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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,610 ratings  ·  188 reviews
She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier...a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.

A line I can't move beyond...

The River

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since dep
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

This story gripped me from the very first page. It's beautifully and vividly written, bringing Lancaster County to life. Definitely enjoyed and recommend to anyone who likes Amish stories. This is not a romance but a story of faith, family and forgiveness.
Shari Larsen
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tilly Barrows and Ruth Lantz are two formerly Amish sisters, who each left the community for different reasons. They are still plagued by unresolved issues when they are called back home by their eldest brother Melvin for their parent's anniversary.

Tilly is married and the mother of two twin girls, and she is nervous about facing their father again; she feels that she has never been good enough in his eyes, and that he blames her for the drowning death of her 5 year old sister Anna nine years ag
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have read quite a few Amish books and many by Beverly Lewis. I have enjoyed reading most of her books but this one was a chore to finish. I kept hoping it would get better which is why I read it one night -- albeit with alot of breaks.

It's a story about 2 Amish sisters who turned English several years before. It takes place in 1977 but I don't know why the author chose to state that as there were only a couple of references to the 70's that I remember. The older sister, Tilly, doesn't have a g
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Boring. I had to force myself to continue reading so I could write review. I have read and enjoyed other Beverly Lewis books - this one, not so much.

The story dragged on. The Ruth/Will story line had no guts - it too was boring, the whole book was boring!

And then to find out the real reason her father did not get along with her - I was like - wow really?! That is what you came up with? Really disappointing.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book it was very interesting and had a very good story line!
Dawn Teresa
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, for-review
Originally published on my blog, ReadLove.

Sisters Tilly and Ruth each had different reasons for leaving their Amish community of Eden Valley. They weren't "expelled from Eden" or shunned. They left their home and their faith voluntarily. And they certainly never had any intention to return. So when they receive a letter from their brother inviting them back home for their parents' fortieth anniversary, they are reluctant to accept. Tilly, especially, isn't ready to go back and face the painful
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

Suggested Age:13+ Genre:Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
Note: There is one delicately written reference to rape.  However it is so tastefully written that I didn't feel that my daughter couldn't handle reading this book.

Ruth and Tilly are sisters who have left the faith. Tilly left first and after she had her heart broken, Ruth followed. Though I read this whole book, I never fully got why Tilly was so dead set against her entire family. Even after I found out why…I just, I didn’t get along
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Invited back to their Amish parents house to celebrate their anniversary, sisters Tilly and Ruthie are hesitant to go. Both left their Amish roots behind and are living as English. Ruthie is more willing to go but dreads the fact she may run into her old beau Will. Tilly doesn't want to return because of the strained relationship with her father and some of her brothers. She also faces the return to the river where her younger sister drowned years ago. Facing their fears the two return home to E ...more
Alicia Ruggieri
With her trademark simple depth, Beverly Lewis has penned another beautiful novel that I can highly recommend. THE RIVER wove seamlessly together an exploration of very real-to-life family relationships, how the past affects our present choices, and the great redemption of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Once you've read one Amish novel, you've read them all, right? :-) Not so with Beverly Lewis, thankfully! Though her characters often face very similar (superficially) decisions across the many books
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
After a run of dystopian, fantasy and WWII books, I was looking forward to the change of pace offered in The River. The premise of two sisters who had left the Amish way returning to their hometown could've been rife with the challenges they faced trying to balance the two worlds. Instead it was a glancing stroke of the paintbrush in a very surface treatment.

