The River [NOOK Book]

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She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.
            
A line I can't move beyond...
The River

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships ...
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Overview

She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.
            
A line I can't move beyond...
The River

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?
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For Tilly and Ruth, returning to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary is a bittersweet occasion. Both had left the Amish world; Tilly to marry an Englisher and Ruth, after the disastrous breakup with the man she hoped to marry. Now these sisters are back, each bringing with them memories of things lost or undone. A Brenda Lewis novel to be remembered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441264909
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 7,871
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in eleven languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and is an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007, The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award.

Beverly has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. She lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.

Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com or www.facebook.com/officialbeverlylewis for more information.
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  • Posted September 2, 2014

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    Tilly has tried to put her past behind her, she is happy now liv

    Tilly has tried to put her past behind her, she is happy now living with her husband and twin daughters. She still lives rather plain, but does live in the English world. She has one member of her Amish family living English near her, and enjoys Ruth and her new life.
    Tilly was the black sheep of her Amish family; she blamed herself for the death of her baby sister Anna. When the note comes that the family is holding an anniversary party for her parents, she doesn’t want to go. Ruth also has decided they will not attend.
    Then comes a call to Ruth about their Dad’s health, and their decisions are reevaluated, and both go home to face the family. Can’t even imagine, you feel almost split in two. Leaving behind your safe life, and wanting to see your family, but knowing how they feel about your leaving.
    This is the story of secrets, forgiving, and a loving relationship with God. How life changes and feelings are soothed when we submit to God’s will, not our own. A very hard, fulfilling way to live, with God in the center, but will all be able to accept what he wants?
    A different Amish story here, things are not always as they appear, and not just Tilly blames herself, others also feel responsible, and all need forgiveness. Will this family ever find peace, a locked room, a stolen cap, and an old love?
    This is a great page-turner of a read, I wanted to find the answers to the clues that were offered, and what a surprise. Also the title of the book, and the effect that the River has on this story. Enjoy!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

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    Unsure of what the title ┬┐The River┬┐ had to do with an Amish sto

    Unsure of what the title “The River” had to do with an Amish story, my choice to read this book was easily made when I saw Beverly Lewis was the author.  This story is written with twists and turns different from other Amish writings.  The Point of View was about two Amish sisters who had left Eden Valley, Lancaster, Pennsylvania before their baptisms to live the “fancy” life – in the English world.  The Conestoga River plays its part as the location where little sister Anna drowned one July afternoon leaving behind broken emotions on the entire family.  Tilly blamed herself that she was unable to save Anna and locked her feelings deeply within.  Tilly left her plain life behind – the memories of Anna’s drowning still raw and real.  She couldn’t face seeing the Conestoga every day.  She moved to Rockport, Massachusetts and eventually married Kris and gave birth to twin daughters, Jenya and Tavani.  Tilly’s younger sister Ruth left for different reasons two years after Tilly.  Will Kauffman had been courting her for a couple of years and suddenly jilted her.  With damaged emotions Ruth sought Tilly’s help to move to Massachusetts.




    In 1977, eight years since Tilly had left; the Amish family was planning an anniversary celebration for their parents, Lester and Sylvia Lantz.  An older brother Melvin wrote a note to Tilly about their plans.  Tilly and Ruth decided to ignore the invitation and not attend – until Melvin called Ruth and told her of the recent news that their father was very ill and needed a pacemaker.   They reluctantly decided to go for the four day weekend.  They were apprehensive about being accepted and dreading their time in Eden Valley for different reasons.  For reasons unknown to Tilly, she and her father batted heads constantly and no love shown in Daed’s sternness toward Tilly.  Ruth did not want to see Will.  Particularly because she had a new love interest in her life, Jim Montgomery who was quite active in the church she and Tilly had joined.




    Ruth planned to stay in her parent’s home, but Tilly decided it was best to stay with her favorite Uncle Abner and Aunt Naomi.  The large Lantz family spread over Eden Valley included twins Melvin and Joseph, Chester, Sam and his wife Josie who had been Tilly’s best friend.  The reunion did not go well at first mainly for Tilly – but wait – there is plenty to come!!  Tilly had kept Anna’s kapp without telling her Mamm and decided she needed to risk the telling of that secret.  It seems everyone had secrets and I wondered how the web would ever be unwound.  Ruth sees Will again and resists him at first, but finally joins him for a meeting at his insistence.  Uh oh, would she be tempted to return to the plain life?  You will need to find that out by reading the book.




