Saturday, September 20, 2014

The River by Beverly Lewis

I was so excited to read this! Number one, I received a free copy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. Number two, I love Beverly Lewis' books and finally number three, I drove about an hour to York, Pennsylvania when I heard that Mrs. Lewis was doing a book signing. I couldn't wait to meet her! Plus, the very DAY that I set out to go to the book signing, was the day I got the book in the mail. 

One day, many years ago, I was in Lancaster County, and I saw Mrs. Lewis' book, The Shunning, in gift shop. I read the back of the book and was immediately intrigued. I got the book and needless to say I was hooked and have read almost all of Mrs. Lewis' books so far (I am two behind in the Hickory Hollow series). 

The River is a story of Tilly and Ruth, two sisters who left their Amish roots for the more modern world, each for their own reasons. They have been busy making new lives in the "English" world so when they receive word from their brother back in Lancaster County that their parents are set to have a little anniversary celebration and would like them to consider coming back to join in the festivities, both girls hesitate.

Tilly blames herself for her youngest sister's drowning years ago and still can't come to terms with it, while Ruth still struggles with being hurt by a former beau, still living in Lancaster County.

Their brother then informs them that their father is having health issues and this pushes the sisters to the decision that they should return to their home. 

After they arrive home, secrets are revealed and feelings and hearts must be somehow mended. Tilly and Ruth themselves must find peace with decisions they have made in the past as well. Can they find solace within the family and with themselves? 

I really enjoyed this book. I love when you really want to know what happens to the characters in a story. 

And as far as meeting Mrs. Lewis, she was an absolute delight. She was very gracious and appreciative of her fans. I was so glad I made the trip to meet her! 

Have you read the book? Let me know what you think!