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The Wish Paperback – September 6, 2016
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When the Gingeriches moved into the farmhouse near us, it seemed like an answer to prayer. Quickly, they became as close as any of my blood kin here in Lancaster County. Closer, really.
Only this morning, Dawdi Benuel had asked, "Do ya realize you spend more daylight hours over at the Gingeriches' than ya do round here, Leona?"
Neither my father nor mother had ever voiced this, not being ones to share their feelings much. But I supposed Dawdi was right. In that single look from him, I had witnessed a hint of frustration, perhaps even disapproval--not that it could change my affection for Gloria Gingerich and her family.
The perfect family . . .
Jah, after all these wonderfully happy years living side by side, I had every reason to believe the future with my dear sister-friend would be as bright as the afternoon sun. . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"You really think this is a gut idea, goin' clear out there, spendin' time with folk who've left the People?"
Leona wondered if she was getting the carriage before the horse. Even so, she was willing to do whatever she could to bring Gloria back home--where she belonged.
Leona Speicher got the "sister" she always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be the answer to Leona's prayers--until Gloria's father is expelled from their Old Order Amish church for reasons no one will discuss. Much to Leona's dismay, the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear. Then, after a silence of several years, Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona, who makes up her mind to go after her friend. Yet Leona's fiancé--the deacon's son--is alarmed. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?
"The girls mature in lessons of love, friendship, faith, and even unanswered prayers, providing thought-provoking insights through a simple Amish story of friendship and abiding devotion. With graceful style and attention to detail, Lewis once again crafts an easy read for first-timers and a certain favorite for her faithful fans."--Publishers Weekly
"Lewis has another winner with her latest story. Gloria's struggles are realistic and universal. The flawed characters are authentic and strongly developed, and they deftly depict handling circumstances beyond one's control. Lewis' characters remind the reader that the past does not need to define them. The easy flow makes for an enjoyable tale." --RT Book Reviews
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Ms Lewis, you are among my favorite authors of all my 69 years! My mother taught me to read at a very young age and asw I have grown, I have learned so much about human beings just by reading about your characters and their struggles!
Thank you for writing about your lovely characters!
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