The Photograph

The PhotographThe Photograph by Beverly Lewis
Genres: Amish
Published by Bethany House on September 8, 2015
Pages: 312
Also by this author: The Love Letters

 

About The Photograph (From the back cover):
When her sister Lily disappears only months after their widowed mother’s passing, Eva Esch fears she has been wooed away from the People. Yet Lily’s disappearance isn’t Eva’s only concern: She and her sisters must relocate once their older brother takes over the family farmhouse. Then Jed Stutzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Eden Valley with a photo of a Plain young woman. Eva feels powerfully drawn to the charming stranger – but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all….

Beverly Lewis has been one of my writing heroes for many years, and I was eager to read her latest Amish novel, The Photograph. Her Plain characters and settings have always been comfortable to me somehow, maybe due to the deeply religious nature of the People. Although I would never want to live without modern conveniences, the simplicity and easy going pace of their lives certainly does appeal to me. The settings of her books are always idyllic and peaceful, too, which I thoroughly enjoy. This book is no different in those aspects.

Beverly Lewis has been one of my writing heroes for many years, and I was eager to read her latest Amish novel, The Photograph.

The characters of this particular story seem more likeable to me than those in her earlier books. It was refreshing that the main characters were the ones who were content with their lives and their Amish heritage, which is different than most of Lewis’ novels I have read where the primary character is the one contemplating leaving her family and community. I also truly appreciated the older members of this cast. They were portrayed as wise, loving, gentle, and kind, rather than the harsh, strict, and unbending fathers and bishops I was accustomed to from Ms. Lewis.

You will enjoy the innocence of Eva, the wisdom of Naomi, the chivalry of Jed, and even the prickliness of Frona.

The story itself unfolds seamlessly, as all of Beverly Lewis’ novels do. I usually try to pick up one of her books when I have a relatively free weekend, knowing I will not want to stop reading until the last page is finished. The Photograph was no exception, and I read it all in about three sittings. You will enjoy the innocence of Eva, the wisdom of Naomi, the chivalry of Jed, and even the prickliness of Frona. Lily’s rash behavior, while certainly not condoned, does not end her existence, and she is never out of the reach of God’s love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. This is a message that we all need to hear and share with those around us.

All in all, I was pleased with The Photograph and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable read laced with truth from God’s Word.

Although I know very little about the Amish faith, this book seemed to place them in a category more Christian than not. I was surprised by that, but only because in Lewis’ other books, it seems the devout Amish are concerned about obeying the Ordnung, while ignoring the Bible. All in all, I was pleased with The Photograph and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable read laced with truth from God’s Word.

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