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Lena Rose Schwartz hadn't planned to leave her Old Order community in Centerville, Michigan. But then, she could not have foreseen the accident that made her and her siblings orphans. After her parents' funeral, her younger brothers and sisters are farmed out to various nearby relatives. But when the deacon in charge of the arrangements tells her there aren't places enough for everyone, she agrees to go live with her father's second cousin and his family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Beside the fact that Lena has never been more than a few miles from home, she's never met the family she will now be living with. But worse than that is the thought of being separated from her siblings. How will they manage without her to care for them - especially eight-year-old Chris? And what about Hannes Lehman, the beau she was sure would soon be asking her to marry him? It was true that he was not the man her father would have preferred for her. Maybe that was what the deacon was hinting at when he said "a fresh start might do you good".
It won't be forever, she consoles herself. I'll come back as soon as I can to take care of my family - and to make a home with Hannes. But doing so may prove far more complicated than she ever imagined.
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By Myramac on 05-03-18
I have read many of Beverly Lewis’ books and have enjoyed them all thoroughly. I chose to buy this one on Audible and I am not sure if I would do it again. Either this book was not as good as the previous ones or something was lost in the reading thereof. I can’t fault the performances per se, but this book was definitely not in the same league as the previous ones I have read. The story in itself was endearing, starting with Lena Rose losing her parents and being torn away from all that is familiar. She bears her suffering and trials remarkably well for someone who has lost so much. The story proceeds rather slow and steady until through a series of events, she is able to return home. I missed the usual description of the characters. Not sure if it was just because I didn’t pick it up in the listening. I only recall a few brief descriptions of Arden as well as of her uncle. I kept wondering what Lena actually looks like. The story ends beautifully with a happy ending. If you want an easy story to listen to, then this will be a great choice.
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By MarieK on 08-06-18
Beverly Lewis write phenomenal stories
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I do have to admit a bias though.....I own ALL of her books. The only thing i didn't enjoy so much was the narrator. This was my first Audible book of Beverly's. I was not thrilled with the narrator's interpretation of characters. Otherwise, the story flowed beautifully!!