Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis -- my REVIEW

There are so many books based on Amish characters!  Often I read a few and then lose interest because they all seem kind of the same after awhile.  When this book was available for review I wasn't too sure I'd like it...but after I started reading it, I knew I was going to enjoy it!

Lena (the main character) and her large family (nine brothers and sisters) have tragically lost their parents and the Amish community that they are a part of does not have the resources to take care of the family, ranging in age from Lena who is contemplating becoming engaged (hoping for it) to her little six year old brother.  It comes down to parting out the siblings amongst families in the community but there is no one with room for Lena, so she is sent to another state to live with some far off cousins of her father's.

As Lena's life sadly moves to Pennsylvania (from Michigan) she fits into the daily routines of Harley and Mimi (the cousins) and even begins to make a few friends.  She keeps in touch with her boyfriend back home, hoping to maintain their relationship until she might be able to return.  She helps out Mimi (who has issues herself) as well as others in the Pennsylvania community.  She meets a boy her age who is a friend. . .always hoping for the chance to return home.

I don't want to tell too much more than that--but I will say that I enjoyed this book.  It's fiction, of course, and has happy endings, which I do enjoy :) It leaves out a lot of grief/sadness that would have followed losing both parents, but I guess it's not meant to be that kind of a book.  The characters are different and interesting and draw you into relationships with them as you read.  It is a clean book, and not really too religious.

I would definitely recommend this book for a light read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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