Monday, May 25, 2015
Book Review~The Love Letters
Marlena Wenger was soon to take Old Order Amish baptismal instruction so that she could marry her beau, when her grandfather died. She was sent to live with her Mennonite Mammi (grandmother) to help her. This meant her wedding would be postponed for a year, but she and her beau decided that this was something Marlena needed to do. Marlena soon finds herself caring for her infant niece, Angela Rose, whose mother has passed away.
Marlena is struggling with her faith-going to her grandmother's Mennonite church has opened up her way of thinking, and she is growing spiritually. Her beau back home is not pleased with the changes in her. Her Mammi's neighbors have befriended a homeless man who seems to have amnesia of some sort, and they try to figure out who he is based on beautifully written love letters he has in his bag. Will they find out who this mystery man is? Will Marlena discover the path for her life?
My thoughts: I've always enjoyed Beverly Lewis' novels, and The Love Letters was no exception. This was such a sweet story with quite a lot going on in it! There were several different stories and issues going on in The Love Letters. I enjoyed Marlena's character-she is a sweet young girl who has only known the Old Order Amish ways. Now that she has experienced different ways, she has to decide which direction to take her life. The Love Letters has romance, heartbreak, and mystery, and was hard to put down! There is also a lesson about respecting those with disabilities in the character of Small Jay and his family. I would definitely recommend this book!
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.