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The Forbidden (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,008 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers
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May 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
As I said in my review of The Parting, the first book in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher series, I wasn't planning on continuing with this series because the main characters, Nellie and Caleb, are both completely selfish, and I was lead to believe that the story surrounding infertile Rosanna and her husband, Elias, was wrapped up. However, someone spilled the beans about what happens in The Forbidden, and I just had to read it to find out for myself.

Nellie and Caleb are still pretty selfish, alth
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nellie Mae Fisher has the expectations of the People riding on her shoulders. Too much is at stake to falter with her choice. She wants to be with her New Order family, but will she be able to split her allegiance between them and her Old Order beau?

Caleb Yoder is torn between his love for Nellie Mae, and the promise his father made to him if he stays away from her. The conflict between what he knows is right and what he is starting to feel in his heart are two completely different things. He w
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Hope chest
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different plots in the same chapter can make this confusing at first.
Throughout this book you will want to cheer on Nellie and strangle Caleb. He takes too long on deciding what is more important to him, Nellie or his land he stands to inherit. In the end of this book, that is what breaks them up, his in
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't realize this was part of a continuing series otherwise I would've started with the first book. However, I didn't like this book that much. There were too many storylines, too many people to keep straight and too much preaching. I pretty much skimmed through the whole book. This book had a sister that drowned in a river. I think this is the 3rd or 4th book I have read by this author where that happened. Does no one else die accidentally than by drowning in Amish country?

The only 2 storyl
"The Forbidden" is the second book in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher
series and I'm quickly becoming a Beverly Lewis fan. As you know, if
you're read my review of "The Parting", this is my first series that I have read by Lewis and it has been a joy.

"The Forbidden" continues to explore the romance between
Nellie and her beau, Caleb. His father has completely forbidden any
contact with the Fisher family due to their recent turn from the Old
Order Church and embracing salvation. Nellie is torn between
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Throughout this book you will want to cheer on Nellie and strangle Caleb. He takes too long on deciding what is more important to him, Nellie or his land he stands to inherit. In the end of this book, that is what breaks them up, his indecision and her wanting him to come to the new church and the new faith.
Also, Kate does the very thing us readers always feared she would and Rosanna makes a heart-breaking decision, one that will stun you and leave you wanting the very best for her and her husb
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
*Mild spoiler alert!*

I loved this one even more than the first! It broke my heart at some parts, and made me very happy at others. I got very upset with Kate and John, how could they change their minds about the babies now?! It was their decision to give them to Rosanna and Elias and I don't think it was fair of them to take them back.
Rhoda made some bad decisions as well. She's becoming an Englisher more and more everyday.
Nellie and Caleb made some bad decisions too. There was a lot of romance
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this one a little more than the first (at least in the beginning). The ending of this book stunk big time, but I hope that all gets resolved by the third one! I just wanted to strangle some of people who were so set in their own blind ways they would stoop so low to willingly and maliciously hurt people they love. Most of it was very touching and it even moved me to try and have a more personal relationship with God. I love that she puts so many varied characters and situations ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book, but I thought it was a little slow. Despite the slowness of the book, I couldn't put it down. I was so anxious to find out was going to happen between Nellie and Caleb. I was also very intrigued by Rosannas' and Elias' story. I lkie how she jumps around from story to story. Although one storyline I didn't much care for, was Rhoda's. I didn't care for her much as a character, she annoyed me and just rubbed me the wrong way, I guess.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jumps around just a bit too much. At times I struggled to remember who was who as things jumped from one paragraph to the next.
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
THis book made me wonder what I would do if someone in my family changed to a different religion.
Ann Boytim
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Book two in this series. Families torn apart as one order of Amish people divide into the new and old order. The romance of Nellie and Caleb has been forbidden by Calebs father who informed his son that he would disown him and cut him out of his inheritance if he continued to see Nellie. Caleb is forced to move to his grandparents home. Nellie still has hopes they can be together and she works hard in her little bakery. Nellie's sister Rhoda wants to see life outside of the Amish community and e ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Book 2 of the Courtship of Nellie Fisher.
Caleb's father gave him an ultimatum: if he keeps seeing Nellie, he will not
inherit his father' farm. Without the farm, Caleb would have no way to support
a wife and family. So they meet without his father's knowledge.
One night they were discovered by Caleb's grandfather who told Caleb's father.
Caleb was kicked out of the house.
In the meantime Nellie has gone to the New Order church with her family and
was won over to their faith. Caleb is astonished. They
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian Fiction fans, Amish fiction fans
I started reading this book a while back and got distracted with other books/life and never finished it. (I’m really bad at starting books and never finishing them! :( )So I don’t fully remember the first half of the story where I left off, but the ending of this book was so good in my opinion! I would highly recommend this series, especially if you find the Amish lifestyle intriguing. Beverly Lewis is a very descriptive author, and that makes her stories interesting and they come alive as you r ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this second book of this series. I feel for Rosanna and Elias; their story reminds me of the bible story of King Solomon and the two women claiming the same baby. I am very curious to see what happens in book three.