    Unresolved issues and relationships continue to plague all concerned.  It is not as though the sisters forgot the values and good upbringing they had, they remembered and still kept a deep faith In God.  Unexpected circumstances complicated life even further when Daed had an attack and needed to spend time in the hospital.  The sisters found out that their parent’s property had been deeded to Sam and plans were to move their Mamm and Daed into the Dawdy house.  They decided to stay a week longer to help.  Tilly moves to her parent’s house and sleeps in the Anna’s room where nothing had been changed since her death.  It was there that Tilly discovered a box which holds a long kept secret.  Now I must stop, because I’ll be telling you the entire story.




    Let me just add that I felt much anger at the father for his treatment of Tilly.  I speak from experience of a relationship close to me where the father treated his step-daughter in that manner.  It is impossible to tolerate – only constant prayer will help.  I was also angry with Mamm for allowing it.  The truth will shock you, but good things begin to happen when God takes over.  Ms. Lewis has indeed written a very intriguing story and I am thankful from a personal standpoint to have read it.  There were some parts of the book that I deemed unnecessary to the story.  Overall it was excellent and I congratulate Beverly Lewis for still coming through with new ideas after the numerous novels she has written.




    I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2014

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    The River by Beverly Lewis Can one truly 'Never Go Home Again'

    The River
    by Beverly Lewis


    Can one truly 'Never Go Home Again'? In Beverly Lewis' newest book she brings us the life of two Amish sisters and their struggle to return home after leaving their family, homes and lifestyle to begin new lives in the modern world. An invitation to their parent's anniversary celebration bring Tilly and Ruth out of their comfort zone and to a place an important decision has to be made. An invitation has been extended to their parent's anniversary party. Why? They are not sure as they have not been home in years. Knowing a trip home will stir up old feelings, the kind best left alone, their initial thought is to decline. A call from their brother changes that and soon the girls are on a road.
    Beverly Lewis is known for her storytelling about the Amish life. Her books have educated many, dispelling misconceptions about this quaint lifestyle. As we come to love her characters and are swept into her stories we see a people much like ourselves. Daily life, however is resplendent with differences. As Lewis weaves her story we begin to see in our mind's eye the farms, the kitchens, the quilting bees, and the home church.
    The River, Lewis' newest book, is much like her other Amish fiction. While we are given no real surprises in her focus or how she delivers we are once again taken captive with her storytelling. As she brings her characters to life, we want to know them better and as she moves through her story leaving bread crumbs, we readily follow. Always intriguing. Always entertaining. It is impossible not to be swept into this story as we witness this family's response to tragedy, their facing of fears, their misconception of each other, their mistakes and their courage.
    Lewis gives us a strong main character in Tilly allowing us access to Tilly's heart and mind. We hurt with her as she seeks love and acceptance. Lewis' development of her other characters leaves us guessing at times which seems to be part of keeping the suspense in the story.
    I enjoyed this book and recommend it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2015

    What a good book

    This book cap me going from the begining until the end it had some sad time and some very good time

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  • Posted February 28, 2015

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    I think I probably enjoyed this book more than any of her latest

    I think I probably enjoyed this book more than any of her latest books. But it took me a bit to really get into the story, probably 5 or 6 chapters. There were some very predictable parts, but there were some surprises. I have to say Tilly exasperated me to no end, I just wanted to help her find her way. I loved Ruth, she was a sweet, relatable character. I think one thing that I did take away from this book was the fact that so often we know that the Amish accept God's will as just that, but we don't see stories of the grief after the loss of a child and I think Ms. Lewis did a great job showing how the drowning of the youngest daughter changed the lives of the whole family. Well done, 4 stars from this reviewer, I think if it had grabbed me from page one this book would have been perfect.

    This book was provided by Bethany House for reviews only, no payment was received for this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    Storm

    Waits for ren

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    I would highly recommend this book.

