About this time last year, I reviewed the Beverly Lewis novel, The River, and found it enjoyable since we had recently passed through Amish country. Beverly Lewis’s newest Amish novel, The Photograph, included several of the same characters and set in the same Lancaster County town as The River, though it takes place a few years later, so I was excited to read it.
Eva, Frona, and Lily Esch are Amish sisters who live together in their childhood home. Both of their parents have recently passed away, and their older brother is looking for a way to make them move out so he can move in there with his family. Still grieving their parents and finding out that they must find a new home, tragedy strikes again for the Esch family when youngest sister Lily runs away, leaving the Amish community for an unknown English beau outside of Pennsylvania. Eva and Frona are fraught with worry for their sister, wondering if they will ever see her again.
(which is not allowed in Amish culture), that we eventually find out is Lily. He mistakenly thinks that the photo is of Eva and he feels a connection to her when they meet at a community event.
Eva is attracted to Jed, but can she allow herself to fall for someone when she should be spending her time and energy focusing on bringing Lily home? Can Jed move past his loss and open himself up to love again?
Like the rest of the Beverly Lewis novels I’ve read, I enjoyed The Photograph. It combines Amish culture with romance, and I always learn something new about Amish culture and traditions. On a silly note, I have to admit that I had a soft spot in my heart for Jed, since it reminds me of my late beloved shih-tsu also named Jed. I really came to like Eva; I wanted to be friends with her. I only wish the novel had spent more time talking about the book that Jed found on the train, since that played a large part in the ending. Overall, though, it was a good read and I can’t wait for the next Beverly Lewis novel to come out.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.