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Something Old by Dianne Christner
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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 assaulted her...

Katy, having no prospects, decides it is time to follow her lifelong dream of living with her two best friends, Lil and Megan. After obtaining her father's permission, complete with conditions, the girls set out to prepare their new doddy house as their home. One of Katy's conditions though is that she must go on 3 dates with David, a young Mennonite boy who has asked her out twice before and one she just does not have interest in. But she decides it is worth it, probably...

Much to Katy's surprise, Jake shows up back in the Mennonite community in Ohio, and unbeknownst to her, Lil has hired him to remodel their new doddy house... After much debate she decides she may attempt to tolerate him, but that is it... Plus, David isn't as bad as she had thought, in fact, she has quite good fun with him...

Things get challenging when Katy loses one of her good jobs, causing financial hardships, and is forced to take on nanny work, which she detests. Then David and Jake get jealous of one another, over her, and everything is just one giant mess...

Will Katy be able to sort everything out? What does God mean for her? And is her community beginning to go the wrong way when they consider changing the kapp requirement?

Read Something Old to find out!

While I definitely enjoyed comparing the differences between Mennonites and Amish, they are still both Plain people. Yet the Mennonites have come to terms with cars, electricity, and some computer usage, etc.

My biggest problem with this book is that Katy was just hard to like sometimes. While the book does show her growth as a character, she was almost off-putting at times. So close-minded and so stuck in her own ways... Generally, the main characters in books like this are firm in their beliefs but are less quick to push their one track views on everyone else, like Katy.

Though she is 19, I often felt I was reading about a younger character. Someone maybe 14 that just needed a huge dose of growing up. It also made the book almost feel like juvenile fiction rather than adult fiction...

It was also very hard for my to understand her extreme dislike for dancing. While I do think that there are some moms pushing to sexualize their young children through provocative dancing, which I find abhorrent, I see nothing wrong with classical ballet. But then again, as a former ballerina myself I am quite biased...

Overall, I enjoyed the book and will look into reading the next book in the series, Something New, when I get a chance.

3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Rachel Brand Exactly how I felt! I'm still going to give #2 in the series a try as I enjoyed learning about Mennonites and think Lil will be an interesting character to read about :) It's already up on NetGalley!


Abbie I am just getting ready to write my review of this book and I agree with you as well. I really just wanted to slap her a few times and tell her to grow up!


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