[Book Review] Running Around (and Such) (Lizzie Searches for Love, bk 1) by Linda Byler

Posted 26 December, 2010 by Molly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

About the Book:
CAN LIZZIE FIND HAPPINESS IN HER AMISH COMMUNITY OR WILL SHE HAVE TO SETTLE FOR SOMETHING LESS THAN HER DREAMS?

Lizzie Glick longs to fit into her quiet Amish community. Her sisters, Emma and Mandy, are ready to get married and settle into the traditional rhythm of having children and keeping house. But Lizzie isn’t sure that’s what she wants for her future. It isn’t that Lizzie doesn’t want to stay Amish. It’s just that there’s so much to figure out!

Stephen, her quiet, gentle friend, hints that he might be interested in a relationship deeper than friendship, but Lizzie is also drawn to the charming Amos who seems to have eyes for everyone but her.

She has certainly attracted the attention of the egg-truck driver. A thrill runs through her every time the worldly man comes to pick up an order, each time extending his stay a little longer. How long will she keep this a secret from Emma — and Mam and Datt?

What will become of Lizzie? She has too hot a temper. She hates housework and dislikes babies. She loves driving fast horses but is petrified of going away from home for a week to work as a maud(maid). Is she too spirited, too innocent, and almost too uninhibited for a young Amish woman?

About the Author:

Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. Growing up, Linda loved to read and write. In fact, she still does. She is well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper. Linda and her husband, their children, and grandchildren live in central Pennsylvania.

My Review:
Linda Byler is Amish, so I was super excited to review this Amish debut novel by her. I thought that it would be interesting to read a fiction novel by someone who is actually Amish and who has all the “inside” knowledge of being Amish. I must admit, while not my absolute favorite, Running Around (And Such!) was a good read. This is book 1 in Byler’s Lizzie Searches For Love series and it’s definitely a good start.

In Running Around(And Such!), we meet Lizzie and her family, as they are preparing to move. It’s a move that is causing stress on the members of Lizzie’s family. It was interesting to read this because Lizzie’s mam questioned the move, and put up a bit of a fuss-something that you don’t normally see with an Amish family, at least not as outsider would see it.

Lizzie’s also questioning her happiness in her Amish life and wondering about God’s will for her and her siblings. Will her dreams come true? Will she ever find love? And what of her growing attraction to an outsider who delivers eggs to her employer? These are just a few of the many questions that are answered in this new debut novel about an Amish teen’s running around years.

All in all, this was a 4 star novel debut. Linda Byler wrote a novel that I think any Amish lover would enjoy. I definitely recommend that you give this series a shot. You’ll truly be surprised with this story, and not to mention that there are some yummy sounding recipes included in the back of the book!

You can purchase your copy here
*This book was provided for review by FSB Media*

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