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Something Old (Plains City Bridesmaids #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  206 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews

Love Is Rarely Plain and Simple


Katy Yoder lives a simple, sheltered lifestyle ensconced in the traditions of the Conservative Mennonite church and holds a naïve black-and-white world view. With her parent’s approval, she moves in with a childhood friend. But after taking a temporary position as a nanny, gray begins to cloud her world as she finds herself forced to b

ebook, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
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Nikole Hahn
Jul 25, 2011 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Katy Yoder lives a simple, sheltered lifestyle ensconced in the traditions of the Conservative Mennonite church and holds a naive black-and-white worldview.” – Back Cover

At first, the prologue held my attention with some difficulty. Then, the story grabbed hold of me and I finished the book in about two days. The characters fascinated me, especially Katy Yoder.

I could relate to Katy. She holds very tightly to tradition and to her prayer kapp. Her worldview is indeed black-and-white with very li
I don't know if this was supposed to be a young adult or teen novel, but it sure wasn't for adults. The main character's were childish, selfish and thoughtless to the extreme and I can't even use the fact that they are Mennonite's to excuse their behavior. Katy especially was one of the least Christian characters that I have ever read about.

I admit that I don't know as much of the Bible as some, but I do know that so many of Katy's thoughts and actions could not have been truly Christian thought
Sep 11, 2011 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I didn't really like this book. Sure, I did like the plot, the Christian part of it. I liked some characters too. But seeing as I utterly hated the main heroine and she was in 90% of the book, I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy the book. I give this book 2.75 stars. Just for the heroine, I would give this book a 1. But I think the plot deserves a 3.5 star and the other characters all deserve about a 4 star. Yes, I know it doesn't add up to 2.75! Just pretend:)

The only reason why I didn't enti
Something Old by Dianne Christner

I received a copy of Something Old by Dianne Christner free from NetGalley. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

Something Old, rather than being Amish fiction, is actually Mennonite fiction. We meet Katy Yoder, a young Mennonite girl whose favorite work is cleaning. Katy has recovered from a bad heartbreak caused by Jake Byler who left her and went to the Englisch world, and the last time she saw him he was drunk and almost ass
This was my first Mennonite Christian Romance - I've always been intrigued by them, but hadn't picked one up until this one. I thoroughly enjoyed this story - getting a more in depth look into a society I normally would know very little about.

Katy cleans houses for several families outside of her community. She is surrounded by temptation - like TV's, pop music, dancing, romance novels.. all the things she taught to avoid. Brought up in a very traditional household she hold true to her values a
Maureen Timerman
Jul 09, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
I enjoyed this book! The story is about young Katie Yoder a Mennonite woman, who wants to move in with some of her friends. One of her friends is cousins with Katie's old love Jake Byler, and she doesn't like Lil interfering in her life. Lil has been helping Jake by putting them together.
Jake had gone kind of wild and Katie fears that he had a fling with Jessie. What brings this all together is some of the changes that are happening at their more conservative Mennonite Church.
Katie holds on to
Aug 03, 2011 Sherri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book! I couldn't stop reading it, I quickly became addicted, and it when everywhere with me in case I found myself with a few minutes where I could read.
So well written that you often forget that it's a fictional story.
Christner has just become one of my favorite authors!

I enjoyed being able to have a look into the Mennonite lifestyle. I really enjoyed the issue of a prayer covering that the book brought up, and has me researching some of that on my own now.

I enjoyed reading abou
Jun 07, 2011 Tillie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-review
Here's a little secret. I typically cannot make it through Mennonite fiction. Y'all know I adore Amish fiction, but the mennonite ones don't grab me…I miss the buggies, the lack of electricity, the plainness that the Amish provide. With that said, this book had me from nearly the beginning (it didn't instantly grab me, but about a quarter of the way in I started loving it). The main character, Katy, had such an amazing transformation in this book. I loved her character development. She grew so m ...more
Jane Miller
Sep 17, 2011 Jane Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of a Mennonite woman getting her first experience with life, beyond her sheltered sphere. It is amusing how she struggles with things most people take for granted. It is a wonderful story of forgiveness. It also gives insight into the Mennonite lifestyle.

