I liked reading this book because I love reading about a simpler life. The community spirit among the characters was heart-warming.
“Emma Blooms at Last” by Naomi King is a novel about the Amish community at Cedar Creek. Emma Graber, always a bridesmaid never a bride, is a young Amish woman with a very prickly attitude. She has spent her life caring for her parents and being a good, helpful friend and sister. She is a bridesmaid (again) for her best friend Abby, who is marrying her brother James.
Jerome Lambright lives with his Aunt Amanda and her new husband Wyman, along with their blended family. Jerome has had two failed engagements, but is ready to settle down. He has set his eye on Emma, but she is so skittish that he despairs of ever courting her.
During a series of mishaps, family deaths, financial problems and more, Emma and Jerome come together more by their helping those in need. Can they each find a place in their hearts for the other?
Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle...and must learn to pull together.
Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household....
Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight...the Amish way.