Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, by Beverly Lewis


Book Title: The Courtship of Nellie Fisher
Author: Beverly Lewis
Published By: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Christian fiction, Amish Romance, Historical fiction 
Date Published:  April 1, 2012
Pages: 699
Recommended Age: Young Adult, Adult
Read & Reviewed By:  Me
Rating: A/5

I borrowed this book from the library.

During the fall of 1966 in the town of Honeybrook, the Old Order Amish community finds themselves on opposite sides of an everlasting divide.  It couldn’t come at a worse time for Nellie Fisher and her beau Caleb Yoder.

My Thoughts:
This book was three books in one. It is a three book trilogy consisting of The Parting, The Forbidden, and The Longing.   I believe it was well written and Beverly Lewis did her research well.  I was even compelled to get on the internet to research the Amish, wanting to know the differences between the Old Order; The New Order; the Beach Amish; and the Mennonites.  I also wanted to learn when they had all split from the Old Order. I think an author has done an excellent job when she encourages the reader to some research of their own.

As for the story line, it was very touching.  I cried at the points where the characters tell how the Word of God saved them. It was very moving for a fellow Christian.  There was one character I did not like and that was Caleb Yoder’s father.  He was domineering over his family, telling his children who they can and cannot be friends with or marry.  I did like Nellie’s father.  He was very compassionate with his girls and put his foot down when it was truly necessary.  A reader is able to fall into the book (or the three books, for the matter) and root for the heroine and some of the other characters.

I really enjoyed this book and may read it again someday, and for this reason I give it five stars and a grade of an A.  If you love Amish romances or are interested in learning about the Amish divided through fictional storytelling, I recommend The Courtship of Nellie Fisher by Beverly Lewis.

Language: None
Adult Content: None
Violence: None

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