Monday, March 12, 2018

"The Photograph" by Beverly Lewis

About this book:

  “Eva Esch and her sisters are in a predicament. With the passing of their widowed mother, Eva's older brother Menno plans to move his growing family into the Eden Valley farmhouse where they all grew up, leaving little room for his three single sisters. Surely, Menno reasons, at least one of them will marry this coming wedding season. Eva does hope to marry, but she isn't sure she wants to give up her sweet shop for the life of a farmer's wife, and she has no other prospects.
  When younger sister, Lily, disappears in the night, leaving only a brief note, Eva fears she has been wooed away from the People by an outsider. And when Jed Stutzman, a young Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Lancaster with a photo of a Plain young woman, Eva's world begins to tilt. She feels powerfully drawn to the quietly charming stranger--but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all. . . .”

Series: Connected to & set after “The River” by this author. Characters are mentioned and visited.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, read, & talked about; Bible reading; Prayers; Church going; Talks about God, trust Him, & praying; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God, His will, & trusting Him; Mentions of talks about God; Mentions of Bible reading, family devotions, & worship time; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of fasting & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, services, sermons, baptisms, bishops/ministers/deacons, youth groups, & singings; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of the Amish, Mennonites, their beliefs, & shunnings; A few mentions of a miracle; A few mentions of a Christian bookstore & books; A few mentions of sins; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of hymns; A couple mentions of blessings; A mention of Providence; A mention of a Bible study group; A mention of a Christian school;
             *Note: A mention of worldly music being of the devil.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’; A bit of eye rolling & sarcasm; Mentions of a buggy accident & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a farming accident & death; Mentions of wars, fighting, protests, & deaths; Mentions of a teenaged girl who ran away; Mentions of smoking & pipes; Mentions of gossip; A few mentions of a child who drowned; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of a roadkill; A mention of lying.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, a chin kiss, and four (married couple) not-detailed kisses; Touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling; Blushes; Mentions of girlfriends, boyfriends, & dating/courting; Mentions of flirting & touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a teenaged girl who ran away to be with a beau; A couple mentions of winks; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A few mentions of a girl wearing short skirts, shorts, & a sleeveless top.

-Eva Esch, age 20
-Jed Stutzman
              P.O.V. switches between them & Naomi {Prologue & Epilogue is in Eva’s 1st person}
                                    Set in 1980
                                          314 pages

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My personal Rating-
I feel like I haven’t read a Beverly Lewis book in forever!
This one was a bit different from most Amish books I’ve read since it was set in the 1980s. Being Amish (no technology), it didn’t feel like it, so I did keep forgetting that it was set nearly forty years ago! Felt dragged out at some points, and I would have liked the ending to be a bit longer (or more towards the end of the middle section of this book), but it was a nice, laid-back read. Lots of faith content and very clean, just what I expect from this author. :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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