By Kevin Williams
Regulars on my site know that I have a strong love-hate relationship with Amish fiction and the wave of books its produced. First, though, I am not the typical audience for Amish fiction so that may explain a lot right there. Most of the genre is aimed at women, not at all a sexist observation, just a demographic fact of the genre’s core readers. I’ve lived a lot of my life around the Amish so maybe I just don’t feel a need for it. Part of me, maybe, just doesn’t find the material very authentic. So many of the Amish authors out there just don’t have much of a connection to the culture. But – SIGH – in the end, if someone can write a good story with reasonable accuracy, who cares? I mean, the world is tough enough to navigate now, so if a nice, simple story can draw you in, why not? Debra Torres will be coming out with her own Amish fiction novel soon and has her own Amish fiction review channel on YouTube. I don’t do a lot with Amish fiction on Amish365, but I thought I’d share some of her review with you and see how it goes!
I’ve not read Beverly Lewis’s The Tinderbox, but Debra Torres has and she gives a great review of it here. To me, a “great review” isn’t always glowing and gushing, and Debra gives what I think is an honest, frank review. Click to watch the review. Enjoy!