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. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Riveting read!
    December 12, 2014
    Ocean56
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was one of the best Amish fiction books I have read! Beverly Lewis is always a winner!
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love and Forgiveness Glues Families Together
    November 21, 2014
    Daisies
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Family relationships are the most complicated. Deep down the love is usually there, but many times its so hidden we, ourselves may not even know it. I have many complicated relationships of my own, many of which are healing finally, so I really related to Tilly and her fathers difficult relationship. It reminds me so much of mine with my mother. As the years have passed, Ive learned more and more about the fears that make my mother act the way she does. Its still difficult to interact with her, but it sure helps knowing where shes coming from. Just like Tilly and her dad. Once they begin to understand each other, the healing begins. Many of us experience awful things and dont react well. It can ruin relationships and our lives if we let it. But our Lord wants us to take these things to Him and let Him do the healing for us, instead of letting our fears rule. Tilly and her dad (and other characters) were holding onto hurts they didnt need to hold onto, and it wreaked havoc in their family. Going home and dealing with these issues with humility brought them healing and forgiveness.

    Also I love that these sisters were never running away from God, but from hurts and false guilt. Now their relationship with God will become even stronger as they let go of all of the baggage theyve been carrying around. Honestly, I bawled through parts of this book, and have a better understanding of my mother after experiencing the fathers struggle and pain that caused him to be so critical of Tilly.

    Love and Forgiveness glues families together! Definitely worth the read!!

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, but the glowing review is all true!
  3. Russell, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beverly Writes Great Stories
    November 8, 2014
    Thelma Carlson
    Russell, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I especially loved THE RIVER. Made me happy to see this Amish family reunited even though the girls chose to remain Englishers. Jesus said to love one another, forgive one another and love our enemies so why don't the Amish put their faith and trust in God to watch over their children and bring them back home. Shunning them is not the answer.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    "The River"
    November 1, 2014
    Lindy
    A Wonderful story. Love all books by Beverly Lewis!
  5. Cincinnati, OH
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great, quick read
    October 26, 2014
    Melissa B
    Cincinnati, OH
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a beautiful story about two sisters and a bond they share with their faith. They have left the Amish Church and are happy living their English life, but have come face to face with their past relationship struggles and heartaches, which they tried to leave behind when they left home, when an unexpected invitation comes from their brother to visit for a wedding anniversary party for their parents.

    This is a good, quick read that I'm sure you'll enjoy!

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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