Book - "The Atonement"
Author - Beverly Lewis
Publisher - Bethany House
Paperback, 325 pages
What I like about Beverly's books is that you get a look into the daily lives of the Amish. In this book, the main character is Lucy. She has made some very serious mistakes in the past and we see her trying to work through these while living her Amish life with her family. She doesn't think she deserves to be married as her lack of understanding of forgiveness and grace stop her from forgiving herself for past troubles.
(It is not really a peaceful story, like her book, "The Secret Keeper," which was my favorite.)
In this story, there are visits to a grief counseling support group, lots of volunteering among the homeless and helping the elderly. There are not many happy moments of family time, or pleasant church events. There was a lot of stress and worldliness showing us more of the world's pain and the trouble of sin, rather than the joy and happiness in a devout life seeking holiness.
There are two young men interested in Lucy. It is very difficult to guess who she ends up with. But I was happy she ended up married to one of them; The right one, I thought! It made the end of the book satisfying.
Beverly includes an epilogue so we can "see" what happens to Lucy later. The book ends with an author's note, where we get some background information about the story idea and who has helped Beverly in the process.
* Disclosure - This book was provided for review purposes. *