"For I know the plans that I have for you,'declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The River by Beverly Lewis
The River is Beverly Lewis' newest book; it accurately portrays life among the Amish and gives us another glimpse and understanding into their lives.This is a story line that draws the reader deeper into each page with the rich characters. The story takes place in Eden Valley, Lancaster County, Pa. in 1977. Two sisters, Tilly and Ruth, have left their family and chosen to live in the outside world. They are plagued by unresolved
relationships when they return for their
parents' wedding anniversary, as well as seeing their father who is gravely ill. Returning would mean facing memories of a family tragedy that tore the family apart and left Tilly guilt ridden; she is reluctant to return to her parents home. Although married to an Englisher, Tilly holds onto many of her Plain convictions. Ruth, the younger of the two, left her family and community with a broken heart; although she remains single, she never got over her broken courtship with her Amish beau. The reader feels the heartbreak, bitterness, unforgiveness that that Tilly has lived with. Will these sisters return for good to their family and beliefs or will they make peace and return to the outside world?
While this book held me captive, I did foresee where the story line was headed. I love all Amish stories and this one was another great book from the author.
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publisher, provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
I am a daughter of the King, saved by grace for 37 yrs. I am married to my best friend and beloved for 38 years. I was born and lived most of my life in Northern Calif. until moving to Colorado. We homeschooled our girls for years and I love encouraging my daughters and others in their homeschooling. Hubby and I are blessed to have two incredible daughters and sons-in-law and 11 grandkids. I love spending time with my family & our dog Hunter, friends, plus quilting whenever I can.