Monday, June 16, 2014

The Last Bride, by Beverly Lewis

Series: Home To Hickory Hollow

Pages: 337 pages

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Date: April 1, 2014

Language: English

About the book: Of her Old Order parents' five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but Tessie's father opposes the match.

Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they'll convince the Millers to give their love a chance. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?

About the author: Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than seventeen million books in print. Her stories have been published in eleven languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today.

My take: Once again, Beverly Lewis has written another awesome Amish story. I have to say she is one of my favorite Amish writers. And after reading this book, you will understand why I claim her to be my favorite.

The story alone is very heartfelt. To be young and in love is a great experience, but when something goes wrong and you have to face everything "alone", it can be devastating. That is what happens to Tessie in this story. She is in love with Marcus and they work on spending the rest of their lives together. Then something awful happens to Marcus and she is left by herself. She later finds out she is pregnant and has to decide if she should tell the church the whole story or let them believe what they want and suffer knowing the truth.

While she is going through all of this, Levi, the boy that has liked her in the past is working his way back into her life or at least trying to. What she needs to figure out is if she can let go of her past and move forward with him.

The Last Bride, part of the Home To Hickory Hollow series, was a really great read. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. Beverly Lewis' style of writing kept me fully engaged. It made me feel as though I was right there with Tessie and the rest experiencing everything they did. I could actually see their faces, clothes, places they lived and even the changing of the weather. You will totally immerse yourself in it and not want to put the book down until you are done. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book where they can sit on the couch, curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea and read.

This book was given to me by Bethany House for my honest review.

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