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

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

3 Short Stories of Love in a Unique Amish Community--Now a #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller!   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-la...

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  • Gemma

    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

    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 portrayed often enough in fiction.

    Overall Very enjoyable.

    I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Shelly Itkin

    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 lov

    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 when his best friend started to court her he had to move on. Unfortunately, he never stopped loving Deanna but knew when she married he had to forget about her.

    When Simon died, Elmer was there for her and her son and helped them thru some very difficult months. Now, Elmer is hoping that he can display his love for Deanna and possibly get married. Abner loves him and thinks of him like a dad. When Deanna accepts to marry him Elmer feels his life is complete. Sadly, we never realize how a person’s life can change in a split second.

    After a very serious accident, Elmer has decided he cannot burden Deanna with his disability and care for her son also. He feels it is just too much for her. His heart is broken once again and feels like his life is over.

    After Elmer starts to stop feeling sorry for him and realizes he can do many things without help he once again thinks, maybe he can marry the women of his dreams.

    Ms. Brunstetter never disappoints her fans, as they will see in this three-story collection.

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to review it.

    Rose Mary’s Resolve by Jean Brunstetter

    Rose Mary Renno was excited about learning how to work at her father's furniture store. Her sister Linda, who is getting married soon is going to teach her how to take over the front desk. Linda and her husband will be moving away and so she needed to learn how to help out and earn money.

    Rose Mary had been trying to convince Tom who she has been going out with that she had no intention of going English, as Tom wanted. When she was out with her friend Marlene, for lunch Tom came in and stopped by the table. When he asked her out she said yes and Marlene said why did you do that? I have been trying but he does not want to accept my terms. He was going to be helping his Uncle soon and would be moving away for a while so hopefully, he would take the hint.

    While Tom was away visiting his Uncle, Rose Mary had hoped he would finally realize they were done seeing each other. It had been more than a week since they broke up and Rose was outside helping her brother with his chores when they heard a noise. They looked up and just about moved out of the way before a plane was landing on their property.

    They both watched as the plane came down and bounced along the terrain. After going over to the plane with her brother Harvey they realized the pilot was not coming out and wondered if he was hurt. When they rushed over they realized the young man was bending over and was bleeding from a cut on his head. Together and with the help of the other family members, they managed to get him out and helped him inside to sit on the couch. He said he was ok but he rested and they gave him an ice pack for his head.

    After several days of staying with them, he realized he needed to get his plane repaired so he could fly home. During the time he stayed with them which was almost two weeks Kevin and Rose Mary seemed to become good friends, they talked and he questioned her about her religion and the different things that they did like praying before each meal and the way they dressed.

    When the day finally arrived that he was about to leave they each realized they would miss each other. Kevin said he would come and visit and the family seemed to be ok as he was just a friend but her mother and her aunt worried they were getting serious. She assured them she was not going English and they were just friends.

    During one of the visits, things seemed to take a change. Rose Mary had bought him a bible and wrote a note for him inside. Kevin realized things were not right and he decided he would surprise her but when he saw Tom there he just left. As always things do not always seem to be what they look like.

    Rose Mary missed him but after calling and leaving a message she did not get a return phone call. Kevin had definitely changed as his mother noticed and even asked her to join him at church services. When he stumbles upon the note that was included in with the bible he realizes that things have to change and his life is going to make some huge changes. Can he become Amish as he knows she will not become English. Very enjoyable

    Leila’s Longing by Richelle Brunstetter

    Leila Fisher is a young woman from the yellow top buggy community. She has a lot of responsibility for a young woman. She is helping her mother, who is with

    a child, running the house, cooking meals, and helping to take care of her younger brother. As if that was not enough she had to run the store they had as her mother was told to have bed rest. She liked the work when she did it with her mother as she was creative and with stamp and ribbons she created beautiful cards, which she sold. People would come in and purchase supplies and cards but she was not a people person and it added to her anxiety.

    Leila had problems making friends in school, as she did not know how to control her behavior and became overbearing at times. Needless to say, she was made fun of and had no real friends. Hannah started out being her friend but then things changed and she said: "I don't want to be friends anymore." It seems like the two times one when she told a boy she liked him and when she thought Hannah and her were friends they both turned against her. She was left doubting herself and never really felt comfortable around others.

    Needless to say, her only real friend was her mother Darla who was concerned about her always being busy with chores and not hanging around young people of having fun. If Leila had some free time she could go outside and sketch things like flowers, insects and her surroundings.

    At her mothers urging she finally got up the nerve to attend a Sunday gathering that included singing which she did enjoy. While attending the singing event she met Sue who was a little younger then she was and seemed awkward at first but then they talked and she relaxed. Later she introduced her to her brother Aden. She as well as Aden did not feel comfortable in the environment but they seemed like two people who were meant to be each other's, sole mates. After talking a while Samuel who worked with Aden came over and said something to embarrass her. Nobody else knew that he was a boy from the past whom she liked and again made fun of her.

