Book Review: A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe

Posted March 10, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy ScheibeA Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 10th 2015
Genres: Family Life, Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: St. Martin's Press
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Emmaline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it's 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960's, Emmy doesn't see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy's fiancé shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act--falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy, a boy whose family seems warm and encouraging after the sere Nelson farm life. Not only moving to town and breaking free from her engagement but getting a job on the local newspaper begins to open Emmy's eyes. She discovers that the KKK is not only active in the Midwest but that her family is involved, and her sense of the firm rules she grew up under--and their effect--changes completely. Amy Scheibe's A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE has the charm of detail that will drop readers into its time and place: the home economics class lecture on cuts of meat, the group date to the diner, the small-town movie theater popcorn for a penny. It also has a love story--the wrong love giving way to the right--and most of all the pull of a great main character whose self-discovery sweeps the plot forward.

Emmaline Nelson is 18 years old and is destined to marry her childhood friend, Ambrose. She is supposed to settle down and be a farmer’s wife in a small town in Minnesota. Then she meets a young man from North Dakota and she questions everything she had previously planned.

This story is more than just to people who fall in love from different religions. This story is supposed to show that the happily ever after fairytale is not the end of the story. The end of the story is having a happy life with someone you love. This story is about a young woman that grows up to make her own life.

There are a lot of other issues that are brought up in this story. there is religious issues and politics, family secrets, and so much more. There seems to be a lot of themes in this novel. I have to say that was the one disappointing and confusing part. It seemed like the author couldn’t decide exactly what theme she wanted to focus on.

This story is full of danger and mystery. The family members had to grow up too not just Emmaline. The story may focus all around Emmaline but ultimately I feel like this story is about people needing to grow up and accept each other. I really liked this story because I feel like it expressed some good themes. My only disappointment was that there were way too many themes in the story.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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