Beverly Lewis is a classic writer! Her books always give me spiritual and scriptural inspiration. I truly enjoy reading them.
Twenty year old Sallie Riehl is at that point in her life where she must choose to make a lifetime commitment to the Amish church by joining and being baptized. She even has a beau courting her, Perry, whom she has no attraction to. Sallie is invited by a wealthy family to spend the summer as their nanny at the beach in New Jersey. Her parents agree to let her go but with great reservations. Her strong desire to travel and see the world is a constant conflict with the Amish beliefs. Reasoning that this trip will get it out of her system she more than happily agrees to go.
What fun it was to experience the trip, the ocean and the beach through her eyes! Such a fresh view of so much we take for granted. As if all there was to see and do are not enough she gets a taste of freedom she never before had. Her weekends are open to do as she pleases. On her grand adventure she meets Kevin. He is fun, interesting, shares her dreams to travel and she finds herself having strong feelings toward him.
Upon her return home the trip has not only failed to extinguish her passion for travel, but Sallie finds herself desiring it even more. Her eyes being opened she realizes she is not happy with her Amish life. She must now make the decision to disappoint her family and leave or stay forever living in discontent.
The books title was so meaningful to the story. The way time and circumstances pulls us forward into the future and back into the past. The book presents a strong testimony of seeking Gods will in the face of tough decisions; pleasing Him or others. An excellent book!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.
I enjoy Beverly Lewis' stories, and although The Ebb Tide was not my favorite, she still did a fantastic job at dealing with many decisions one has to make to answer to their true self. It is not your typical Amish story.
This is the first time that I've read a book by Beverly Lewis. I am a huge fan of Amish fiction, but I've always preferred the style of author Carrie Bender (an Amish woman herself), who writes lovely stories in journal/diary form about Amish women and their day to day lives. I had always viewed Beverly Lewis as more of a 'drama' Amish fiction writer, because the titles or summaries always seemed to denote a crisis of sorts in the Amish rather than peaceful living-- I mean, hey, one of her most popular books was called The Shunning. Maybe I'm ideological, but I'd rather read about the joys of Amish life than the struggles? That being said, I was really pleasantly surprised with The Ebb Tide!! It was a great book and was neither Pollyanna style nor gloom and doom, but an enjoyable read of an Amish girl who nannies for an non-Amish family on the East Coast for a summer. She did struggle with her Amish faith and her future (I won't spoil the ending!) but it wasn't negative about the Amish lifestyle, more of a true searching for this particular young woman's desires and God's will for her. It was thought-provoking and interesting. There were a few times I found myself thinking that the story was drawn-out, but overall it was a good book and now I find myself curious about the author's other books on this subject. Perhaps I misjudged them simply by The Shunning. ;) I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5.
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.