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The Longing (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #3)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,427 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
New York Times best-selling author completes the story of the new order/old order Amish split in the 1960's in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Courtship of Nellie Fisher book 3.
Paperback, Large Print, 429 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 25, 2009 Kristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
I continue to have a strange fascination with books about the Amish, although I don't know why. This book, however, really annoyed me in the end. All anyone cared about was converting their friends/family/neighbors to their chosen religion. I imagine I really should have expected that, given I was reading Christian/Inspirational fiction, so the fault should really lie with me, and not with the book. But still. I was rolling along with the idea of most people (with a few obvious exceptions) just ...more
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I think this series could have had one extra book added to it, because the ending jumped and piled everything together quickly in the epilogue. What I loved about this series, and this book in general as well; The beauty of the gospel changing and transforming lives is so evident and wonderfully expressed!

Nellie Mae is enjoying her life with her love for how Jesus' blood saved her and helped her after heartbreak in the second book. Even though Caleb and she have two different beliefs (He in the
Jan 30, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This being the final book in the series I knew it would start early in closing some stories, giving the reader closure, as Lewis does with all her books. I will say this is the first time I didn't like the entire way the book ended.
For Rosanna and her husband Elias, they get blessed in an unexpected way, or I should say, twice blessed. Again, as in my review for the second book, I will say Rosanna's story really overshadowed that of Nellie Mae Fisher and Caleb Yoder. There are times in the boo
May 22, 2011 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Beverly Lewis book, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it! I just loved learning about the Amish and their customs. I did get confused, though, in the beginning when the differences between the Old and New Order were vague. I'm still not sure just how much/what kind of "fancy" stuff the New Order was allowed. But then again, this is the 3rd book in the series, so maybe I would have found that out had I read the previous two! Anyway, I also found it super refreshing to read ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, karen-s-kindle
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Marianne Stehr
This was a not necessary third nook in this series. To me it was the worst of the Beverly Lewis books I have read and I am a huge fan. But everyone is alloowed one!!
Patricia Tilton
Nov 05, 2015 Patricia Tilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous trilogy! I learned so much about the Amish in 1966, when the Amish community split over the Old established ways and those wanting to the freedom to study the Gospels and accept Jesus as their Savior. Beverly Lewis researched this period well so that she could bring to her readers how the split tore families a part and brought others together. I was so taken with this series and didn't want to let it go. I live near the Amish community and have always had a fascination with their ...more
"The Longing" is the final installment in "The Courtship of Nellie Fisher" series and I absolutely cannot wait to read more from Beverly Lewis!

In this book we see more of the struggle of a community as it comes to terms with conflicts of faith and church division. The community is also devastated to hear about a near fatal injury of one of their own. Much of this book explores how God can use any situation to open our eyes and our hearts to Him, and also to our friends and family that we may nee
Dec 09, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I actually listened to this book on Audio CD, which I HIGHLY recommend! This was my first time listening to a novel on CD, and I thought the reader was excellent. It really added another layer to the text. With Lewis's clean, beautiful, and charming writing and the reader's distinction of the characters' voices and manner of speaking, I found myself more often laughing or gasping with the characters.

Though Lewis often contrasts Amish and fancy life, I think this was even more prominent in this b
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Sep 22, 2008 Rachael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the author
A complete change of pace from Georgia and her ace gang. However, from the previous 2 books in the series, I have come to the conclusion that Caleb is a twit and that Nellie needs to find someone better. So I am disappointed that from the cover and first few pages, that it appears Ms. Lewis will be sticking to her formula of the heroine marrying the boy she loves from the beginning, after overcoming the obstacles in their path. I'm not Amish, so I don't know, but don't even *some Amish girls* mo ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing Nellie Mae Fisher has longed for the most is gone - her dream to be Caleb Yoder's wife. Her stance against the new found faith of her family has changed, and she years to learn more in their New Order church. Her new friend, a young Mennonite, Christian Yoder has secrets to share about Suzy's final days - news that will change how Nellie sees the world. But does he have more than friendship on his mind?

Caleb wants nothing more than to make Nellie his bride, but despite his plans to mak
Sky Destrian
Overall, I really enjoyed the whole series. It was a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Amish.

