Sunday, August 16, 2009
Among the tourist trinkets at rest stops along the Pennsylvania Turnpike are novels with covers adorned with beautiful, bonneted women and buggies. For the women readers who have made Amish romance the fastest-growing genre in Christian fiction, these books aren't exactly steamy aphrodisiacs. Hand-holding is a heart-stopping event. A hero's greatest desire is often to teach an English, or non-Amish, heroine about Jesus. Plots may stir an irresistable urge to bake rhubarb pie. The mother of Amish romance is Beverly Lewis, whose first novel "The Shunning" was based on her grandmother's exit from a Mennonite community to marry an English pastor.
-Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette