One of the best things about writing this blog is that I get to read books by my favorite authors for free and then tell you what I think about them. This is the case with Beverly Lewis’ latest release “The River,” which Bethany House publishers granted me access to in exchange for this review. As always, I will give you nothing less than my true reaction.
This novel focuses on two women, Tilly and Ruth, who were raised Amish, but chose to leave that community and make their way in the modern world. With their parents’ silver wedding anniversary fast approaching, the sisters decide a visit home is in order. Will they be able to make peace with the troubled past that caused them to flee, or will unresolved issues become an obstacle to the reconciliation they crave?
Fans of this veteran writer will not be disappointed. With this narrative, Mrs. Lewis brings fresh insight into what can sometimes be a predictable genre. It has the important Christian principles that are expected, which makes it accessible to everyone, but it will be best appreciated by those twelve years and older. I recommend this tale to people who like the works of Suzanne Woods Fisher, Leslie Gould, and Jennifer Beckstrand. Anyone who gets absorbed in complicated family dramas will also be drawn into this tale. The characters stay with you long after you’ve returned the volume to the shelf. My rating is five out of five stars. “The River” is available now, so go get it wherever Christian fiction is sold. Until we meet again…