Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite writers for Amish fiction. She does such an excellent job in writing that I never want her stories to end. I easily begin picturing the stories in my mind. In this book, I wished I had saved it for when we go to the beach. it would have been the perfect book for the beach.
I’ll be honest….I was really excited when I saw Sallie was finally getting a chance to go to Australia. I thought that in itself would be a wonderful book! I won’t spoil all the fun of reading it, so I’ll let you discover what happens on her trips! Needless to say, she ends up in Cape May at some point and it sounds like an absolutely beautiful beach. Autumn was such a sweet girl and it was neat to watch her learn to love her new role as a big sister.
My favorite part of the book was the budding romance between Kevin and Sallie. Kevin is Mennonite and Sallie is Amish. Kevin respects her greatly, but Sallie begins to wonder if she is to even be baptized into the Amish church. She wrestles with that decision and you can almost feel it as you read the story. The struggle was very real and was in no way an easy one to make. I really liked that she could be honest with her father and her father truly listened to her thoughts. Some Amish stories make the grown man as someone who doesn’t have a lot of feeling. It was nice to see a change in the demeanor of the father.
If you’re looking for a book to pack into your beach bag for this summer, grab this one. Even if you’re not a huge lover of Amish fiction, I think you would still enjoy the story. There’s a great mix of Englishers, Amish, and Mennonites. Almost something for everyone!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers.