This is the second Wanda Brunstetter novel that I've read and I have to admit that I'm not really compelled to read any more of hers. This story was so simplistic with no space for originality or creativity - just a standard romance set in an Amish community. While it was a bit more fleshed out than the other novel I've read from this author - "On Her Own" - the characters were total caricatures and not developed enough to actually have motives behind their actions. And the speech was incredibly stilted and fake-sounding. Furthermore, the main character really irritated me - she was so selfish and childish, definitely not mature enough to be getting married and taking on all the responsibilities that an Amish wife and mother has! She only redeemed herself in the last few pages but by this point I was rather fed up with her. I'm giving this book 5/10 as it was fairly enjoyable to read and did keep my interest, even if I feel like I could write a more compelling novel myself! I have one more Brunstetter novel on my TBR and I really hope it's better than this - otherwise, I won't be trying any more of her books.
I have to agree with Brenda E. about this book. It was very well written, and while the dialoge and story - line were very clever, something was missing. However, i did like most of the parts, and Wanda made it very intertesting, especially Pauline's character, and how she was very jealous and possesive of Eli. I also liked Laura's dad, and I think that Eli and Laura were made to be together, and all - in - all, i think that it was a very good book.
I Love all the books in the Brides of Lancaster County, but Plain and Fancy is my favorite one. I was hooked after I only read the first page. It took me about a day and a half to finish the whole book. I didn't want to put it down. It kept me in suspense the whole time I didn't know if she would leave the english way of life or he would leave his plain way of life. Its a wonderful book and series.
Plain and Fancy is a wonderful attention keeper book. I didn't want to put the book down. I needed to know if the Plain Amish would turn fancy OR if he Fancy would become one of the Plain Amish. It keeps you on the edge the whole way through. I highly recommend this book as well as the other books in this series. Brunstetter makes the setting real as though you are right there yourself. I glad that my friend shared her book with me and got me started on Brunstetter. I now look for her books at the public library I can't get enough of them.
I loved this book the most out of the series. So much like real life when something goes wrong she runs home to her English family. You would never expect a English girl to turn Amish after having everything. Such a good story. Love all her books and I enjoy reading them and look foward to the next series.
I've just finished this third in the series....Wow! It is so good. It is so hard to put down once you begin reading...I am fascinated by the Amish and enjoy reading all I can on them...Can't wait for the next one