I found it better than most because it didn't just put a bonnet on a normal romance plot, but actually made the character real, even if not always likeable. Very real.
May 26, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katy is an Mennionite follower that struggles as she comes across those that are referred to as "outsiders", the worldly things they are involved with and the technology that goes with it. Jake, Lil, Mlegan are friends that help Katy realize that there'd are ways to except people that are different and not loose your values at the same time.
Jake and Katy have a past the seems to come full circle through much heart ache, forgiveness, humbling and love.
Jul 22, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the heroine, Katy and her relationship with her girlfriends. I especially enjoyed reading about the Amish doddy house. I grew up Mennnonite and I thought Christner gave an authentic look at the Mennonite faith. I would recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Rachel Brand
Mar 20, 2011 Rachel Brand rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers

Nineteen-year-old Katy Yoder is looking forward to cherishing friendship and the single life when she moves in to a renovated Dawdi house with her best friends, Lily and Megan. Katy is satisfied with her lot in life, working as a cleaner for various local families, and isn’t quite ready to settle down and get married just yet, unlike many other Mennonite girls her age. Still suffering from the hurt she
3.5 Stars

Katy is a conservative Mennonite and she takes it very seriously. Her goal is to move out of her parents home and into an apartment with her friends Lil and Megan. They have been friends since childhood and this has been their dream to share a home together. Katy is a housekeep and loves to clean and keep things neat. The only thing missing in her life is love. Her old flame Jake left her a few years back as he fell of the wagon and distance himself for his faith and Katy. One of the s
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Katy Yoder is 19 and doesn’t date anyone because of the heartbreak she experienced with Jake Byler joined the Englisch world, meeting worldly girls and doing things she doesn’t approve of. Their last time together, Jake was drunk and pushed himself on her, so she has hated his since. But she still just can’t get over him enough to date anyone else. But what a surprise she gets when Jake shows back up in town, and it seems like everywhere she goes, he is there. Not only that, everything she is in ...more
May 31, 2011 Jodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, net-galley
Katy told her two best friends at camp one year that she would one day marry Jake. But, when Jake got to his teenage years, he questioned his relationship with God, went off to college, and met another girl. Now, Jake's back, but Katy has promised to give David three dates as part of a deal with her dad. On the dates with David, she soon realizes that he's not as bad as she thought. But, she can't stop thinking about Jake and being jealous of who he was with while in college. And, she can't forg ...more
More like 4.5 stars but close enough to round up.

I was pleasantly surprised at the many deep spiritual themes in this book. The most compelling had to do with the consequences of festering anger and unforgiveness. It truly made Katy difficult, unattractive, and I daresay, downright ugly at times. In contrast, forgiveness and grace changed her countenance as well. The ordinary becomes beautiful when gratitude and grace result in living at peace with men.

The story did a great job at illustrating
May 06, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Author: Dianne Christner
Publisher: Barbour Books
August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61626-231-0
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance/Mennonite

Katy Yoder is a conservative Mennonite girl, and she takes her beliefs very seriously. She and her two best friends, Lil and Megan, plan to rent an old Amish house, remodel it, and live together. Her parents are against it, but then finally agree if she agrees to date a young man named David. Katy has been in love with Jake Byler since she was t
Mar 30, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because I thought it would be a nice, wholesome, Christian romance. I was right, but not everyone might agree.

First of all, the series title (Plain city Bridesmaids) is a giveaway that that someone will be getting married at some point. That was somewhat of a spoiler, but it wasn't a big deal to me. Secondly, the description of this book says Katy (the main character) is torn between her Mennonite life and the worldy life her friends are leading. This isn't accurate, s
Jun 07, 2011 Paula-O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love is rarely Plain and Simple....

This is book by Dianne Christner of series Plain City Bridesmaids, book#1 "Something Old"

Katy Yoder is just a young girl of 10 when a little boy, Jake Byler, is always pulling her pony-tail and teasing her-she decides then -she will marry him. ahhhhh young love.
three young girls bond and become best friends that will last a lifetime-Megan, Lil and Katy -as young girls they have a dream to live together when they finish school and always to be there for one anot
Jul 10, 2011 pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
i really enjoyed this book it amazed me how different the mennonite is to the amish. Like they must go though high school because Katy and her friends always wanted to live together after high school.
I did not realize they are more simmlar to the english than they are to the amish.

