Thursday, October 7, 2010

'Running Around (and Such)' by Linda Byler

Genre: Amish Fiction

About: (From FSB Associates)
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.

Why I wanted to read this book:

  • It's no secret that I love books that feature the Amish way of life, so when I was offered the chance to read Amish fiction written by an ACTUAL Amish woman I immediately said yes!
What worked for me:
  •  The promise of a great story about a strong-willed young girl who wonders if being Amish is what she wants out of life.

What didn't work for me:
  • Pretty much everything...the story was boring and very unimaginative.
  • The author used the technique of flashback wayy tooo much!!! 
  • The story never really progressed. I felt like I had read forever,but I didn't go anywhere! 
  •  Lizzie obsessed over being heavier than her sisters and the reader had to hear about her obsession in every single chapter.
  •  I just felt that there was no depth to this book. Maybe I'm unfairly comparing this one to other Amish fiction that I've read and for that I apologize.
Recommend? Unfortunately I would not recommend this book to friends. I barely made it through this one and it felt like a chore instead of an escape into the Amish world.

My Rating: 2/5

Because of my low rating I feel the need to post links from other blogger's who read this one and enjoyed it. Please visit this site so that you get a balanced look at this novel.
Cindy's Love of Books

SourceJulie of FSB Associates
Lizzie Searches for Love, Book 1
By Linda Byler
Published by Good Books
May 2010;$13.99US; 978-1-56148-688-5

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  1. now that's a bummer...I know you like this type of novels...i am sorry that it disappointed you! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. EEK! It's not very often you rate something so low. :( Sorry it didn't work out for you. What is your favorite Amish book/series? I have many from a Lewis series, but haven't read one yet.

  3. I get annoyed when the author reminds the reader of the same thing over and over. Probably not the book for me since I've not been overly impressed with the Amish novels I have read.

  4. Sorry this one did not work for you. Try Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo. She is a former Amish girl turned cop in an Amish county and you will find out why in the book. I plan to get to book #2 Pray For Silence when I get home.

  5. I like that you gave another link. Sometimes books that don't work for us work for someone else.

  6. Well, dang, I was so hoping for a good Amish read. FSB sent me this one too and I've got it on my reading list for next month. Oh well. Sorry it was such a waste of time.

  7. Oh, don't you just hate it when a book you've wanted to read is a disappointment?

    I can think of a few like that....

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a shame! Generally Amish fiction is so good!

  9. That sucks, I hate when a book with promise disappoints :(

  10. I appreciate your honesty and I'm sorry you were disappointed in this book. I know how you enjoy books about the Amish (as do I) and I wish it would've turned out better for you.

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  12. Like you, I love to read about Amish life. Sorry this book didn't pan out.

  13. Love the honest review and sorry that the book was a disappointment. Still I think based on your reasons I would Have probably not even finished this one.

  14. Thanks! for sharing, sorry it disappointed.

  15. I am sorry this one didn't work for you, Staci. I hate it when I'm excited about a book and then it falls short.


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