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The Brides of the Big Valley: 3 Romances from a Unique Pennsylvania Amish Community

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  169 reviews
3 Short Stories of Love in a Unique Amish Community
 
In an area of Pennsylvania called The Big Valley, a uniquely blended Amish community thrives in which 3 distinct groups of Amish identify themselves by the colors of their buggy’s top—white, black, or yellow. Join New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in experienc
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Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Shiloh Run Press
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Three novellas by three generations of the Brunstetter ladies.
All three different and unique in there own way. Amish fiction fans are in for a real treat with this book.
My Favorite was Deanna's Determination, about a widow raising her little boy who has Down’s Syndrome you are going to be touched by this one for sure. It's not a same ole same ole Amish story.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it for Amish fiction fans.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favo
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Gemma
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really nice read.
Written by mother, daughter in law and grandchild. They really.made the stories work, and compliment eachother perfectly.
Each short story was well written and all three felt complete and not cut short or rushed.

Set in three neighbouring Amish communities, It was interesting to read about the different standards and lifestyles each had.
I was also very happy to read that the first story included a child with downs syndrome, special needs adult and children are not por
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Literary Soirée
Barbour captivates with this trio of novellas set in a Pennsylvania Amish community — each focuses on love and faith, each deeply touches the heart. 5/5

Pub Date 01 Jun 2019.

Thanks to the authors, Barbour Publishing, Inc. and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinion are mine.

#TheBridesOfTheBigValley #NetGalley
Kelsie
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Wanda E. Brunstetter is a bestselling author of many Amish fiction novels and a founder of the genre. She has teamed up with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter in The Brides of Big Valley. The ladies each gave us an Amish romance story featuring the three groups of Amish living in the Mifflin County, Pennsylvania area fondly known as Big Valley. The three groups have adopted unique practices that differentiate themselves from the other groups. Interestingly enough, one of the practices is tha ...more
Jen.
Jul 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Back Cover Blurb:
In an area of Pennsylvania called The Big Valley, a uniquely blended Amish community thrives in which three distinct groups of Amish identify themselves by the color of their buggy’s top – white, black or yellow – and three young women search for faith and love.


Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter have teamed up for another novella collection!

Included in this book are:
* Deanna’s Determination by Wanda Brunstetter
* Rose Mary’s Resolve by Jean Brunstetter
* Leila’s Longing by Rich
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Molly
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The familiar setting makes this a worthwhile read.
Mwinchester97
I won an arc copy of The Brides of The Big Valley from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, and the author, Wanda Brunstetter! A huge thank you to them!

Love always finds a way.

In Pennsylvania, there's an area called The Big Valley. There is a size three distinct groups of Amish. They distinguish themselves by the color of their buggy tops yellow, white, or black. These are the stories of three women who live there. Deanna, a widow who sees the second chance at love, Rose Mary who must use the righ
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Shelly Itkin
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Ms Brunstetter has created a lovely book containing three different stories. She did this around Christmas and it is a great way to enjoy her stories and the ones written by other members of her family

Deanna's Determination by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Deanna is a young widower with a son Abner, who is six years old and has Down syndrome. Her husband, Simon died in a freak accident and she is living with her father, as it is too much to live on her own. Elmer has loved Deanna for years but
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Sarah
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three generations of Brunstetter women pen the three Amish romance tales found in “The Brides of the Big Valley”, which is fitting because the stories themselves have intertwining characters. Furthermore, three Amish communities from the Big Valley region in Pennsylvania are represented: the very conservative and plain white-toppers, the conservative black-toppers, and the more progressive yellow-toppers. This was the first that I had heard about these groups and found it very interesting that d ...more
Kristina
The Brides of the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter contains three Amish romance stories set in an area called The Big Valley in Pennsylvania. Three different Amish communities live here, and they are distinguished by the color of their buggy tops: yellow, white and black. Deanna’s Determination by Wanda E. Brunstetter has widow Deanna Speicher getting engaged to Elmer Yoder. Her son, Abner has Down’s syndrome and he adores Elmer. But then a tragic acc ...more
Trixi
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed a book by Wanda Brunstetter and to have one co-written by her granddaughter and daughter-in-law was truly delightful! They take us to visit three different Amish communities and introduce us to three couples who fall in love. While I knew there were diversities even among the Amish, I didn't realize they can distinguish themselves by the color of their buggies. Each community has varying degrees of conduct and what is allowed or not allowed. It was very interesting to learn t ...more
Lynn
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, favorites
I received The Brides of the Big Valley: 3 Romances from a Unique Pennsylvania Amish Community through a Goodreads Giveaway.

Anytime I see a book about the Amish lifestyle I get excited. There is something about the Amish communities that is so fascinating and mysterious, and I can never resist grabbing any book I see that features these incredible people. The moment I saw The Brides of the Big Valley in my congratulatory email from Goodreads I couldn't believe my luck. Even better, instead of wa
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Gail Hollingsworth
I found these three stories to be heartwarming and fun being written by family members. Wanda Brunstetter authored Deanna’s Determination. Deanna, a member of the white top buggy community, lost her husband through an accident and is trying to raise her young son by herself. Her husband’s best friend is determined to help her all he can until an accident befalls him.
Wanda’s daughter in law, Jean Brunstetter, wrote Rose Mary’s Resolve. Rose Mary belongs to the black top buggy community and is cou
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Marilyn
The Brides of the Big Valley by three generations of Brunstetter’s will take readers to Big Valley in Pennsylvania with three different sects of Amish. There were minimal mention of differences between the three except color of their buggies and plumbing.

