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Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis

When her sister falls gravely ill, twenty-year-old Marlena Wenger takes on the responsibility of caring for her infant niece, Angel Rose.

Worried that this turn of events portends a more complicated future than he is prepared for, her beau ends their relationship. Marlena is devastated, but is determined to give Angel Rose the best care possible.

Though from the Beachy Amish herself, Marlena meets Ellie Bitner, an Old Order Amish mother who offers quilting and needlepoint classes. They soon form a bond, and Marlena is drawn into the circle of Ellie's family. Ellie's handsome cousin seems rather taken with Marlena, but after her recent breakup, she is cautious where her feelings are concerned.

But things begin to change when Ellie's young son Jacob discovers an older homeless man camped out in the nearby abandoned mill. Suffering from some cognitive disorder, the man has few prospects and fewer possessions--among them a small clutch of letters apparently from his own courting days. Could these letters be the key to the old man's identity? And can they bring healing and hope to Marlena and Ellie as well?

Cafe Lily's Review:

I enjoyed this book, mainly because Marlena is such a spunky young woman.  She was an interesting character to follow and met up with quite a few challenges.

She is brave enough to venture out and try a variety of new things.......some of them, forced upon her.

While learning to care for her sister's baby, and attending a new church, she begins to question many of her personal beliefs.  This questioning causes some tension between her and her beau, and Marlena finds her plans for the future may not be as sure as she thought.

This story is a great example of man planning his way, and God coming along with a giant eraser!

The characters were sweet and overall, this was an enjoyable story.

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