amish fiction

Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi

 I have always been intrigued by the Amish way of life. They live simply, work hard, love and help their community and still find the time to have fun. Their children are well behaved, and the adults are friendly. But I have never really seen the inside scoop on their way of life other than asking my Amish friend KatieAnn questions from time to time. I have read several Amish novels, but understand those are secondhand and some of it may be interpretation. I enjoyed getting a true glimpse into this Amish house!
I was very surprised to see that a true Amish woman would write a story about her own life and have it published. I always assumed this was against the rules. Thank you Marianne for sharing your story with us so we can get the inside scoop! I do hope there are future installments so we can learn about how your four children are aging.
Although some people may not like the writing style presented here, I actually enjoyed it for something different. It was nice to have little tidbits here and there and I think it kept my interest longer. I assume that Marianne probably wrote these little stories as they came to her and that is exactly how they are presented in the book. Little pieces of their life presented in each chapter, all coming together to complete the puzzle. It felt as if I had a relative reminiscing about their life in front of me. It was real and honest and I appreciated that.
Marianne tried to bring some Amish rules to us here and there although part of me wanted more. I think perhaps that is just my inquisitive mind just wanting to know the whys and how’s. Maybe for her next book she could go into more details about that. Overall, I recommend this book for Amish book lovers and those who want to learn a little bit more about the Amish way of life. I think in the end you will find it is not so different than ours.
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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