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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,638 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Eva Esch en haar susters is in ’n verknorsing ...
Ná die afsterwe van hulle weduwee-ma wil Eva se ouer broer Menno sy groterwordende gesin in die plaas-huis in Eden-vallei laat bly. Dit laat min plek vir Eva en haar susters. Menno is oortuig dat ten minste een van hulle die komende trouseisoen sal trou. Eva wil trou, maar sy wil ook nie haar winkel opgee om ’n boervrou te
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Bethany House
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Eva Esch and her sisters are in a predicament. With the passing of their widowed mother, Eva's older brother Menno plans to move his growing family into the Eden Valley farmhouse where they all grew up, leaving little room for his three single sisters. Surely, Menno reasons, at least one of them will marry this coming wedding season. Eva does hope to marry, but she isn't sure she wants to give up her sweet shop for the life of a farmer's wife, and she has no other prospects.
Andrea Guy
I am a huge fan of Amish fiction. Beverly Lewis is one of the greats in this genre. I've always found her books to be like soap operas, especially when she wrote her sagas, that were usually 3 books.

Recently she's been writing stand alone novels and for the most part they have been fabulous, but for some reason The Photograph feels like she's phoned this one in. My high school creative writing teacher would call this one a pot boiler.

There was the usual drama going on, with Lily running off and
Deanne Patterson
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is another fine example of why I love, Beverly Lewis's Amish books. I've been a fan of her books since her very first book. I am glad I finally got a chance to read The Photograph. I have been waiting months to read this. The Esch sisters are going through heartache when their parents pass away. The farm has been left to their youngest brother, Menno who farms there but doesn't live there. He plans to move his family there saying there won't be enough room for all the sisters.He expects the ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally! Finally a Beverly Lewis book I could sink my reading teeth into and stay interested in from beginning to end. The Photograph reminded me why I loved reading books by Beverly Lewis.

The book centers on the disappearance of Lily Esch. After the death of her parents it seems Lily has lost her way and then she runs away from home without any clues as to where she might have gone. Her disappearance weighs heavily on Eva, the sister who was the closest to her. While the family tries to find L
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story of a young Amish woman whose parents have died leaving her and her two sisters in the family home. Her brothers have all married and have their own homes. The youngest brother has actually inherited the family home and has decided to move he and his family back in. He has explained to the sister that they can stay for a while, but there really isn't enough room for them and his family. So they will have to be thinking about what they are going to do. Being Amish that d ...more
Debi Lantzer
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 14andbeyond
This report on The Photograph by Beverly Lewis falls under this category: mom read the book, then sent me an email about it, which I've then tweaked" a bit:

I have always loved Beverly Lewis’ books - the slow pace of the Amish lifestyle just draws me in. This book was wonderfully interesting from beginning to end. Once I started the book, I could not put it down until I finished the entire book.

The Photography's story is woven around 3 sisters, Frona, Eva and Lily, and their married brothers whos
Christian Fiction Addiction
With an intriguing premise and utterly likeable characters, "The Photograph" is sure to please readers who have enjoyed Lewis' prior offerings. The description of this novel definitely hooked me, as I found myself wondering what would cause an Amish girl to forsake her community's teaching about photographs being forbidden, and choose to get her picture taken? As I read through this story, I couldn't help but appreciate the intricate knowledge the author appears to have about the Amish and their ...more
Buddy Read with Carolyn and Tracy
recommended to: everyone who like Amish fiction
Wow! This is the best Beverly Lewis book I've read in a while. I love the plot. I felt that the dialogue between the characters was so authentic, which is what you'd expect from someone who has Amish heritage. Although this is meant as a stand-alone, I wouls recommend starting with The River, since it references a few of the main characters in that book. I am looking forward to reading The Atonement soon.
Andrea Cox
Wrapped in family and emotion, this story easily snagged my heart from the beginning. The narrators, Christina Moore and Stina Nielsen, did a wonderful job, and I enjoyed reading along in my paperback copy.

The complex plot and family drama appealed to me. It wasn’t the exaggerated melodrama type but rather the sweet sort among siblings, romances, and the community.

