Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for this review. However my love for this book is all my own.
I am a huge fan of books written about the Amish way of life. There is something so comforting about their simple ways. So whenever I am offered a chance to review a book with an Amish background I totally jump at the chance. I simply love these books. And The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis is just an example of why I love them. Here is a brief summary of the book before I give my review.
Marlena Wenger’s life takes an unexpected turn on the day she learns she must care for her estranged sister’s baby. Spending the summer in Brownstown, Pennsylvania, to assist her Mennonite grandmother, and miles from Marlena’s Old Order Amish beau, she feels out of her element in nearly every respect. Yet Marlena determines to do her best and stay focused on her future, even as those hopes become drastically altered.
Let me just say that I love this story so much although it did kind of hit home as Marlena is sent to stay with her grandmother after her grandfather’s death and while she is there her sister is also killed. I felt a strong bond toward Marlena in her grief as I just lost my dad in January and I lost my sister almost 20 years ago so the grief is still real for me. But like Marlena I too learned to lean on God for strength through these times. I learned so much through this book. The only thing I did not like about it was Marlena’s beau and how he felt like he could give her orders and that she had to obey them. He really was a piece of work but it all worked out at the end.
The book does focus on the main character’s Marlena’s story but also has a minor storyline happening right along with Marlena’s and that involved the Bittner family who were the neighbors of Marlena’s grandmother. I loved this story line so much and I loved how the characters evolved from the time we first met them to the end. I also love that the author provided an epilogue to the story to let the reader know what happens to the characters in the book.
If you are looking for a relaxing read that deals with basically life than The Love Letters is a book for you.
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