Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Review: "The River"

Beverly Lewis's new book, The River, approaches Amish life from a different angle. As the story begins, two sisters who have left their Amish upbringing behind in order to live English lives are invited home by their brother after several years away. Their parents' anniversary is the occasion and their father's failing health is the draw they need, though both return with fear and trembling.

Tilly is happily married and raising twin daughters, but Ruth is still single. Her parents and siblings can't help but hope that her visit will draw her back to her roots. Her former beau, the reason for her departure, hopes to influence her as well. Tilly, however, is determined to protect her sister from the lifestyle they chose to leave, even from Ruth, herself, if need be.

Unusual for Beverly Lewis, this sweet book stands alone. It's a story of reconciliation, acceptance, and familial love. It's a story full of secrets kept finally revealed, so that healing can take place. It's a quick read, a little predictable, but one that leaves the reader feeling happy that all has finally ended well.

I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I recommend it to fans of Beverly Lewis and Amish fiction.

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