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The Parting (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #1)

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Nearly 100 days since the death of her sister, Nellie Mae Fisher dares again to dream of a future with handsome Caleb Yoder. But there are those who would keep the young couple apart, including Caleb's father. Meanwhile, a rift between modernizers and the Old Order is threatening Honeybrook's Amish community.
Paperback, 345 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Bethany House Publishers
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9th out of 205 books — 181 voters
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beingLease
After reading the vampire series, I had to find something else to read. I thought to myself something on the other side of the spectrum? Found this book and was intrigued by the Amish culture. Being raised in a very conservative and traditional culture, I wanted to see if there were similarities. Ha-Ha! I couldn't put it down and had to read all 3 in the series. Wanted to know what would happen to Nellie and Caleb.
Madilyn
It's been about 3 months since the death of Nellie Mae's loved younger sister, Suzy. But it still stings like she died yesterday. Dare Nellie start thinking about boys again? Caleb Yoder in particular. But then there's the matter of this new faith, threatening to tear apart so many families and friends. And what about the things surrounding Suzy's death? Were the rumors true? Was she really that...worldly?

This book. It was amazing. The mystery about Suzy kept me guessing. I never knew till the e
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Bev
Wonderbaar gut! This & the 2 books following it (The Forbidden & The Longing) are about the revival among the Lancaster County Amish in the 1960's. Lewis makes things so realistics you'll want to don a Kapp and apron to read it! For sure & for certain.
Amy
I really loved this book. I could not put it down. wonderfully well written. faith and hope. When's the next one coming out?
Michelle
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M.K.
As a former "book snob," I struggle with the idea of enjoying a novel that hasn't been canonized by some professor or another.

But I can't put Beverly Lewis's stuff down! Should I devote so much of my reading time (six books in so many months isn't too much) to something that could be called trivial?

Yes.

Let me explain: I became a Christian my freshman year of college, just graduated in December, and am marrying the man who led me to the Lord in June. I haven't been taught to honor and love keepin
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Ri
I always find it interesting to read about different cultures, especially when it is in the form of historical fiction. This story is about what happens within one family in the 60's when the Penn. Amish community went through a major transformation. I find a lot of their practices cult-like and controlling. It is hard to understand why perople would choose to obey so blindly. This book points out how they are only allowed to read certain sections of the Bible. The remainder of them are forbidde ...more
Sarah
Part of reader’s advisory is to read things that are outside of your comfort zone to better help all different kinds of readers. Beverly Lewis is a HUGELY popular Christian author, specifically known for her Amish series. Honestly, these are often the kind of books I look down my librarian nose at, but people often ask about them, so I thought I would pick one up. A few days of being sick, and this was almost just what I needed. This book tells of a schism that took place in the 60s in Pennsylva ...more
AlixJamie
Ahh, the beginning of a new series. I'm all ready to dig in and race through these books. Unfortunately, I can't. What is wrong with these people? Why don't they act normally? Why do they constantly puzzle over problems that I had figured out in chapter one? Why can't Beverly Lewis keep some plot twists a secret so that they can surprise you during the length of the book? Why does this thing have to be so...preachy? I barely made it through some of Reuben's mullings over God. Good Christian fict ...more
Rhayna Kramer
A very intriguing, yet surprising outlook on Old Order Amish way of living in which content places it in a more unfavorable light; however, considering that the schisms took place in the 1960's, it should figure that not only "Englischers" were undergoing a revolution, but the Amish were experiencing religious and technological revolution. I must say that one does not just simply read Lewis' works, but peruses them with utmost raptness and ponders them, which may permit you to revise your philos ...more
Susan Peterson
Dec 04, 2007 Susan Peterson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who want to learn more about the Amish
I liked this book a lot! It's the first I've read by Beverly Lewis, and I will be sure to check out her other books. She has a very nice writing style and helps you understand the character's thoughts. The main character, a teenager named Nellie Fisher (isn't that surprising!) has just lost her younger sister in a boating accident, and she's also being courted by an Amish boy named Caleb. You'll really have to read it yourself, because I can't describe it well enough!
Another thing: this book dem
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Kristy
I really enjoyed reading about the Amish. I have always been interested in that community and it was so fun being emersed in their world for a while. I always read the reviews that other people have given books usually after I have already started reading. I only read one bad review, where she said she thought Nellie and Caleb were both so very selfish. But I found it to be opposite. They fell in love with each other, and still tried to be mindful of his parents wishes, which I thought to be com ...more
Karol
This was my favorite Beverly Lewis book among the few I've read. It seemed to deal honestly with some of the religious issues facing the Amish people. And it seemed to deal realistically with how many of the people feel about the “Old Ways”. Some keep to them out of devotion and wanting to please God, others out of fear of what they would lose. Overall, I found this a very interesting book to read as well as a spiritually encouraging one.
Janice Aitkens
I read this on the Kindle

