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Product Details

  • Series: Home to Hickory Hollow
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211980
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Tessie Ann Miller is trapped in a classic lovers’ dilemma. Her father disapproves of the man she loves, and she must choose between her own happiness and honoring her parents’ wishes. Mandy, Tessie’s older sister, refuses to stray from their Amish ways and advises Tessie to do the same, in spite of Mandy’s own struggles in a loveless marriage arranged by their father. But when tragedy strikes Hickory Hollow, the secret behind their father’s disapproval is revealed, and the two women must face the cost of their respective choices. They each learn that patience is a prelude to true love, which arrives in its own time, in its own way. Lewis’ latest is a thoughtful tale filled with pastoral imagery, dramatic irony, and gentle foreshadowing that teases the story forward. The reflective pace is ideal for a tale that addresses such complex issues as genetic birth defects, familial loyalties, and grace among the Amish. This is the fifth installment in Lewis’ Home to Hickory Hollow series (The Secret Keeper, 2013), and it also reads well as a stand-alone novel. --Kate Campos --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis's celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.

"Much of the credit [for the growth of Amish fiction] goes to Beverly Lewis, a Colorado author who gave birth to the genre in 1997 with The Shunning..."
--Associated Press


Of her Old Order parents' five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but Tessie's father opposes the match.

Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they'll convince the Millers to give their love a chance over time. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?

"Vivid imagery captures the reader's attention as Lewis masterfully tugs at their heart-strings." -RT Book Reviews
""Lewis' latest is a thoughtful tale filled with pastoral imagery, dramatic irony, and gentle
foreshadowing that teases the story forward."-Booklist

More About the Author

I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."

After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.

My first book (Holly's First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers ("Big Bad Beans") which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled "SummerHill Secrets," which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up--near the heart of Amish country.

But it was the story of my grandmother Ada Buchwalter's shunning by her ultra-strict father and subsequently her old order Mennonite community that nudged me toward writing adult fiction. THE SHUNNING was published in 1997 by Bethany House Publishers, and along with its sequels, has touched a nerve in millions of readers intrigued by the Plain tradition of Lancaster County, PA. The Hallmark Movie Channel will air the movie, "Beverly Lewis's The Confession" on January 19, 2013--the sequel to "The Shunning" movie.

My passion for Amish-related stories continues to keep me up at night, and I'm presently editing the 2nd book (The Bridesmaid) in my new series: "Home to Hickory Hollow," due out September 11, 2012.

When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.

Book One of my present series: The Fiddler, is available now.

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I enjoy her books and always look forward to the next one coming out.
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I like the series she writes as I enjoy remembering the characters from the previous books as they are interwoven in the new story.
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This book was hard to put down, starting with the first chapter and kept my attention throughout the entire story.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda K. LaDuke on April 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Last Bride is book 5 in the Home to Hickory Hollow series. It's a familiar place with some new characters and some old friends.

Tessie Miller has seen her sisters marry and has been secretly courting Marcus King. Secretly, because her father has forbade them to court for reasons unknown to anyone and has picked a different man for Tessie to marry. It appears that her father did the same thing to Tessie's sister.

Tessie and Marcus go behind her father's back, to the English world, to elope. They come back to the Amish to live separately and sneak to be with each other. Then tragedy strikes and Tessie has hard choices to make.

I loved this book. I liked that it wasn't the usual Amish book. It was more than two Amish people courting. It was about the genetics of an almost closed Amish culture and how secrets can hurt people and relationships. It was as always an excellent book from Beverly Lewis.

I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By drebbles VINE VOICE on April 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Like all Amish daughters, Tessie Miller has tried her whole life to obey her father but she doesn't understand why he would rather have Levi Smucker court her instead of Marcus King - after all she is in love with Marcus not Levi. Her sister Mandy married the man their father wanted her to marry but Tessie is more inclined to follow her own heart. Little does she realize that the choices she makes will change her life forever.

I usually like Beverly Lewis's books and I've enjoyed the Home to Hickory Hollow series, especially the last book “The Secret Keeper”, but I was disappointed in “The Last Bride”. I tried, but I just didn't like Tessie and at times I wanted to shake her. When one of the characters said towards the end of the book about Tessie “Why didn't she say so?”, I was ready to scream “Yes, why didn't she???” Her whole storyline seemed a bit contrived and dragged on. Levi disappeared fir large chunks of the book and he never really developed as a character for me. The Mandy/Sylvan storyline worked much better for me – her heartache was very real and it was interesting to read and watch her relationship with Sylvan grow. Again that storyline was a bit contrived at times but much better than Tessie’s.

“The Last Bride” is the fifth and final book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series - it's too bad the series didn't end on a better note.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CathiD on April 10, 2014
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I really enjoyed this series and while you don't need to read all the books in order, you definitely should read this one last! Once again, we're treated to an interesting storyline, yet we encounter all the other folks in Hickory Hollow. This is the first time we're faced with a couple who goes against their elders and what happens when he is killed in an accident, leaving her to face the community. We've seen Bishop Bieler from the day he was left standing at the altar through a series of events which lead to his taking a more progressive (as it were) stance amongst the Amish Elders. I'll leave it to the reader to see what happens to this young woman and who comes to her aid, how and why.

This novel also takes a much more in-depth look at the health issues that face the sect, as a result of inter-marriage and a lack of "fresh genetics" - how the families look at this while continuing their stance on marriage. It's the father of this young woman who had a cattle business and then realized that his knowledge of cattle genetics can be applies to humans as well. A very 21st century look at a 19th century sect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.Fields on May 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
Book 5 in the Home to Hickory Hollow, is not to be missed.
I believe all Amish fiction fans love Beverly Lewis she is sure a Amish literature Queen in her own right.
You will not be to disappointed with her latest masterpiece I am sure.
I can't wait to hear what you all think of Tessie and Marcus. I sure thought they they were quite the team. I was a little sad at the things that took place and what happened to Marcus. At times I wondered if Lewis was the author of this book. The writing style is much different then her other books.
I truly love the courting books.
I have to say I hated to see this book end. I feel a sense of loss at the ending of this series.
I gave this book 4 stars, and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
Once again, I have read another Amish fiction title, but this time it is by the author who gave birth to the genre, Bethany Lewis. I believe this is the final installment in the Home to Hickory Hollow series that started with The Fiddler, The Bridesmaid, The Guardian and The Secret Keeper.

The Last Bride centers on Tessie Miller, one of the five daughters from her Old Order parents. She is in love with Marcus King, but like Romeo and Juliet, they are denied to have a relationship. Her older sister, Mandy, advices her to leave things alone and obey her father's wishes, even though her sister is in a loveless arranged marriage.

Unknowingly to their family and friends, Tessie and Marcus travel to the English world and enlope, but instead of running away to live together as man and wife, they return home to Hickory Hollow and try to hide their marriage from everyone.

After a tragedy occurs, the true reason behind her father's disapproval is finally revealed. Tessie must have faith in the Lord and understanding of the true meaning of "grace," so she is able to survive.

Unlike Mrs. Lewis' other series, each book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series are stand-alone stories. If you have ever read an Amish romance novel before, then you probably know what the typical plot is - a young woman falls in love with an Amishman and they live happily ever after, but that isn't the case with The Last Bride. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but lets just say this one is a tearjerker. Despite all the new authors in the Amish fiction genre, Mrs. Lewis is still at the top of her game with her vivid descriptions and rich characters. Overall, The Last Bride is the best book from the Home to Hickory Hollow series.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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