Title: The First Love

Author: Beverly Lewis

Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date: 04 September 2018

Genre: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction

Maggie Esh is a young Amish woman who hopes to find the love of her life and settle down once she is baptised into the Amish community. However, her chronic illness makes feel her pitied by all the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. To make her situation worse, she has to accommodate her father’s new young wife, only a few months after the death of her mum. Out of curiosity, she attended the popular tent revival meetings when invited by her cousins. Little did she know that the preacher would stir something deep inside her.

The First Love is a quiet story set primarily in the 1950s and told from Maggie and her step mum, Rachel’s perspectives. Ms Lewis gives readers insight into the life of a person living with a debilitating disease, clinging to hope while searching for a miracle. Readers will empathise with Rachel’s role of filling into a stepmom’s shoes, taking care of a large family while maintaining your dreams. This family drama is a quick read and would be ideal for anyone looking for some encouragement in the midst of a tumultuous time.

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Note: This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All views expressed are my mine.

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