Published by Bethany House Publishers on October 1, 2008
Genres: Amish, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Source: Own Book
Book Review for The Longing by Beverly Lewis
“The Longing” is the third and final book in the series of The Courtship of Nellie Fisher and I loved this series.
In this book, you will see more of the struggle of a community as it comes to terms with conflicts of faith and church division. The community is very devastated to hear about a near-fatal injury of one of their own people. Most of the book explores how God can use any situation to open our eyes and our hearts to him, and also to our friends and family that we may need to make amends with.
We see Rhoda confront her own self-worth, her longing for love, and disappointment in turning her back on her own family. We see as she learns how to keep her family without compromising her values. Her desire is to simply be loved while still loving and being true to herself.
The book continues to explore romances for Nan and Nellie Mae while diving deep into the heartache and loss that has settled over Rosanna and her husband, Elias. One thing for certain is — through happiness, love, or loss we see one important message shining through — the importance of prayer and putting trust in the Lord, not only for our salvation but also for all the trials that may come our way.
I really enjoyed this book series of The Courtship of Nellie Fisher and learned more about the diversity between the Mennonite, Old Order Amish, and New Order Amish. I suggest this as a must-read for any fan of Amish fiction, Christian, and Historical books.