    Aden is from the black top community and usually, the Amish like to stay amongst themselves. Since Leila is from the yellow community. They slowly evolve into being friends and find they both are shy but can talk to each other.

    Her mother seems happy that Leila has finally found someone who seemed interested in her but she assured Darla that they were just friends and nothing more. When a deadly event occurs Lilia explains that she cannot see Aden any longer has now she has more responsibility than before.

    Can love conquer all? This story is interesting as it shows the struggles both are going thru plus the pressure of wondering if one of them could join the others community.

  • 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

  • Sarah

    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

    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 despite their differences, they lived in the same general area and intermingled, at least to some extent. Being contemporary, these stories reflect issues that affect not only the Amish, but the English world as well, which makes them easy to relate to and provides insight into the Amish way of life.

    In “Deanna’s Determination”, the Amish characters are white-toppers, strictly adhering to a plain and simple lifestyle without indoor plumbing. As a widow with a young son, Abner, Deanna struggles to make ends meet. A friend shows interest in her, but when a tragedy occurs, Deanna’s world is upended all over again. So many can relate to circumstances such as these. What I appreciated most about this story was its inclusion of two central characters with significant disabilities, one of whom I will not mention in order to avoid spoilers. Abner has Down Syndrome, and I enjoyed his cheerful and loving yet sometimes challenging personality. Deanna, in my opinion, was not very determined, at least not during the majority of the narrative, but it was interesting to see how the Amish cope with disabilities.

    As the title hints, “Rose Mary’s Resolve” deals with the pull and temptation that the English world can have on Amish teenagers. A black-topper, Rose Mary has grown up in a conservative Amish community. However, she finds it difficult to take a stand, whether that is with dating another Amish boy who is considering becoming English or with a young English man who suddenly appears in her life. Notable in this story is the point of view of an English outsider and the serious decisions faced by Amish young people. This tale reminds me somewhat of Rachel Good’s novel “The Amish Midwife’s Secret”.

    “Leila’s Longing” had the biggest impact on me. I could empathize with Leila in not fitting in with others of her age group and with being socially awkward. As a yellow-topper, she belongs to an Amish community that is a bit more progressive. Having experienced bullying as a child, she does not trust people and has not forgiven those who hurt her in the past. When she does begin to connect with a few other young people, they are from the black-top community, which causes some tension that threatens their relationship. Beyond the germane issues of victimization and regrets, this story also deals with heartbreak and family ties.

    Following each story is a recipe pulled from the narrative itself, and the alliterative titles further contribute to the charm. One aspect that I would have liked to see is more use of the Pennsylvania Dutch language. Many times, the characters call their parents “Mom” and “Dad”, with an occasional reference to them as “Mamm” and “Daed”. Consistency would add to the atmosphere and further immerse the reader in the stories. Overall, however, these tales are sweet and will appeal to modern readers, especially those who may be curious about different Amish communities and their lifestyles.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and Goodreads and was under no obligation to post a review.

  • 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

    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 accident threatens to take away their future. Rose Mary’s Resolve by Jean Brunstetter features Rose Mary Renno who has just begun working at her father’s furniture shop, Renno’s Furniture Shop. Rose Mary has been dating Tom Yoder who is encouraging her to jump the fence, which is not in Rose Mary’s future, so she breaks up with him. But then someone unexpected enters her life and Rose Mary is torn. What path will Rose Mary take? Leila’s Longing by Richelle Brunstetter has the artistic, Leila Fisher managing the card shop and the house as her mother’s pregnancy advances in the yellow top community. Leila is an introvert who has difficulty communicating with people and making friends. She meets Aden Troyer at a singing in the black top community and they begin courting. Then a tragedy occurs that could derail their plans for their future.

    The Brides of the Big Valley contains three charming Amish stories. I thought the stories were well-written with steady pacing. I like that there is a common thread throughout the three books. All three feature the same community and the Renno family. We also get updates on Elmer and Deanna in Rose Mary’s Resolve and Leila’s Longing. Wanda has an engaging writing style. I immediately became absorbed in Deanna’s Determination. Jean and Richelle are accomplished writers who provided enriching novellas. I thought the various characters in The Brides of the Big Valley were realistic and it was interesting to learn about the three diverse Amish communities. They are all Amish and in the same valley, but they have various differences (not just the color of their buggy tops). My favorite was Deanna’s Determination. It is a story that touched my heart and I found myself rooting for Deanna and Elmer. I really liked the cardmaking in Leila’s Determination and the fact they had a shop selling the handmade cards plus cardmaking supplies. The phrase I wanted to share with you comes from Leila’s Longing and is “His presence provides us with contentment” (that makes me feel loved and peaceful). All three authors provided inspiring and enticing tales. There is a recipe included from each story. The Brides of the Big Valley are heartwarming stories about love, family, and faith.

