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Bethany House / 2014 / Paperback

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Formerly Amish, Tilly Lantz Barrows and her younger sister Ruth Lantz find themselves plagued by the memories of their family's trauma when they return to Eden Valley for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Each woman carries a burden of past guilt, unknown to the other, along with unresolved relationships with their six married brothers...and aging parents. Headstrong Tilly urged Ruth to flee the People as well, welcoming her into the fancy English world. Neither had joined the Amish church. Tilly has since married and is the mother of identical twin girls. But Ruth remains single, still smarting from a failed courtship with her first beau. When she sees Will Kauffman again, old feelings resurface, leaving her to ponder anew how things might be different had she stayed in Lancaster County.

Meanwhile, Tilly is faced with a life-altering discovery that calls everything she knows into question. As past meets present, Tilly and Ruth struggle to find redemption and embrace acceptance. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212745
ISBN-13: 9780764212741
Availability: In Stock

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She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.
            
A line I can't move beyond...
The River

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?

Author Bio

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 USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.

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  1. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Family Tension and Reconciliation -- Amish Style
    September 19, 2014
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The River.
    Beverly Lewis transports her readers to the world of her Amish characters where everyone wakes up in the cozy bedroom of a sunny farmhouse with birdsong and the smell of bacon in the air. The dinner tables are set with fresh-baked bread and a hearty dinner that surely includes gravy and mashed potatoes, polished off by a slice of apple pie piled high with whipped cream. Still, this is no Pollyanna-ish world of perfection, and it is kept from being so by the author's skillful portrayal of family tensions, personal regret, and the kind of conflict that only religious differences can enflame.

    Eight years before the story begins, Tilly had left her Amish roots behind. We find her married to an Englischer, the mother of twin daughters, and happily inhabiting a world in New England that is much farther removed from her Lancaster County home than geography would imply. When a call from her older brother alerts her to the failing health of her father and an upcoming anniversary party for her parents, she and her sister Ruth (who left the Plain life shortly after Tilly) make the agonizing decision to return to the family homestead for a visit. Tilly's shiny red car is not the only thing that sets her apart from the Plain life. However, she realizes upon returning that the stiff and sometimes frigid relationship with her father has not thawed with the passage of time.

    Running through her Eden Valley homeland, the Conestoga River is an ominous and poignant backdrop to Tilly's memories of home and to her homecoming. Still grieving over the drowning death of her baby sister, the whole family carries this pain and the disappointment of Tilly and Ruth's departure like a dark weight. Aging parents, locked doors, secrets, the reappearance of an old beau, and the tenderness of renewed relationships with family and friends make for an emotional reading experience and create a heart-felt bond between reader and characters.

    A particular strength of this tale is the positive and refreshing way in which Beverly Lewis describes Tilly's and Ruth's departure from the Amish faith and way of life. Still in a vibrant relationship with God, they portray the truth that God is at work in people, and is not tied to any denomination or organizational structure, no matter how cherished. Recognizing God's right to lead our loved ones in ways that we may not understand, but that are ultimately for their good and His glory, is a path away from heart ache and toward respect and family harmony.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from Bethany House. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
  2. GingerB
    Smiths Grove KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent!
    September 18, 2014
    GingerB
    Smiths Grove KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The River.
    The River, by Beverly Lewis is just another phenomenal book by Ms. Lewis. I am so in love with her writing style. She just never disappoints. So when The River came up for review, there was no way I was going to say NO. The River captivates the reader. I could not put it down to sleep. I could not put it down to even work here on the computer. Beverly Lewis writes in a style that totally moves the reader into the storyline.

    The River, by Beverly Lewis is about two sisters, Tilly and Ruthie who have left the Amish faith. First Tilly, then Ruthie. Tilly and her dad always had a strained relationship, never getting along. Ruthie, younger than her sister followed suit as soon as she was able too. Neither joined their church. Both living in the English world. Tilly blames herself for her sister Anna that died when she was a young child in the river. Ruthie left with a broken heart.

    The River, is an exceptional story that just keeps you wanting to read more. I give The River, by Beverly Lewis 5 stars. I wanted to reach out and just hug Tilly so many times! To never feel the love of a parent is so heart-breaking to me. Don't you think? I want to just take her hand and go out for a walk or coffee, or whatever just so she can talk about her feelings about the death of her sister and the feelings she has towards her dad.

