The Love Letters: Review

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.”

The Love Letters LewisIt’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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26 thoughts on “The Love Letters: Review

  1. It’s been a while since I’ve read one of her books and I know I’d enjoy this one. I love books with a Christian attitude!

  2. I have read several books by Beverly Lewis and really like them. I like the genre of Amish fiction in general. I find reading about them (both fiction and non-fiction) extremely interesting!

  3. What I like at Family Christian is the books for the kids.

  4. I’m pretty sure I would LOVE this book. I enjoy Beverly Lewis’ writing.

  5. I have a copy of this on hand, so I won’t enter for the drawing. I am not generally a fan of Amish fiction, either, and am getting so tired of seeing it everywhere, but I started reading Beverly before Amish fiction was a thing, and I’ve always enjoyed her. Gentle is the way I would describe most of her books – even though they sometimes deal with trouble and anguish.

  6. I have not read anything by Beverly Lewis but I have read several Amish fiction books by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

  7. I love Beverly Lewis and has read most of her stuff. Abram’s Daughters is my favorite series. I met her once and got her autograph. Super nice lady! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  8. Beverly Lewis was the first Amish Fiction author that I read. It introduced me to a whole new type of genre. I have not looked back since!

  9. I have not read any of Beverly’s books but I love Amish fiction and would love to read this book.

  10. Years ago I did read several of this author’s books and I really did enjoy them. Hope that I win the copy of this one, so I can renew my enthusiasm for learning more about the Amish ways.

  11. Beverly Lewis is and amazing writer! I live in Amish area literally they are my neighbors and her writing is so dead on! I’m a huge fan! What an amazing giveaway!

  12. I have not had the chance to read anything by her yet, but they sounds very interesting!

  13. I have read everything she has written. I like Amish fiction because it is so removed from my own life. Nice to learn about.

  14. I’ve never read one of Beverly’s books before, but I see them all the time at my church’s annual book sale. I guess I’m going to have to add another new author to my reading list!

  15. I’ve ordered several children’s items from Family Christian and have been pleased. They also have a nice service department.

  16. I love the childrens section at the Family Christian store, I can always find something. I have only read one of Beverly’s books a while back

  17. I’m a big fan of Family Christian. I like buying books & CDs from them. I’ve never read Beverly Lewis books. This sounds like a good book. Thank you for the chance 🙂

  18. I have read many of Beverly Lewis’ books…she is a great author!!

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