This is a great story of one following their heart
June 5, 2017
This is a great story of one following their heart while discovering who they truly are in God's eyes. In The Ebb Tide, Sallie Riehl had dreams of traveling, something Amish typically don't do. Not yet baptized, Sallie takes time to see more of the world than just Lancaster County. Her heart was without a doubt wanting to follow God's leading though. She had to make choices on a few different levels. I almost skipped to the end to find out what she choose, I had no idea and couldn't stand not knowing! Sally's decisions were not met with the typical response of loved ones I have read about in many Amish books, which was refreshing.
I like the cover of this book and the beach scene at the beginning of each chapter. I haven't read many of Beverly Lewis' books. But with ones I have, I noticed that she uses a lot of detail in her writing. Her descriptions of Cape May and the beach make it seem like a nice place to visit. The whole reason that Sallie was a nanny is a little dramatic to me but overall I enjoyed this story with a sweet romance. I was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
"The Ebb Tide" by Beverly Lewis follows Sallie, and adventurous Amish girl, who dreams of traveling and seeing the world. Since she has yet to join the church she takes a job being a nanny to a young family at Cape May, where she can at last see the ocean. The only stipulation is that she must start baptism classes when she returns. While at Cape May, she meets Kevin. Kevin is a student studying the marine life and also a Mennonite with Amish relatives. Therefore, they have a connection as well as a lot in common. Sallie begins an inward struggle of where her heart lies, not only with her romance, but also her lifestyle and her spiritual relationship with God.
I thought this book was wonderful. It is a quick read and well written. It isn't steeped into Amish stereotypes, but treats Sallie like a modern woman who is on the edge of making a life-altering decision. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House.
The "Should I stay or go" theme is getting little stale
May 30, 2017
A Simply Enchanted Life
The Ebb Tide is a standalone novel written by bestselling author, Beverly Lewis. Ive long been a Beverly Lewis fan and Ive always enjoyed her books. Her covers are always so lovelysome of the best on the market. I really wanted to love this book. I just feel like this book doesnt quite live up to her usual standard.
I know that standalone books are all the rage as of late but I miss a community of characters that I can connect with on a deeper level. I miss Ella Mae Zook most of all. Have I completely missed something there? Where has Ella Mae disappeared to in Beverlys Amish world?
The Ebb Tide simply didnt hold my attention. I felt as if there were a bit too much filler content involving Sallys nanny duties. I didnt need to hear about their itinerary or whether the baby had colic again. This story needed to focus either on the children or on Sallie. By including so much filler, I didnt get to know Sallie as well as I should have and I just didnt connect with her.
I wanted to see more angst as Sallie wrestled with her decision to go English or stay Amish. Where was the inner turmoil? I get it, Sallie had wanderlust and thats all good and fine but the heart would still be torn between family and her desire to see the world.
I knew from the moment that Sallie left home that she would never be happy being Amish. Again, Im okay with that. I just wanted to see the very natural emotional upset that one would experience when making such a life changing decision.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite writers for Amish fiction. She does such an excellent job in writing that I never want her stories to end. I easily begin picturing the stories in my mind. In this book, I wished I had saved it for when we go to the beach. it would have been the perfect book for the beach.
I'll be honest....I was really excited when I saw Sallie was finally getting a chance to go to Australia. I thought that in itself would be a wonderful book! I won't spoil all the fun of reading it, so I'll let you discover what happens on her trips! Needless to say, she ends up in Cape May at some point and it sounds like an absolutely beautiful beach. Autumn was such a sweet girl and it was neat to watch her learn to love her new role as a big sister.
My favorite part of the book was the budding romance between Kevin and Sallie. Kevin is Mennonite and Sallie is Amish. Kevin respects her greatly, but Sallie begins to wonder if she is to even be baptized into the Amish church. She wrestles with that decision and you can almost feel it as you read the story. The struggle was very real and was in no way an easy one to make. I really liked that she could be honest with her father and her father truly listened to her thoughts. Some Amish stories make the grown man as someone who doesn't have a lot of feeling. It was nice to see a change in the demeanor of the father.
If you're looking for a book to pack into your beach bag for this summer, grab this one. Even if you're not a huge lover of Amish fiction, I think you would still enjoy the story. There's a great mix of Englishers, Amish, and Mennonites. Almost something for everyone!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers.