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The Amish Bride

(Women of Lancaster County #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,288 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould offer readers The Amish Bride, Book 3 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Plain women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love.

Ella Bayer and Ezra Gundy are in love and hope to marry someday, but she is a young Mennonite woman while he is an Amish m
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Harvest House Publishers
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Shirley Chapel
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marilyn Ridgway
Recommended to Shirley by: Leslie Gould
Mennonite raised Ella Bayer graduates high school at 17. She has her future all planned out. First she wants to go to a baking or culinary school to learn how to bake fancy wedding cakes. Her goal is to have her own bakery before she marries her Amish boyfriend Ezra Gundy. Often our plans don't go as we wanted or hoped they would.
Ezra Gundy is Amish and Ella Bayer is a Plain Mennonite. It seems Ezra's family wants him to become a dairy farmer and marry an Amish girl. Ella's mom seems to be tryin
Wow! This is good. I could hardly put it down,. I love the characters. The plot and dialogue are also good. Highly recocmended.
Rachel Brand
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

PROS: Ella’s character growth is realistic and endears her to the reader; great spiritual lessons about forgiveness and trusting God; good message about marriage

CONS: Wouldn’t recommend this to be read as a standalone novel; Ella’s immaturity may make her unsympathetic initially

Ella Bayer was raised Mennonite, but since she began dating Ezra Gundy she’s become convinced that she will one d
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The above authors have coauthored several books, and I'm always amazed at the cohesiveness and flowing stories they create. There is no telling who is writing any specific portion of the story, and that's no easy feat! This Amish fiction tale is beautifully written, and original. I love the history that was interwoven throughout, and the lives of the characters in this book are varied. Characters are deep and believable, and relationships are realistic at all levels. There is no predicting which ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ella is sure she knows what she wants out of life: to have her own bakery and to marry Ezra. But she is Mennonite and he is Amish, and that presents a bit of a problem. And she needs to take baking classes, which she can’t after she converts. Ezra's family is trying to keep them apart, to the point of sending him away to learn the dairy business. But Ella is clever and figures out a way to keep them together, even when they are miles away from their homes. However, there is much that Ella doesn' ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story of forgiveness, healing and maturing in faith. I love this series and how the characters develop and mature throughout each story. In the end, each character finds rest in God's plan for their life. It encourages the reader to reflect on their own life and how God works through each of us. Looking forward to the next story! ...more
Carolyn Vandine West
Third in the series, I loved every bit of this book. It was so different from most of the Amish books that I’ve read.
Even though Ella has been raised Mennonite, she has many in her family that are Amish. She is crazy about Ezra and has always loved him.
But when she finds secrets from her Mammi’s past and her birth father returns things change in a way she can’t predict. Don’t miss this one. This series you need to read in order for best enjoyment.
I enjoyed this book and received though net gallery. I am review. I truly enjoyed reading this. I could connect though the Characters of this book. The book starts out with Ella reviving a book from her grandmother. The book is from her Great Grandmother Sarah. There a mystery or code that Ella is asked to break in her great grandmothers book.

Her mother and grandmother and the Grandys want their relationship with Ella and Ezra to change. They Ezra is to go to a farm but Ella decides to go with h
judy dever
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotional Story

This was full of emotion a and I found myself feeling that Ella was being so selfish aboutt her dad, but I think itjust took her longer to grow up than some of the other characters in the story.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Story started at a fast pace and keep going. The build up to the ending was subtle and you hoped it was going to end with her happiness. I haven’t read any other books in the series but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by starting with this one.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
sawed story. interesting to deaf about the different cultures
Larissa Langsather
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by this book.
cindy massey
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent series! I am hooked on this author. Each book is great
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story. Strong minded Ella thinks she knows what is best, but when she starts to listen to others her world turns upside down, but for the better!
Edward Arrington
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
People dream and plan out their lives. It matters not whether they are Mennonite, Amish, or some other persuasion. The natural tendency for Christ-followers is to make plans and then ask, or even demand, that God bless their plans. Ella had laid out her recipe for life, including who she would marry, the steps to get to that point, and what would follow that. Have you ever gotten that specific with your plans for your life? How did it work out for you? Did God apply His heavenly stamp of approva ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much going on

I've already read the other books in the Women of Lancaster County series, both before and after this one, but I finally gave up on this one because I got tired of trying to remember all the characters and who they belong to and why and who did what to who and for what reason and whether it happened in this book or one of the others in the series. The title is The Amish Bride, but the author brought in a lot of Mennonites, some who were formerly Amish and some who are thinking a
Anne Rightler
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Amish Bride is part of the Women of Lancaster series written by a couple of my favorite authors, Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. Having read a number of their books, I had high expectations for this novel and I was not disappointed. The synergy is wonderful and a beautiful story is the result. The characters have depth and reality and their emotions, strengths, and foibles resonate well with readers. The authors did a great job of bringing growth and maturity to their characters, especi ...more
I received a copy of this book from the author, I was not required to give a favorable. As with each of these wonderful authors, this book told a story that was very enjoyable. When Ella was trying to make choices about her life, both with her family and her boyfriend, her grandmother put her on a path to find out about a book that was written by her mother. With the history of the Amish not having pictures of people this was a very interesting quest. But Ella had to leave to find the peace that ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. Ella was a character to fall in love with. Would love to read more about her life. Very good writing and style. Love that it was some in Lancaster County, And then in Indiana. Good settings too.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the series. This book was just an ok read for me. It if you enjoy Amish stories and are calmly written, you would enjoy this one.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick easy read with interesting little twists.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book with a touch of mystery. Interesting Amish & Mennonite characters. I wish I would have started at book #1 to know some of the older characters better.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-reading
I really like this book. Ella Bayer runs away with Ezrah but when he goes back home she makes a life for herself and learns that making cakes and pastries is her passion.
Mary Higgins
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is brilliant

The book is good story. I love reading from start to finish books number 3. Many thanks for your wonderful writing book.
Connie Hardesty
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This series was redeemed with this book.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
OK - kind of dragged
Louise King
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely story full of the pain and joy that families hold in their stories.
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Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous literary honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Review Magazine’s 2012 Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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