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. 


  1. Sounds like a good read and for once I have managed to start reading a book be it a little before I go to sleep as that is the only time I can find. But glad to be reading again. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Sounds so good! I love Beverly Lewis, and I love books about the Amish. I think I will look for this! Enjoy your day Noreen!

  3. I've struggled with reading Amish books of late. So many of the stories are similar and the endings are usually figured out long before the book is finished. I've noticed that with a few other authors as well. I'm stretching myself and trying to find new authors to read.

  4. Isn't it great to read about all kinds of cultures,, and peoples lives. It sounds like a good book

  5. Our mom also is intrigued by the Amish. Mom and dad have been to Lancaster County. They pronounce it "Lane-ka-stur" They stayed at an inn in the town of Bird In hand!

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  6. I need to get her books and read when I can't sleep! Seems like I would love reading them.

  7. I don't seem to have much time to read anymore but I do like Amish stories. My friend Amy Cliptson has written several Amish series that I have enjoyed but I've not read anything from Beverly Lewis (I know, shame). Enjoy a super weekend ahead! Blessings, Cindy


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