The Road Home

The Road Home

by Beverly Lewis

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ISBN-13: 9781493414239
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 7,258
File size: 7 MB

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Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in twelve 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, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 12 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.

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The Road Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Beverly Lewis's books. Wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, the best book. I love to read your books. I have always had an interest in the Amish and their beliefs. Thank you for your wonderful writings.
Laundry_Whispers 5 months ago
Imagine being the oldest of nine children and losing your parents in a tragic accident. You are grown, but single, with no outside means of support. Imagine that the best, the ONLY, solution for the family is to spread out the younger children among local families and you go states away to stay and work with family you don't know. Separating your close knit family, leaving behind the siblings you feel responsible for, you helped raise. Leaving the only home you've ever known in a state you have never left. Separating your family, separating your past, separating your boyfriend, possibly even separating your future. It's not forever everyone says. It's going to help your relatives out east every one says. But can it really help your heart? Can it really benefit your family? There seems no other options but it doesn't feel beneficial at all. That is were we find Lena at the beginning of 'The Road Home'. Leaving everything she knows, and loves, and just looking for the path that will, hopefully, bring her right back home. I have yet to meet a Beverly Lewis book I didn't enjoy. For the sake of full disclosure I haven't read them all, yet, but she is just an amazing story teller. She gives me characters that live and breath and sets a scene I want to visit. Again, for full disclosure, Lena got on my nerves just a tidbit. I mean, yes, I should be patient with her as she did just lost literally everything in her life. Her parents are gone, her siblings separated, her home sold, and she's living states away with family she'd never met but that her dat had spoken so highly of. She lost so much and she struggled to grieve through that. I mean, she kept a mostly upbeat outlook of hope blanketed in faith. I think her struggle was with missing home while still finding herself comfortable in her new environment. She went from not wanting to mingle with the locals her age as she was going home to her family and Hans, the man she was courting with, to finding herself falling into something more than a friendship with a local man without truly revealing her status. She wasn't purposely obtuse or even deceptive but she was such a contrast between her thoughts and her actual interactions. The thing is, if none of the first things had happened then none of the good could have come either. Going from Michigan to Lancaster County not only helped to heal her heart, it helped to heal the heart of Arden and Mimi. Her going to Lancaster helped to heal not only Leah's family but also Mimi and Harley's family. It was easy to forget that this book was set at a different time, the 1970s when Amish schools were only starting to become a thing and Amish children went to public school. When communication was so very much different than it is today, the mention of long distance charges for a phone call are almost ancient history now. However, the similarities between then and now are what lead this book forward. The idea that you can't go 'home' again. you can return to where you came but it has changed and you have changed. What you left has grown as you have grown. And more often than not the Road Home doesn't look anything like you thought it would when you left. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
GrandaddyA 8 months ago
I think this story dealt with several interesting life issues and showed the true spirit of a strong believer. Lena Rose had some very difficult things with which to deal including the sudden loss of both parents, the burden carried by the oldest of ten siblings, moving to a new community 500 miles from home to live with strangers, plus leaving her beau behind. It seems that is enough to knock a mature adult down, much less an eighteen year old Amish woman. The fact that she was Amish and had been reared with the close community of family and friends may have been an important factor in her ability to cope with all the things that came her way. I admired her love for others, her ability to cope with the numerous circumstances, and her Christian witness to others. Truly, we do not get to Heaven based on our works but this young woman would be at the head of the line if that were the case. She displayed a maturity and faith beyond her years. Circumstances fail to go her way but God uses the bad to bring good into her life. We see that He is in control even when we think we are. What a beautiful story, even with the sadness that came roaring in at times.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great story. I read Beverly lewix all the time..
