Novels about Amish life include "The Guardian," by Beverly Lewis, "Accidentally Amish," by Olivia Newport and "Found," by Shelley Shepard Gray. Additional titles are "Almost Amish," by Kathryn Cushman and "Though Mountains Fall," by Dale Kramer. Typically, Amish stories such as Wanda Brunstetter's "Goodbye to Yesterday" appear in series.Continue Reading
Beverly Lewis began the Amish novel trend, publishing "The Shunning" in 1997 as the first of her "Lancaster County" series. She continues to write books influenced by her family's Plain background, including "The Love Letters," "Child of Mine" and "The River."
Sarah Price writes books that reframe Jane Austen novels as Amish stories. The initial book in her "Amish Classics" series, "First Impressions" reimagines Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." The second, "The Matchmaker," retells "Emma," and the third, "Second Chances," takes on "Persuasion."
Although they are dubbed "bonnet rippers" in the romance genre, some examples of Amish novels explore serious topics. Beth Wiseman's "Her Brother's Keeper" tackles mental illness and suicide. Kelly Long looks at sexual abuse and faith healers in "The Amish Man of Ice Mountain."
Taking the move from straight romance a step further, Laura Bickle writes Amish post-apocalyptic novels, including "The Hallowed Ones" and "The Outside." The central character of "The Hallowed Ones" is an Amish farm girl whose tradition of self-sufficiency makes her the perfect vampire slayer.Learn more about Literature