Amish Romance Novels

I'm going to post this article so that others can read it and perhaps comment. I have never read any of Wanda Brunstetter's Amish-themed novels, so I shouldn't comment on something I haven't read.  My gut reaction is to be skeptical that the stories really portray the Amish all that accurately, BUT, I don't know, I haven't read them.  I just often find that fiction takes so many literary licenses that the truth is often lost...and for fiction that is OK.  So have any of our site visitors read Wanda Brunstetter's increasingly popular works?  If so, what did you think? Is my skepticism unfounded?

Um...okay, a story circulates in a few Pennsylvania newspapers that an Amish woman went into labor in the greeting card aisle of a Wal-Mart.  A volunteer firefighter who was in the store at the time helped with the delivery, according to news accounts.  Now Wal-Mart is denying it ever happened.  Bizarre.  Seems like it should be pretty easy to confirm or deny this story....

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Wanda B's Amish Novels just flow so sweet and natural. I devour the books so quickly and want more of the same. I am almost done with The Webster County Brides series. I am always looking on line for good deals so as to keep my cost down. I have studied the Amish culture in the past and I find that Wanda B's books are pretty much online in truth. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to have such a simple and pure lifestyle.

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The link to the novel article does not upload according to the Yakima Herald page I was directed to, but I find it odd that authors cash in on Amish romance novels, the type of literature the Amish do not read. Regarding the Amish birth in Walmart, it sounds like this movie made a few years back where a young girl gives birth in a Walmart one night and is helped by a young guy, yadda yadda yadda. I think Mr. Hau watches too much TV. Sue 

 

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I love wanda B and Beverly Lewis ;s writing > I like the easy flow and the page turning urge that I have when reading these 2 authors .
Lilian C

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Though not a fiction reader I do love the Amish fiction books. I have read all of Beverly Lewis' books and Wanda B's. I have enjoyed them - I think Beverly is the better writer, but Wanda's writing has imporved greatly since her early days. But now there is also Cindy Woodsmall and Kim Vogel and more authors are writing Amish fiction too. Amish fiction has become very popular! I live in NJ and work at a library and we have all these books in our collection and they are always going out. Maybe some of the draw to the book is the subject matter. We are less than 2 hours from Lancaster and we even have an Amish - Mennonite farmers market in the next town to ours. The market is very successful and they can charge what they want (and they do) and people will pay it! Amish is popular here!

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"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."

 

I have searched our local library here for Amish related books, but cannot find any.  When I get the time, I will try to see if they have any of these fiction authors.  At least that would be a good read before bed. 

I have a few books that I got from my lil brother, who took a class on Amish a year or so ago at Mizzou, where he goes to college.  I think it was taught by an Amish man... maybe he was ex-Amish... not sure.  Anyways, 3 of the books were fiction and interesting.  One was non-fiction, called "Dr. Frau", which is written by a midwife who sets up practice in a predominantly Amish area and her experiences.  I really enjoy that book a lot!

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I was in Bob Evans in Wilmington and saw they were selling an Amish Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter. I thought, "Kevin needs to have Lovina's cookbooks here not Wanda." I didn't look through it but I wonder
if she writes fiction are her cookbooks really "Amish". I have never read any of her books as I only like non-fiction.

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I've read them. In my opinion (whatever that's worth) they're better than the Beverly Lewis novels. The dialog is better written than Lewis. I've excanged an email or two with Wanda. I pointed out what I considered an error, and had a nice exchange with her.

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"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."

 

Wal-Mart once charged me $69 for a $3 package of chicken... so anything they do doesn't surprise me!

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I've read a couple of Wanda B. Books and never liked them....they just don't seem "real" to me for some reason.  I'm not much into books that are "easy reads" which is what her books are in my humble opinion. 

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