Published by Bethany House Publishers on December 31, 2007
Genres: Amish, Christian Fiction, Romance
Source: Own Book
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Book Review for The Parting by Beverly Lewis
“The Parting” is the first book in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher series. Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors. I have read several of her other books, but I was not reading them and writing book reviews about them. So, I will start reading those again as I may not be able to remember everything about those books I read a long time ago.
The main character of this love story is Nellie Mae Fisher, a young Amish woman who has just lost her sister, Suzy, in a tragic drowning. Her parents are completely heartbroken and also distraught at the idea that their child has possibly died without any hope of salvation. This story outlines the Amish and Mennonite communities where they hold conflicts of faith in regards to keeping the ‘Old Ways’ and embracing all that the Holy Bible teaches — a powerful message of forgiveness, healing, and salvation.
I enjoyed reading about the typical aspects of Amish life. I always thought their life was just more simple than we live. I loved reading about Nellie and Caleb’s courtship, Nellie’s bakery, and the rumors about Suzy’s running-around years. I wish there would have been more about Suzy in the book, so I could have learned more about her life before she died.
I was intrigued by the story about Rosanna adopting her cousin’s twins. It didn’t totally fit into the story, but it was interesting to learn the outcome of why she was adopting.
There are a total of 3 books in this series.