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The Atonement, by Beverly Lewis
Haunted by past mistakes, Lucy's given up hope of marriage and seeks redemption in volunteering. Englisher Dale has a distrust of modern-day "advances," which is fueled when he meets Lucy's dad, Christian. When Dale accepts Christian's invitation to stay at their farm, he's drawn to Amish self-sufficiency and to Lucy. Can they make a new beginning?
Number of Pages: 325
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, who years ago stopped attending the activities for courting-age young people in her hometown of Bird-in-Hand. Now twenty-five and solidly past the age of Amish courtship, Lucy has given up any hope of marriage, instead focusing her efforts on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard Lucy strives, she feels uncertain that she'll ever find redemption.
Dale Wyeth has a deep mistrust of modern-day "advances" and the dependency they create. The young Englisher's interest in living off the grid is fueled further when he meets Christian Flaud, Lucy's father. Dale appreciates the self-sufficient ways of the Old Order Amish, and Christian invites him to learn more about them by staying at the family farm.
As Christian and Dale grow closer, developing a father-son rapport, Lucy begins to question what Dale's being there might mean for her. Could God be testing her? Or is it possible that even the most unworthy heart--and two people from very different walks of life--can somehow find a new beginning?
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Getting Past Your PastAugust 3, 2016GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! What a moving story! Beverly Lewis has written a gripping story about the struggles of a young Amish woman who made some bad choices in the past and appears to be unable to move past the consequences of those choices. Almost every relationship she has is affected by her inability to get past her past. Only three family members know what happened and most of her time and energy is spent trying to earn her way back into the good graces of God and to keep everything hidden from everyone else. She is not trying to deceive anyone but yet she is deceiving herself. If I say any more, I may give away the story but you need to read it to get the full impact of the message in the book. I highly recommend it.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMJuly 25, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have been reading and enjoying novels by Beverly Lewis for years now. In all this time she has stuck to the Amish and Mennonite fiction genre. You would think that after writing about the same group of people for so long that her stories would have become stale or repetitive. With Beverly Lewis that is just not the case.
Beverly continues to delight me with her new story lines. She digs deep and shows the frailty of the human condition from the perspective of a simple life. In The Atonement she looks at the effect of one person's wrong doings and how it tends to be a ripple effect striking and drawing in others with unintended results.
Lucy Flaud made a grievous mistake many years ago. Only a few people know about it but the weight is heavy on those people. Lucy has spent almost every waking moment trying in some way to atone for this past indiscretion but the guilt just won't go away.
I would love to discuss on here the ending because it is a beautiful redemption story. But I'd rather you read and experience it for yourself. If you are looking for a story that reminds you that there is hope even in the midst of overwhelming circumstances then this is the book for you.
By the way . . . if you are part of a book club there are Discussion Questions available to download for your group.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Work vs. graceMay 23, 2016Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beverly Lewis is a household name for those who enjoy Amish fiction. She always writes her stories in such a way where the readers is instantly hooked on the book and has to finish it with late nights! Or at least that's how I feel about her books. She's one of the few authors that keep me up late at night. One particular thing I like is the fact that she uses shorter chapters. It makes it so much easier to set the story aside when I need to, but it also makes it easier for me to say "just one more chapter..."
The Atonement is a beautiful story of grace vs. works. Lucy thinks that she can work her way to forgiveness for her sins. She also thinks that God could never possibly forgive her for the sins that she has committed. She feels so unworthy of a young man she has long loved but who seems to have it all together. Then she meets an Englisher and realizes that she could possibly make the same mistake once again.
Restoration stood out to me throughout this story. I saw her struggle with forgiveness and especially with forgiving herself. However, the ending chapters were beautiful as you saw restoration in relationships and time redeemed. I also loved the story of the "couple on the bridge."
The characters were very easy to like and I enjoyed reading about each one. I don't think there was one that I disliked at all. I could feel the pain of her father and the fear of her mother, as well as the deep grief from Lucy.
Dale was a character that I respected. I was very impressed with him and how Beverly Lewis chose to write his story. I loved it.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Atonement was MovingMay 9, 2016Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Atonement
Book Summary: he mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, who years ago stopped attending the activities for courting-age young people in her hometown of Bird-in-Hand. Now twenty-five and solidly past the age of Amish courtship, Lucy has given up any hope of marriage, instead focusing her efforts on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard Lucy strives, she feels uncertain that she'll ever find redemption. Dale Wyeth has a deep mistrust of modern-day "advances" and the dependency they create. The young Englisher's interest in living off the grid is fueled further when he meets Christian Flaud, Lucy's father. Dale appreciates the self-sufficient ways of the Old Order Amish, and Christian invites him to learn more about them by staying at the family farm. As Christian and Dale grow closer, developing a father-son rapport, Lucy begins to question what Dale's being there might mean for her. Could God be testing her? Or is it possible that even the most unworthy heart--and two people from very different walks of life--can somehow find a new beginning?
Review: I love Beverly Lewis and her books. I liked Lucy and felt great empathy for her. She had a multitude of reasons to be lost. Even though there were problems within the family with decisions and communication I found that all were tolerable to really likable. The tension about families moving to Colorado and those staying was unique. I find that the story flowed smoothly from beginning to end. I enjoyed the secondary characters, although I would have liked Tobe to have been in the story more. While his character was forth right, he was so likable and well written. Not perfect, but a true gem of a character.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5the atonement reviewMay 6, 2016beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Atonement" by Beverly Lewis is a stand alone novel about an Amish woman who has yet to forgive herself for her past. Lucy devotes large amounts of time to several different charities and even takes on some of the charitable personally. She has ceased to attend church activities and dating of any kind. Though Tobe, her admirer, hasn't completely abandoned the idea of courting her and Dale, a non-Amish man who is in her grief group, has taken a liking to her as well, she is keeping both of them at arms length convinced that she is no good for either of them.
This is a good book. The characters are well written and the plot is good. Lewis doesn't do anything spectacular or different here than in any of her others. If you liked them, you'll like this one just as well. I received this book in exchange for a review from Bethany House Publishers.