“Bonnet rippers” are big in Pennsylvania!

Ron Tarver /Philadelphia  Inquirer Staff Photographer
Ron Tarver /Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Photographer

We’ve all heard of bodice rippers, those racy romance novels, but have you ever heard of a bonnet ripper? I read an article over the weekend about the big boom in Amish romances and that’s when I realized that our local supermarket has been selling these Amish love stories, on display right next to the eggs and butter section, for several years! Tomorrow’s my shopping day and I might just slip one in my cart.

We have several local authors in Pennsylvania, including Mandy Starns Clark, who has written eight Amish novels since 2009 and has sold more than 386,000 copies. Her ninth story, The Amish Clockmaker, is due out in February 2015. These novels are wholesome love stories with strong female characters and readers can’t get enough of them. More than 200 Amish romances have been published since 2009 and more are on their way.

The article notes: “Most Amish romances – usually written by evangelical, not Amish, authors – are infused with Christian beliefs, and they feature a love story and inner conflict for the heroine.”

Check out the full article, which appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and on Philly.com on Sunday, December 7, 2014: (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20141207_Amish_romance_novels_spur_boom_in__quot_bonnet_rippers_quot_.html).

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