as a relief than a surprise, but even it is not as amazing as anticipated. Since the novel seems to be holding its breath waiting for the revelation of Jimmys past to come to the surface, the reader might expect fireworks; instead, Brunstetter uses an out of place near-death experience to allow the reader to identify the climax.
At places, Brunstetter seems to get lost. She starts teaching her audience about various unrelated topics rather than just telling the story. Dyslexia, alcoholism, and even the German language are all touched on in greater detail than would seem necessary in order to tell this story. In places, it seems as though Brunstetter is speaking directly to any readers who were potential alcoholics, in an effort to try to aid them in a search for sobriety. This, and various other subplots, distract from the main plot and stretch the story much longer than necessary.
The truth is The Bishops Daughter simply drags on for too long. The plot idea is interesting and plausible for a book half the size, but for as long as it currently is, it does not hold up. Women, particularly teenagers and those younger, may find the book enjoyable, but it would not appeal to a general audience. Jennifer Opperman, Christian Book Previews.com
Laura5 Stars Out Of 5The Bishop's Daughter book reviewAugust 17, 2015LauraQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I liked it better than I thought I would since I am not real familiar with the Amish but it was a good story and I would recommend it. I thought Jimmy should have asked someone else particularly Leonne's family if they had heard of a baby that had been kidnapped 20 years ago and not to have given up so easily but I am glad it all worked out. I would like to read more in the Lancaster Amish series.
froggy5 Stars Out Of 5The bishop's daughter # 3February 2, 2015froggyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought this book for my mom and she absolutely loved it! Great read!
ShellAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great ending to the seriesOctober 11, 2013ShellAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Really couldn't wait to read what would happen after I started this series. I enjoyed it so much I read all three books in a few days.
AnneLA, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 6, 2012AnneLA, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleThis is a wonderful read! It shows how God can work in ways we don't always understand. He is there at all times. He works all things for good to those who love Him.
sleepybeeThunder Bay, Ontario, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5I was pleased to be finally at the last volume ofMarch 15, 2012sleepybeeThunder Bay, Ontario, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 2this series. I enjoyed it, but I was disappointed at the ending. It seemed a crescendo throughout the trilogy but not, in my opinion, a fair explanation of how the ending played out.