That said, parts of this book were confusing. I couldn't understand why Reuben Fisher was so frustrated with some of the New Order converting to the Beachys and leaning towards technology. I felt that he lost sight of the fact that being saved by God's grace is all that matters. I also was confused about why the New Order Amish continued in the ways of the Old Order, even when they claimed to hav
Sophia Musgrave
Feb 15, 2011 Sophia Musgrave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, the whole Caleb and Nellie Mae issue gets resolved, by the 3rd book in this series it was getting a bit old. But bringing in Christian was a nice change, and of course Nellie Mae agonizes over who will be her beau. I did enjoy this series, but actually was glad when I was done reading it. Too much teenage Amish drama for me. There were also some loose ends that I feel were not really tied up very well. Seriously, Rhoda goes out on her own for a while and then comes back, more than willi ...more
Homewood Public Library
Feb 20, 2012 Homewood Public Library rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Nellie Fisher and Caleb Yoder have ended their budding relationship. This is one result of the split in the Old Order Amish Church. Caleb is determined to stay with the traditional rules and lifestyle of his youth-life in the Old Order Amish Community. Nellie and her family have found new life in the New Order church. The church split has even divided families and couples like the breakup of Nellie and Caleb. David Yoder has always been known as being proud and stubborn. In the middle of all the ...more
Rhayna Kramer
Jun 30, 2012 Rhayna Kramer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by Lewis. Before reading these books, I knew next to nothing about the Amish life, except that people rode in carriages and lived like people in the 1800s, more specifically, like the people in "Little House on the Prairie" TV series. It was my mother who let me read The Shunning and I loved that book so much that I set out to read all of the books by Beverly Lewis. I have not reached that goal yet, and perhaps it will be a long time before I finish them since Lewis will likely ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Mayda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, amish, audio
Life goes on and on in the third and final novel in this series. If the storyline drags and becomes a bit monotonous, perhaps it is meant to be indicative of the simple and plain life. Though this series at first seems to be about Nellie and her lost love, it is really more about adhering to the Old Amish ways, and the split in the community when a Mennonite cousin leads others to break from the old ways. In this case, theology, specifically claiming salvation through grace and studying and disc ...more
Deirdre Metcalf
I love Beverly Lewis' books. The stories are always interesting to read and they take me away to a simpler place. The only problem I have with her stories is they tend to resolve themselves very quickly at the end, as if she suddenly said, "I'm tired of writing this, I'm going to wrap this up. NOW." Literally, a problem that had gone on through three straight books got resolved in the last few pages. My head was spinning. I'm like, "What? How did THAT happen?" So, although I found Nellie, Caleb, ...more
The Longing 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 05, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay, but there really wasn't a climax. The pace was fairly slow throughout the whole thing and even though some major events happened, none of them really came as a surprise or provided a necessary jolt to the action.

I probably won't read any more of the books in this series (or other series like it ~ what I guess you'd call the "wholesome Amish romance genre") but I did kind of enjoy some of the "typical" Amish and Mennonite things, since I grew up in such a community. I could re
Mar 07, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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joyce lynn
Mar 09, 2009 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ANOTHER great book from Beverly Lewis!!!

this series, for some reason, not only gave me immense pleasure, BUT ...

also stomped on my toes quite a bit! my faith seems SSOOO much more feeble than i thought it was!! i THOUGHT it was growing stronger, BUT ... then i compared myself to some of the characters in this series, and ... ESPECIALLY when up against Rosanne and Elias? well, i just failed miserably!!! 8^(

this series, again, more so than any others i've read by this writer, has me more motivate
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!
Feb 19, 2016 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Lewis's books which delve so deeply into Amish life is so refreshingly clean and mind absorbing. I have enjoyed this series as BL wove many lives into it without losing her main characters. I love Nellie Mae's and Caleb's lives of trials and love. This is what makes for a heart warming ending to a 3 book series. A real tear jerker. A must read!!
This was a good ending. I really wasn't sure where she was taking the Chris storyline since it didn't make any sense to me that they would actually get together but she ended it well. I really liked how everything wrapped up. Rhoda didn't get saved though, I don't think and that's my only quibble.
Too much of life's problems and not enough good times. Should have included more of Nan's happiness to balance the story out. Also, too many characters introduced. Since there were already so many characters involved in the story, it would have been less confusing to not name minor characters.
Melody Nagel
Sep 10, 2015 Melody Nagel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally worth the read!

I did not rate the 1st and 2nd book in this series well as I read them. To finish this trilogy is worthy t he read. Even though these books are a little slow and plodding this last book makes up for that in the end.
Jennifer Covington
A good ending to the trilogy. Does a nice job of developing the characters along the way and creating a story that is a challenge but also necessary. I thought she ended it a bit abruptly...drama and suspense along the way and then, bam! Done. Still good none the less.
Mar 28, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen these pretty books for years in my local store and finally decided to buy one. But, like a dunce, I bought the third in a series without having read the first two. I've never read a series out of order before, but in this case didn't need the other books to understand the religious and historical climate set by the author. The heroine is a young Amish woman in the time of her life when she is looking for a husband. The book follows many people in the small town. I found them to be deli ...more
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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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