Book Review - The Wish

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The Wish
By Beverly Lewis

Leona Speicher got the "sister" she always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingrich and her family moved to Lancaster County. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be the answer to Leona's prayers - until Gloria's father is expelled from their Old Order Amish church for reasons no one will discuss. Much to Leona's dismay, the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear. Then, after a silence of several years, Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona, who makes up her mind to go after her friend. Yet Leona's fiancee - the deacon's son - is alarmed. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?

Beverly Lewis penned her first story at the age of nine while living near Lancaster County Amish farmland, where she grew up She welcomes her many reader-friends each day on Facebook and personally replies to fan mail. Lewis lives with her husband in Colorado near their family. 

My Thoughts: It's hard not to love Amish romance novels, as far as I'm concerned, which is why I was more than happy to review this book when Bethany House gave it to me for consideration. I've often thought about how "the other side" lives when I visit Shipshewana and go to the Davis Mercantile Building or see the plain people in buggies in southern Indiana. Beverly Lewis allows you into that world, even if it is just a fantasy version, and puts characters that you'll almost immediately love to be there with you. I love that while The Wish seems like a romance it is much more of a mystery and very entertaining. 

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