Amish Romance Novels are Best Sellers

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Amish Fiction Books are Top Sellers

Isn’t it ironic that a group of people who try to live their own lives as separate from the rest of society as they can keep becoming more and more popular in the mainstream society?

Amish stories, Amish movies, and Amish television series (although these are ‘Amish’ in name only) are becoming increasingly popular. And so are Amish romance novels.

3 Authors Sell 24 Million Books

According to a recent article by Valerie Weaver-Zercher in the Wall Street Journal, three authors of Amish romance novels (Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, and Wanda Brunstetter) have sold more than 24 million books between them. Practically non-existent a decade ago, there are expected to be over 80 Amish novels published just during 2013.

Thrill of the Chaste

Because Amish faith is such an important part of Amish society, these novels often bring Christian faith into their story lines, making them popular with evangelical Christian women. But they are also becoming more popular in the mainstream market and have even hit the best seller lists.

Don’t expect sensuality or eroticism in these books. They usually stress purity and chastity in their romances. That in itself may be a refreshing change from other popular fiction. And the slow-paced Amish lifestyle that paints a backdrop for these novels can be a peaceful contrast to our fast-paced, high tech lifestyle.

The Science of Amish Romance Novels

Amish romance novels have become so popular that Ms. Weaver-Zercher has even written a book about it – Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels (Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies). Through extensive research and a series of interviews with authors, publishers, and readers, she explores the popularity of these Amish romance novels.

Bibliography –

“Why Amish Romance Novels Are Hot” By Valerie Weaver-Zercher , Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2013

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