Enjoyed this & look forward to reading the other books in this series

This is a change from the normal Amish books as it has a split in the order & you have people going to one side or the other while all this you have the romance of Nellie Fisher
Smilinhere
The Parting by Beverly Lewis
The book ending was NOT where I thought the book was going (my downfall - always trying to figure out the ending before I get to reading it!) I'm glad that I didn't know ahead of time, and read the whole book. It was not the best of her books I've read, yet totally enjoyed it.
Close family relationships, death of a family member, adoption and dating struggles - many family members (sometime too many) and how their lives intertwine.
I give it a 4 star, as I wasn't able
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Nancy
I enjoy reading books about the Amish, and to learn about their culture, and their religion. It this book Susie has died of drowning, and the Amish community thinks she was a bad girl, and had not joined the church, so think she is damned. At the same time there are many in the Amish community, who have been reading the New Testament, and have come to believe the words of Christ, instead of their Amish leaders. A big break is starting to come between the people of the Amish Community, and people ...more
Christina
Well, I probably won’t be continuing on with Lewis’ Courtship of Nellie Fisher series. You see, I could care less about what happens to Nellie and her beau, Caleb, who are both overwhelmingly selfish, and I could care less about whether or not Nellie’s parents, Rueben and Barbara, manage to spread the Gospel to their Old Order Amish community. The only people I care about are Rosanna and her husband -- who are unable to have children and are allowed to adopt Rosanna’s cousin’s twins, a rare occa ...more
MizziQ
Jul 24, 2013 MizziQ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults, Christians,
This was quite a read. It took me quite a while to get to this book. Probably, it sat on my shelf for about a year. I was quite fascinated by the Amish culture because I have friends who are very similar in beliefs. However the mesh of Amish faith, romance, and the poisonous clash between the people of that town were pretty rough to swallow. As for the writing, creativity, and the bond the author gave me with the characters, this book was phenomenal. This is not the type of book I usually read b ...more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

I've always been intrigued by Lewis' books and her exploration of what it means to be Amish and an Amish person's relationship with Christ.

This book (and likely the books to come in the series) deals with a schism in the Old Order Amish that occurred back in the sixties. (Lewis did actually find evidence of two such splits and based the series off of those). The hair that broke the camel's back (for lack of a better metaphor) was a real and true revival... many Old Or
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Anna
In Lewis' latest series, The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, she once again focus on the Amish and the tensions that pop up within their community. In The Parting, she generates curiosity by introducing us to Nellie Fisher, a girl grieving for her sister who drowned under suspicious circumstances. Nellie finds Suzy's diary in the hopes that it will provide some clues as to who her sister really was. In the meantime, Nellie falls in love with Caleb Yoder, but their relationship is tested when Nellie' ...more
Deborah
Nellie Mae Fisher falls in love with Caleb Yoder at a tumultuous time in her Amish community. Her family is in the midst of dealing with the death of a child, and her community is at an impasse with the details of the Ordnung. Nellie tries to balance all the details of her life, but it seems like she is not meant to have everything.

