Thursday, January 8, 2015

The River

Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
September 2014
ISBN:   978-0764212451
Genre: Amish / Women’s fiction

She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.
A line I can't move beyond...
The River

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?

Beverly Lewis is the queen of Amish fiction and a long time favorite of most Amish fiction readers. Like most readers, I started reading Amish fiction due to Ms. Lewis’ first book, The Shunning. And I have read literally all her books since. Except maybe a few of her kids books.

THE RIVER is the story of two sisters, four brothers, a mamm, a daed, and a dysfunctional family relationship. Why did Daed seem to hate Tilly so? Why is Ruth move loved of the two sisters? Did Tilly cause Anna’s death, as she believes, or was it someone else?

You’ll have to read this book to see how (and if) this family finds healing. As per most of Ms. Lewis’ books, THE RIVER was read in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down.

Love Amish fiction, you’ll love THE RIVER. Great book. 4.5 stars.

Available in ebook, hard cover, audio, and paperback. 320 pages.

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