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Amish

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Author: Beverly Lewis

Summary: Nellie Mae has broken off her engagement to Caleb Yoder because of their differing beliefs about salvation. They are learning to live without each other when Caleb's father, the one who most tried to keep Nellie & Caleb apart, is paralyzed in a farm accident. Caleb's Mennonite cousin Chris starts to help Caleb with the farm since his father no longer can do the work, and starts sharing with Caleb his own beliefs about salvation. Meanwhile, Chris, unbeknownst to Caleb, has met Nellie Mae and wants to court her. Will Chris' desire for Nellie ruin his witness with Caleb? Will Caleb and Nellie ever get together?

Opinion: At long last, this third book in the Courtship of Nellie Fisher series is going to finsh the story of Caleb & Nellie along with a few various side stories. Yes, I had to take the time to read this book in just one day because it was as riveting as any other Beverly Lewis story I've ever read. My only real criticism is that it seemed like it took much too long to get to the climax of the story. The last few pages felt like a hurried tying up of ends--especially when you have read three long books just to get to this point. However, that aside, I definitely consider this a must-read, especially if you have read the other books in the series.

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Author: Wanda Brunstetter

Summary

Allison is given the gift of a ticket to visit her aunt's family in Missouri with the understanding that perhaps she will better learn homemaking skills under her aunt's tutelage. While there she meets Aaron, a harness maker who has sworn off marriage after seeing how his mom suffered after losing his dad in a car/buggy accident. Aaron learns that love is worth pursuing even if it might be short, and Allison learns that she is loved by her heavenly Father as well. When her father's sister is ill with cancer, Allison returns back to Pennsylvania to care for her, and hopefully win her to the Lord. Will Aaron & Allison ever be together, or will circumstances keep them apart?

Opinion

It feels like the author found a formula for book writing that she felt worked for her, but it doesn't really help the plot. This book is a predictable girl meets boy and then meets God story line. Yes, there are some stumbles along the way, but there didn't feel like there was much new here.

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Author: Beverly Lewis

Summary

Caleb Yoder has been ordered by his father not to have anything to do with the girl he is courting because Nellie Fisher's family is part of the New Order Amish community that is forming in their community. Nellie has been trying to do her best to prove that she is as Old Order as the Yoders, but Caleb's Daed is set on having Caleb marry someone else. He puts an ultimatum on Caleb--he must try to get to know another Amish girl or his father will not hand Caleb the farm when Caleb gets married. So Caleb decides to try it once just to please his father, but Nellie finds out. Will he be able to reconcile with Nellie?

Opinion

Being a Beverly Lewis book, I naturally enjoyed it. However, like her other books, I'm annoyed that I'm going to have to read another before the story is finished. I'd rather just have it in one big long book than have to continually feel like I'm being put on hold. On the other hand, because once I start a Beverly Lewis story I can't put it down, it gives me a chance to take a breather and actually live life outside of the book.

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Author: Beverly Lewis

Summary

Nellie Fisher's sister Susie dies in a boating accident, and the whole family is struggling with coming to terms with her loss. However, Nellie does have a bright spot in her life--Caleb Yoder is beginning to court her. Meanwhile, her father, at the urging of his cousin, begins to read scripture for himself and is saved. Soon there is a movement of people in the community who claim salvation, but it is not being well accepted by many in the Amish community. As this "New Order" begins to form, Nellie & Caleb find their families on opposite sides of the fence. Will their love survive?

Opinion

I've found that every Beverly Lewis story I've read is a page turner. I definitely have to make sure I have time to just sit and read, because I won't want to put it down and do anything else. This story is an interesting fictionization of some actual events that were going on in the Amish community in the 1960's. My only criticism of the book is that of all of Lewis' series--you have to read the whole set to get the entire story. Each one should have at the end the words, "to be continued . . ."

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Author: Laura Hilton

Summary

Jacob Troyer is sent to Missouri by his father under the guise of helping out a distant cousin. However, when he arrives, he finds out that his father actually sent him there as a potential exchange boy with the intention that Jacob will marry into the new Amish community and help mix up the bloodlines. Jacob knows his father is trying to keep him from marrying his girlfriend back home, and is angry and eager to leave. However, he starts to find himself falling for the oldest daughter of the house. Becky, on the other hand, although she is attracted to Jacob, knows about his girl back home and doesn't trust him. She has been duped before, and left as a single mother that no other man in the community wants to marry. Will their love win out?

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I really enjoyed the plot in this story, and I intend to read the next story in this series. If it wasn't for such a well written plot, however, and the way it starts to outline elements for the next in the series, I don't think I would consider reading more in the series. The book definitely seems like it was written by an "Englischer" (non-Amish person) who was pretending to write an Amish story. It is like the author took an Englischer story and tried to put "Amish-isms" in it to make it an Amish story. However, one thing I liked about this story was that although it is part of a series, the story is complete in itself--you don't have to read three more books to find out what happens between Jacob & Becky.

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Author: Laura Bickle

Two totally different genre are combined into an interesting storyline that I had never conceived.  The ever popular "Amish girl" type Christian romance is intermeshed with an unknown "infestation" (read vampires) in the "English" world.  Will her family and community be safe on their "hallowed ground" or will the darkness infiltrate?  It definitely has a creepy vibe to it.   Recommend it. 

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Author: Beerly Lewis

The last in the series proves to keep you hooked until the last page.  In the events of this book, love is found again, and Katie finds that even though she looked far away to find herself.  The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.  Lewis wrote a great series ending with this one and it was hard to put it down. I recommend this book.

3rd book in the Heritage of Lancaster County series.

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Author: Beverly Lewis

Not to give to much away, in this story Katie sets out on a mission to find someone, to find herself and to reunite.  While reading I was never sure what was going to happen next.  I could not put this book down and the last in the series finishes the story line well.

2nd book in the Heritage of Lancaster County series.

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Author: Beverly Lewis

A friend recommended this series and I am glad I read it.  This first book (better that the movie) gives you a slight insight into the Amish world.  But the book itself, is more about finding out who you are for yourself, and not being definded by who people think you should be.  The main character has to come to grips with some life changing issues.  My heart does break for the Amish mother (Rebecca) the heartache she carries broke my heart.  On to the next one!

Originally posted in: APL Picks

Plain Truth

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Author: Jodi Picoult

Late one summer evening, Amish teen Katie Fisher awakes, goes into her father’s barn and gives birth to a baby boy. Exhausted she falls asleep, only to wake later and find the baby gone. Unsure what has happened she returns to her room and proceeds with her daily routine. The baby is found later that morning, dead, and Katie is accused of his murder. Katie denies not only murdering the baby, but being pregnant in the first place, despite all physical evidence to the contrary. It is up to her lawyer, Ellie Hathaway, to not only defend Katie but to discover the truth. Was the child Katie’s? If so, who was the father and why does Katie deny any memory of being pregnant or giving birth? Through a unique bail agreement Ellie moves in with the Fischer family while preparing Katie’s defense.

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