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Fizzy Pop5 Stars Out Of 5More often than not the Road Home doesn't look anything like you thought it would when you left.September 19, 2018Fizzy PopQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Imagine being the oldest of nine children and losing your parents in a tragic accident. You are grown, but single, with no outside means of support. Imagine that the best, the ONLY, solution for the family is to spread out the younger children among local families and you go states away to stay and work with family you don't know. Separating your close knit family, leaving behind the siblings you feel responsible for, you helped raise. Leaving the only home you've ever known in a state you have never left. Separating your family, separating your past, separating your boyfriend, possibly even separating your future. It's not forever everyone says. It's going to help your relatives out east every one says. But can it really help your heart? Can it really benefit your family? There seems no other options but it doesn't feel beneficial at all. That is were we find Lena at the beginning of 'The Road Home'. Leaving everything she knows, and loves, and just looking for the path that will, hopefully, bring her right back home.
I have yet to meet a Beverly Lewis book I didn't enjoy. For the sake of full disclosure I haven't read them all, yet, but she is just an amazing story teller. She gives me characters that live and breath and sets a scene I want to visit. Again, for full disclosure, Lena got on my nerves just a tidbit. I mean, yes, I should be patient with her as she did just lost literally everything in her life. Her parents are gone, her siblings separated, her home sold, and she's living states away with family she'd never met but that her dat had spoken so highly of. She lost so much and she struggled to grieve through that. I mean, she kept a mostly upbeat outlook of hope blanketed in faith. I think her struggle was with missing home while still finding herself comfortable in her new environment. She went from not wanting to mingle with the locals her age as she was going home to her family and Hans, the man she was courting with, to finding herself falling into something more than a friendship with a local man without truly revealing her status. She wasn't purposely obtuse or even deceptive but she was such a contrast between her thoughts and her actual interactions.
The thing is, if none of the first things had happened then none of the good could have come either. Going from Michigan to Lancaster County not only helped to heal her heart, it helped to heal the heart of Arden and Mimi. Her going to Lancaster helped to heal not only Leah's family but also Mimi and Harley's family. It was easy to forget that this book was set at a different time, the 1970s when Amish schools were only starting to become a thing and Amish children went to public school. When communication was so very much different than it is today, the mention of long distance charges for a phone call are almost ancient history now. However, the similarities between then and now are what lead this book forward. The idea that you can't go 'home' again. you can return to where you came but it has changed and you have changed. What you left has grown as you have grown. And more often than not the Road Home doesn't look anything like you thought it would when you left.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Bob4 Stars Out Of 5GoodAugust 22, 2018BobQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book is fine, great story
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Even in Bad TimesAugust 10, 2018GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think this story dealt with several interesting life issues and showed the true spirit of a strong believer. Lena Rose had some very difficult things with which to deal including the sudden loss of both parents, the burden carried by the oldest of ten siblings, moving to a new community 500 miles from home to live with strangers, plus leaving her beau behind. It seems that is enough to knock a mature adult down, much less an eighteen year old Amish woman. The fact that she was Amish and had been reared with the close community of family and friends may have been an important factor in her ability to cope with all the things that came her way. I admired her love for others, her ability to cope with the numerous circumstances, and her Christian witness to others. Truly, we do not get to Heaven based on our works but this young woman would be at the head of the line if that were the case. She displayed a maturity and faith beyond her years. Circumstances fail to go her way but God uses the bad to bring good into her life. We see that He is in control even when we think we are. What a beautiful story, even with the sadness that came roaring in at times.
Dotti5 Stars Out Of 5The ProvingJuly 7, 2018DottiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent book! i had not read any Beverly Lewis books for over a year. i have all of her books and loved this one, too. I did not want to put it down until i completed it.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The Road HomeJuly 5, 2018Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1THE ROAD HOME is the most recent in a long line of best selling Beverly Lewis novels. I've read all of her books to date, and like most fans of Amish fiction, hers was the first I read.
THE ROAD HOME is written mostly in Lena Rose's point of view with a few in other male points of view, such as her dad's cousin Harley, or an uncle. None of the points of views are from the hero, though this is more women's fiction than a true romance. Lena Rose's journey home is the focus. The romantic relationship is not necessary for the story line but it is tacked in there to satisfy readers who want a romantic angle. And I have to admit I did find myself skipping ahead to find mentions of said hero and read about their romance.
For those who like it sweet, there is no sexual tension so it should satisfy the most conservative of readers. And there is a lot of Amish information set in both Centreville, MI (which is near Indiana) and in Lancaster County. Ms. Lewis does mention the difference in dress styles, kapp styles and dialects so she did her research. It isn't dwelled on though.
If you are a huge fan of Amish fiction and Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunstetter you will want to read THE ROAD HOME.
This book is a LOT more telling than showing, but the story does get through and despite the wall between the character and the reader I did grow to care of Lena Rose by the end of the book.
I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.