lolly-pops 11 months ago
THE ROAD HOME is the most recent in a long line of best selling Beverly Lewis novels. I've read all of her books to date, and like most fans of Amish fiction, hers was the first I read. THE ROAD HOME is written mostly in Lena Rose's point of view with a few in other male points of view, such as her dad's cousin Harley, or an uncle. None of the points of views are from the hero, though this is more women's fiction than a true romance. Lena Rose's journey home is the focus. The romantic relationship is not necessary for the story line but it is tacked in there to satisfy readers who want a romantic angle. And I have to admit I did find myself skipping ahead to find mentions of said hero and read about their romance. For those who like it sweet, there is no sexual tension so it should satisfy the most conservative of readers. And there is a lot of Amish information set in both Centreville, MI (which is near Indiana) and in Lancaster County. Ms. Lewis does mention the difference in dress styles, kapp styles and dialects so she did her research. It isn't dwelled on though. If you are a huge fan of Amish fiction and Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunstetter you will want to read THE ROAD HOME. This book is a LOT more telling than showing, but the story does get through and despite the wall between the character and the reader I did grow to care of Lena Rose by the end of the book. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 12 months ago
In her latest book, The Road Home, Beverly Lewis provides us with yet another peek into the lives of the Amish. Through her sweet and endearing characters, her vivid depictions of the scenevery and settings, and her accurate portrayal of Amish daily life, Ms. Lewis opens a door that is usually closed to the average person. The Road Home is a standalone novel set partly in the area of Lancaster County that Beverly Lewis fans are so familiar with, and partly in an Amish settlement in Michigan. It follows the story of Lena Rose, a young woman whose family is rocked by sudden and unexpected tragedy: the death of both of her parents. During this time when what she and her siblings want most is to be together and console each other, they are given the terrible news that no one family will be able to take in all 10 of the siblings. Most of the children find homes with neighbors, friends, and family in their Michigan community, but the only home open to Lena Rose is in far away Lancaster County! Will the siblings be able to maintain their bond across all those miles? And will Lena Rose ever be able to come home again? I was truly touched by Lena Rose's story. I loved watching her slowly bloom in her new environment. As someone who has had to move away from family and friends, I understand her pain and sadness. The way that Beverly Lewis portrayed it, the sadness mixed with home and trust in the Lord, was just so accurate! I would truly recommend this beautiful, hope-filled story! (I received this book free from Bethany House publishers as part of their blogger book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.)
L-Stopani More than 1 year ago
The Road Home was my first Beverly Lewis book. So I don’t have anything to compare it to. I think if you are a fan, you will like this book. I like the way her character development, but found the story dragging a little in the beginning. The story picked up in the middle and was an nice easy read. The story was sweet, and full of innocence, love and family. When Lena Rose’s when her parents unexpectedly died, she was separated from her siblings. She had to learn to cope with not being able to help them and find ways to bide her time until she could come home at last. You can’t help but hope things turn out well. I liked the ending with its little twist.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
The Road Home was the first book I have read by Beverly Lewis. I liked her style of writing, the way in which she developed the characters and told the story. The book was a nice, easy read with chapters that were the perfect length for picking it up a chapter at a time. The story was sweet, and full of innocence. Lena Rose was thrust into an Amish community several states from home, with different rules and traditions than her own Amish community, and with relatives that she had never met, when her parents unexpectedly died. Separated from her siblings, she had to learn to cope with not being able to help them and be there for them, and find ways to bide her time until she could come home at last. She made some quick friends and quickly became a contributing and liked member of the new community. Lena Rose was hard to not like, such a sweet and considerate person that found many ways to serve others. I found myself hoping that things would turn out well (if not exactly as she anticipated) and found myself with tears in my eyes in more than one part of the story. As the story unfold, the reader saw just how resilient Lena Rose was, as she grew and adapted to her new world. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other works by Beverly Lewis in the future. I received a complimentary review copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
The more I read of Lewis’ fiction, the more I appreciate her simple writing and her sweet storylines. After the sudden death of her parents, Lena takes on a parent role and tries to keep her family of 9 kids together, but ultimately fails. While the rest of her siblings are split up between families in their local district, she moves to to Pennsylvania with her father’s cousins to sew for a small income to send home. The beginning of the story was sO sad! While that means that Lewis did her job really well, it felt a little to sad for my taste at times. Even while she was working through such a hard time in her life, Lena was still so sweet and kind, and I really appreciated that about her. I loved reading about the new relationships she formed during her time in Pennsylvania, especially those with Rebekah and James. And of course, her reunion with her siblings was the sweetest. Overall, it was a super sweet story, even though the beginning and middle were so incredibly sad. I really loved Lena as a character, and all of the secondary characters were so much fun to read about too! My Ranking- 3/5 Things Liked- Lena! She is such a sweet character! The secondary characters A sweet story with a smooth storyline Things Disliked- Such a sad story, felt a little too sad at times The plot feels a little slow
