Thanks to Family Christian for a review copy of the book, and for the giveaway copy. All opinions my own.
I’m not really a fan of Amish fiction. I know — that’s an odd way to open a review of an Amish fiction book. But, years ago, I read several Amish fiction books by Beverly Lewis. I really enjoyed them. They were full of suspense, they read easily, and they featured characters who I felt I came to know by the time the book ended.
So, I was anxious to read her newest offering, “The Love Letters.”
It’s hard to summarize this book briefly, as there are so many characters and subplots. Basically: Marlena, an Amish young woman, has moved to live with her Grandmother after her Grandfather dies. Due to a tragic accident, she also becomes caretaker to her sister’s infant daughter. Another storyline features Small Jay, a mentally “slow” teen who finds a friend in Boston, a loner with dementia who is the source of the love letters the book takes its name from. My favorite character was Jay’s mom, Ellie. She deals with issues in her marriage and seemed to be one of the more ‘real’ characters in the book in terms of the things she faced.
The book is a very easy read, and the word that keeps coming to me as descriptive is “gentle.” Although bad things happen, they feel very far away and padded. The characters are “nice,” thinking about basically nice things and being kind to others. There is lots of talk relating to the baby — patting the baby, burping the baby, listening to the baby coo, etc. “The Love Letters” has a definite Christian focus, with an emphasis on trusting God and relying on him to make decisions, which I appreciated.
If you’re looking for action-packed, this is not the book to pick up. However, if you want a gentle, calm read that will help you feel like you’re living in an Amish community, you’ll probably enjoy “The Love Letters.” I photographed it with a kitchen towel and rolling pin, as that’s the feel the book gave me: visiting in the kitchen with friends and family.
You can pick up your own copy at Family Christian stores, either brick and mortar, or online. This would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for your mom or favorite aunt!
Family Christian is generously offering a copy of the book to one of you — enter using the rafflecopter form below by April 21, and I’ll select a random winner April 22.
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