Beverly Lewis is at it again. "The Last Bride" is her latest in the Home of Hickory Hollow series. This series does not need to be read in order. In this installment, Tessie, a young Amish woman, is in love with a man her father has forbidden her to marry. The couple decides to take matters in their own hands and secretly marry at the justice of the peace, but then doesn't tell anyone. Especially Tessie's father. In a tragic accident, Marcus, Tessie's husband dies leaving her pregnant and no one believing her about their marriage. Tessie struggles with becoming her own woman, facing an unpredictable future, and being honest with her family. This novel also deals with the scary subject of intermarrying and genetic diseases that the Amish deal with when having children.
This book is groundbreaking for the Lewis' usual writing. The widowed mother takes care of herself and her child; she does what needs to be done. The subject matter all of the stories that coincide with this novel are all different and modern. Especially the touchy topic of marrying relation. the writing is typical Lewis and is does extremely well. I liked this book. I recommend it highly. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House publishers and www.netgalley.com.