The theme of choosing between right and wrong was beautifully written. Those choices aren’t always as black-and-white or easy as they
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eva Esch fears the worse when her sister Lily disappears only a few months after the death of their mother. Deep down, Eva worries that her younger sibling has been wooed away from their Amish community by an Englischer. Yet, that alone isn't the only problem she has! She and her sisters much relocate unexpectedly, due to their older brother's wish to take over the family farmhouse. Not only is Eva dealing with the loss of her sister, but now must solve the problem of finding a place to live.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Did I enjoy reading Beverly Lewis' The Photograph? I think my favorite part was the fact that it was a stand-alone novel, that it actually had an ending and resolution to it. I have found Lewis to be a frustrating author in the past because she can take up to three books to resolve a story, a romance--which is two books too long, in my opinion! So one of the first things I did before reading it was to check and see if this one would have an ending! Some people might call that cheating, I don't. ...more
Shari Larsen
When her sister Lily disappears from their Amish community only a few months after their mother's passing, Eva Esch fears she has been wooed away from the People. Unfortunately, Lily's disappearance isn't the only concern for Eva and their older sister Frona. She and her sisters must relocate when their brother and his family take over the family farmhouse; where will they go? And will her only choice be to be marry, even though she is not ready?

Soon after Lily's disappearance, Jed Stutzmen, an
Lori Downs
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Photograph is a standalone book by Beverly Lewis. It centers around Eva Esch, a young adult Amish woman. Eva owns a candy store and makes all her own delectable treats. Her parents have passed away and she and her 2 sisters are worried about what will happen to them once their brother takes over their family home. Eva's older sister is humorless and her younger sister is unhappy and unsure if she wants to remain plain or not. A local farmer wants to court Eva, but she is not sure if she want ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I fell in love with Amish fiction, as most fans did, by reading Beverly Lewis. I greatly looked forward to THE PHOTOGRAPH although lately Ms. Lewis has been more miss than hit with me. This one has a unique plot. An Amish man falling in love with an Amish girl via a photograph and a children's book, but it worked. The hero and heroine were apart most of the book, only together a week, but he spent most of it trying to reconcile the girl in the photograph with the girl in real life.

This book was
Sara M. Abudahab
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when I picked a novel about three Amish sisters written by an "actual Amish author" I was hoping to get the chance to see the Amish life from a woman's prescriptive, which I did :) hence the 4 stars
I only hoped the author alternated the chapters between Eva and Lily instead of with Jed, it would've been really interesting to see what challenges Lily gone throw when she ran away.

some of my favorite quotations:
"Take some books and read; that's an immense help, and books are always good company if
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderfully written book by Beverly Lewis. When a picture is found on a train inside of a book of Little Women with written words on the outside margins, things change for Jed. The writing in the book makes Jed fall in love with the writer even though he doesn't know who it is. A chance meeting at an auction Jed meets Eva and can't help but wonder about the resemblance of the Eva and the picture. Learning that Eva's sister Lily has left the Amish without a word to anyone. Jed tracks down ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was delighted by this engaging story and its endearing characters! The Photograph is another example of Beverly Lewis’s wonderful storytelling ability.

When their brother announces his plans to take over the family farmhouse, Eva Esch and her sisters face an uncertain future. The family endures further crisis when sister Lily runs away, seeking a life outside the Plain community. As these dramatic events unfold, they bring intrigue and emotion into the story, which I really enjoyed.

If you’re
Victoria Goodbrand
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I have read and reread this— I LOVE this one so much! I’m planning on rereading very soon.
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Photograph
Beverly Lewis

Book Summary: Eva Esch and her sisters are in a predicament. With the passing of their widowed mother, Eva's older brother Menno plans to move his growing family into the Eden Valley farmhouse where they all grew up, leaving little room for his three single sisters. Surely, Menno reasons, at least one of them will marry this coming wedding season. Eva does hope to marry, but she isn't sure she wants to give up her sweet shop for the life of a farmer's wife, and she has
Shalini Ayre
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Months after the loss of their Mother, Eva Esch's sister Lily, disappears. She fears that she may have been charmed away from the People.

With their father having also died, Eva and older sister Frona find that their elder brother Menno may want to take over the family farmhouse a lot sooner than they thought. He's probably expecting one to marry soon enough.

