A Compelling Story of Friendship from the Top Author in Amish Fiction
Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria
Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The
Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should
be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to
Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around
the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for
Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's
families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when
the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from
the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas,
Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.
Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years,
Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster
County and the Amish ways. Leona's new beau, the deacon's son, is
alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona's dearest wish
lead to her own undoing?
About The Author
Beverly Marie Jones (Lewis) was born in the heart of
Amish country—Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At the tender age of nine, she
began writing short stories and poetry. Prior to that, she made up
lyrics to the "little fingers" piano pieces she learned, at the age of
"My mother saved everything I wrote, even the stories I dreamed up
during my grade school years," Beverly says. One such tale is
semi-autobiographical, about a young girl whose parents can no longer
afford to give her piano lessons. The manuscript was 77 pages long and
titled "She Shall Have Music," penned under the shade of a lone willow
tree. "Reading, writing, and playing piano have been top three on my
list of favorite things," she says.
Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the
word of Beverly's tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a
Virginia bookstore wrote, "Beverly's books have a compelling freshness
and spark. You just don't run across writing like that every day. I hope
she'll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long
A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a
Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80
books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She
and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy
hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid
musicians and fiction "book worms."
story of a young woman's lust for the other side of the fence, doesn’t
it always look greener? Leona has a dear friend in Gloria, and as a
young girl she wishes she could be a part of her family, everything
about them is so much better than hers.
When abruptly without so much
as a goodbye they are gone, and she doesn’t hear from her best
friend/sister for over three years, a lifetime, and a grieving time for
such a loss. When Gloria finally contacts her, she begs Leona to come to
her, and we begin to wonder what is going to happen to our girl? Will
she decide she likes what has happened to this family that was so dear
to her, will she end up being English?
When Gloria comes back to
Lancaster with her, will Leona’s family let in the door? She is no
longer Amish and is driving a car, and carrying a cell phone, or will
she look to return to her roots. All of the answers are here and more, a
delightful read that you won’t want to put down and will be page
turning late into the wee hours of the morning.
I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.