**spoiler alert** Each book of this series, I think, is like a mystery. The first book is about finding out why Lettie left. In this book, the search...more**spoiler alert** Each book of this series, I think, is like a mystery. The first book is about finding out why Lettie left. In this book, the search is for who is Lettie's baby. My guesses were Yonnie and Heather. The midwife said Lettie gave birth to a daughter, but that was over 20 years ago so she could have been mistaken. Yonnie moved to Lancaster from Indiana, where one of the doctors who would know something about Lettie's baby happened to be. Heather, we find, is adopted and her father reveals the information that her birthfamily is Amish! I really like the way Lettie is portrayed in this book. Her point of view is more interesting to read this time around. In the first book, her story felt distant, bu there the reader is more connected.(less)
The first (and so far only) collaboration between Beverly Lewis and her husband David. It was a really good read. David's contribution to the story wa...moreThe first (and so far only) collaboration between Beverly Lewis and her husband David. It was a really good read. David's contribution to the story was great. The mystery was suspenseful and kept me reading. I never wanted to put the book down. The subplot of Lela's love took away from the story as I read it, but after finishing the novel I enjoyed that part more. I love the way the story ended. I thought it might end with an opening ending, but it showed some finality. I really enjoyed this story and hope the two decide to write another together.(less)
**Spoilers if you have not read the first two books, but not of this book in the trilogy** The Mercy is the conclusion to the Rose Trilogy. Rose has lo...more
**Spoilers if you have not read the first two books, but not of this book in the trilogy** The Mercy is the conclusion to the Rose Trilogy. Rose has lost her love and her best friend. She doesn't know what's going to happen to her. She believes she'll be a madel forever. Along with Rose's troubles are her sister's. Her sister "ran away" from her English husband back to her Amish life along with her daughter. Her husband had asked for a divorce and then suffered an accident causing temporary blindness. While he dealt with the blindness he livedwith his wife in the Amish home he wanted nothing to do with.
Again, Rose finds love and heartache. Her sister struggles with an unbelieving husband who wants to leave her. Her mother deals with her back injury causing more pain than she ever imagined. Her dad deals with having to take care of his family. The bishop has to deal with the loss of two sons and possibly his ministry!
In this story, the unexpected happen and they show that running away from God is never the answer. As Rose stated in the book, ""You throw everything on the mercy, on His purpose for your life. Trusting that He knows best is the hardest part of all." The story shows that trusting in His will is the best thing as He truly does know best.(less)
I've read so many Amish Fiction stories, especially ones by Beverly Lewis, that I'm really paying attention to what makes them differe...more3.5 to be exact.
I've read so many Amish Fiction stories, especially ones by Beverly Lewis, that I'm really paying attention to what makes them different. What makes The Fiddler different is that the focus is on an Englisher, what they call a non-Amish, and it's the boy who wants to run away from Amish life.
Amelia Devries spent her entire life playing the violin and living up to her father's expectations of her becoming a world renowned violinist. In a self-indulgent move she goes under the alias Amy Lee and plays fiddle for a Tim McGraw opening act. On the way home, she gets caught in a terrible storm and gets lost all the way to Michael Hostetler's doorstep.
Michael Hostetler is running away, not from God, but from the Amish. He doesn't want to make a committment to the church. He has moved out of the Amish community and living on his own when Amelia finds him. He wants to be a Christian, but he doesn't want to kneel down as a member of the Amish community.
Michael takes Amelia back to his family home in Hickory Hollow. She spends a few days there, making friends, and relaxing away from the stress of her father's wants as well as her boyfriend, Byron.
Amelia and Michael use this trip and each other to discover who they are and what they really want. Does Amelia want to travel the world as a solo violonist? Does Michael want to leave the Amish?
The story focuses on more of the English world than Lewis's stories normally do. That was a nice change. The downside is that some things happen in Michael's world without explanation for the reader. That was not nice. It felt like an excuse to have things go the way Lewis wants them without having to come up with a way to get there. It does not take away from the overall story.
One aspect I enjoyed was minor mentions of characters from previous stories set in Hickory Hollow, where Lewis originally set her Amish stories. It brings her world full circle.(less)