    If you like stories about the amish, you would like this book. It was a very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Indigo

    There are some grammar and spelling mistakes. I strongly suggest you use a Thesaurus to vary your words. Overall, the concept is well-done. It is a bit confusing, though. Please continue!<p>
    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Riverstar's Journey- Chapter 1

    Riverkit ran into camp just before his sister Greykit. "Haha I" beat you "he teased "I should call you Slowkit"."Riverkit!! It was game and don't call your sister 'Slowkit'"their mother,Snowbird,scolded." Yes Snowbird"he said,ears pinned against his head in shame. "Good"said his mother going back into the nursery of Mossclan. "Look what you made happen fleabag"he growled looking at his sister. "You deserved it"she growled back. He rolled his eyes just as Dawnkit and Firekit padded into camp. "Hey guys" Riverkit and Greykit said in unison. "Hi" Dawnkit said. "Hey"said Firekit. "Wanna go to the river?" Greykit asked. "Yea!"the three of the other kits said at once. Greykit smiled "ok lets go!". All of the kits padded to the river.

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    Touching and Heartwarming! I hope everyone that reads this rev


    Touching and Heartwarming!

    I hope everyone that reads this review gets a chance to read, The River.  My wish
    is that everyone enjoys the good times in this story and mourns the bad times as I
    did.  This story tugged on my heart.  The emotions I went through and the tears I
    shed was cleansing.  I was touched!

    Author Beverly Lewis takes you on a trip to Eden Valley and places you in the Lantz
    family in such a way that you experience what each and every family member is
    going through.  This family has some hidden secrets, holds unforgiveness,
    bitterness, pain, and hurt in their hearts. 

    Pick up a copy of this great read and let your mind and your heart take a trip to
    Eden Valley.  I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

    God’s Love, God’s Forgiving Way, God’s Mercy and God’s Grace shines through.

    I want to add that I am a huge fan of Beverly Lewis.  I have read all of her Amish
    fiction books.  This one is by far one of my favorites.

    I won this book on LibraryThing to read and review.  The opinions expressed are
    mine alone.

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  • Posted October 6, 2014

    It is the fall of 1977 and Tilly finds herself contemplating goi

    It is the fall of 1977 and Tilly finds herself contemplating going back to a place she thought she had left behind forever. Years ago she left her family's Amish farm in Eden Valley and expected to never return. But a letter from her older brother requesting that she visit has weakened that resolve.




    Tilly's sister Ruth followed Tilly out of the Amish lifestyle and is settled nicely in the Englisher community near Tilly's family. She's hesitant to go back for a visit as well, but not for the same reasons. Can the two sisters go back home for a visit without tearing open old wounds?




    Family ties go deep in the Amish community. Lester and Sylvia Lantz have spent their days raising a godly family that they assumed would carry on the family's Amish faith. When first Tilly and then Ruth leaves their home to seek a life outside of the community it deeply affects the entire family. Can old hurts ever be healed? Can things be brought to light that will free everyone from the burdens they have been carrying? 




    Beverly Lewis has once again penned a beautiful story of a broken family in need of healing. She reminds us that love does heal and forgiveness frees both parties. The story of the Lantz family in Eden Valley is fresh and new even though this author has written numerous accounts of Amish fiction. The story has a familiar setting, but the characters are unique. The situation is as old as time itself. 




    I think you will be blessed and uplifted by reading this account of a flawed family in need of grace. I always enjoy a journey into the world that Beverly has created for her readers. 




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Lily et Ace (HERE!)

    Lily walked in, wearing a tight purple tee, long skinny jeans, and Converse sneakers. She glanced around, looking and waiting. <p>

    Ace toddled carefully in, now one and half. He had Alex's blue eyes, but Lily's pitch black hair. He sat down nearby Lily's feet and began to suck his thumb.

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Sad story, can relate to main character. Is a page turner throughly enjoyed reading and the scenery as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    If you are a Beverly Lewis fan ENJOY!

    The book held my attention but I must say I've read most of her books and this one sure didn't make the top ten. The ending was kind of blah which was disappointing.

