The Last Bride, Home to Hickory Hollow Series #5
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Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus take matters into their own hands, eloping to exchange their vows in the fancy, English world. After a secret honeymoon, they return to their Plain community to live as singles, hoping that, in time, they can convince the Millers to give their love a chance. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the biggest challenge of her life--and the almost-certain censure of the People. Will Tessie find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Home to Hickory Hollow
The Secret Keeper, Home to Hickory Hollow Series #4Beverly LewisBethany House / 2013 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 45 Reviews
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"Much of the credit [for the growth of Amish fiction] goes to Beverly Lewis, a Colorado author who gave birth to the genre in 1997 with The Shunning..."
Of her Old Order parents' five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but Tessie's father opposes the match.
Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they'll convince the Millers to give their love a chance over time. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?
Rachel Haugaard4 Stars Out Of 5Maybe you shouldn't JUST follow your heart...June 19, 2014Rachel HaugaardQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Tessie Miller is the last of her family of 5 sisters to marry. She is determined to marry a young Amishman, Marcus King, even though her father has set himself firmly (unreasonably, in Tessie's mind) against this match. When her father won't explain his reasons for opposing her marriage to Marcus, the couple decides to take matters into their own hands and snuck away to be married at the local courthouse. After their wedding, the decide to keep this marriage a secret until Tessie's father relents about them being a couple. This secret arrangement continues for awhile...until an unthinkable accident changes Tessie's life forever. Finally, after it's too late to change things, Tessie discovers her father's reason for not wanting her to marry Marcus....much to her fear and heartache. When Tessie discovers that she and Marcus are going to have a baby, this secret makes her fear for her baby's life. Will she ever be able to find hope and peace again?
I always enjoy Beverly Lewis' books and am happy to review them when Bethany House sends one my way. :) I appreciated the way this book shows that just because parents can sometimes seem unreasonable in their children's eyes when it comes to major life decisions, they often are doing their best to shield that child from pain and heartbreak later on in life. When you're in the middle of making one of these choices it's not always easy to remember that or see it in that light, but it's wise to take the counsel of our parents into consideration even if we don't always understand their reasons.
I enjoyed the story and as always, loved the way Beverly Lewis paints a beautiful portrait of the Amish lifestyle. Reading her books makes me want to go visit an Amish community. :)
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.
Cindy Loven5 Stars Out Of 5Normally not a Bev Lewis fanJune 4, 2014Cindy LovenThis series is the first of Beverly Lewis' that I have read and enjoyed enough for 5 stars. She continues to draw us into Hickory Hollow. With each new story, we fall in love with the characters.
This story is no different. I loved Tessie, she was a bit fiesty and a whole lot stubborn, but she had the gift to love and to also touch others. Children love her.
This book will make you laugh, cry and even aggravate you, as you read, all emotions that authors love for you to feel.
I easily give this a 5 star rating. This book is a book that you will not want to miss if you love Amish stories. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5the last bride reviewJune 2, 2014beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleBeverly Lewis is at it again. "The Last Bride" is her latest in the Home of Hickory Hollow series. This series does not need to be read in order. In this installment, Tessie, a young Amish woman, is in love with a man her father has forbidden her to marry. The couple decides to take matters in their own hands and secretly marry at the justice of the peace, but then doesn't tell anyone. Especially Tessie's father. In a tragic accident, Marcus, Tessie's husband dies leaving her pregnant and no one believing her about their marriage. Tessie struggles with becoming her own woman, facing an unpredictable future, and being honest with her family. This novel also deals with the scary subject of intermarrying and genetic diseases that the Amish deal with when having children.
This book is groundbreaking for the Lewis' usual writing. The widowed mother takes care of herself and her child; she does what needs to be done. The subject matter all of the stories that coincide with this novel are all different and modern. Especially the touchy topic of marrying relation. the writing is typical Lewis and is does extremely well. I liked this book. I recommend it highly. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House publishers and www.netgalley.com.
Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Home to Hickory HollowMay 24, 2014Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tessie Miller is the last of the Miller daughters to marry. The young man she favors is not of her father's choice. She has loved Marcus King for as long as she can remember, there is none other for her. Every time Marcus goes to her father to ask for her hand in marriage he is turned down without any reason as to why his request is denied. So the young couple decide to sneak away to the court house and have an English ceremony even though they both wanted desperately to marry in Amish tradition. They have chosen not to tell anyone of their marriage hoping Tessie's father will give them his blessing. But before Marcus could approach her father with his request a tragic accident changes everything the young couple had planned for a happy future together.
Since no one knows of their marriage circumstances this put Tessie in critical scrutiny of not only of her Amish community but that of the Bishop and his wife.
This story was so tragic. I was so angry with Tessie's father. Then when the her father's reasoning was revealed I was totally shocked. The author touched on a topic that is a hidden secret among the Amish. She writes of how God's plan will be revealed if only we have faith and trust in God.
I must say as I have said so many times that Beverly Lewis never fails to amaze me with her talent for entertaining me with her writing. This book is very much right up there with all her other books I have read. I had a hard time putting the book down.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
DaisiesAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Great Book by Beverly Lewis!May 14, 2014DaisiesAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was so happy to receive another complimentary Beverly Lewis book to review!!! So I immediately guessed one twist, but not the other one! Completely took me by surprise, but I won't reveal it so you can be surprised when you read it. :>
I loved the book! Intrigue is always interesting, even when some of the mysteries are known by the reader, but not the characters. It isn't too often in our current culture that deception is shown as sin, but it is here. Two people seeking to follow God can still be blinded by their own wants and desires to act in deception. Also it's another reminder that we never know how long we have to make things right with our Lord. There is a great confession and forgiveness scene as a reminder of God's grace when we are willing to repent. As usual, Beverly creates wonderful, interesting characters which she develops in depth.
One thing I did not expect, was a sub story line about infertility, just before I leave for a conference focusing on that very topic. Because of my own struggles in this area and failed adoption, I really related to this aspect of the story and really felt a connection to Tessie's sister Mandy and her struggles. Beverly is not afraid to tackle the difficult issues, which I've appreciated since I first discovered her in 1999 in our church library.
I loved the book and I'll be rereading it many times as I do with all of her books! It's definitely worth your time! :>
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