I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The River by Beverly Lewis
Published by Baker Books on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Fiction, General, Religious
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She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past. A line I can't move beyond... The River Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?
I have always been a huge fan of Beverly Lewis’ but lately I haven’t been as impressed with her books. I thought that this one finally had a really good plot, but it still didn’t live up to my expectations. “The River” by Beverly Lewis is about a young woman that is haunted by the memories of her past. She returns to the home she grew up in to heal and find her way back to God allowing him to make her whole again.
Ruth and Tilly are sisters who have left their Amish faith. Tilly left after she had her heartbroken and shortly after her sister Ruth followed. When the girls return home to try to make amends when they find out their father is ill. Ruth and Tilly have to deal with everyone’s judment and many unanswered questions. The girls are seeing people that they have been completely cutoff from since they left the Amish faith.
Lewis writes so beautifully but I had a hard time trying to connect with the characters in this story. The plot seemed like a great plot but I feel like Lewis’ writing isnt’ where it should be at. She has been writing books for years and I feel like her stories are declining rather than getting better. She no longer hooks me, as the reader, to the story anymore. For me that is highly disappointing. I would love to fall in love with her books again, but I feel like they aren’t completely. The characters should be more fleshy and loveable then how they are written now. I hope Lewis’ next book installment is better. Don’t get me wrong, I still think this is a good story, it just isn’t Lewis’ best.