Friday, May 2, 2014

The Last Bride (Home to Hickory Hollow, #5) by Beverly Lewis

Of her Old Order parents' five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but Tessie's father opposes the match.
Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they'll convince the Millers to give their love a chance over time. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?

About The Author

Beverly Lewis is a Christian fiction novelist and adult and children's author of over 80 books. She was born Beverly Marie Jones, and is a former schoolteacher and musician. She started playing the piano at age five, and began writing short stories and poetry when she was nine years old.



My Review

I enjoyed reading this book just as I did the others in this series. I do realize that there are genetic problems with not a big gene pool in the Amish. This story is based on this problem, and we see parents trying to bend their children to do what they want, for good reason, but not telling them why.
When I read the blip on the back about what the book is about, and got to the part where I knew something was going to happen, I wanted to change it before it did. Yes, it is heart breaking, and you would not want to be in Tessie’s shoes, she has a hard road ahead of her. There are also a few side stories about Tessie’s sisters and some of their personal struggle. Love how close this family is, and how they seemed to really care about one another. You are going to be celebrating with them, and mourning at the same time, especially with some of the reveals, and we find out why some things happen.
While as a reader, and enjoying this fictional story, I did feel that some of it was unreal. Some of her parent’s choice made no sense, and yet tell them later? Also the other character at the end was almost to good to be true. All in all though I enjoyed visiting in the Hickory Hill area, traveling the same roads we have in past books, and mentioning of past characters, and remembering their stories.

I received this book through the Bethany House Bloggers Tours, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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