Sunday, 12 November 2017

Review - The Wish by Beverly Lewis




Bethany House; 336 pages; $15.99; Amazon
If you follow this blog regularly, then you would know I'm a big fan of Amish fiction, which is a genre that I just fell into accidentally. Do you remember getting mailing flyers to join book clubs where can you get 5 to 7 books for $.99? Well, I was a member of many of  those clubs. When I went to join one of those clubs (I don't recall the name), I needed to pick out just one more book to join, so I just randomly picked The Covenant by Beverly Lewis. I read the book and ended up loving the author's writing style, so that's how I became a fan of her books and a fan of Amish fiction.

Today, I'm reviewing The Wish by Beverly Lewis, a book that I received from Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing Group) sometime in 2016! Yep, this is one of those titles that's been in my "needs-to-be-reviewed" pile. I thought I already read it previously, but I believe I was mistaken. So, I read the book this morning in about an hour or so. (Yes, I can speed read!)

Like many of Beverly Lewis' recent titles, The Wish is a standalone story. The novel centers on Leona Speicher, a young woman who had lost her best friend, Gloria Gingerich, (aka the 'sister' she always dreamed of) after Gloria's father is kicked out of their Old Order Amish church for unknown reasons. Shortly after, the Gingeriches disappear from Lancaster County. 

Years later, out of the blue, Lenoa receives word from Gloria. Despite objections from her fiance, Leona is determined to bring her best friend home.

Final Thoughts

I appreciate that the author always tries to come up with an original story instead of using a standard romance plot. The story here is an interesting one, where a friendship is put the ultimate test due to the strict rules of the Old Order Amish. The characters are likeable, but some of the dialogue feels a little too juvenile compared to the author's other books. As always for a Beverly Lewis' title, I thought the descriptions throughout the novel were excellent.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Wish. No, it's not my favorite title by author, but it's really good and I do recommend it to other readers.



*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.



About the Author

Beverly Lewis penned her first story at age nine while living near Lancaster County Amish farmland, where she grew up. She welcomes her many reader-friends each day on Facebook and personally replies to fan mail. Lewis lives with her husband in Colorado near their family. Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com.


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