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“Amish Romances Are Hot”


when-the-heart-criesWell, that’s a sentence I never thought I’d read. The Wall Street Journal has this story. Amish Romance novels are also known as Bonnet Books.

“I can’t stop reading them,” said Mary Ann Blank, an Amish woman with a wide smile and graying hair she wears neatly parted under her prayer cap. She clutched her signed copy of the third book in Cindy Woodsmall’s Sisters of the Quilt series, published by WaterBrook Press, a Random House imprint. “I usually better not start in the morning because then I sit around too long,” she added.

Most bonnet books are G-rated romances, often involving an Amish character who falls for an outsider. Publishers attribute the books’ popularity to their pastoral settings and forbidden love scenarios à la Romeo and Juliet. Lately, the genre has expanded to include Amish thrillers and murder mysteries. Most of the authors are women.

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