Readers, if you have read Wanda E. Brunstetter’s first two book in the Brides of Lancaster County series, you will not want to miss the third book, Plain and Fancy. If you have not read either of the first two books, don’t worry. As with the other books, Plain and Fancy’s plot is complete in itself.
The peaceful life of the Amish is showcased, with Pennsylvania Dutch phrases and snapshots of everyday home life sprinkled throughout the book. Where this third book differs from the first two is in the relationship between an Amish young man and an English girl. Anyone not of the Amish community is called “English.”
Brunstetter’s third book follows Eli Yoder and Laura Meade. Laura has moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to study interior design. A chance meeting at the farmers’ market throws Laura and Eli together, and a friendship develops. Eli shows her the countryside and explains some of the Amish culture. Laura is intrigued with the life of the Amish and with Eli. Laura wants Eli to leave his culture, but Eli wants Laura to join him. For Laura to join Eli and the Plain People, she will have to find God and give up her “electric comforts.” For Eli to join Laura and the outside world, he will have to leave his family and community and be shunned forever.
The author has done a wonderful job portraying these two disparate cultures. History of the Plain People is given in a gentle manner so readers learn important information without feeling they have just read a history lesson. She also has a natural way of explaining Christian truths and principals without sounding preachy.
So find your comfy chair, curl up, and read Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Plain and Fancy. Anyone would enjoy reading this book. – Vicki Borgman, Christian Book Previews.com
Is it good for two people-one plain, the other fancy-to fall in love? Laura Meade loves her modern life, yet she fascinated by the Amish culture in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she is studying interior design. Upon their first meeting, she is immediately attracted to Eli Yoder, one of the Plain People, but Laura has no real concept about faith, God's love, and forgiveness of sins. Eli is also enamored with Laura, but to marry outside his faith would be forbidden. What then is the hope for love?