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As an Amish teen, Sallie thought her dreams of seeing the world were out of reach. A more attainable opportunity arises when she is offered a nanny job at a well-to-do family’s summer vacation home in Cape May, New Jersey. Sallie’s parents allow her to go, only when she promises to return to complete her baptism preparations. During her free time on the weekends, she meets a young man. Soon she wishes she did not make a promise she is no longer able to keep.
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter's nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Sallie has long dreamed of seeing more of the world, but her parents are reluctant for her to put off baptism yet another summer, and the timing is unfortunate for Perry Zook, who has renewed interest in courting her.
Though she loves nannying, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Kevin Kreider, a marine biology student who talks freely about all he's learning and asks about her interests, unlike most of the guys she grew up with. Time with Kevin is invigorating, and Sallie realizes she's never felt quite this alive around Perry. Then again, Kevin is Mennonite, not Amish.
Sallie tries to brush aside her growing feelings for Kevin, but she fears what her parents would think about her new friendship. Just as concerning, however, is Sallie's realization that her time in Cape May is increasing her desire to see the world, challenging her plans for the future. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will Sallie only find what her heart is longing for back home in Paradise Township?
Janet5 Stars Out Of 5Ebb TideMay 18, 2017JanetQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Great as usual. I have quite a few Beverly Lewis books and have enjoyed every one. I don't buy other Amish authors, seems like copycat.
karen5 Stars Out Of 5ebb tideMay 16, 2017karenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5i loved the book. i wish there was a sequel.
Mrs. W.4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed the beach settingMay 15, 2017Mrs. W.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I wanted to read this book because it had a focus on the beach and a vacation theme. It is about Sallie who is struggling with finding time to join the Amish church and finally be settled in her family life and community. The problem is that she wants to travel. She craves adventure. We read about her working in a restaurant which is owned by the "English." She then gets a summer job as a Nanny where she gets to live in a beautiful, wealthy home at the beach. I enjoyed reading about the vacation type days she had.
There was an Amish young man, back home, who was interested in her. She also met a young man while she was a Nanny. She could have married either one and had a good life. However, it was a choice of either remaining Amish or becoming "worldly." Honestly, I was very upset with her decision, but as the story came to an end, I understood better why it worked out that way, even though I didn't agree with her.
There was something else in the story that I didn't particularly like. There were details of marine life presented in a sort of scholarly way - as if we, the readers, were taking a class in the subject. I found it boring and didn't care for it. For me, it took away from the enjoyment of the book.
* Disclosure - This book was provided for review purposes. *
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Ebb TideMay 14, 2017Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 2THE EBB TIDE is set in Cape May, NJ and without even finishing it, I was recommending it to all the Coast Guard Moms out there whose sons or daughters are or were stationed in Cape May for boot camp and/or for a time during their Coast Guard service. I honestly had no idea that there was so much to see and do in Cape May when my son graduated boot camp. Reading THE EBB TIDE is like reading a fictional tour guide. I wished I'd had read it beforehand!
Ms. Lewis probably broke every rule in the fiction writing guidebook. Show, don't tell. Use deep point of view. Resist the urge to explain. Etc. But being Beverly Lewis, of course, she can get away with it. The story itself is sweet romantic coming of age story. The romance itself is not center stage but couldn't be eliminated completely without ruining story, though at times it felt like it was tacked on, as in editor's notes -- you need some mention of a beau here... and so it was slapped in there, not really flawlessly. I am not implying that is what really happened. It just feels that way at times.
I did love Kevin. He was so sweet. And Autumn. What a dear little girl. But I mainly loved the story because of the Cape May connection. That was awesome. My son is in the United States Coast Guard and for eight very long weeks he was in Cape May. Ms. Lewis, if there is a huge, unprecedented increase in sales on this book, it is thanks in large part to the very well connected Coast Guard Moms.
LeciaTimberville, Va.Age: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Ebb TideMay 13, 2017LeciaTimberville, Va.Age: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was honored to do a book review for Bethany house. The Ebb Tide has to be one of Beverly Lewis's best yet. I didn't want to put this book down. The main character Sallie Riehl has always had a longing since being a little girl to see other areas of the world especially the ocean. She has worked for years saving her money to go to Australia. But after finding out the great medical need her nephew has she decides to give her savings to his family to help with his medical expenses. Will her dream of seeing the ocean ever come true? Will she join the amish church or fulfill her dreams? You will have to read the book to find out. This book is not a disappointment, I recommend it highly.