Wanda Brunstetter’s tale Deanna’s Determination brought heartache as Deanna was struggling with grief along with her special need child. Elmer, her husband’s friend, wanted to assist Deanna during her adjustment of grieving and moving back in w
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Sarah
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have never read any books by Wanda E. Brunsetetter, but love Amish fiction novels, I highly recommend you picking up any of her novels. All of her book are great and have elements of faith and family tied into her stories. The Bride of Big Valley are three Amish Romance stories featuring three different Amish groups living in Mifflin, Pennsylvania. The three groups have practices that set themselves apart from one another. This book is composed of three novellas written by Wanda, her daug ...more
Peggy Clayton
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has 3 different stories from the same extended family. I usually am not one to read a book by different authors as they have their own style and I have found for me that one of the stories or two I don't care for . That does not hold true for this family. I really enjoyed all of the stories one or more than another but they were all good. I like reading about the Amish and always find that I learn a thing or two. Wanda and her family hit a home run with this.


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Jypsy
May 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Brides of the Big Valley, told by three generations of the Brunstetters, tells three unique yet similar stories. Each story centers around a different and distinct Amish group within the larger Amish community of Pennsylvania. While the issues of each differ, the stories share common values. I found each one to be warm hearted, engaging and unique with likeable complex characters. I enjoyed the entire volume of stories equally and highly recommend. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange ...more
Lucy
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice collaboration of Wanda Brunstetter, her daughter in law, and granddaughter. They have similar writing styles, so it flowed from one story to the next. I enjoyed learning about the three districts of Amish that live in the Big Valley, PA. Each group is different in various ways but I loved how some characters overlapped into the other novellas. These stories touched on Downs Syndrome, blindness, death, and other real life situations. It is refreshing to know the Amish face the same ...more
Sheila Samuelson
Loved all 3 stories that were in this book and loved how all 3 woman had such determination to go after what they wanted with the Good Lord's help.

Glad all 3 woman had a happy ending!! Wish this series continued!!
Leah
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Each story is about faith, trust, family, and love. There are happy endings, but there is pain along the way.

4 stars:
Delilah's Determination
3 stars:
Rose Mary's Resolve
Leila's Longing
Laura Krooswyk
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading these 3 books in 1. It's amazing how 3 different writers can be seamless in their writing styles.
Myrtle
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 5-star, must read book. Three great stories each different in their own way. Each story is as sweet as its author with endings just as sweet. It's wonder to see 3 generations of writers come together and write these awesome stories. Well done Wanda, Jean and Richelle. Well done!
Ann
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written book that holds your attention. I really enjoyed reading this book and learned something new about the Amish. If you enjoy reading heartwarming stories about love and faith, grab this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing Shiloh Run Press via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.
Lawrence Sapp
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book I like how they told the different different kinds of Amish communities I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes to read Amish books
Brandi
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Richelle Brunstetter's contribution to this collection and look forward to more of her works in the future! I was able to identify with Leila and the story was really well written.
Pam Pavkov
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Brides of the Big Valley is an outstanding collection of three stories written by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Rochelle Brunstetter. These amazing stories are set in the Big Valley in Pennsylvania and involve three different Amish communities. These communities are known by the colors of their buggies Yellow Toppers, White Toppers, and Black buggies. There is a lot of great information that is relayed throughout the three stories that helps the readers understand each community. ...more
Linda
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of three romances from a unique Pennsylvania Amish community where you’ll see yellow, white, and black buggies. Each short story written by three different authors showcases a young Amish woman struggling with her faith and desiring to experience love with that special someone. I enjoyed reading about the differences in the three Amish communities and look forward to visiting in person. You’ll find stories of hope and inspiration that will leave you with that warm, fuzzy feeling.
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Kimmie
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
Three unique perspectives into Amish life.
The first story is about a widow and her son with Down Syndrome and how she finds love again with a man she least expects. I loved the perseverance in this story! No matter what obstacles many come your way we can't give up but need to figure out ways to over come those obstacles.
Second we have a women at a crossroad in her life, she has to trust fully that God will lead her in the right direction even when it seems everyone around her is against what
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Dianne
I'm very sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as I had expected to. Two out of three of the stories were very depressing (in my opinion), yes they did have the romantic HEA, but with daily life...not so much. The first story could almost be considered a tragedy.

The second problem I had was with how the forward was written. This book contains at least three different sects f the Amish and the author of the forward never did give an adequate enough description of the sects for me to
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Katherine Bartlett
This was a wonderful book with 3 unique stories. Each of them really tugged on the heart strings, especially the first and third one! I had tears in my eyes for the third one particularly. I really enjoyed seeing how some of the characters carried over to the other stories too since they all live nearby.
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, a
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