The book started out Katy and her friends was going to rent a dauti house and katy had to ask her parents if she could. Her father said yes but she had to go on three dates with David because David was a nice guy. Kat
Dec 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished it and I can say it was the worst book I've read this year. If possible I would give it a 1.5 because I liked some characters, like Lil, but they weren't the focus, Katy was. And she is just so self righteous and judgmental through almost the whole book. It is grating! Talk about remove the plank from your own eye! She can't fathom through almost the entirety of the book that just because people can be different from her that they could be good & have their own relationship ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel that I have read by Dianne Christner. "Something Old" is filled with a lot of wonderful characters which a
reader will be able to connect with throughout the novel. Christner is writing from a Mennonite background which I appreciated and
since I have read mainly Amish novels I discovered details that provided me with becoming more aware of the differences between the
two cultures. In my opinion, this is a wonderful "Coming of Age" novel for every age level reader because th
April Suter
Katy is pretty judgmental or is she just taking a stand defending what she believes? What a fine line it is between the two, on one side you are following what you have always been taught and trully feel but on the other side someone else is telling you that you are wrong.
Katy is allowed to move out of her parents' home with her other two friends after she goes on three dates, maybe that will be enough to forget her childhood love. She also must decide what to do when her job outside of the Men
Maaike van Beek
Have to say I am not at all excited about this book. I finished it because that's my rule, but it took me a while.
Katy is most of the time acting like quite an obnoxious teenager. I like that the book has more spiritual content, but I think the author could have worked that into a more pleasant or interesting character.
Also one of my biggest questions is: what happened to Katy's parents? She moved out, into the Doddy House, she has dinner at her parents a few weeks later but then they just disap
Kim Justice
Oct 02, 2011 Kim Justice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
At first was not to sure rather or not I could get into this book. Yet the more I read the more I was able to see myself in Katy Yoder. A sheltered, naive, black and white, conservative lifestyle. I Could Not Put It Down. Read it in two days.

Was brought up in an old fashioned Christian home. So reading about Katy's way of believing in only black and white with no gray hit home with me. The plans as a young girl, the temptations as a young lady, the changes in life and how Katy and her friends, a
Jul 22, 2013 Dorrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something Old is the first of three novels about the same group of women, with the emphasis in this volume on the gal named Katy. Katy is a very conservative, traditional, Mennonite woman. She has two lifelong friends who are also Mennonite. But Lil is not willingly as conservative as her own family nor as Katy. Megan is a peace maker and has more than once during their growing up years been the one to restore peace and order in the group.The story ends with Katy's marriage to Jake. I thoroughly ...more
Janie  R. Freeman
Jun 02, 2012 Janie R. Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: annabaptist
I very much enjoyed reading this first book in the series, and I look forward to reading the next one, and the next one. Learning about the Mennonites and their lifestyle,and their faith was very interesting. The characters portrayed strong convictions about their faith, and each one demonstrated different opinions, and some had strong emotions about them. The main characters as well as the congregation of their church,went thru some struggles, trying to keep from getting split,and still remain ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Lesyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Something old

Sweet read. I wondered about Katy's self-righteousness, judgemental attitude. Well that got nipped right in the bud. Turns out that she has led a sheltered withdrawn lifestyle, finally being able to associate with regular people, she is naturally fearful of everything that is not Mennonite. Good thing for her, that Jake has experienced the outside world. All in all a happy ending.
Feb 13, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book

I enjoyed watching the spiritual journeys of the characters in this book. I was rooting for Jake from the start...but held my breath wondering if he was God's plan. I loved the way David not left without a relationship prospect waiting for him and all the loose ends with every character were tied up in neat but believable perfect bows. This was a relaxing but spiritually deep book. It made me think about my faith in new ways.
Jul 04, 2013 Sandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another read in the chapter of the lives of 3 Mennonite women. Their trials and tribulations lend to great reading. Lil wants to be a Head Chef and works hard toward that goal and then suddenly she is confronted with her man.. what a super way to go.. Does she end up as both or only one.. Ms. Christner leads you on the path she is following..
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Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author - writes Christian romance novels. She writes both Historicals and Amish Fiction. Raised in the Mennonite church, she brings authenticity to "The Plain City Bridesmaids" series.

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Her passion is reading and connecting with other readers and writers.
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