Beverly Lewis' new novel "The Photograph" is a stand alone novel, but ties in to several of her other novels with characters and location. Frona, Eva, and Lily are three orphaned sisters of young adult age. They are single and Amish. The combination of these four characteristics puts them in a rather tight spot. Their brother has inherited the house they are currently living in and that means they need to go. However, they cannot just move out and get jobs. So they are on the look out to marry fast or in Lily's case, a desperate measure of leaving the People. Lily strikes out on her own and leaves the other sisters searching for her. Jeb is an Ohioan carriage maker that finds the Little Women book that Lily has left on the train. Following the clues, he begins to search for her as well. However, things get tangled up when he mistakes Eva for Lily.
Beverly Lewis is by far the best Amish writer and can generally do no wrong when it comes to writing. In this novel, I kept rooting for Lily to make her getaway since I felt she really had no other choice. She was being tossed out on her ear and leaving the People seemed like a good way to make a life. But when Lewis brings the characters full circle and shares the difficulties of leaving the Plain life, the reader starts to see a whole new side of things. How do you live when you are trying to be something you are not? Good book. 4 stars. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.