Everything that happened was incredibly convenient, to both the characters and the plot line. I would've expected more conflict from Ruth
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I probably enjoyed this book more than any of her latest books. But it took me a bit to really get into the story, probably 5 or 6 chapters. There were some very predictable parts, but there were some surprises. I have to say Tilly exasperated me to no end, I just wanted to help her find her way. I loved Ruth, she was a sweet, relatable character. I think one thing that I did take away from this book was the fact that so often we know that the Amish accept God's will as just that, but we ...more
Janet C
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish-fiction
Tilly and Ruth, two sisters left the Amish faith and became Englisch because of family relationship issues. They are invited to come home to celebrate their parents anniversary. With reluctance they agree to return to Lancaster County for the family event. Tilly is now married and has 2 children of her own and Ruth is still single. Tillie left because she had a distant relationship with her daed and her sister Anna died in a river accident that Tillie still feels she could have prevented. Ruth h ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very pleasing, yet different, Amish story, The River leads the reader on a journey dealing with guilt, forgiveness, how secrets affect relationships, discernment, and how our relationship with God may lead us in a different direction than someone else. When two sisters, Ruth and Tilly, decide to go back to visit the Amish community they left years ago, they attend their parents anniversary celebration not knowing the lasting effect it will have on both of their lives. I recommend this one high ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this book something a little different as I do enjoy reading about the Amish way of life, thought the ending was predictable, but would still recommend!
Linda Fifield
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book about forgiveness for yourself as well as others....also a reminder to look beyond a persons actions into their may be surprised at the heartache they carry

It is really hard for me to give one of my favorite author's books such a low rating, but I just could not get into this book. For one thing I really didn't connect with the characters, which is pretty important. Another thing was the date. This book supposedly took place in 1977, but there was nothing in it, except maybe Tilly's car, to connect the story to the 70's. It could have just as easily taken place last year. I like romance in my books (personal preference) and th
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna’s death, it had been such a barrier…a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.
A line I can’t move beyond…
The River
Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents’ landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn’t entirely forgotten her failed co
Stephanie Sage
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet and simple story with sweet and simple people. Easy reading, well-drawn characters, and a smooth, charming narrative. Definitely a breezy-day-at-the-beach kind of book. There's also a nice little twist at the end that you will never see coming. All in all, this is a heartfelt, surprisingly honest look at the mysterious lives of the Amish people ~ and the secrets they bear in silence.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
There was one I read a couple months ago that I thought was terrible, but this one beat that one. There's too many plot lines and little development of any of them. Then when you get to the end you're just staring at the twist like "What? Where did that come from?" Def not my favorite.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I read this book before not sure, but it was a good read. Kind of slow at times it touched on family dynamics in the plain life and the fast paced life people lead. Good read. I don't know if I could go back to the old ways of living. It would be different to see and experience.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was OK, didn't like it as much as some of the other books by Lewis. I enjoy reading Amish books though because the Amish life sounds so calm and relaxing. Also had a sweet message about forgiveness and learning from the past while still moving on.
Donna Thomas
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
wonderful story. I love reading Beverly Lewis as her writing draws you into each character. It makes you laugh and cry. Knowing that God is in everything, he teaches us forgiveness for our hurts and anger. It's a truly moving story.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a stand alone book, as far as I can tell. Two sisters have left the Amish way of life, but return home to celebrate their parents anniversary. Can they only visit the Amish community and not think about returning to that way of life? Can differences be overcome with the love of family?
Two Amish sisters leave their community following two traumatic events. Tilly leaves after a sister drowns. She also leaves because of a life time of unfair treatment by her father. Ruth leaves after a spoiled romance. Both girls, now women, return home at an invitation of one of their brothers. He invites them to attend their parent’s anniversary party and because their father’s health is failing. Tilly and Ruth’s homecoming is full of trials and temptations. But as all good stories go, it ends ...more
Shelly Troup
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
Of course all books that are Amish and written by my favorite author Beverly Lewis are great as this one is as well!
Rachel Martin
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always an excellent read with a life lesson incorporated with moments of tears and smiles throughout.
Teresa Nasson
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first time I am reading a novel written by Beverly Lewis. The Amish has been an interesting topic for me.
Crystal Karre
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beverly Lewis as always wraps you a realistic story.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book about two sisters returning to their Amish home after being out in the world and the trials they go through with their families. Bring your tissues.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Reminiscent of Beverly Lewis and her early works. I enjoyed this simple read.
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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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