Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Wish - Beverly Lewis

 About the Book:

"You really think this is a gut idea, goin' clear out there, spendin' time with folk who've left the People?"

Leona wondered if she was getting the carriage before the horse. Even so, she was willing to do whatever she could to bring Gloria back home--where she belonged.

Leona Speicher got the "sister" she always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be the answer to Leona's prayers--until Gloria's father is expelled from their Old Order Amish church for reasons no one will discuss. Much to Leona's dismay, the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear. Then, after a silence of several years, Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona, who makes up her mind to go after her friend. Yet Leona's fiancé--the deacon's son--is alarmed. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?

My Thoughts:

This book is about friendship and facing difficult choices, or perhaps better said, at least on Gloria’s part, living with the choices others made for her. I enjoyed the story, especially the friendship between Leona and Gloria; it was heartwarming and real. However, the plot was somewhat predictable and some parts left me wondering: It seems unrealistic to me that an entire Amish family would disappear without a trace. I also felt that the reason for Joe Gingerich’s shunning was explained only vaguely, like I was just getting part of the story. A little more depth and detail could have made for a richer narrative.


Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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