The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, who years ago stopped attending the activities for courting-age young people in her hometown of Bird-in-Hand. Now twenty-five and solidly past the age of Amish courtship, Lucy has given up any hope of marriage, instead focusing her efforts on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard Lucy strives, she feels uncertain that she’ll ever find redemption.
Dale Wyeth has a deep mistrust of modern-day “advances” and the dependency they create. The young Englisher’s interest in living off the grid is fueled further when he meets Christian Flaud, Lucy’s father. Dale appreciates the self-sufficient ways of the Old Order Amish, and Christian invites him to learn more about them by staying at the family farm…
Beverly Lewis is back again with a remarkable tail of how far one will go to find redemption from past sins. Lucy’s tale mixes with that of an Englisher Dale Wyeth who is trying to learn from her father how to live off the grid. Throughout the novel Lucy’s past is slowly revealed and the reader feels the pain of Lucy’s grief. Beverly Lewis is the queen of Amish fiction and her newest novel weaves a tale of forgiveness and atonement that stays true to the Amish ways of life. Beverly Lewis has spent a major portion of her life writing Amish fiction and has researched the Amish life and her novels though are fiction do ring true to the Amish way of life with a little straying that doesn’t take away from the simplicity of the story. As true to all her Amish fiction novels, Beverly Lewis’s novel ends with a satisfying end that leaves the reader satisfied and realizing that forgiveness is available to all. The Atonement is out now and can be found in your local bookstore or online.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.