“The Amish Bride” by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

The Amish Bride by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is a story set in the Mennonite/Amish area of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the Mennonite/Amish area of Lagrange and Elkhart in northern Indiana.  This is about Ella, a Mennonite girl who just turned seventeen; and Ezra, a young Amish man who is trying to determine his goal and direction in life.  The two of them live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Ella is sure she wants to marry Ezra, and Ezra seems to want to marry Ella, but her family and his are strongly opposed to union.  The reasons being, one, because she would have to be baptized in the Amish church and two, because Ezra is not quite settled as an adult.  This is also the story of Ella’s grandmother and the journal that her mother kept, most in a sort of code.   The grandmother wants Ella to research this journal to discover what the “code” means and why the journal was written that way.  Ezra is to go to Indiana to learn dairy farming from an Amish family there and Ella wants to go to the same area to search for clues in the home place about her great-grandmother’s journal and to take a course in baking at a culinary institution.  Both young people defy their parents and travel to Indiana on a motorcycle together, with plans that they will continue to see each other while there.

You will be drawn into their lives as they discover new things about themselves and each other.  Each chapter leads the reader to continue on to find out what happens next.  I thought I had this story figured out and the ending solved, but I was wrong.  You will have to read the whole book to know what happens to Ella and Ezra and their families.  I promise a good read where you will be surprised at the ending.

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