Something Old (Plains City Bridesmaids #1)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The only reason why I didn't enti ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Jake and Katy have a past the seems to come full circle through much heart ache, forgiveness, humbling and love.
PUBLISHER: BARBOUR PUBLISHING
PUBLICATION DATE: AUGUST 1, 2011
RATING: 6 OUT OF 10
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Title: SOMETHING OLD
Author: Dianne Christner
Publisher: Barbour Books
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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