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
The more I read of Lewis’ fiction, the more I appreciate her simple writing and her sweet storylines. After the sudden death of her parents, Lena takes on a parent role and tries to keep her family of 9 kids together, but ultimately fails. While the rest of her siblings are split up between families in their local district, she moves to to Pennsylvania with her father’s cousins to sew for a small income to send home. The beginning of the story was sO sad! While that means that Lewis did her job really well, it felt a little to sad for my taste at times. Even while she was working through such a hard time in her life, Lena was still so sweet and kind, and I really appreciated that about her. I loved reading about the new relationships she formed during her time in Pennsylvania, especially those with Rebekah and James. And of course, her reunion with her siblings was the sweetest. Overall, it was a super sweet story, even though the beginning and middle were so incredibly sad. I really loved Lena as a character, and all of the secondary characters were so much fun to read about too! My Ranking- 3/5 Things Liked- Lena! She is such a sweet character! The secondary characters A sweet story with a smooth storyline Things Disliked- Such a sad story, felt a little too sad at times The plot feels a little slow
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
The more I read of Lewis’ fiction, the more I appreciate her simple writing and her sweet storylines. After the sudden death of her parents, Lena takes on a parent role and tries to keep her family of 9 kids together, but ultimately fails. While the rest of her siblings are split up between families in their local district, she moves to to Pennsylvania with her father’s cousins to sew for a small income to send home. The beginning of the story was sO sad! While that means that Lewis did her job really well, it felt a little to sad for my taste at times. Even while she was working through such a hard time in her life, Lena was still so sweet and kind, and I really appreciated that about her. I loved reading about the new relationships she formed during her time in Pennsylvania, especially those with Rebekah and James. And of course, her reunion with her siblings was the sweetest. Overall, it was a super sweet story, even though the beginning and middle were so incredibly sad. I really loved Lena as a character, and all of the secondary characters were so much fun to read about too! My Ranking- 3/5 Things Liked- Lena! She is such a sweet character! The secondary characters A sweet story with a smooth storyline Things Disliked- Such a sad story, felt a little too sad at times The plot feels a little slow
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
As any fan of Amish fiction knows, there are plenty of books available in that genre -- some great, some so-so, and some maybe not so great. But one of the things you can count on is a very worthwhile read if you pick up a book by one of the authors who started it all -- Beverly Lewis. Beverly's latest, The Road Home, is a touching story filled with lovable characters. The strong bonds shared by the siblings in Lena Rose's family draw you in and keep you involved from beginning to end. (Little brother Chris was probably my favorite.) Lena's compassion for her own family, as well as family and friends she gets to know in her new setting, is one of the strongest elements in this very enjoyable story. While the story is beautifully told in the setting of an Amish family, the joys and struggles are very relatable for readers of any background. I highly recommend The Road Home for fans of great Amish fiction or anyone interested in a sweet story of love and family. Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
amandainpa More than 1 year ago
I used to read a lot of books by Beverly Lewis…they are what I think of as comfort reads. The characters are usually kind and peaceful and provide a nice escape from the stressful “Englisch” world that we live in. I enjoyed this story but found it to be a bit dull. There wasn’t a lot to the plot and I found the pacing to be slow. The characters were sweet, especially Lena, and I really felt for her with the difficult situation she found herself in. The scenes of Amish life were fun (another part of Lewis’s books that I enjoy), but I would have enjoyed more of them. I also loved the descriptions of yummy food that are always found in these books. Overall, this was not my favorite of Beverly’s books but it did remind me why I enjoyed reading them…I really enjoy visiting the Amish community every once in a while. My Rating: 2.5 stars I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely fabulous Amish novel! The characters are fantastic. They are so well developed and easy to relate to. From the beginning of the book there were many times that I wanted to just wrap my arms around a number of different ones as they went through difficult times. The journey that God had Lena Rose on was such a heartbreaking story. But throughout it she had strong believers that kept pointing her to God and the fact that He had a plan for her life. I loved the emphasis on prayer that is included in this wonderful book. They weren’t just praying at meal times either. Many of the characters spent time praying for God’s help in their lives. There is a romance but it isn’t the main story. Family life within a community seemed to be the main focus. Working together and helping one another. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinions. