"The River" by Beverly Lewis is extremely heartwarming Amish Fiction that I would recommend to anybody who enjoys the genre. Two sisters, Tilly and Ruth, left the Amish community to become "Fancy" and basically had cut ties from their family. They each left for different reasons, one escaping heartbreak, and one escaping a life of feeling like she didn't belong. When they unexpectedly received a call from their bother inviting them to their parents' Anniversary party, they were both hesitant to re-enter that life they had run from. But upon their return they find that life in their community is different from what they had left, and they spend a week working through their pasts and creating new ties with some members of their family.
If you know the author "Beverly Lewis" it won't come as a surprise that this was an enjoyable read. She has authored more than 90 books and is a New York Times Best Selling Author. She has a knack for making the reader feel entrenched in the Amish culture, to the point where you can picture the Amish life pretty easily. I enjoyed the characters in "The River" and felt so bad about the pain they had experienced in their lives. I was hoping for a breakthrough for each of the main characters as they were reintroduced to Amish life. The family seemed very realistic to me, with members who were welcoming of the women and others who will probably never forgive them for leaving the plain life. I really enjoyed how it ended and won't spoil it, but I will say it is definitely a worthwhile read.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.