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The Atonement Paperback – March 29, 2016
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As if to dare me, Lettie looked me in the eye. "Don't forget about Aendi Edna's canning bee tomorrow, Lucy. You promised to go."
The work frolic? I groaned audibly.
Lettie looked crestfallen as she took a swipe at the hay. "So you forgot again."
Faye gave a weak smile. "Between your chores and everything else, you don't have much time left for us."
"We're together now," I pointed out.
Faye looked sad. "Remember when we used to get up before dawn and go walkin' to the meadow overlook to watch the sun come up? Now ya rush off right after breakfast for parts unknown."
"You don't even have time for a beau, do ya?" Lettie said out of the blue.
Faye stopped working, as if waiting for me to respond.
Lettie pressed further. "Not even Tobe Glick?"
Tobe again . . . I kept my face forward. What's the matter with me? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jah, Lucy thought. Tobe would have known what to say.
"But what would he say to me if he knew the truth?" she murmured into her hands, leaning on the desk.
Alas, that was something she could not afford to find out.
The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, now twenty-five and beyond Amish courting age. Instead, Lucy focuses on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard she strives, she never feels she's doing enough. Then her father strikes up an unexpected friendship with an Englischer in search of a simpler way of life. Lucy forms a connection of her own with the thoughtful young man even as she rejects courtship with her longtime Amish friend. Is it too late to embrace redemption . . . and the power of love?
"Yet another fine example of Lewis' skillful storytelling. Grief, volunteering and atoning for past mistakes are key themes in her latest novel. Lucy is a determined character with a huge heart, making her an enjoyable heroine to root for."--RT Book Reviews
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I never tire of a good fiction book. I often re-read Beverly Lewis's books just because they are good and they're heart warming. ~ Her literary style is always successful in writing Christian fiction that grip your heart and your emotions filling a desire to find a happy ending. This book, as most of her writing are, is set in Pennsylvania Amish country. She develops a picture that I can capture in my mind of the country side, the traditions and customs of the people from generations to generations. I can sorta 'move in and stay awhile with them'. I can sympathize with Lucy, the main character in this book, as she struggles with things she can not forget......Working in a fast pace (fast, for the Amish) trying to make Atonements for her mistakes. Mistakes and anger that she wants to keep deep inside of her.
As with any good Christian book, God and his Word was spread liberally though-out. ~ The book is fiction but God is very much real and ready to welcome anyone who wants to lay their problems and their past at His feet. One of the lines in this book was
"If it matters to you, it matters to Lord Jesus". A cherished tid-bit to keep in one's mind.
As much as I loved it, I feel that the book ended abruptly and has left some people hanging unattended to. I wanted to know more, what happen to some characters and about the missing 5 years. I need more. Write sister, write!! Make a sequel.....
I purchased this book and paid full price for it, I wanted to share my thoughts on it.
Written in many different points of view, it includes Lucy's, her married sister's, Marty's, her father, Christian's, and others. Some parts of the story were very confusing and I went back and read them twice, three times, sometimes not understanding anyway. I couldn't relate to these characters.
Very slow, this is not the Beverly Lewis book of years gone by. Seems she's lost her edge. It also seems Ms. Lewis was trying to mimic other Amish authors with some of the themes included.
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