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Beverly Lewis's Amish novels over the past fifteen years or so. I especially enjoyed The River, The Love Letters, The Photograph, and Ebb Tide. I am happy to add The Road Home to my list of favorites! This stand-alone story is set in Centreville, Michigan, at the end of August, 1977. The main character, Lena Rose, is the eldest of ten children in an Amish farm family. She is nineteen years old when the story begins, and she is infatuated with her new beau, Hans Bontrager. The Prologue to the story provides a look into Lena Rose's life and her relationship with her parents and siblings. On the third page of Chapter One tragedy strikes. The unimaginable happens, and the lives of the ten Schwartz siblings are changed forever. Lena Rose reluctantly moves away to live in Pennsylvania with her father's second cousin, Harley, and his wife, Mimi. In her new home, Lena Rose works as a seamstress with Mimi to help the older woman make and mend clothes for the Amish families living in their community. Soon, Lena and Mimi form a close bond based on trust and faith. I enjoyed the rapport and relationship between these two women. I connected with the character of Lena Rose when she began visiting the elderly and infirmed members of her new community. She brought kindness and cheer to others in need of a loving smile and a helping hand. After a few incidents where Lena Rose made a difference in the lives of others I realized why I admired with this young woman . . . Lena Rose reminds me of my favorite aunt. My Aunt Carolyn was an exceptional friend and neighbor to those in need. She was the most thoughtful person I've ever known. I can remember my aunt going out to visit people from her church and her neighborhood when things weren't going so well for them. And you can be certain she never showed up empty-handed! Usually she brought fresh fruit or vegetables from her garden, and sometimes she brought fresh-baked homemade cookies or a pie. Just like Lena Rose, she was patient with and compassionate to others in need of a special angel. I don't want to spoil any of the story for readers so I will skip sharing the major events in the book. God's plan for Lena Rose's life is not fully revealed until the final chapters of the book. She traverses many hills and valleys during her time in Pennsylvania, and her faith and hope are tested time and again. This is another beautifully-written book by Beverly Lewis. The main character is admirable, and the surrounding characters enrich the story well. I feel this author is a master at writing fluid dialogue, and I enjoy the manner in which she slips in information about the Amish way of life throughout the story. Highly-recommended for fans of Amish fiction, Christian fiction, inspirational romance, historical fiction, clean fiction, and clean romance! DISCLOSURE FROM REVIEWER: I was given a paperback copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated for posting my review here or on any other site. ###############
PinkGranny More than 1 year ago
courage to open her heart to other possibilities?" ...my thoughts... The Road Home by celebrated author Beverly Lewis was even better than I expected. The story was easy to get into and hard to put down. Lena Rose Schwartz is an amazing young woman who has a special gift of giving to others without hopes of anything in return. She spreads joy in surprising places even through the pain of losing her parents and a long distance separation from her younger brothers and sisters. She was welcomed so warmly into the home of her father's second cousin Harley and his wife Mimi. She soon felt like a member of their own family. Her talents as a seamstress helped Mimi with her home sewing business. People in her new community soon became attached to her as she touched their lives with unselfish kindness. It wasn't long before she caught the eye of handsome cabinet maker Arden Mast. A relationship with him was not in her plans. She was determined to return to her family in Michigan as soon as a door opened to make that possible Arden knew his home and family were in Pennsylvania and didn't plan to leave them. She knew a friendship with him was safe. Yet even with the happy circumstance of being reunited with her family and her responsibilities towards them she felt as though she left part of her heart in Pennsylvania. Oh I can't say how it ends but this is a good story you may just want to read twice! I heartily recommend this book. I received my copy of The Road Home from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review but my thoughts are mine.
Laurabo More than 1 year ago
The ROAD HOME by Beverly Lewis! I love her books and was not disappointed in this one. It's a story that starts with sadness and ends with hope. Lena Rose Schwartz, the oldest of ten Amish children is suddenly thrust into the assuming the responsibility of her siblings as her parents are killed on their way home from work. With no source of income herself the community and extended family take it upon themselves to decide what to do. Lena Rose is sent to a cousin of her dad's away from her siblings and beau until a suitable job and housing can be acquired for her. She dreams and works toward the day she can return. Will things work out the way she hopes or will she find that God's ways often surprise us and are always better. I received a free copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.
FayJac More than 1 year ago
I was delighted to get this book from Bethany House to review. I really enjoy Beverly Lewis' books and have quite a few of my own. This is another outstanding book about an Amish girl, the oldest of ten children, who lost her parents in a tragic accident. It recounts her struggles to maintain her faith in God and give her worries and fears to him. Circumstances forced her to be apart from her siblings and her beau and she worries constantly about them and wonders when she will be together again. The themes throughout the book are about faith in God, helping others, and patience for God's leading. It is a well written book and kept my interest all the way through. I would definitely give this book a five out of five star rating. Beverly Lewis has done an excellent job again!
