The Road Home by Beverly Lewis

The Road Home

byBeverly Lewis

Kobo ebook | April 3, 2018

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Sent from Michigan to Pennsylvania following the tragic death of her Amish parents, Lena Rose Schwartz grieves her loss and the separation from her nine siblings. Beside the fact that Lena has never been so far from home, she hasn't met the family she will now be living with. But worse than that is having to live apart from her close-knit brothers and sisters. How will they manage without her to care for them--especially six-year-old Chris? And will her new beau, Hans Bontrager, continue to court her despite the many miles between them?

Yet even as Lena Rose holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Is she willing to open her heart to new possibilities?

Title:The Road HomeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1493414232

ISBN - 13:9781493414239

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Winner for Lewis Sometimes location is a big draw for a book. I will read anything Beverly Lewis writes, but I was tickled pink to see that the novel starts out in Centerville, MI!! This is a place not far from me, and I looked for nuggets of familiarity. I was happy to see that the covered bridge, unusual for this area, merits a mention. I was also happy to see the inclusion of the “Blizzard of ‘78.” Possibly mistimed to fit the story, the blizzard is infamous around these parts for its ferocity and unusual intensity, even here in Michigan. Lewis has a warm, welcoming writing style that pulls the reader into the story and makes her/him feel part of the family or community described. It can be easy to adapt the attitudes of those around you. Indeed, immersed in the world of Lena and her family, I first felt love; then heart-wrenching sadness; a strong yearning for loved ones, and desperation borne of that love. I loved the way that Lena decides, miserable as she is, to “bloom where she is planted.” She has such a positive effect on others around her, even though her heart is breaking inside. In her own gentle way, Lewis weaves her faith message seamlessly throughout the book. It never seems forced, only natural, presented in small, tasteful bites. ...”Lena wondered if she ought to pray about something so minor. Cousin Mimi likely would. She talks to God about practically everything...” If you like Christian Amish stories recounted by one of the best, pick up your own copy of Beverly Lewis’s The Road Home. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinions,given voluntarily, for which I am entirely responsible. Also, I am not related to the author.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read from Beverly Lewis The Road Home by Beverly Lewis Beverly Lewis was the first author of Amish fiction that I ever read and I always look forward to her new books. You would think she would have run out of stories by now but she keeps coming up with something new. When I was about a quarter of the way through the book I found comfort in the predictability of the story and then as I got further in, I realized it wasn’t predictable at all. I loved that I wasn’t able to tell where the story was going! The story is about the old of ten Amish children, Lena Rose. She is 17 years old and recently lost her parents. She is too young to care for the rest of the siblings and since she is unable to find work locally, in Michigan, she is sent to live with her relatives in Lancaster County. This is a temporary arrangement until housing and work can be found for her back home. Although she knows she will be going back home, she starts to open her heart a little each day to the people and surroundings of Lancaster County. Will it lure her to stay there or will the call of her family back home be too strong? I really loved this story. Although I found it heartbreaking on one hand, I found the romance, friendships and reality of life refreshing. I found myself learning from the same lessons that Lena Rose was learning - to be content in your current situation. Don’t always looks ahead or you will miss what is going on right in front of you. The book held more inspirational messages which were equally as satisfying as the story itself. I would highly recommend Beverly Lewis’ latest book. I read it in two nights!! I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Family Story The Road Home A beautiful story of family and friends as they embrace ten children who lost their parents in a vehicle accident. The Amish community in Michigan were able to place the children in homes, except for the oldest girl. Lena Rose Schwartz had to move to Lancaster County where her Aunt and Uncle lived in an Amish community. She would help her Aunt with her business until a job became available at home. Oh how she missed her siblings. Letters from home, new friends, and a lot of prayer helped her adjust but her heart was heavy as she waited patiently thankful for her relatives who encouraged her and gave her work. Months later, she was offered employment back home. Her love and sacrifice for her siblings took her home as she left part of her heart behind with family, new friends and a particular young man. This family had a huge grieving time but they never gave up on their faith and their family. Read about all their adventures, their challenges, their new beginnings, and some interesting twists to their lives. