Wednesday, August 29, 2018

"The Redemption of Sarah Cain" by Beverly Lewis

About this book:

  “A thoroughly modern woman, Sarah Cain had ridiculed her sister's choice of a Plain life-style, which served only to intensify the lifelong rift between them. Now, twelve years later, Sarah is stunned by news of her sister's death and baffled by Ivy's choice of a guardian. How can Sarah sacrifice her successful career and her life in Portland to raise five Amish orphans? And what of Bryan Ford, the man who loves her?
Upon her arrival in Lancaster County, Sarah holds a grief all her own--one very different from the suffering of her nieces and nephews. Can the sorrow that divides them ultimately unite them as a family? Will Sarah discover that Lancaster County's Amish community is not only a simpler place, but also a healing place?”

Series: No, but there is a movie based on this book with the same name.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, remembered, read, & quoted; Prayers & Blessings over food; Sarah is witnessed to; Talks about God & peace; Most ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Some characters have strong faiths; Sarah gets offended at mentions of God and religion, *Spoiler* But near the end cries out to God *End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of talking to God; Mentions of finding God; Mentions of Bible reading & those in the Bible; Mentions of churches, church going, preaching, & sermons; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of sins;
             *Note: A mention of Gandhi; A mention of a shrine.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘dumb’ and a form of ‘stupid’; Sarah mentions going to a club; Remembering lots of sister bickering; Mentions of a little girl’s death (up to semi-detailed); A few mentions of a farm accident & death (up to semi-detailed); A few mentions of a dead horse (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of drinking, alcohol, & a bar; A mention of tattoos & piercings; A mention of a possible cuss word.

Sexual Content- a forehead kiss & two semi-detailed kisses; Remembering a kiss (up to semi-detailed); Noticing, Closeness, & Embraces (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of the old Amish courting custom called bundling (where the boy would be invited to the girl’s bedroom, and fully clothed they would spend times with her on the bed); Mentions of young people not engaging in sexual intimacy (before marriage) & instructions to stay pure for marriage; Mentions of being caught kissing; Mentions of flirting & charmers; Mentions of boyfriends, dating, courting, & getting married young; A few mentions of unmarried couples living together; Love, being in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A mention of lingerie.

-Sarah Cain, age 28
-Lydia Cottrell, age 16
      P.O.V. switches between them (with the Prologue & Epilogue in Lydia’s 1st person POV)
                                                        313 pages

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My personal Rating-
This seemed very different from the past Beverly Lewis Amish books I’ve read. I personally thought that since this was an older book of hers that her writing has improved tremendously since this book was published. The typical reader probably will not like Sarah Cain for the first 150 pages or so because she comes across as selfish and materialistic…we do get to see her character development though! It’s been a long while since I saw the movie version of this book, so I don’t remember about differences or such. I liked the ending of this novel, though, it did seem a bit quick; the epilogue was great and my favorite part. ;)

See y’all on Friday 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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