Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review - The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis

The Last Bride
Home to Hickory Hollow, book 5
by Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: April 1, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764211980
Pages: 336
Buy Link: Amazon


Once again, I have read another Amish fiction title, but this time it is by the author who gave birth to the genre, Bethany Lewis. I believe this is the final installment in the Home to Hickory Hollow series that started with The Fiddler, The Bridesmaid, The Guardian and The Secret Keeper.

The Last Bride centers on Tessie Miller, one of the five daughters from her Old Order parents. She is in love with Marcus King, but like Romeo and Juliet, they are denied to have a relationship. Her older sister, Mandy, advices her to leave things alone and obey her father's wishes, even though her sister is in a loveless arranged marriage.

Unknowingly to their family and friends, Tessie and Marcus travel to the English world and enlope, but instead of running away to live together as man and wife, they return home to Hickory Hollow and try to hide their marriage from everyone.

After a tragedy occurs, the true reason behind her father's disapproval is finally revealed. Tessie must have faith in the Lord and understanding of the true meaning of "grace," so she is able to survive.

Unlike Mrs. Lewis' other series, each book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series are stand-alone stories. If you have ever read an Amish romance novel before, then you probably know what the typical plot is - a young woman falls in love with an Amishman and they live happily ever after, but that isn't the case with The Last Bride. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but lets just say this one is a tearjerker. Despite all the new authors in the Amish fiction genre, Mrs. Lewis is still at the top of her game with her vivid descriptions and rich characters. Overall, The Last Bride is the best book from the Home to Hickory Hollow series.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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