As the only daughter, Sylvia Miller of The Tinderbox has always held a special place in her Old Order family, one Adeline Pelham jeopardizes when she shows up at the Millers' Hickory Hollow farm. It isn't that Adeline means to be a threat, but her very existence is a reminder of the painful secret that has so recently upended the Miller household. And with Sylvia and her mother still struggling to come to terms with that news, this is a challenging time to welcome an Englisherespecially this Englisherinto their midst.
Despite the Millers' unexpected hospitality, Adeline is well aware that she's treading on Sylvia's turf, and she feels guilty about doing so when Sylvia is grappling with issues of her own. Not only is Sylvia trying to rebuild her trust in her father, but she's uncertain what to make of her once-promising engagement to Titus Kauffman, who hasn't pursued her since she confronted him. Adeline wishes she could help Sylvia, but she's not sure that either she or Sylvia is ready for that level of closeness in their relationship.
Can God make something good come out of the mistakes of the past? Or does Adeline's
arrival mark one too many surprises for the Millers and their Amish community?
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Beverly Lewis penned her first story at age nine while living near Lancaster County Amish farmland, where she grew up. She welcomes her many reader-friends each day on Facebook and personally replies to fan mail. Lewis lives with her husband in Colorado near their family. Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In the previous story, it seemed the Miller family had weathered the storm and come out stronger. However, like real life, one storm is often preparing us for the next storm. The next storm was just starting as the story ended. One of my favorite characters throughout the Hickory Hollow books has been Ella Mae Zook, known as the Wise Woman. She was up in years but her mind was still sharp as a tack and she was able to communicate with the women in the community in a way that led them to find their own answers rather than telling them what to do. The one thing she consistently told them to do was to pray about the matter. Regardless of what else she said, prayer almost always came up in conversations with her. When you pause to think about it, Christians should always pray first. Anyone who spent time with the Wise Woman left feeling uplifted and encouraged, with sound direction for moving forward. I dare say we would all benefit more from spending time with a Wise Woman or Wise Man than all the hours spent listening to mindless chatter on the radio or TV. Most people now would rather have someone tell them what they want to hear rather than seeking Godly counsel. After reading this story, I must ask myself if I offer Godly counsel and guidance, or do I merely give my own personal opinion. I encourage you to read this book to learn what happens in the Miller family and all of their friends in the Hickory Hollow district.
I usually anticipate the release of Beverly Lewis' books and after I read the last page of The Tinderbox, I eagerly waited for the arrival of The Timepiece. The Miller's are once again under scrutiny. Sylvia, who thought she was her father's only daughter, didn't relish getting to know Adeline, the daughter he didn't know he had. She was also unsure if she would marry Titus, the cautious son of Amos Kaufman, the strictest preacher of her church district. This is one of those stories that gives us a glimpse into human nature to see that all we need to see isn't on the surface. The Miller family, except Sylvie, warmly welcome Adeline into their family. There have been so many changes and she wasn't prepared for the addition of a sister, especially from the Englisch world. The dynamics of the newcomer in addition to learning more about her father's life before joining the Amish seem to impact her the most. As her time to become baptized draws near, she must decide her future. Adeline, for her part, is becoming more intrigued with this quiet life as she too, prepares to return to her college studies and her fiancee Brandon. She too, has questions as she learns more about her father, Earnest and the surprises she finds in her late mother's journal. Amidst all this, is Rhoda, Earnest's wife and Sylvia's mother. She is a quiet force to reckon with as she guides them along with love and wisdom. This story is about a resilient family whose faith strengthens them to bring about forgiveness, and the discovery of joy. Beverly Lewis wove together a wonderful story that proves that faith, patience and time can bring forth many blessings. I recommend this book to all fans of Beverly Lewis, but also to new fans to pick up and enjoy.
An amazing story about one special Amish family who faces a situation unheard of among the Amish community of Hickory Hollow. Adeline Pelham arrives at the door of Earnest Miller's home to meet her father who never knew she exist. Earnest is Amish and Adeline is not. Earnest never knew he had another daughter beside Sylvia who lives with him, her four brothers and her mother. The family welcomes Adeline with kindness and compassion and makes her feel at home. This has to be a hard thing to accept but as we read into the story, you as a reader, will experience a love and kindness not even imaginable. Sylvia feels mixed feelings and has reasons to as she was the ONLY daughter and now finds there is an older sibling who also happens to be a girl. Will her father have enough love for both daughters? Many questions arises as the story unfolds and many adjustments for both the family and Adeline since she is an Englisher. This was a well written story as only Beverly Lewis can write, she has a style of her own. I was so engrossed in the book I read it in one day. I just had to keep finding out what the next step would be or the next hurdle was there to jump over. Amazing book.