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Book 3 of 3 in the Seasons of Grace Series

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Lewis picks up the story of Grace and Heather as they travel to Ohio to find Lettie and convince her to return to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Lettie ponders both long-ago choices and her more recent decision to leave home and family behind on a quest to find her long-lost daughter. Meanwhile, Heather hopes a sojourn at the alternative-healing Wellness Center will help her deal with her debilitating illness, while Judah searches his soul for reasons Lettie may have left him and vows to do better, should she return. Award-winning Lewis satisfactorily, if predictably, wraps up her Seasons of Grace Amish-inspired trilogy in a manner calculated to please her legions of fans. While readers new to Lewis will find the story confusing, with changing viewpoints and unexplained references to events and characters from previous installments, those familiar with her novels will enjoy Lewis' unabashedly roseate portrayal of the lives of the Plain people of Pennsylvania. --Lynne Welch

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764205730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764205736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

I loved reading this series....great book.
LORRAINE THROWER
I enjoyed reading all three books - got the first one free for Kindle and then did something I don't usually do, and purchased books 2 & 3!
GypsyLady
I am always sad to see a good book or series end, it's like I am losing a friend!
Bettie J. Rogers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mandy VINE VOICE on April 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This third book in the Seasons of Grace series is wonderful story of God's grace and redemption in our lives. I enjoyed the simple, yet deep storyline that brought to life a tale we are all too familiar with. It was easy to follow yet held several unexpected turns or "hold ups" before the conclusion was found. The narration is wonderful and so authentic on this audio version that it drew me into the story even more than it would have through reading the book myself. I appreciated how the story dealt with some mature topics without being inappropriate for younger readers. Overall, Beverly has crafted yet another charming Amish fiction for readers to enjoy.

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This review copy was provided courtesy of Oasis Audio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oliver on October 20, 2010
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Very good book in the series hopefully she has a book 4 that is more of a conclusion to this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ada Ce Waymer-diherty on May 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
As usual, Bev' does it again, but she's getting too predictable....I'm not too sure I want to get into her next trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Donovan on April 16, 2010
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Beverly Lewis is such an amazing author. As always I read her latest book in 3 days. She has such a wonderful way of weaving different lives into the Amish community. The story line is a bit predictable but it is still a pleasure to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Ward on May 30, 2010
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I read this book through to its end so I could "finish the series", but I didn't like this series as much as some others. As some have said, I found it way too predictable..(SPOILER WARNING) : mom gives up child for adoption, mom finds child and everything is just peachy, reader can GUESS totally WHO the child is from very early on....no one is upset by the findings...and the adoptive mom , who might have felt put -out , we will never know one way or t'other, is "Conveniently deceased"...
Point two: I find it HIGHLY DUBIOUS (sorry for the caps but don't know how to italicize here), that a faithful and "obedient" Ammish wife of Sooo many years would up and vanish like Letty did. It just "Wouldnt' happen" I agree. SUrely she could have sleuthed out the solution some other way..even with the Ohio Adoptor's /Adoptee's registry that was reveaaled at the end. A real AMish wife and mom would not DARE to risk shunning AND the fallout for her long-time family by doing what Letty did. I found that entire scenario very dubious and disturbing.
Thirdly: JMO, but I found Lewis' frank support of wholistic healing and "cleansings" to be very ill-advised in this book. Because the topic was CANCER, and frankly having cancer in my close family history, I just would not advocate forgoing chemo or radiation on the CHANCE a "cleansing" or some fad diets, however healthy or not, 'Might work." In the book , we are talking also of a VERY young woman with her entire life ahead of her! Yes I know Lewis includes a disclaimer re. this issue in the front of the book (wisely,and assumedly on the good advice of her lawyers), but Jeez Louise I just had my mouth hanging open at how vociferous she was at pursuing it in this book.
I look forward to another series (or even a single book) with less predictablility and more common sense.
As always, "JMO"
STill like Beverly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Baxter on October 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
In The Telling, the conclusion to the Seasons of Grace series, Lettie's secret is finally revealed, Grace makes her choice and Heather starts her journey to healing and learns some unusual news along the way.
It was a beautiful wrap up of all our questions and a heartfelt ending for all involved. Beverly Lewis again delivered a touching story. When Grace and Heather set off to find Lettie in Ohio, they wonder whether she'll be pleased or refuse to come home. Lettie, is struggling with the choices she's made and ready to make things right with everyone involved. However, did she consider the consequences for everyone else if she chooses to reveal her search?
I was quite pleased (and slightly surprised) with the ending of this series! I don't want to give away too much information, but if you made it through the first book, you'll definitely want to finish to the end!

Per the back of the book:
The anticipation of a homecoming, a chance to set things right...yet will "the Telling" cause further pain?
Accompanied by her new English friend, Grace Byler has left Bird-in-Hand to search for her mother in Ohio. But what if Lettie refuses to be found? Meanwhile, Lettie continues her private quest to find the missing piece of her life, though she is increasingly torn between the family she left behind and the yearning for her long-lost child. Will mother and daughter find the answers they seek?

*I received this book as a part of the Bethany House Review Program in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Thompson on April 13, 2010
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Beverly Lewis has done it again. This book wraps up the series, stringing the reader along to find out how the truth is revealed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on September 5, 2010
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I generally love Beverly Lewis' books, but this in not one of her best works. The entire series was too predictable and lacked suspense. I also thought it was lacking in character development. I don't want to give away any secrets, but the main character, Grace, is a nice person--but so nice that she comes across as flat and rather uninteresting. Heather, her English friend, doesn't seem like a real person to me. For someone who's still very young, she seems to take the big news she receives in the first book a little too well. In my opinion, the most interesting character is Lettie, Grace's mother. I think story would have been a lot better if Lettie had been the central character. I love Lewis' insights on the Amish way of life and I didn't hate this series, but it's certainly not my favorite. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if I could.
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