1. Brides of the Big Valley: 3 Romances from a Unique Pennsylvania Amish Community
    Brides of the Big Valley: 3 Romances from a Unique Pennsylvania Amish Community
    Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter
    Barbour Publishing / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Minnesota
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amish Novellas filled with faith, family, and love
    July 17, 2019
    Fromtheheart
    Minnesota
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review of The Brides of Big Valley

    The Brides of Big Valley is a set of 3 novellas written by Wanda Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter. Each story relates to each other, but has unique characteristics in that each is set in a different distinct Amish community within Big Valley. Each story ends with a bonus recipe, too. They are all romances, each with a different twist. If you like Amish fiction, this won't disappoint you. You will learn about different groups of Amish and you will see how those differences impact the people. The stories are stories of faith, family, and love. They are truly enjoyable.

    "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Brides Of The Big Valley
    July 6, 2019
    Wanda
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    THE BRIDES OF THE BIG VALLEY has three wonderful, uniquely written romances from the Amish Community, and written by three wonderful authors. Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter. I love their books, and reading about the Amish people.

    The story of DEANNA'S DETERMINATION, started out in, Belleville, Pennsylvania, where she and her family belong to the white-top community, had a table set up at the flea market. Deanna Speicher had lost her husband, Simon, and then, a month later lost her mother and now she was having to raise her son mostly on her own. Deanna's dad was devastated, so she sold her house and moved in with her dad. Then her good friend Elmer Yoder helped out from time to time while Deanna suffered through the loss of her husband.

    As the story developed, Elmer began to see Deanna more. But one day something happened to change all that. Will Deanna ever be happy again? This story will bring you to tears. I know it did me. I had to think about this story for a while before I went on to the second one, because I was so overwhelmed from the sadness, the deep abiding love, and devotion. Wonderful story.

    ROSE MARY'S RESOLVE, opened in Belleville, Pennsylvania, at Rose Mary Renno's father's furniture shop, which is in the black-top community. Today was the day she would start training with her sister, Linda. Rose Mary had been dating Tom Yoder, when suddenly, this young English pilot, by the name of Kevin Presley, had to land his plane in their large field. Rose Mary was completely taken aback by his good looks. While Kevin recuperated from the harsh landing, and getting the plane checked out for damage, he and Rose Mary became good friends. Will their friendship develop into something more than friendship? Will Rose Mary fall for this English guy and follow her heart? Or will she follow her faith? A story that will strike the inmost thoughts or feelings of your heart. Awesome read!

    Our next story, LEILA'S LONGING, opened up with Leila Fisher, from the yellow-top community, after getting her younger brother Henry off to school, she then hurried off to the family shop. Hopefully, since her mother has to take time off from work for a while, Leila will be able to deal with the customers. Although her shy ways may slow her down a bit from getting to know people. Will she be able to do it? Or will she need help? Leila's mother wanted Leila to get out and socialize and perhaps meet a young man. But every time she tried to talk to someone her stuttering acted up. So Leila's other brother, Leon talked to her about a singing event. After some thought, Leila decided to go. Will she meet a young man? If so, will the two hit it off, or will her shy ways and stuttering stand in her way? A great read!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  3. ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good summer read!
    July 4, 2019
    ConnieR
    ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was an interesting collection of stories. How fun that it was written by three generations of storytellers in the same family! All of the stories were interesting and captured my attention. This would be a great book to take to the beach or camping this summer!!!

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I'm always happy to review books, and these are my own opinions.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Three Amish novellas by three different authors
    July 3, 2019
    arkmom
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    While this book includes three stories, each one can be a stand alone.

    It was interesting to learn some about the three different Amish communities, yellow, white top buggies and the black buggies.

    My personal favorite (by far) was the first story written by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Deanna's Determination. This story's main character is Deanna, a widow with a young son who has Down Syndrome. Her deceased husband's best friend eventually expresses his love for her and plans for their future are being made. Then, disaster strikes and he is left blind, and no longer wanting a future with Deanna. I thoroughly enjoyed this story!

    The second story, Rose Mary's Resolve's main character is Rose Mary who is dating an Amish man who wishes to go English. Rose Mary does not share his desire. She has told him she wishes to break things off with him, but he doesn't take 'no' for an answer. It was most irritating to me how she continued to go out with him. Does the girl not have a brain? Then, she turns around and starts spending a lot of time and developing feeling for an English man whom she met when he had to make an emergency airplane landing in their field. What will Rose Mary do? Stay with the faith she's been raised in, or leave it to go English? For me, this story did not flow well.

    The third story in this book, Leila's Longing, is set in the yellow-topper community. This community is more lenient than the others. Leila enjoys making cards to sell in the family's shop next to their home. The story begins with her running the shop alone as her mother is dealing with a pregnancy that has her depleted of energy.

    I did admire the responsibility of Leila in running the shop, taking care of her young brother, Henry, as well as the household.

    Leila has hurts from her childhood that she hangs on to and allows to control her as an adult. Most of this made her difficult for me to like. It did not flow well, or even seem believable.

    Leila met an Amish man from the black top community that she began to spend time with after he pursued her. Can she leave her family who needs her and join the black tops?

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Barbour Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. The review is my own opinion.
  5. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting new read by Brunstetter ladies
    July 1, 2019
    soccerkidsmom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Amish romance novel called THE BRIDES OF THE BIG VALLEY. Set IN the Big Valley area in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, these charming novels will have its reader quickly turning pages. I found this to be an interesting read, my favorite being DEANNA'S DETERMINATION about a little boy with Down's Syndrome and his mommy's search for love after her husband was killed in an accident. That being said, however, all three novels are interesting and enjoyable reads. In Big Valley, there are three separate Amish communities known by the color of the tops of their buggies and each novel highlights one of them. Any Amish romance fan will thoroughly enjoy and savor this newest wonderfully-well-written offering by the three Brunstetters.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing.
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