Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Photograph - by Beverly Lewis

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About the book:

He studied the picture more closely, finding it curious that the young woman looked so boldly into the camera while wearing a white prayer Kapp shaped like a heart--the characteristic head covering for the Lancaster County Old Order Amish. 
Why would a devout girl have her picture taken?

When her sister Lily disappears only months after their widowed mother's passing, Eva Esch fears she has been wooed away from the People. Yet Lily's disappearance isn't Eva's only concern: She and her sisters must relocate once their older brother takes over the family farmhouse. Then Jed Stutzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Eden Valley with a photo of a Plain young woman. Eva feels powerfully drawn to the charming stranger--but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all. . . .

My review:

This was an interesting story with a unique idea.  I liked that Jed found this picture in a book with a lot of notes and underlined passages and ended up meeting her sister.  There was a little bit of a sweet romance.  I liked the various viewpoints, from Eva to Jed to Eva's older friend Naomi.  There was a bit of a mystery as you wonder where Lily went and why.  There's also a bit of a twist to the story.  I did feel that the story was on the slow side and not a lot happened.  I liked all of the characters with her sister Frona being the most interesting.  I'd like to see a story about her, though it seems this is a stand-alone.  There's some talk of faith and prayer.  I would recommend it if you like Amish fiction.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Beverly Lewis
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    Beverly Lewis

    Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in eleven languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and...
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