Saturday, October 11, 2014

the river review

"The River" by Beverly Lewis follows two formerly Amish sisters living in the world as Englishcers.  Tilly has a tense and difficult relationship with her father, leading to her leaving the Amish community shortly after her youngest sister, Anna, was killed in a accidental drowning.  Ruthie is Tilly's younger sister, and has left the Amish community 5 years later after a difficult breakup with Will, an Amish boy without good intentions.  The two sisters go back home to their parents anniversary party after years of no contact and have a reunion of sorts.  Not all goes happily, but the healing begins.
If you have tired of Beverly Lewis I encourage you to go back and give this book a try.  She really gets into the nitty gritty of the father-daughter relationship.  She dives into the humanity of the relationship, rather than the usual "amishness" of things.  Then she drops a bomb about 3/4 of the way through book. The ending will give you a tear or two.  Good book.  I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House.

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