Thursday, September 18, 2014

The River By Beverly Lewis

She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.             A line I can't move beyond...
The River

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.
Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?

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I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."

After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.

My first book (Holly's First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers ("Big Bad Beans") which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled "SummerHill Secrets," which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up--near the heart of Amish country.

But it was the story of my grandmother Ada Buchwalter's shunning by her ultra-strict father and subsequently her old order Mennonite community that nudged me toward writing adult fiction. THE SHUNNING was published in 1997 by Bethany House Publishers, and along with its sequels, has touched a nerve in millions of readers intrigued by the Plain tradition of Lancaster County, PA. The Hallmark Movie Channel will air the movie, "Beverly Lewis's The Confession" on January 19, 2013--the sequel to "The Shunning" movie.

When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.
The Queen of Amish Fiction, in my opinion Mrs. Lewis got the whole Amish fiction craze started, has done it again in her latest she has hit the ball out of the park.
I was very pleased that this story was fresh and not like most of the Amish books out there floating around. We need some different Amish fiction stories instead of the same old stories, well you get the with The River.
I loved the characters and the plot was just as good.
I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. I loved this book! One of her best books ever! Great review Mary!

    Judy B

  2. I agree Mary, she is the Queen of Amish fiction! She is one of my most favorite authors and I cannot wait to read this one! Thank you for a great review!

  3. Yes Mary, I think she is the queen of Amish fiction, too. Her books are what got me hooked on it.
    Thanks for sharing your review. I hadn't realized that this book was released already. It's definitely one I plan to pick up.

  4. Great review, Mary! Amish fiction certainly has Beverly Lewis' name on it!

  5. Such a great author. Love all her books!

  6. I love to read the story of her beginning start of being an author.

  7. Beverly is an awesome Author. I have read many of her books and love them all. Great review Mary.