The Longing (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, #3)
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The Longing (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #3)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  3,479 ratings  ·  126 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, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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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
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
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...more
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!!
"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...more
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...more
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Sep 22, 2008 Rachael rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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...more
Sophia Musgrave
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
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...more
Homewood Public Library
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
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
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
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...more
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joyce lynn
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...more
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
You should all know by now that I don’t like Nellie and Caleb because I’ve already said so in my review of The Longing and The Forbidden. That said, I found Nellie to be somewhat tolerable at the end of The Longing, the third and final book in the The Courtship of Nellie Fisher series. I also found The Longing to really be lacking a storyline in this one, and it’s pretty slow to move along.

However, it’s the treatment of infertile Rosanna and her husband, Elias, to be this series ultimate downfal...more
I really enjoyed the whole series. I fell in love with Nellie and her family. Except maybe Rhoda, I didn't really like her. I really enjoy Beverly Lewis's writing, she draws in the reader. I'm not sure if it's just her writing about the Amish, but I find the subject just fascinating.

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.
This was my favorite of the three. I think the second book could be skipped and it would be a better series.
This 3rd book finally went where I hoped the whole series would be--discussing the actual merging of worlds that took place between the Amish and the "Fancy" people during the 60s. The romance is much more convincing and real in this one, too. Characters are more developed and interesting. It feels like you are finally part of the Amish world, whereas in the first two I still felt like a v...more
The joyful conclusion to a carefully researched and beautifully written series. I was surprised and touched by the ending.
Finished in under 24 hours? Oh man...anyway, the ending had to grow on me: I had resigned Nellie's future in one direction but then it went the other way. Eventually, I realized how much more sense that made, but at first, I'll admit I was a bit put off! Good end to a wonderful series, though. I so appreciate Beverly Lewis's work and how it quietly calls me to Christ and home--whether that is the author's intention or not. I've had the first of those two for over three years now, and in 87 days...more
Darlene Roy
I loved the way the story ended. Recommend as a good read.
I enjoyed reading this series by Beverly Lewis 3 books in "The Courtship of Nellie Fisher" Longing was the last one and Nellie Mae had a great longing to learn more and more about God and the Scriptures. She has gave up her Beau, Caleb as he was not a believer and she knew the scripture said to not be unequally yoked. She immersed herself in her work at the bakery and her family and just got by, still having a Love for Caleb in her heart.
Amada Chavez
This is a good end that ties up the loose ends left flapping in the wind from the last book. Wonderful surprises and good endings await you in the final book of Beverly Lewis' series. I only had one fault with it; one end did not work out as I wanted. Though that is my opinion you must read and form your own! :)

My song for this book is: "Pass Me Not" by The Cluster Pluckers


John 3:15-16 (Read it, Believe it, and Be Saved!!!)
Afton Nelson
After reading the whole series, I really wish I could give this 3 and a half stars. I was definitely engaged in the story, the details of Amish life and a religious split in the community in 1966-67. The story is positive, uplifting and hopeful. The romance is bland, but sweet. The secondary characters offered a little more color and excitement than the main characters. Loved the themes of love, faith, and forgiveness.
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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...more
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