Monday, 8 May 2017
The Ebb Tide - Beverly Lewis
Oh, to see the ocean, Sallie thought. And to spend the summer as a nanny. She shook her head in amazement. This seemed too good to be true, but she really must talk it over with Dat and Mamm, especially since she'd be gone so long. And after I promised Mamm I'd take baptism classes this summer . . .
Sallie Riehl has dreamed of traveling at least once before settling down to join church, so she is thrilled at an unexpected summer opportunity to nanny in Cape May for a well-to-do family. However, saying even a temporary good-bye to Paradise Township means forgoing baptism another year, as well as leaving behind a would-be beau. Yet the weeks in Cape May soon prove unforgettable as Sallie meets a Mennonite young man whose friendship she quickly begins to cherish. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will she only find what her heart is longing for back home?
Although this story holds some intrigue about what Sallie's summer away from home would be like, especially with her growing sense of unrest, it didn't really hold my interest well. Another disappointing aspect is that I felt I never got to know the family she stayed with very well, especially the father. The story is just too focussed on Sallie. This one wouldn't fall under 'page-turner' for sure. It sort of strays from this author's usual story lines where you see more of the Amish lifestyle. This one is more about one Amish girl tentatively stepping away from the world she knows well, into the less familiar. The end of the book was not really a surprise; I would have been surprised had it gone the other way.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc
Posted by Linda Maendel