When Elvin Eberly sat down to write Hoofbeats in the Bluegrass (that is to say, horse-and-buggy people in Kentucky), he, as an Old Order Mennonite, wrote about his Old Order Mennonite community. The theme of the book is community. Throughout the book, references are made to building projects, accidents that happened, and the funerals and weddings that occurred within the community. In fact if this factual matter were removed, the writing would be reduced to a pamphlet of little stories. It is those humorous stories and community events that will intrigue readers outside of the Old Order community. Hoofbeats in the Bluegrass will reveal to the reader the inside of an Old Order community as it grows from its beginning. [First paragraph.]
Martin, Donald. 2022. "Review of: Hoofbeats in the Bluegrass: Thirty Years of Mennonite History in Western Kentucky, 1987-2017—Elvin S. Eberly." Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies 10(1):129-30.