Will the church be able to settle their differences, or will a split be neccesary to placate all parties? Will Caleb's father accept them as a couple, or will somethi
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Misty
I can't quite grasp what I thought of this book. I liked learning about the Amish culture. That was cool. I felt for the characters. But I was never really sucked in. It took me forever to get through the book and I'm sorta interested enough to see what happens in the series but probably not until I have nothing better to read. lol.

I couldn't decide what I thought about the born again movement going through the community. If it were a book about LDS being split by a Born Again movement, I'd like
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Brenda
This book follows Nellie Mae Fisher in her courtship, which begins just 3 months after the dead of her younger sister Suzy. Now to be clear, she has been courted before, but her courtship stops during her mourning period and to her delight starts with a note from Caleb Yoder, asking if she will consent to ride with him after that week's singing.
While they begin to court and know each other, things are getting out of control around them. There are 2 splits among the People that threaten to not o
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Rachel Brand
So far I've read three of Beverly Lewis's novels and enjoyed all of them. This one was slightly different to the other two - The Shunning and The Covenant - in that it is set during the split in the Amish church in the 1960s. Because of this, the story had more emphasis on the Amish theology and how it differed from conventional Christian beliefs. I found this really fascinating as one of the things that has always bugged me about the Amish way of life is that they seem to focus more on the Amis ...more
joyce lynn
as always w/ this author, i am transported back "home". my paternal grandparents lived near Lancaster County, Pa for a time, and i LOVED to go visit them, and the surround Amish community. my maternal grandmother was born and raised in Germany, and my maternal grandfather in Holland. for some reason, that, and visiting my other grandparents, has always given me a strong "attraction" (for lack of a better word at the moment) to the Amish and Mennonite people, plus, the fact that i respect many of ...more
Jane
The Old Order Amish Fisher family is struggling in 1966. Fifteen-year-old Suzy drowned while swimming with non-Amish friends. A couple of things make this even more difficult than the normal heart-breaking grief any family would experience. She was not baptized, meaning they fear their beloved Suzy is in hell. And rumors abound about her behavior with non-Amish teenagers.

The story is told from the point of view of seventeen-year-old Nellie who was especailly close to her sister. Nellie misses he
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Sandie
Such a wonderful read. Although grieved by the loss of a daughter, sister, cousin and friend the community tries to go forward. Rumors about about her last days and what happened to her. In the meanwhile, sister Nellie is being courted by a nice young man and is very flattered. There are beliefs in the community and in her family that may tear everyone apart. They also will learn a LOT more about their lost family member.
Mayda
Nellie and Caleb are both old order Amish and in love. But the sudden death of Nellie’s sister Susie caused much grief for her family and led to speculation by others in the community that Susie’s wild ways led to her death. Because she was not yet baptized, they believed she was doomed for eternity. But a cousin of Susie’s father who has left the old order is determined to share with others the gospel as he has come to know it. Could Susie be saved even though she was not baptized? This hope fo ...more
Dylan Thomas
I'm so glad that I started this series long after they are all available to read. My foray into 'Bonnet Fiction' started with Wanda Brunstetter and, though her writing style is simple and to the point, I enjoy her. This book by Beverly Lewis has, however, heightened my love of this genre in a new way.

I've read that some other reviewers did not enjoy the strong emphasis placed on the religion within this series, but it is one of the elements of this series that I find fascinating. It seems to me
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Geri
Dec 11, 2014 Geri added it
Shelves: amish
Her sister drowned in the company of outsiders, and her beau is forbidden under threat of losing his inheritance from courting her.

The important part of this series for me is the insights into the splitting of a faith group, splintering under the pressures of progress happening in the world outside their closed community. Amish, Mennonites, Englishers living in close contact yet strangers to each other.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Courtship of Nellie Fisher (3 books)
  • The Forbidden (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, #2)
  • The Longing (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, #3)
The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1) The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, #1) The Betrayal (Abram's Daughters, #2) The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters, #3) The Prodigal (Abram's Daughters, #4)

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