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
Lewis is one of my favorite Amish novel writers. She does another great job in this one. If you like to read Amish type books, you will like this one. As in all of Beverly Lewis books, you meet lots of different people and get involved in their lives as well. Lena Rose Schwartz is the eldest of 10 children. When she finds she must leave all she knows, even family, Will she be able to see all God has for her even in her trials. Lena is a sweet, loving, caring sister who only wants to keep her family together.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The Road Home Is another exciting book by Ms. Lewis - it is artistic, visual and full of Faith. This story is semi familiar to me. It is about a large family - and boy did I have a large family - but sadly this family was not as lucky. Why? Well that is something you have to find out for yourself. The eldest is the one trying her hardest, but unable to keep them together - or can she? Can she? That is something you have to find out for yourself as well. I tell you my heart was stuck in my throat with this book and my heart was broke in two. How do you feel at the end of the book? Complete or wanting more? Well now - that again is something you have to find out for yourself. But know Lena Rose and the other children rest in GOD's hands at all times. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Road Home by Beverly Lewis takes us back to August of 1977. Lena Rose Schwartz is eighteen years old and has been courting Hans Bontrager for two months. She lives with her parents and ten siblings in Centreville, Michigan on their farm. Lena is surprised when two police officers arrive in the afternoon to tell her that parents died in an accident on their way home. There is no one relative or nearby family that can take in all of the children, and they are not allowed to stay in their home. Homes are found for everyone except Lena. Harley and Mimi Stolzfus, her father’s second cousin, writes that they can use Lena’s assistance. Lena has never been away from hometown and she has raised her youngest brother, Chris since he was born. It also means leaving her beau, Hans. Lena helps her siblings settle into their new homes and then departs for Leacock Township, Pennsylvania with the hopes that the move is temporary. Mimi and Harley are welcoming to Lena. Mimi has been lonely since their daughter, Tessa married and moved away after a quick courtship. Lena misses her family back home, but her new home has its own enticements. Which path is the right one for one for Lena? She will need to have faith and wait to see what the Lord has in store for her. The Road Home contains good writing and lovely characters. Beverly Lewis is a descriptive writer. Her word imagery helps me to visualize the scenes and characters. There are good messages in the story. The importance of family, friendship and community for example. My favorite being that we must have faith in God and wait for him to reveal the path he has planned for our life (being patient can be difficult). Lena not only has to grieve for her parents but deal with leaving her siblings and the only home she has known. She then relocates to another state with people she has never met. When Lena is presented with a difficult choice, she must decide what to do (I do not want to say too much and spoil it for you). The Christian elements were nicely incorporated into the story (faith, prayer, God knows what is in your heart, trust in God, God’s will). I especially appreciate the message about using the talents/gifts God has given us to help others. The pace of the book was slow in places (those scenes would take me out of the story) and there is some repetitiveness (could have used editing to tighten up the story). The Road Home has an uplifting ending that put a smile on my face. I am giving The Road Home 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
I like to read Beverly Lewis books, and although I liked this book, it wasn't up to her usual standard in my opinion. The storyline was different than ones I've read lately. It dealt with the death and how it affects the loved ones. There wasn't anything wrong with the story, it just wasn't a page-turner or a book you cannot put down. It did get a little long in some places and I did skip a few paragraphs now and then. Overall, I did enjoy the book. It was a Christian book, but not pushy. It dealt with the Amish faith and slightly explained differences within the faith from different areas. Would I recommend this book, yes. I did enjoy it. In full disclosure, I asked to read and review this book and was given an advanced reader copy ebook. This opinion is my own and is not affected by getting the book through netgalley.com.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
Such a lovely, touching story by Beverly Lewis. The book begins with great sadness but ends with great hope. I loved all the characters, but especially the main character, Lena. Her love for and her desire to find a way to reunite with her orphaned brothers and sisters, even if it meant putting aside her all plans for her life, was the main theme throughout the book. Beverly Lewis is a master storyteller. This story is filled with faith, hope, and love. I was cheering for Lena all throughout the story and loved the ending. I’ll be reading this book again. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion about this book.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The premise of this story is so very sad, and yet accepted as it is what faith is based on, but leaving ten children as orphans and then seeing what happens to them is hard. The author has focused on the oldest, a girl Lena Rose, and you will quickly grow to love and respect her, but what a hard road she is put on. She is required to leave her home and family in Michigan and go and live in Pennsylvania and we follow her in her journey. I found myself quickly torn as to where I wanted her to end up, back in Michigan, or with the new life she has found, and the new people who have come to care so much about her., A really sweet read that will make you think and sure not want to walk in this girl’s shoes, or maybe you will, she is an inspiration. Once you turn the final page you are going to be longing for more, and if only! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.