Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Another GREAT Book by Popular Author, Beverly Lewis!"

    "The Photograph"

       By Beverly Lewis

Synopsis: "He studied the picture more closely, finding it curious that the young woman looked so boldly into the camera while wearing a white prayer Kapp shaped like a heart- the characteristic head covering for the Lancaster County Old Order Amish. Why would a devout girl have her picture taken?"
(taken from back cover)

Eva Esch fears the worse when her sister Lily disappears only a few months after the death of their mother. Deep down, Eva worries that her younger sibling has been wooed away from their Amish community by an Englischer. Yet, that alone isn't the only problem she has! She and her sisters much relocate unexpectedly, due to their older brother's wish to take over the family farmhouse. Not only is Eva dealing with the loss of her sister, but now must solve the problem of finding a place to live. 
Meanwhile, Jed Stutzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in her community with a photo of a young Plain woman. Who is this girl who would dare to challenge the Amish belief that photos are NOT to be taken?? Eva is drawn to this handsome, charming stranger  who has come to live in her area.  The young woman in the picture  is certainly NO stranger to Eva!!

My Opinions: When a book by Beverly Lewis appears in my mailbox, I automatically assume that it will be a great read and this one was no exception. 

I was caught up immediately in the life of Eva Esch, a single. young Amish woman, living with her two sisters. She has certainly had her share of heartaches, losing both of her parents at an early age and now trying to keep the farm expenses paid, along with her two sisters. Money is a problem when there is no man to help. Is marriage an option?? Eva is not sure.

The characters are realistic and well developed. I was immediately drawn into Eva's life , easily identifying with her worries, fears and challenges . At times, I just wished that I could give her a big hug and reassure her that all would work out if only she would follow God's plan in her life. Beverly has the talent to endear her characters to you from the first page. They are Plain People attempting to live a simple life while dealing with the tragedies that life just naturally sends our way.

The plot moves smoothly and quickly. There are just enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. This book is a quick easy read, but very enjoyable. 

The setting was one that was easy to picture and it became my home for a brief time. A wonderful peaceful Amish farming community where the families are close and striving to survive in the midst of trials and normal family upsets.

Fans of Beverly Lewis will love this book written in a style that is her's alone.

This book was supplied by Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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