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NY Times best-selling author's new series chronicling the separation of families during the New Order/Old Order split in the Amish community in Lancaster County, PA. The Courtship of Nellie Fisher book 1.
Published: Baker Publishing Group on Oct 1, 2007
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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 for salvation led most of Susie’s family to leave the old order ways. But if Nellie abandons old order teachings, she will lose Caleb. Author Beverly Lewis presents an interesting quandary in this well written novel. This first of a series will endear you to this family as they struggle with loss and hope for an eternity where they will be reunited with all their loved ones.more
Nellie Fischer is an Amish girl who is still getting over the recent death of her sister. Troubled by the unknown circumstances surrounding her death, Nellie tries to focus on her relationship with Caleb Yoder and the possibility of a future with him. Meanwhile her father has found a new belief, one that goes against the very traditions of the Old Order Amish. By becoming a believer in Christ along with his family, he faces the punishment of being shunned by the community. This affects Nellie's and Caleb's relationship as their fathers are on different sides of this debate.I was really excited when I heard that this book was coming out. First I love Beverly Lewis so of course I was thrilled that she had a new book on the way. But more important was the subject matter of the book. I have always wondered what exactly is the faith of the Amish based on? In one of my past reviews of Lewis's books, I questioned if the Amish are indeed really Christians. They seem to think that accepting Jesus is grounds for shunning. Seeing as how popular the Amish culture is lately, I want to know exactly what they believe in. So I was interested to see that this very subject would be the basis for this new series. And Lewis' came through and answered my questions with this first book. The narrative is very easy to follow, rich in detail. I could picture the characters going throughout their daily lives. I wish I could visit Nellie May's store and buy some baked goods for myself. There are some subplots that seem confusing such as Rosanna and the babies that don't seem to tie into the story at the moment. I was more interested to find out more about the circumstances surrounding Suzy's death and the way the church was going to handle the new wave of believers. I'm looking forward to continuing the rest of this series. If you're a Lewis fan you will not be disappointed.more
The Parting is the first book in The Coutship of Nellie Fisher series. Beverly Lewis really has a way of drawing you in to the story. This book is set in a Pennsylvania Amish community. Amish teen Nellie Mae Fisher and her family are grieving the tragic loss of Nellie's sister Suzy. There are so many unanswered questions about what Suzy was up to the last months before her drowning. Suzy's private thoughts were kept in her journal which she made Nellie Mae promise to destroy if anything ever happened to her. Did Nellie Mae destroy it after her sister's death? If not will she read it? What things could possibly be uncovered in that journal? Beverly Lewis has a way of weaving this story to keep you intrigued and guessing up until the end. Nellie Mae has her own little bakery which helps the family with income and she has a beau, Caleb Yoder. Things seem to be looking up for Nellie and she even sees wedding bells in her future. Just as everything seems to be going perfectly, change seems to be coming to this small community. This change threatens to break up families and come between Nellie's newfound love. Nellie's own father begins reading scripture which is forbidden and learns of salvation and what it means to have a real relationship with God. (I loved the development of this and how passionate some of the characters got about their newfound salvation.) Other characters are introduced in this book such as Rhoda and Nan who are Nellie's other sisters. Rhoda works for "Englishers" as a housekeeper and Nan is dealing with the end of a serious realationship. One of my favorite characters is Rosanna King, a friend of Nellie's, who is unable to have children of her own. Her cousin Kate offers to give her next baby to Rosanna to raise as her own. These characters are set up beautifully and you finish the book wanting more. An excellent read and a must for any Beverly Lewis or Amish fiction fans!more
I have read all of the Courtship of Nellie Fisher, Summer Hill Secrets-2, Annie's People, Abrams' Daughter's, The heritage of Lancaster County, Seasons of Grace.more
Nellie and her family are thrown into turmoil by changes in their Amish community. Nellie is most interested in the beau that is courting her, but the possible shady past of her dead sister and her parents shifting religious beliefs threaten her courtship. Her beau is from a very conservative Amish family, one that does not want to go against the old ways, as Nellie's father and some others of the community are doing. Nellie is caught in the middle--and is also consumed by curiousity about her sister Suzy's life before she died. Lewis' protrayl of the Amish life and the heart wrenching choices these characters have to make makes this a compelling read. But the dramatic religious conversion seems a bit overdone and heavy handed. Still an enjoyable read, and of course if you get into it you will have to wait for the sequel to see what happens to Nellie.more
After the accidental drowning death of her sister Suzy during Rumschpringe, Amish teen Nellie Fisher grieved her loss. Several years pass and Nellie is emotionally healing due to the distraction of her baked goods shop.----------- When Caleb Yoder asks her to go steady, she feels ready to move on with her life as she recognizes that she will always mourn her sister’s death, but that was part of God’s master plan. She agrees expecting that they would marry one day. However Nellie’s road to happiness with Caleb does notgo as smooth.Nellies father breaks societal dogma when he reads taboo scripture and begins seeking his salvation by other means than a pious life filled with good deeds.There are several other subplots that enhance the readers visit to the Amish, but the prime story line remains Nellie’s saga. She heals from her loss through her shop and Caleb’s courtship as much as her and her family’s belief that Suzy’s death is God’s plan. I would reccomend this book to anyone who like a wholesome story based on The Amish way of lifemore
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