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The Forbidden (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #2)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,583 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
The church split has not extinguished their love, but the demands of one man still stand in their way. Caleb Yoder's father has forbidden him to court Nellie Mae Fisher, whose family belong to the New Order. Can the couple satisfy the expecations of the people while remaining true to their hearts?
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jun 22, 2009 Christina rated it it was ok
As I said in my review of The Parting, the first book in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher series, I wasn't planning on continuing with this series because the main characters, Nellie and Caleb, are both completely selfish, and I was lead to believe that the story surrounding infertile Rosanna and her husband, Elias, was wrapped up. However, someone spilled the beans about what happens in The Forbidden, and I just had to read it to find out for myself.

Nellie and Caleb are still pretty selfish, alth
Jan 25, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Nellie Mae Fisher has the expectations of the People riding on her shoulders. Too much is at stake to falter with her choice. She wants to be with her New Order family, but will she be able to split her allegiance between them and her Old Order beau?

Caleb Yoder is torn between his love for Nellie Mae, and the promise his father made to him if he stays away from her. The conflict between what he knows is right and what he is starting to feel in his heart are two completely different things. He w
Nov 24, 2014 Madi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
*Mild spoiler alert!*

I loved this one even more than the first! It broke my heart at some parts, and made me very happy at others. I got very upset with Kate and John, how could they change their minds about the babies now?! It was their decision to give them to Rosanna and Elias and I don't think it was fair of them to take them back.
Rhoda made some bad decisions as well. She's becoming an Englisher more and more everyday.
Nellie and Caleb made some bad decisions too. There was a lot of romance
Mar 03, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was ok
I didn't realize this was part of a continuing series otherwise I would've started with the first book. However, I didn't like this book that much. There were too many storylines, too many people to keep straight and too much preaching. I pretty much skimmed through the whole book. This book had a sister that drowned in a river. I think this is the 3rd or 4th book I have read by this author where that happened. Does no one else die accidentally than by drowning in Amish country?

The only 2 storyl
"The Forbidden" is the second book in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher
series and I'm quickly becoming a Beverly Lewis fan. As you know, if
you're read my review of "The Parting", this is my first series that I have read by Lewis and it has been a joy.

"The Forbidden" continues to explore the romance between
Nellie and her beau, Caleb. His father has completely forbidden any
contact with the Fisher family due to their recent turn from the Old
Order Church and embracing salvation. Nellie is torn between
Jan 29, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
Throughout this book you will want to cheer on Nellie and strangle Caleb. He takes too long on deciding what is more important to him, Nellie or his land he stands to inherit. In the end of this book, that is what breaks them up, his indecision and her wanting him to come to the new church and the new faith.
Also, Kate does the very thing us readers always feared she would and Rosanna makes a heart-breaking decision, one that will stun you and leave you wanting the very best for her and her husb
Aug 18, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this one a little more than the first (at least in the beginning). The ending of this book stunk big time, but I hope that all gets resolved by the third one! I just wanted to strangle some of people who were so set in their own blind ways they would stoop so low to willingly and maliciously hurt people they love. Most of it was very touching and it even moved me to try and have a more personal relationship with God. I love that she puts so many varied characters and situations ...more
Jun 11, 2010 AlixJamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Vogel
Apr 13, 2016 Karen Vogel rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, but I thought it was a little slow. Despite the slowness of the book, I couldn't put it down. I was so anxious to find out was going to happen between Nellie and Caleb. I was also very intrigued by Rosannas' and Elias' story. I lkie how she jumps around from story to story. Although one storyline I didn't much care for, was Rhoda's. I didn't care for her much as a character, she annoyed me and just rubbed me the wrong way, I guess.
Jul 11, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
There was so much going on in this book, maybe a little too much for my taste. However, I still enjoyed the book and especially like how the author writes. She draws me right into the story and I feel as if I am one of the characters, living the story and not just reading about it!

This story is about Nellie (obviously from the title), who is now the youngest of the Fisher family (because her younger sister Suzy had accidentally died a few months before).

At this time, the church had split into 3
Apr 30, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
3.5 stars, really.
This is the second book in the Nellie Fisher series. I really liked how it shows a struggle of what people go through, and in this case struggles with faith and hardships that the various characters encounter. The main portion of this book is about Nellie Fisher and her beau Caleb whom she desires to marry one day. Her family is deciding to follow the New Amish Order rather than the Old one that she and Caleb are set on, but she loves how her family has been acting and changin
May 14, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Jumps around just a bit too much. At times I struggled to remember who was who as things jumped from one paragraph to the next.
Mar 19, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
THis book made me wonder what I would do if someone in my family changed to a different religion.
Dec 10, 2008 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: christianfiction
Book 2 in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher.
There are a lot of changes going on in the Fisher's lives and in their community. If you recall from the first book, several of the families had begun questioning their Old Order faith and started visiting another church. This book focuses on the ramifications those families are dealing with for accepting a new faith. The community is definitely split in more ways that one. Caleb is still forbidden from courting Nellie, but the pair finds ways to see one
The Forbidden was much more interesting than the Season's of Grace series that I read. Amish life has more complexities than most of us "Fancy Folk" realize. I liked the deeper discussions about the Old Order Amish and the New Order Amish and what took place in the late 1960's to start
The Parting.

