THE LOVE LETTERS
Though from the Beachy Amish herself, Marlena meets Ellie Bitner, an Old Order Amish mother who offers quilting and needlepoint classes. They soon form a bond, and Marlena is drawn into the circle of Ellie's family. Ellie's handsome cousin seems rather taken with Marlena, but after her recent breakup, she is cautious where her feelings are concerned.
But things begin to change when Ellie's young son Jacob discovers an older homeless man camped out in the nearby abandoned mill. Suffering from some cognitive disorder, the man has few prospects and fewer possessions--among them a small clutch of letters apparently from his own courting days. Could these letters be the key to the old man's identity? And can they bring healing and hope to Marlena and Ellie as well?
I love the way this author's writing voice immediately coaxes me into another world. I feel like she's sitting next to me, relating the tale in the age old oral tradition of a classic storyteller. And, of course, I'm hanging onto her every word.
Lewis weaves seemingly diverse story threads together to create an unforgettable celebration of the power that comes from the many facets of love. Young Jake and a collection of love letters are the catalysts that stir things ups for a number of characters -- each on a journey of discovery; finding strength and courage in unforeseen places. A breathtaking read.
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