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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Running Around (and Such) Book Review

Running Around (and Such) by Linda Byler is a romance novel by an Amish writer, based on true experiences!

It isn’t that Lizzie doesn’t want to stay Amish. It’s just that there is so much to figure out. Like why can’t she let her hair a little looser on top? And why can’t she wear shoes with a little bit more of a heel? And will she ever really just know for a fact who she is going to marry like her next-older sister, Emma, does? And how does it happen that her just-younger sister, Mandy, is going on a date before Lizzie ever has a real one?

So does it matter at all if she eats one more whoopie pie? Amos seems to like her a lot when she pounds out the ping-pong games. He even asks her to be his partner in doubles. But then he asks Ruthie if he can take her home!

It has been this way Lizzie’s whole life.

She has too hot a temper. She hates housework and dislikes babies. She loves driving fast horses but is petrified of going away from home for a week to work as a maud (maid).

Now that Lizzie is running around, will she scare off the Amish boys with her hi-jinks manners? She has certainly attracted the attention of the egg-truck driver. A scary thrill runs through her every time the worldly man comes to pick up an order, each time extending his stay a little longer. How long will she keep this a secret from Emma—and from Mamm and Datt?

What will become of Lizzie? Is she too spirited, too innocent, and almost too uninhibited for a young Amish woman?

The author, Linda Byler, grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. Growing up, Linda loved to read and write. In fact, she still does. She is well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper. Linda and her husband, their children, and grandchildren live in central Pennsylvania.

My Opinion
This book was different than other Amish based books because the author is an active member of the Amish! That is so cool because you know the experiences and stories she talks about in her books are really true and based on true events!

This book had a great storyline and I am excited to read the second book of the series. The only negative I have is that at points in the book, it would get a little confusing because Lizzie would have flashbacks to past memories and I would get confused if it was the present or the past and it kind of messed with the storyline a little bit! But other than that, I loved it!

I recommend Running Around (and Such) for all people who love reading Amish based books and learning about their lifestyle! It is very interesting and is a great read!

Buy It: You can buy the Running Around (and Such) for $13.99 on,,, and IndieBound.

Here is one of the great recipes included in the book! I can't wait to try it out!

Whoopie Pies
By Linda Byler,
Author of Running Around (and Such): Lizzie Searches for Love, Book 1

Makes about 4 dozen whoopie pies

2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs
4½ cups flour
1 cup dry cocoa powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup sour milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup hot water
2 tsp. baking soda


4 cups confectioners sugar, divided
2 egg whites, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups vegetable shortening

1. To make pies, cream sugar, oil and eggs together thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
3. Add these dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with sour milk.
4. Stir in vanilla.
5. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
6. Stir into batter until smooth.
7. Drop batter by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets.
8. Bake 8-10 minutes at 400ยบ
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
10. While pie tops/bottoms are cooling, make Filling.
11. In a medium bowl fold 2 cups confectioners sugar into beaten egg whites.
12. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.
13. Beat in shortening until smooth.
14. Beat in remaining 2 cups confectioners sugar until smooth.
15. Assemble pies by spreading a dab of filling over a cooled bottom and topping it with a second cookie.

The above is an excerpt from the book Running Around (and Such): Lizzie Searches for Love, Book 1 by Linda Byler. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy. Reprinted from Running Around (and Such). Copyright © by Good Books ( Used by permission. All rights reserved.

* Thank you to FSB Associates and Linda Byler for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*