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 2.5 Rating Beverly Lewis is an award winning author of Amish fiction and I have been eager to read from her extensive collection. I was thankful to have been given the opportunity to read and review her latest release and began with very high expectations. I enjoyed learning about the Amish culture in the two different communities; Lena Rose’s hometown of Centerville, Michigan and her adoptive home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The comparisons of the different traditions in these two Old Order communities were surprising to me. Including how the women wore their hair and the style of buggies used. The setting and culture depicted in this story, was by far my favourite part. Although The Road Home was an endearing story, it didn’t draw me in or captivate me like the other books I’ve read from this genre. The style of Beverly Lewis’s writing was much more stern than I anticipated, so I expected the story to take a more serious or tragic route than it did. Instead I found it to be slightly boring and drawn out. Unfortunately The Road Home wasn’t for me, however I am interested in giving this author another try. I hope that I will enjoy the next novel more.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Beverly Lewis There's something about a Beverly Lewis book that screams hearth and home and family. I'm a content, happy reader for having shared a year in Lena Rose's life. Out of tragedy comes blessings, though it's hard to see them right from the start and my heart ached for the Schwartz siblings as they are divvied up among the community - all except for Lena Rose who is sent east to help cousins she barely knows. But there's a gentle and open way about Lena that touches everyone she meets. Despite her own sorrows and worry, she's a keen observer of human nature and it isn't long before she has worked some magic among her new friends in Lancaster County. But that doesn't mean her longing for family and the familiar Amish community back in Michigan has grown any less. With s a beau back home and an interesting fella in Lancaster County, it takes a lot of thought and prayer to figure out which road really leads home. Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming and uplifting! The Road Home by Beverly Lewis takes us back to August of 1977. Lena Rose Schwartz is eighteen years old and has been courting Hans Bontrager for two months. She lives with her parents and ten siblings in Centreville, Michigan on their farm. Lena is surprised when two police officers arrive in the afternoon to tell her that parents died in an accident on their way home. There is no one relative or nearby family that can take in all of the children, and they are not allowed to stay in their home. Homes are found for everyone except Lena. Harley and Mimi Stolzfus, her father’s second cousin, writes that they can use Lena’s assistance. Lena has never been away from hometown and she has raised her youngest brother, Chris since he was born. It also means leaving her beau, Hans. Lena helps her siblings settle into their new homes and then departs for Leacock Township, Pennsylvania with the hopes that the move is temporary. Mimi and Harley are welcoming to Lena. Mimi has been lonely since their daughter, Tessa married and moved away after a quick courtship. Lena misses her family back home, but her new home has its own enticements. Which path is the right one for one for Lena? She will need to have faith and wait to see what the Lord has in store for her. The Road Home contains good writing and lovely characters. Beverly Lewis is a descriptive writer. Her word imagery helps me to visualize the scenes and characters. There are good messages in the story. The importance of family, friendship and community for example. My favorite being that we must have faith in God and wait for him to reveal the path he has planned for our life (being patient can be difficult). Lena not only has to grieve for her parents but deal with leaving her siblings and the only home she has known. She then relocates to another state with people she has never met. When Lena is presented with a difficult choice, she must decide what to do (I do not want to say too much and spoil it for you). The Christian elements were nicely incorporated into the story (faith, prayer, God knows what is in your heart, trust in God, God’s will). I especially appreciate the message about using the talents/gifts God has given us to help others. The pace of the book was slow in places (those scenes would take me out of the story) and there is some repetitiveness (could have used editing to tighten up the story). The Road Home has an uplifting ending that put a smile on my face. I am giving The Road Home 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If Only? The premise of this story is so very sad, and yet accepted as it is what faith is based on, but leaving ten children as orphans and then seeing what happens to them is hard. The author has focused on the oldest, a girl Lena Rose, and you will quickly grow to love and respect her, but what a hard road she is put on. She is required to leave her home and family in Michigan and go and live in Pennsylvania and we follow her in her journey. I found myself quickly torn as to where I wanted her to end up, back in Michigan, or with the new life she has found, and the new people who have come to care so much about her., A really sweet read that will make you think and sure not want to walk in this girl’s shoes, or maybe you will, she is an inspiration. Once you turn the final page you are going to be longing for more, and if only! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2018-04-03