LONGING, THE Hardcover – Sep 2009
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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country, is a former schoolteacher, an accomplished musician, and an award-winning author of more than seventy books, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and the New York Times. Her novel The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Nellie Mae Fisher has been separated from her beau Caleb when her new religious convictions come between the two lovers and their families. Nellie is trying to go on with her life alone, but she is filled with anxiety not only for Caleb but for her older sister Rhoda who has left the Plain life, and her friend Rosanna who has lost her adopted twins. In addition, Nellie is still mourning the loss of her younger sister Suzy, but she is trying to feel God's presence in her life as things change in her Amish community in the 1960s. Nellie's dearest wish is for Caleb to decide to come to the New Order Amish, but after his father is gravely injured, she fears he will be forever gone from her life. Lots of circumstances must change before any happiness can be found for the members of Honey Brook community.
As usual, I like Lewis's easy writing style and her characters; Lewis has a gift for creating believable people for whom you care a great deal. This book is very preachy, however; for regular readers of Christian fiction that probably won't matter, but at times it does get a bit tedious. In addition, Lewis has a tendency to tie things up way too neatly, and changes of heart seem to be too quick to be realistic. In fact, if I could I would've rated this one 3.5 for the overly hurried happy endings, but since I do enjoy Lewis's stories and the wonderful world she creates, I feel that overall 4 stars is apt. I do hope Lewis will stray from the formula she's been using in her past two series and find some new twists she can spin in our beloved Lancaster County.
When I started reading this series, I knew it was going to be different. The Courtship of Nellie Mae series deals with changes that took place in the Amish church in 1966 that basically created the New Order Amish. While the book is fiction, it takes the reader through a delightful journey of history as well as the fictional lives of Nellie Mae Fisher and her family and friends.
For those who enjoy reading Amish books, but who also would like answers to some of their questions regarding the Amish faith and people, this book does address many questions I myself had. I'm sure it would answer many of yours as well.
I would highly recommend this book for those who enjoy the Lewis books and/or who like to read books about the Amish communities and their people.
Caleb wants nothing more than to make Nellie his bride, but despite his plans to make a life for them, his plans are thwarted by an accident. Struggling to stay on track, he hopes that Nellie hasn't forgotten him and her promise to be his bride. Will they ever be able to be together? Or will circumstances - and his father keep them apart for good?
This was a very enjoyable ending to the Courtship of Nellie Fisher. Lewis has given us her usual serving of mystery, romance, and family drama to keep me turning pages and loosing sleep. She does not disappoint in this final installment, and keeps everything fresh despite the concurrent theme of her writings. An excellent writing based on actual events. I recommend this book, this series, and this writer.
FIVE STARS, for sure and for certain, because this book not only gives a delightful story of young & older Amish adults, but also has drawn a nice historical picture explaining the differences between the opposing sects of the Amish. What makes Mennonite, Beachy Meeting, New Order, and Old Order different? All are conservative and extremely religious, but some more than others. Bev brings the 1966 New Order Amish beginnings to light through fiction fun. "Jah, the split was about saving grace," the book explains...but then you need to read it.
"The Longing" can also serve as a great stand-alone book. If you are giving this author a first try, buy this one and enjoy it, jah! Then, you'll likely have to back your buggy and buy the first two as well. No doubt, you'll find "The Longing" wonderful-good too.
This book offers a fantastic look at the differences of basic faith in God and Christianity for the different groups of Amish included in the Lancaster County community of Pennsylvania. Having lived my own life near another large Amish community, in Indiana, I enjoyed the depth of the spiritual look at the Amish along side the romantic spirit of the youth. The author's own Christian heart pours throughout her book.
If a family genealogy chart for the Fisher and Yoder Amish families had been included at the beginning of the book, I would have given it the 6th star.
Mrs. Lewis: write another, return to Berne, IN, and I'll buy your lunch. Thanks for sharing your gift.
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