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    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

    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 favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  • Kelsie Maxwell

    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

    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 that the groups have distinct colored tops on their horse-drawn buggies. The groups are generally referred to by their particular buggy color: “yellow-toppers”, “white-toppers” and the black-toppers”.

    by Wanda E. Brunstetter

    Deanna Speicher is a widow with a 5 year-old son, Abner, who has Down’s Syndrome. Elmer Yoder has feelings for Deanna, his deceased best friend’s wife, and she and her son are seemingly developing feelings for him. Tragedy strikes and everyone is uncertain about the future.

    Wanda Brunstetter brought this story to life. The details in this story were realistic because Ms. Brunstetter has drawn from her personal history, research and interactions with her Amish friends.

    by Jean Brunstetter

    Rose Mary Renno is nineteen years old and is nearing time to take her vows and join the Amish church. She knows that she wants to join the church but is conflicted because of her choice of boyfriend.

    I enjoyed this story, though the writing was somewhat stilted and awkward in places.

    by Richelle Brunstetter

    Leila Fisher enjoys card-making, but not working in her family’s card shop. She finds communicating with strangers difficult, but must get over her insecurities and help her family. Leila wonders how she will ever have a family of her own since she believes no man could ever find her interesting enough to ask her on a date.

    Richelle Brunstetter completes this book perfectly. I fully enjoyed her storytelling.

    The Brunstetter women have penned an excellent collaboration. I enjoyed each of the stories and give this collection

    stars and recommend it to fans of Christian romance, especially Amish romance.

    My thanks to Barbour Publishing, Inc. and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  • Molly

    The familiar setting makes this a worthwhile read.

  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

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

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    I was especially looking forward to reading another novella from granddaughter Richelle and it did not disappoint! I thought Leila was an interesting character. Though she feels her struggles are unique and a burden, they mirror anyone’s trying to find their way in life and follow God’s plan. I enjoyed the sweet friendships Leila made at a time in her life when she needed them most. I’d never read a story about an Amish girl who was allowed to sell her artwork, and this was a great change of pace!

    Fans of Amish fiction will really enjoy this collection!

    Even more books will release in the coming months from the Brunstetter family. First up is

    , the conclusion to Wanda’s series

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  • 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 Ma

    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 right man to walk her face with, and Lelia, who wonders if she will ever trust someone enough to start a family with them.

    As I stated in other reviews, Amish fiction is something my mother and I share a deep love for. Wanda Brunstetter, and her family did not disappoint in The Brides of The Big Valley. These were tales of three women set in their faith, and were predictable yet sweetly unique.

    Deanna's Determination - Elmer has always loved the recently widowed Deanna and her young son Abner. After some time of his friend's death has passed , he reaches out to Deanna. When things finally seem to be going all right a tragedy strikes these two young lovers.

    This was so heartwarming. There is representation for down syndrome. I learned so much about down syndrome from the actions of young Abner. He was sure are a sweetheart. His mother Deanna such a caring mother and definitely someone to admire. Elmer was also wonderfully warm. It came as no surprise to me that Wanda Brunstetter created well-formed and well-defined characters in a established world. Her characters fall in love in one of the most beautifully distinct world's I have read about. Elmer's struggle with depression was very relatable. I emphasized with him so much. The ending of Deanna's Determination set up the other two stories nicely.

    Rose Mary's Resolve - Rose Mary's loves her family, but her life is not all perfect. Her current boyfriend pressures her to go English, but she doesn't want to. Everything changes when a plane crashes into her family's field.

    Jean Brunstetter definitely has a lot of talent. She brings on more modern feel to the Amish genre. I liked how strongly grounded in her faith Rose Mary was. She also gaines confidence as the story builds and manages to stick up for herself. I am a sucker for a character who gains confidence. Kevin and Rose Mary were adorable together, but I had a reservation when it came to Kevin. Rose Mary did a wonderful job of asserting herself, but Kevin place some pressures on her like her old boyfriend did in my opinion, at least at first. That lost him a few points. However I did love this ending. It was something I have seen before but the way it came about was new to me.

    Lelia's Longing - Lelia runs card shop. Due to events that happened at school, she isolates and doesn't trust easily. With the love of her family and a boy named Aden, she slowly comes out of her shell. This was very sweet. Perhaps my favorite of the three books, I felt Leila's struggles on a personal level. She goes through something that is very like a situation I have been through. The relationships she learns to have are so pure and beautiful. The ending made me tear up but I love the way it ended up tying to the other stories.

    Although slightly formulaic, the writing and pacing are absolutely perfect. It's engaging and comfortably keeps on.

    These books are so sweet. It is abundantly clear that the talent of writing runs through this family. These ladies took the Amish fiction genre and crafted three beautiful and unique stories in a world that is over abundantly predictable at times. It is also nice to see characters from the previous stories play roles in all three of the stories. We get to see how well they're doing either well the other tales are taking place or set shortly after.

    Not only did I learn more about Down Syndrome, I also learned completely new to me facts about the Amish. That's something I greatly value. What I value even more perhaps is the fact that through these three stories I felt my faith in love and God become reaffirmed.

    If you're looking for heartwarming tales, or are an avid fan of Wanda Brunstetter, The Brides of The Big Valley is not a collection of stories can be missed.

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