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  • Posted September 21, 2014

    5 stars ***** out of five Contemporary Fiction Do you want f

    5 stars ***** out of five
    Contemporary Fiction




    Do you want fiction novel that is not based on Romance? 
    It has been a while since I disappeared into one of Beverly Lewis' novels, but once again, she did not disappoint. I saw the Amish through new and delightful eyes ... from the view point of young women who had grown up in the lifestyle that many people who have not lived it now admire. Filly and Ruth never were baptized, and so they do not experience the shunning. What can the base do a novel be, if not romance? Forgiveness of oneself and moving on. The Conestoga River hovers in the background like a viable character in the story, as it is the scene from which the story carries on. Heartache comes to everyone at some point in life, and Beverly, through the use of vivid imagery, skilfully immerses the reader into the lives of the Lantz family. A fantastic book that I recommend to all readers, whether you are a fan of Amish or romance, this book will thrill you.




    I received this book free from Emily Davies Robinson ant Bethany Books through their Nuts About Books program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted September 20, 2014

    I really enjoyed The River by Beverly Lewis. It is the story of

    I really enjoyed The River by Beverly Lewis. It is the story of two sisters, Tilly and Ruthie, who have left their Amish family and become English. They've had very little contact with their families since leaving. Tilly is now married and the mom of twins. Ruthie is beginning her life as a single, English woman starting to date but still thinking about the Amish beau she left behind. Their brother contacts them about coming back to celebrate their parents' anniversary because their father is ill. When they go back for the party, they must deal with the reasons why they left. Tilly has never gotten along with her father because he has always been critical of her. Added to that, her sister Anna whom Tilly was usually responsible for watching drowned in the river years ago during a family picnic. Anna's drowning impacted the whole family though they never really dealt with it. Her mother kept her room as a shrine. Ruthie sees her former beau who declares his love for her. She must deal with whether she wants to go back to a very different life as an Amish woman and the Old Order Church. While all this is going on, their father is hospitalized. Their parents decide to move into the Dawdi Haus and the sisters extend their visit to help with the move. A secret is revealed during this time that changes Tilly's relationship with her parents. I really liked how Beverly Lewis brought everything together at the end. A great book about relationships.

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  • Posted September 20, 2014

    I recently read The River, which is a new book by the well-known

    I recently read The River, which is a new book by the well-known author, Beverly Lewis. I have read several of her books previously, and this one is another good novel. Set in the heart of Amish county in Pennsylvania, two sisters who left the Amish return to their family to visit their ailing father.

    Played out in only about a week's time, this novel follows the sisters as they return to Amish county for the first time since their departure years before. They face judgment and many unanswered questions, and have to deal with family and friends they had been completely cut off from since their departure.

    The book was well-written, as can be expected with Beverly Lewis. However, usually when I am reading her novels, I can't set the book down. It took quite awhile to get to this point with The River, but I was eventually hooked. It does start out a bit slower than some of her other novels, but it is a great read. 

    If you have read Amish literature before, this would be a great book to read. I found there were less explanations of Amish culture in this novel than in previous ones. But ultimately this novel is more about facing unanswered questions from the past and dealing with reconciliation with grace, more than Amish culture. 

    Overall, I would say The River is a good book, but not an outstanding one in its genre. It is well worth reading, and the story is engaging and has a strong plot line. However, it doesn't stand head and shoulders above other novels in its genre. 

    I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my opinions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    God's Grace written all over it

    The River by Beverly Lewis is a book that totally kept me captivated from the beginning to the end. Yet with such an underlying mystery I struggled to figure it out. Ruth and Tilly left the Amish for the Englischers life, but each sister left for different reasons. Tilly left because of the death of her little sister Anna while Ruth left because of a spurned courtship that went wrong. They then are suddenly requested back to their Amish community they left so long ago, but at what cost to go back. Both sisters are involved in an Englisch church, Tilly is married with twin girls and Ruth is slowly learning how to date again after being spurned. The sisters go back for a reunion but yet there is so much hidden history that has not come out in the open at all. Will it come out into the open? Will Tilly truly figure out the mystery or does someone come clean? Is this event concerning Tilly going to wreck havoc in her life or draw them closer to her family? Will daddy come to know who they truly are or scare them away further? In a gripping tale of love, grace, sin, and almost disaster Beverly Lewis weaves a tale of intrigue but also a gift of grace and love. She shows us anything and everything can happen in the Amish culture just as much in the Englisch culture. Yet everyone is the same in God's eyes whether or not they are Englisch or Amish. ***I received this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion and review.*****

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    Posted December 8, 2014

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    Posted October 24, 2014

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