Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review of The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis

I found Beverly Lewis' book, The Love Letters, a bit disappointing.  The back of the book says that this is the story of Marlena Wenger.  She goes to Brownston, Pennsylvania to help her Mennonite grandmother after the death of grandfather.  Her life takes an unexpected turn when she learns that she must care for her estranged sister's baby, Angela Rose.  This means that she has to be away from her Old Order Amish beau, Nat.  
The title led me to believe that it would be a book about love letters written between Marlena and her beau, Nat, but that was not the case.  The back of the book only tells part of what this book is about. Marlena does spend time at her grandmother's, and she does take care of her niece.  She is miles away from Nat. There were a few letters exchanged between Marlena and Nat, but the love letters that seem more important were those of another character, Boston.  He has lost his way, and young Jake Bitner befriends him.  Jake's family allows Boston to stay in their barn, and Jake reads the letters that were written to Boston.  This book seemed like two stories in one book, and other than the Bitners assisting Marlena with some things needed for Angel Rose, I didn't feel that there was anything to bridge the gap between the stories.  It wasn't my favorite Beverly Lewis book.

*I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.*

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