Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Review - The River by Beverly Lewis

The River
by Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764212734
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Amazon

I'm rounding out my summer by finally writing reviews for a few books that have been collecting dust on my desk for quite sometime. Yes, it's quite odd for me to delay reading an Amish fiction novel, but that's exactly what happened with The River by Beverly Lewis, which was published last September.

The River centers on two former Amish sisters, Tilly and Ruth, whom are returning to Lancaster County for their parent's wedding anniversary. Tilly is now married with children and has unresolved issues about going back home. At first both of them were going to decline the invite, but after hearing about their father's health issues, they decide to attend.

Once they arrive back in Lancaster County, the sisters must finally deal with their pasts. For Tilly, she must find a way to get over the death of their other sister that died by the river when they were young. Lastly, Ruth must deal with her unresolved feelings for an old flame.

Unlike many of Beverly Lewis' past novels, this isn't part of a series, but instead it's just a standalone tale. I didn't know what to expect when I began reading this, but it turned out to be one of the author's best works to date. I read many Amish fiction titles, which after awhile the plots can be become a little cliche, but I'm glad to say that The River has a fresh story that hooked me in by end of chapter two. Overall, The River is an emotional read from beginning to end.

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

About the Author:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 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. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at

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