A Merry Heart by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the first of the “Brides of Lancaster County” series about a school teacher who is very bitter that her old boyfriend dumped her for someone else and blames God for not answering her prayers. She struggles with the temptation of falling for a man outside of her faith but eventually she yields to God and experiences joy in her life with her Amish husband who she married for convenience.
Slow moving romance but gave insight into the Amish community through the main character and her family. I really didn’t care for the main character throughout most of the book because she was so bitter over being dumped by her old boyfriend. I liked how the book showed her inner struggles and her journey to having a merry heart in the end which I liked. I liked it enough to continue on with the series. Even includes a recipe for Chunky Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies which sound delicious!
(Karen's review 12/31/09)
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