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Rachel Yoder is a young Amish widow living with her daughter and her aging parents, helping them run a bed-and-breakfast where Philip Bradley, a world-weary journalist from New York City, is a lodger. Philip's discovery of a postcard in a dresser sets off a series of events that leads them to a riveting tale of a community shuttered in secrecy and shattered by betrayal.
In this tender novel and its sequel, two people from different worlds discover a long-kept secret--and forbidden love. Rachel Yoder has resigned herself to life as an Amish widow. Though painfully shy, she and her young daughter help her parents run a bed-and-breakfast in Lancaster County. Philip Bradley, a New York journalist on assignment, comes to stay at the Yoder's B&B. When he finds an old postcard written in Pennsylvania Dutch, he enlists Rachel's help in uncovering its mysteries. When Philip and Rachel are drawn to one another, her Amish community's rules seem destined to keep them apart.
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at www.beverlylewis.com for more information.