The River  -     By: Beverly Lewis
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The River

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: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212451
ISBN-13: 9780764212451
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. SoaringEagle
    USA
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Couldn't put it down!
    September 29, 2014
    SoaringEagle
    USA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The River is another successful book written by Beverly Lewis. Right from the beginning, she got my attention. I wanted to keep on reading. If I could, I would have stayed up all night to finish the book, it was that good.

    Two sisters, Tilly and Ruth live outside of the Amish community. Their Amish brother mails them an invitation to their parent's wedding anniversary. The sisters are unsure about going back to the community after being out in the English world for many years. Finally, because of their father's health, decide to go to the celebration. Tilly and her father have never gotten along. It seemed to Tilly that he was always watching her and see if she made another mistake. But sometimes there is a different reason as to why a person acts the way they do. Will the girls regret this visit, or will they find healing from their past? What will happen? If you love reading Beverly Lewis' books, then you'll definitely want to read this one.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review.
  2. Noreen
    Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Family Tragedy
    September 26, 2014
    Noreen
    Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The River is Beverly Lewis' newest book; it accurately portrays life among the Amish and gives us another glimpse and understanding into their lives.This is a story line that draws the reader deeper into each page with the rich characters. The story takes place in Eden Valley, Lancaster County, Pa. in 1977. Two sisters, Tilly and Ruth, have left their family and chosen to live in the outside world. They are plagued by unresolved relationships when they return for their parents' wedding anniversary, as well as seeing their father who is gravely ill. Returning would mean facing memories of a family tragedy that tore the family apart and left Tilly guilt ridden; she is reluctant to return to her parents home. Although married to an Englisher, Tilly holds onto many of her Plain convictions. Ruth, the younger of the two, left her family and community with a broken heart; although she remains single, she never got over her broken courtship with her Amish beau. The reader feels the heartbreak, bitterness, unforgiveness that that Tilly has lived with. Will these sisters return for good to their family and beliefs or will they make peace and return to the outside world?

    While this book held me captive, I did foresee where the story line was headed. I love all Amish stories and this one was another great book from the author although I did find many similarities to other Amish stories I've read.

    Bethany House, a division of Baker Publisher, provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
  3. proudmom508
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great book about relationships
    September 24, 2014
    proudmom508
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed The River by Beverly Lewis. It is the story of two sisters, Tilly and Ruthie, who have left their Amish family and become English. They've had very little contact with their families since leaving. Tilly is now married and the mom of twins. Ruthie is beginning her life as a single, English woman starting to date but still thinking about the Amish beau she left behind. Their brother contacts them about coming back to celebrate their parents' anniversary because their father is ill. When they go back for the party, they must deal with the reasons why they left. Tilly has never gotten along with her father because he has always been critical of her. Added to that, her sister Anna whom Tilly was usually responsible for watching drowned in the river years ago during a family picnic. Anna's drowning impacted the whole family though they never really dealt with it. Her mother kept her room as a shrine. Ruthie sees her former beau who declares his love for her. She must deal with whether she wants to go back to a very different life as an Amish woman and the Old Order Church. While all this is going on, their father is hospitalized. Their parents decide to move into the Dawdi Haus and the sisters extend their visit to help with the move. A secret is revealed during this time that changes Tilly's relationship with her parents. I really liked how Beverly Lewis brought everything together at the end. A great book about relationships.
  4. Julie
    Louisville, KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Belonging and Forgiveness!
    September 22, 2014
    Julie
    Louisville, KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Beverly Lewis is a well-known New York Time's bestselling author who has written over ninety books. Her mother's Plain legacy is the source for many of her Amish themed novels, including The River. Far from her childhood home in Pennsylvania Dutch country, she now resides with her husband and their family in Colorado.

    The River takes place in the serene countryside of Eden Valley, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1977. Sisters that were once Amish, Ruth and Tilly, embark on a journey to visit their deep-rooted Amish family. Several years have passed since the swollen currents of the Conestoga River swept through their hearts taking with it a piece of them. Along their journey the sisters encounter the beauty of belonging to a family and the freedom in forgiveness. Their present lives, formed from pieces of the past by too long kept secrets, assumptions, and uncontrollable circumstances mirror the women they are today.

    The River is truly a bitter-sweet novel, centered on the lives of the Lantz family who are temporarily torn apart by the circumstances and choices in life. The novel is indeed a display of acceptance, redemption, and healing that lures the reader to walk with Ruth and Tilly, and to stand with them by the banks of the Conestoga River as they look beyond the past to the promising future that lies ahead of them.

    *I received a complimentary copy of The River, a contemporary fiction book, by author Beverly Lewis, from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my honest review.
  5. Marianne
    Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    an excellent nobel not based on romance!
    September 21, 2014
    Marianne
    Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    5 stars ***** out of five

    Contemporary Fiction

    Do you want fiction novel that is not based on Romance?

    It has been a while since I disappeared into one of Beverly Lewis' novels, but once again, she did not disappoint. I saw the Amish through new and delightful eyes ... from the view point of young women who had grown up in the lifestyle that many people who have not lived it now admire. Filly and Ruth never were baptized, and so they do not experience the shunning. What can the base do a novel be, if not romance? Forgiveness of oneself and moving on. The Conestoga River hovers in the background like a viable character in the story, as it is the scene from which the story carries on. Heartache comes to everyone at some point in life, and Beverly, through the use of vivid imagery, skilfully immerses the reader into the lives of the Lantz family. A fantastic book that I recommend to all readers, whether you are a fan of Amish or romance, this book will thrill you.

    I received this book free from Emily Davies Robinson ant Bethany Books through their Nuts About Books program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
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