This is a typical Beverly Lewis Amish fiction. It is deeply engrossing with relatable and flawed characters. Multiple storylines going at one time which Lewis handles like a master.

Highly recommend.
Jolieg G
Deel 2 Verboden wegen gaat verder waar deel 1 is gestopt...
Er is nog steeds veel onrust in het gezin waar Nelly opgroeit en zij heeft zich daardoor ook nog niet verloofd...
Integendeel... Zal er wel een verloving in gaan zitten...??
Zal dit waarschijnlijk lezen in het derde deel waar ik inmiddels in begonnen ben.
Mande Garrett
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
So much hard ship filled book. It was so hard breaking for Caleb and Nellie Mae going through the trouble in being a relationship. Choosing on what you really want in life and what your really willing to give up for someone. It was so sad but so uplifting. I am so glad I read this book
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story about what you want and what you need and the love you seek.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
There was so much going on in this book, maybe a little too much for my taste. However, I still enjoyed the book and especially like how the author writes. She draws me right into the story and I feel as if I am one of the characters, living the story and not just reading about it!

This story is about Nellie (obviously from the title), who is now the youngest of the Fisher family (because her younger sister Suzy had accidentally died a few months before).

At this time, the church had split into 3
Donna Bagby
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Because of the Church split and other unknown reasons, Caleb Yoder's father has forbidden the courting of the young couple. The Fisher family has left the Old Order in search of spiritual answers. The story left me frustrated with the wishy washy relationship between Caleb and Nellie, and Caleb's cowardliness toward his father.
Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: christianfiction
Book 2 in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher.
There are a lot of changes going on in the Fisher's lives and in their community. If you recall from the first book, several of the families had begun questioning their Old Order faith and started visiting another church. This book focuses on the ramifications those families are dealing with for accepting a new faith. The community is definitely split in more ways that one. Caleb is still forbidden from courting Nellie, but the pair finds ways to see one
joyce lynn
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
ok, i HATE my husband being gone overnite on business trips, but i must admit, there is ONE advantage to the sleepless nites it gives me ~ it then also gives me MANY uninterrupted hours to read! of course, i'll pay for it today by dragging, BUT ...

it was worth it!!!

i agree w/ some that this book MIGHT be dragged out a bit, BUT ...

i think it was a GOOD idea that it did. gave more time for the author to allow us into the hearts of the conflicted characters, and get to know them, and their struggl
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This second novel in the series continues the story of Nellie and her family and friends in the Amish community. There is a split in the church, with some seeking to follow God through reading the entire Bible in English while others adhere to the Old Order Amish ways. Each thinks the other is wrong, and the Bishop has given the people three months to decide which way to go. After that, any baptized members leaving the old ways will be shunned. But even without formal shunning, the community is ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book in this trilogy and was excited to scoop the last two books up on sale. In this second book, Nellie Mae and Caleb struggle to find a way to be together. His father has forbidden him to see her because her family has gone away from the Old ways. There was a surprise ending, which I enjoyed and left me wondering how it will wrap up in the third novel.

The subplots were interesting, too, to see the development of the tension between the two different sets of ideas and how that
Rhayna Kramer
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yet again, Beverly Lewis has such insightful knowledge on what she writes. Her own morals disclose throughout all of her books and seem to have the ability to either assuage one from the philosophies he or she has always known, or to revise them, depending on where he or she is with consequence to things that are unseen in this world. The Forbidden was another story that aroused many feelings within me, with everything from hope, to sadness, to anger. Rosanna and Elias' story seemed more intrigu ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars, really.
This is the second book in the Nellie Fisher series. I really liked how it shows a struggle of what people go through, and in this case struggles with faith and hardships that the various characters encounter. The main portion of this book is about Nellie Fisher and her beau Caleb whom she desires to marry one day. Her family is deciding to follow the New Amish Order rather than the Old one that she and Caleb are set on, but she loves how her family has been acting and changin
Jul 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fun, quick read. Part 2 of 3. It left me hanging. I did not realize the books were new and part 3 in not available until September. I'd wait to read until all are available.

Comparing the Amish to myself, it is interesting to see how their religion figures into their everyday life. The community in the book is going through challenges which made me look at why I do some of the things I do that are for religion. The line between tradition and religious doctrine is sometimes very gray. Nelly Fishe
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Being a frequent visitor to Pennsylvania's Amish country, I was eager to read Beverly Lewis. I read this book not realizing that it was part 2 of a series. Perhaps if I had read book 1, I would have liked this more. There were many references to things that happened in book 1 that I didn't understand or appreciate, not having read book 1. That being said, this was an interesting peek into Amish life, although I became annoyed with the too-frequent use of phrases such as someone's "dear sweet fac ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romances
Amish romance. Second in a trilogy. Caleb's father has forbidden him to court Nellie, but he continues to court her in secret. Nellie is pulled toward the New Order Amish, while Caleb's family is definitely Old Order. Much angst. Side characters are interesting, too. Rosanna and Elias and their adopted twins have an interesting tale to tell. More about them in the next book.

Read these three books in three days! Couldn't wait to see how Nellie and Caleb's story would work out -- if it did.
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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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