Fraught with worry, Eva prays for guidance and to see a light at the end of a dark tunnel.

Jed Stutzman is slowly coming to terms with
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
About this time last year, I reviewed the Beverly Lewis novel, The River, and found it enjoyable since we had recently passed through Amish country. Beverly Lewis's newest Amish novel, The Photograph, included several of the same characters and set in the same Lancaster County town as The River, though it takes place a few years later, so I was excited to read it.

Eva, Frona, and Lily Esch are Amish sisters who live together in their childhood home. Both of their parents have recently passed away
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful story of a three young Amish women whose parents have died and they were keeping the home although it has been passed down to the youngest brother who now have decided to move with his family into this house. The downside is there is not enough room for the three sisters to remain in the home. They don't have a lot of options if they don't marry someone who will provide a home for them although one has been promised that she (don't know which one yet) could stay and become a mot ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beverly Lewis was the first "Amish" author that I read years ago. It is because of her that books about the Amish "plain" way of life have become my go to "comfort reads" when life gets crazy and busy and stressful. I love how Ms. Lewis can weave an interesting story that includes the authenticity of Amish life and teaches an important moral lesson while never sounding "preachy." The Photograph, one of Ms. Lewis' more recent books, is an example of this style that keeps readers coming back to he ...more
Noreen Taylor
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Beverly Lewis has just come out and let me tell you it was the best of her recent stories. I have always loved her writing, but in recent years felt that the story lines were very similar; however, this story was new and refreshing.

The story takes place in Lancaster County and is woven around three sisters and their family. The girls parents have recently passed away, leaving them on their own. Frona, the oldest is serious and prickly while Eva is a constant source of joy a
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Course of True Love....Never Did Run Smooth

Eva Esch wants to marry for love, the kind that makes her heart sing. That was the type of relationship her parents had. However, her only prospect, Alfred Dienner, doesn't even make her heart flutter. This Amish girl lives with her two sisters, dour Frona and fun-loving Lily, on the family farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Recently, her beloved mother passed away, and her father died on her sixteenth birthday. Twenty-year-old Eva copes with h
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Beverly Lewis does it again! Just when you think that she has surely run out of original storylines, out pops another one. This book revolves around a mystery that slowly unravels revealing a piece of the puzzle at a time.

This time the story centers around a photograph of an Amish woman mysteriously tucked between the pages of a book and inadvertently left on the seat of a train. Jed Stutzman, an Amish man, stumbles upon the photo while he is on the train going to Eden Valley on a business trip.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beverly Lewis' new novel "The Photograph" is a stand alone novel, but ties in to several of her other novels with characters and location. Frona, Eva, and Lily are three orphaned sisters of young adult age. They are single and Amish. The combination of these four characteristics puts them in a rather tight spot. Their brother has inherited the house they are currently living in and that means they need to go. However, they cannot just move out and get jobs. So they are on the look out to marry f ...more
Amy Bradsher
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Photograph is a sweet coming-of-age story. I loved the way that Eva tried to stay positive when her life seemed to be sliding out of control. Being kicked out of your home by your brother would be difficult for anyone, but on top of losing your parents and your sister, it must have felt as if the world was ending. Eva tried to trust God for the best and continued to live faithfully. Her sweet personality and good intentions make her a loveable character.

Eva's siblings, however - not so much.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
***I received a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

I enjoy reading books by Beverly Lewis. They are always easy to read and I fly through them. She is a good storyteller. Whenever I see a Beverly Lewis book available for review through the Bethany House blogger review program, I get excited!

This book was about Eva Esch, a young woman whose parents have died. She and her sisters are living in their parents' house until their brother and his family
Jessica Talstein
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story is about three Amish sisters, Eva, Frona, and Lily. Their brother Menno has decided to move into the family farmhouse with his wife after the death of their widowed mother. Unfortunately this means he is forcing his unmarried sisters to move out.

The youngest sister, Lily, disappears in the middle of the night leaving a note that she does not want to be found, she has decided to go "fancy" and leave her Amish life for the English life. Will they be able to find her and convince her to
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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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