Lewis' fans will love this one! "The Ebb Tide" by Beverly Lewis
about the book....
Sallie Riehl has dreamed of traveling at least once before settling down to join church, so she is thrilled at an unexpected summer opportunity to nanny in Cape May for a well-to-do family. However, saying even a temporary good-bye to Paradise Township means forgoing baptism another year, as well as leaving behind a would-be beau. Yet the weeks in Cape May soon prove unforgettable as Sallie meets a Mennonite young man whose friendship she quickly begins to cherish. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will she only find what her heart is longing for back home?
The Ebb Tibe may just be Beverly Lewis’ most enjoyable tale to date, at least for this discerning reader! The combination of the sweet story line and the likeable characters made this a book that I didn’t want to step away from. And, its not that I haven’t read stories like this before where an Amish character feels torn between their upbringing and the allure of the English world. But there was simply something special about Sallie. Her desire to explore beyond the confines of her Amish community has nothing to do with a rebellious nature or wanting to throw off the expectations of her community. Rather, her desires stem from something God has woven into her, a longing to see the creation that God has so lovingly made. The way in which that longing leads her to act as a nanny for a summer and seek to be a blessing to the Logan family seemed so clearly to be a sign of God’s leading in her life. It made me consider in turn how God can so perfectly orchestrate everything for our good and for his glory. Lewis will also no doubt please her fans with the relationships Sallie develops with both an Amish boy and a boy from outside the Amish church, as they will be caught up in the drama and the question of whether Sallie will choose to remain with her family in her Amish community, or whether she will permanently move on to different adventures.
Those readers looking for a contemporary novel written in a gentle style, one celebrating life and faith and the interplay between the Amish and English world, are going to want to add this story to their collection. Getting to know these characters definitely felt like time well spent, and I award this story a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in twelve languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.
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