The River  -     By: Beverly Lewis
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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: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212451
ISBN-13: 9780764212451
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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. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A BEAUTIFUL STORY OF FAMILY HEALING
    May 30, 2015
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If Beverly Lewis is the author, you are assured 100% you will be reading a good book. This one is another in a line of many of excellent stories! The River is a wonderful example that all families have conflicts, even the Amish.

    Tilly left her Amish life and married an Englisher. Her sister Ruth also made the choice to leave. She and Tilly have a close bond, but still love and miss their family. Tilly is very happy with her twin girls and her new life. You can only imagine the discord this created with their Amish family.

    A brother calls and invites them to come to a celebration of their parents anniversary. Due to the difficult relationship with her family, especially her father, both girls decide not to attend. Ruth receives another call telling of their fathers bad health which influences them to go. Having been several years since they have been home, they are understandably anxious about the reception they will receive.

    As I read I could actually feel the tension and uneasiness Tilly felt. Some of her family received her with open arms, others were distant, but her Dad was as he had always been toward her, unloving and critical. She was the only child in the family he treated so harshly. She decides to stay and her uncle and aunts house to ease the situation. Tilly not only is confronted with her fathers lifetime rejection of her, but also guilt involving the death of her younger sister years ago. She blamed herself for the little ones drowning, when she was supposed to be watching her.

    Misunderstandings and unknown facts can cause a family to fall into a trap of living in conflict, hurting one another, and never experiencing the closeness they could have. Ms. Lewis weaves a beautiful story of a family finding their way back to each other amid great conflict with in and among themselves. Through forgiveness, love, and confronting their inner hearts, they find their way back. The story has many surprises and made me think of how longstanding secrets can cause people to act in ways we dont understand. You will want to read this book!

    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    good
    April 10, 2015
    Jeffra
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love the book but I thought Amish people shunned those who leave their group all the Amish books I've read they do
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow start, great ending
    February 28, 2015
    Cindy Loven
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I think I probably enjoyed this book more than any of her latest books. But it took me a bit to really get into the story, probably 5 or 6 chapters. There were some very predictable parts, but there were some surprises. I have to say Tilly exasperated me to no end, I just wanted to help her find her way. I loved Ruth, she was a sweet, relatable character. I think one thing that I did take away from this book was the fact that so often we know that the Amish accept God's will as just that, but we don't see stories of the grief after the loss of a child and I think Ms. Lewis did a great job showing how the drowning of the youngest daughter changed the lives of the whole family. Well done, 4 stars from this reviewer, I think if it had grabbed me from page one this book would have been perfect.

    This book was provided by Bethany House for reviews only, no payment was received for this review.
  4. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another good read by Beverly Lewis
    January 23, 2015
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    The River, Beverly Lewis's newest Amish novel, is filled with emotional struggles and difficult family relationships.

    Tilly and Ruth, two sisters who left their Amish family and settled into new lives in the English world, reluctantly visit their home and family and find that many of the hard feelings from their past are still very much alive. As they face hurts and fears they tried to leave behind, new truths come out and potentially life-changing decisions have to be made.

    In her typical fashion, Beverly Lewis draws from her personal connection with the Plain people to paint a vivid picture of Amish characters and details of their lives. There is a great deal of tension between the family members who have left the Plain life and those who are still firmly rooted in their culture. Although the story does seem a little slow and drawn out in some parts, it is an engaging tale that runs strong with themes such as reconciliation, acceptance, and overcoming guilt.

    I recommend The River to all fans of good Amish fiction. Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The River
    January 22, 2015
    Fishrn
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The River - eBook .
    Loved the story and the book! Beverly Lewis rocks!
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