October 09, 2011
Lilly's Wedding Quilt by Kelly Long
I've been gobbling up the Amish fiction books lately, and I have to say that I did enjoy this one. It had a nice storyline, was a bit more realistic than others I've read, and had enjoyable characters.
Lilly has loved Jacob from afar for many years now. Too bad his sights are set on Sarah. But then Sarah gets married to another man and while trying to cover up his stealing a horse, Lilly and Jacob inadvertently become engaged. Lilly's glad for what she can get, but will she ever have true love with Jacob? An even worse though, will he be able to stand her mother who has become quite strange after the death of her father? They will have to work hard at their relationship if they ever expect it to survive.
Lilly was a nice character. She was her own self while still following Amish tradition. Jacob was the same way although a bit more of a rebel. I like how in this book the author makes the Amish real people with flaws and secrets and not blindly following their faith without thinking for themselves. It is very refreshing and more realistic. Lilly's mother was a bit odd but I think its nice to show that even the Amish have mental problems although its not as prolific as it is in the Englischer world.
For a plot it probably could have been a little better. It basically outlines the strife in Lilly's relationships but never really has anything pressing going on. Its a simple story. But it is still a good writing of relationships and how to have open communication. Since this is Amish it could probably be considered Christian fiction as there is religious attributes and the characters call upon God quite a bit in the book. It also doesn't contain anything real offensive but unlike most Amish books, while this one doesn't have graphic scenes, it does mention more physical contact than most Amish books do.
Not too bad and if you're a fan of Amish fiction you'll probably like it. I definitely will check out more by this author.
Lilly's Wedding Quilt