Bethany House Publishers
In The Parting, Beverly Lewis’s first in a new series, Nellie Mae Fisher, a young Amish girl, must find her way through the loss of a sibling, a youthful romance, and the splitting of her community. She is confused with the grief, the whirlwind of love, and with choosing whether to follow her father in his new faith or to stay true to the old ways of her people, choosing the young man she is quickly coming to love.
Lewis does an excellent job of keeping the plot active and interesting; readers will continue turning pages as they seek to discover which path Nellie will choose. The author’s excellently woven suspense keeps readers’ attention. Not only that, but readers are immediately submersed into the Amish world through sensory descriptions, colloquialisms, and realistic dialogue.
Most intriguing are the two dilemmas that Nellie faces. First, she fights to dispel the nasty rumors that are following the death of her sister, Suzy. According to the whispers of the grapevine, Suzy spent the last few months before her death with “Englischers,” or non-Amish people, and became involved in a wild lifestyle, disrespectable for an Amish teenager. Are these rumors true, or was Suzy really the girl Nellie thought she was?
Second, Nellie’s father discovers an unorthodox verse in the Bible that speaks of a man named Jesus who can offer insurance of salvation. At the same time, Nellie is falling in love with Caleb Yoder, who is deeply rooted in the ways of their people. Will she choose to follow the faith of her father, which seems to offer so much peace and joy? If she does, will she risk losing Caleb’s attention?
Nellie continually walks a tight-rope between trying to remain faithful to her father, to the memory of her sister, but also to her people’s faith and to her love for Caleb. She is surrounded by turmoil as well, as the Amish battle over whether or not certain comforts should be allowed. Where will the line fall for this community, and who will be on which side?
The Parting is a captivating Christian romance. Not only does it keep readers turning pages, it also challenges their passion and excitement for their faith in Christ. The last chapter closes with anticipation for the next book in the series. – Jenni K. Ritschard, Christian Book Previews.com
Nearly one hundred days have passed since the untimely death of Nellie Mae Fisher's beloved younger sister, Suzy, and Nellie dares again to dream of a future with handsome Caleb Yoder. But with rumors about Suzy still flying among the People, there are those who would keep the young courting couple apart…including Caleb's own father.
Meanwhile, a growing number of Honeybrook's Amish farmers are demanding tractors and other forbidden modern conveniences. When a revival adds to the tensions, passions flare. With the Old Order community pushed to the breaking point, Nellie and Caleb find their families--and themselves--in the midst of what threatens to become an impossible divide.