Beverly Lewis is a known pioneer in the Amish fiction world. Her books have delighted readers for years. Even when the Amish genre seems to be overflowing, Lewis still manages to come out with a new release to appease her clamoring fans. When I received a copy of her latest release, The Love Letters, I could not wait to see where Lewis would take me next.
The Love Letters takes place in the late 1960s and tells the story of Marlena Wenger, a young Amish woman caught in the many facets of the plain world: Her parents have become Beachy Amish-Mennonites, her grandparents are Mennonite…and her beau is Old Order Amish! When Marlena goes to visit her grandmother for the summer, life takes a prodigious turn when her Englischer sister is in a car wreck and Marlena must care for her sister’s baby. Oh! How will all of this be sorted out?!
The Love Letters can easily be read as a stand-alone. It was an interesting read – at times I felt like there was a bit too much going on. While I enjoyed the sub-plots, it felt like they could have been a novel all their own. In my humble opinion, Beverly Lewis excels at a series (especially where the plot rolls from one cliffhanger to another – Abram’s Daughters is my all-time favorite!) I would like to see Lewis return to this type of writing. But in the meantime, I am easily satisfied with the life of her other works, like The Love Letters.
Grab a copy – you’ll just be plain ferhoodled!
Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature! Susan is a book reviewer for Destination Amish.