    I received a free copy from Bethany House in hopes of an honest review on my blog My MisMatched World
  3. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A spellbinding tale about family and faith and second chances
    September 17, 2014
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The River.
    Fascinating study of a fractured Amish family as they struggle to overcome past hurts. Tilly and Ruth are on the outside looking in, yearning for a close relationship with their parents and siblings without giving up their lives as Englishers. It's a delicate balance that few manage to achieve. Every member of the family reacts to the young women differently. Kindness and condemnation make their homecoming an emotional one.

    Tilly has the most difficult time and I championed her from the very beginning. A tenuous relationship with her father continues to decline and culminates in an astonishing revelation. The author figuratively hit me over the head with a two-by-four. I'm still reeling. A spellbinding tale about family and faith and second chances.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
  4. Foster3
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Best in Amish Fiction
    September 12, 2014
    Foster3
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The River.


    One look at the cover of this book grabs your interest, then you look at the author and know immediately that it will be super read!! The intense look of the child is coaxing you into the story, appealing to all moms!

    Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters are faced with unresolved relationships when they return to Lancaster County for their parents' wedding anniversary celebration. Since leaving the Plain Life, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth has remained single. She has never entirely come to terms with her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

    The past meets these two young ladies head on!! Both need to find acceptance and redemption in order to continue their lives happily and freely. However, can they face a future when they are unable to forget the past, a past that they can not undo??? Will they allow God to carry out His plan in their lives?? Or will they stubbornly stick to their own desires??

    Beverly Lewis is certainly the master of the Amish Fiction Genre. Her realistic characters with whom you easily identify, reflect her extensive knowledge of the Plain life and its people. Their lives are described accurately, making the plot so believable. It could be a true situation. She tells a story that deals with secrets, forgiving and improving relationships with God. We have daily changes in our lives but how we deal with them is up to the individual. The Amish have the same problems as you and I and must also find solutions. These are found when we submit to God's will . His plan for our lives is already there, BUT we must let go of the worldly desires and follow Him. This is much harder than Ruth and Tilly ever have imagined! Can they put away their wishes and accept a higher authority???

    The plot moves quickly with intriguing twists and turns that make you a part of the story. It is a definite page turner!! You feel the pain, rejection, confusion and shock as the story plays out. The clues don't add up to what you expect to happen. The daunting memories that the women face, makes you realize that we have very little control of life and can never change the past, only make peace with it. This book compels you to take a look at your own life. Are you following the plan mapped out by the Master??

    The title, "The River" becomes an important part of the book. What an effect this river has on the story!! One that is very clear, by the end. An object of nature that can change one's life, or can heal!

    Definitely a five star book!!! I highly recommend to all lovers of Amish fiction!!

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

    vailable at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

  5. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Facing Your Past
    September 2, 2014
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The River.
    Tilly has tried to put her past behind her, she is happy now living with her husband and twin daughters. She still lives rather plain, but does live in the English world. She has one member of her Amish family living English near her, and enjoys Ruth and her new life.

    Tilly was the black sheep of her Amish family; she blamed herself for the death of her baby sister Anna. When the note comes that the family is holding an anniversary party for her parents, she doesnt want to go. Ruth also has decided they will not attend.

    Then comes a call to Ruth about their Dads health, and their decisions are reevaluated, and both go home to face the family. Cant even imagine, you feel almost split in two. Leaving behind your safe life, and wanting to see your family, but knowing how they feel about your leaving.

    This is the story of secrets, forgiving, and a loving relationship with God. How life changes and feelings are soothed when we submit to Gods will, not our own. A very hard, fulfilling way to live, with God in the center, but will all be able to accept what he wants?

    A different Amish story here, things are not always as they appear, and not just Tilly blames herself, others also feel responsible, and all need forgiveness. Will this family ever find peace, a locked room, a stolen cap, and an old love?

    This is a great page-turner of a read, I wanted to find the answers to the clues that were offered, and what a surprise. Also the title of the book, and the effect that the River has on this story. Enjoy!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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