Monday, May 14, 2018

"The Road Home" by Beverly Lewis

About this book:

  As the sun began to rise, Lena Rose leaned against the cool pane of the bus window and gazed out at the familiar landscape of her life. I'm leaving my family and everything I know behind. She sighed, trying to keep her composure.
Grieving the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her nine close-knit siblings, Lena Rose Schwartz consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County won't be forever. Surely someday soon she will return to her beloved Michigan settlement, including her beau. But even as she holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Will she find the courage to open her heart to other possibilities?”

Series: As of now, no. (I’m also pretty sure it’s not connected to any other books.)

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, read, & remembered; Prayers; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of God & God’s will; Many mentions of prayers, praying, blessings over food, & thanking God; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & devotionals; Mentions of churches, church going, services, youth activities, & ministers; Mentions of Amish beliefs & values; Mentions of Christmas, Nativity plays, & hymns; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of a prayer list; A couple mentions of godsends; A mention of sins;.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘dumb’; A bit of eye rolling; Mentions of a car accident & deaths; Mentions of drinking, an alcoholic, & wine; Mentions of hunting & shooting/killing animals (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of gossip & rumors; A couple mentions of blood/bleeding; A couple mentions of jail & jail time; A couple mentions of an animal part in a food (that wasn’t supposed to be there).

Sexual Content- A (married couple) cheek kiss, two cheek kisses, and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, Hand Holding, & Flutters; A bit of Noticing; Mentions of winks; A couple mentions of a kiss & kissing; Light love, falling in love, & the emotions.

-Lena Rose Schwartz, age 18-19
        P.O.V. switches between Len & Harley (Prologue & Epilogue in Lena’s 1st POV)
                                        Set in 1977
                                                     316 pages

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My personal Rating-
{ Content was very clean, so those interested in the plot can add a star. }
I didn’t know too much about this book when I first started reading it. However, I knew that as a Beverly Lewis book it would be clean, have some good Spiritual Content, and sweet moments.
I was right on all three points. ;)
I do have to add that I did struggle with reading this one because of three reasons: 1.) The beginning and middle was so sad. 2.) I wasn’t sure why in the world we see Harley’s (a middle-age cousin of Lena’s) POV. After finishing the book, I’m still not sure. And 3.) There were some details and conversations that add nothing to the story. While I liked that the romance was very light overall, I did wonder where their chaperones were at times.
It was a nice read, but, personally, I don’t think it’s Miss Beverly’s best one.  

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.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.

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