Monday 5 May 2014

Book Review: The Last Bride

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ISBN # 9780764211980
From The Back:
 Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis's celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.

"Much of the credit [for the growth of Amish fiction] goes to Beverly Lewis, a Colorado author who gave birth to the genre in 1997 with The Shunning..."
--Associated Press

Of her Old Order parents' five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but Tessie's father opposes the match.

Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they'll convince the Millers to give their love a chance over time. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?
My Reflections: 
This is the fifth and final installment of the stand alone series Home to Hickory Hollow. I have read all of her last novels in this series and found this one to be just as good, and a little different. I absolutely love all the characters of Hickory Hollow and feel like I know them well, that is how good Beverly Lewis is at setting the stage for her stories. My favorite character all time is "the wise woman" She reminds me of my good friend Mrs Miller, always full of wise advice, open heart, open home and great tea (She even has peppermint.)
Tessie Ann is smitten with Marcus King, but Tessie's father disproves of their match. Tessie and Marcus decide to take things into their own hands and elope to the English world. Their plan is to return to Amish country and live as singles, giving Tessie's father time to approve of their relationship. Things rarely turn out as we hope when we are disobedient to God's will for our lives. The unthinkable happens and Tessie is left to pick up the pieces.

Mandy, Tessie's sister marries the man her father has chosen. But Mandy must come to grips with her resentments and feelings for another Amishman if she ever wants her marriage to yield the love it could. Can these sisters find happiness? Or will their impatience, willfulness and disobedience divide their hearts and families?

Lewis once again moves her readers, immersing them in a world where rules are not meant to be broken and life is a little slower. Lewis is one of my favorite authors, I know I say that about so many, but I really enjoy her Amish tales and the life she breathes into her characters, simply a wonderful story! 
  "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

About the Author:

Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has...
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