As with most of Lewis's books, the set of three books included in "The Courtship of Nellie Fisher," they could have easily been rolled into one book.
Feb 12, 2016 Kay rated it it was amazing
Loving the plight of Nan and Caleb. Beverly Lewis has a special ability to build three plots into one with the woven lives of several main characters. Never a beat is lost as she brings each life into focus. I can hardly wait to read the third and final novel in this series. Lewis certainly seems to have an inside track on the lives of the Amish. I just purchase The Longing and am itching to get the pages turning.
joyce lynn
Mar 05, 2009 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing
ok, i HATE my husband being gone overnite on business trips, but i must admit, there is ONE advantage to the sleepless nites it gives me ~ it then also gives me MANY uninterrupted hours to read! of course, i'll pay for it today by dragging, BUT ...

it was worth it!!!

i agree w/ some that this book MIGHT be dragged out a bit, BUT ...

i think it was a GOOD idea that it did. gave more time for the author to allow us into the hearts of the conflicted characters, and get to know them, and their struggl
Mar 03, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it
I loved the first book in this trilogy and was excited to scoop the last two books up on sale. In this second book, Nellie Mae and Caleb struggle to find a way to be together. His father has forbidden him to see her because her family has gone away from the Old ways. There was a surprise ending, which I enjoyed and left me wondering how it will wrap up in the third novel.

The subplots were interesting, too, to see the development of the tension between the two different sets of ideas and how that
Nov 18, 2012 Mayda rated it liked it
This second novel in the series continues the story of Nellie and her family and friends in the Amish community. There is a split in the church, with some seeking to follow God through reading the entire Bible in English while others adhere to the Old Order Amish ways. Each thinks the other is wrong, and the Bishop has given the people three months to decide which way to go. After that, any baptized members leaving the old ways will be shunned. But even without formal shunning, the community is ...more
May 11, 2015 CM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting telling of the Revival among the Amish in a fictional setting as it might have happened in the '60s. Really interesting inter-weaving of how it could have affected many families and how "getting saved" is so different from the typical belief of the Amish faith! Really enjoyed the entire series!
Phyllis Stinson
Aug 01, 2015 Phyllis Stinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Well, this series is basically about splitting of Amish beliefs. I never knew they didn't read the new testament. If you are looking for a closing, nope, it is a series that doesn't close. I try not to get caught in them but I am off to buy the next one. Grrrrrrrrr
Rhayna Kramer
Jun 25, 2012 Rhayna Kramer rated it it was amazing
Yet again, Beverly Lewis has such insightful knowledge on what she writes. Her own morals disclose throughout all of her books and seem to have the ability to either assuage one from the philosophies he or she has always known, or to revise them, depending on where he or she is with consequence to things that are unseen in this world. The Forbidden was another story that aroused many feelings within me, with everything from hope, to sadness, to anger. Rosanna and Elias' story seemed more intrigu ...more
Mary e George
Oct 17, 2015 Mary e George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Forbidden by Beverly Lewis

I read this book almost non stop during 2 days. Very good how families interact. The twins Rosie & Levi brought joy to both natural & adoptive families.
Mar 05, 2014 Shiloh added it
Proof read this for my sister. I think Beverly Lewis is an amazing author with her style of writing, but I found this story unclear at parts.
A few parts in this book ~ I didn't appreciate.
Darlene Roy
Apr 14, 2014 Darlene Roy rated it really liked it
The continuing story of Nellie Fisher and Caleb's courtship. Again I love all the side stories going on within the main story. Beverly Lewis does a great job. Recommend this as a good read.
Jul 28, 2008 Kami rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fun, quick read. Part 2 of 3. It left me hanging. I did not realize the books were new and part 3 in not available until September. I'd wait to read until all are available.

Comparing the Amish to myself, it is interesting to see how their religion figures into their everyday life. The community in the book is going through challenges which made me look at why I do some of the things I do that are for religion. The line between tradition and religious doctrine is sometimes very gray. Nelly Fishe
Feb 06, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Sorrow continues in this second book of the series, but the healing has begun. beautifully written.
Feb 08, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Nellie Fisher & her family are attending the new church which preaches salvation. Will they join & leave the strict ordnung?
May 29, 2014 Abby rated it liked it
Shelves: amish-books
review soon..there is a topic that does need to be discussed :)
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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher's Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous best
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The Courtship of Nellie Fisher (3 books)
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