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After their widowed mother passes away, Eva and her sisters are in a difficult spot. Their brother plans on moving his family into the big farmhouse, and assumes his sisters will marry soon, leaving the house. When the youngest sister suddenly disappears, Eva is afraid she m... Read More

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After their widowed mother passes away, Eva and her sisters are in a difficult spot. Their brother plans on moving his family into the big farmhouse, and assumes his sisters will marry soon, leaving the house. When the youngest sister suddenly disappears, Eva is afraid she may have been wooed away from the Plain life. 

When an Amish buggy maker appears in her small town, Eva feels drawn to him. However, when he shows her a photograph, she realizes that the stranger in the photo is really no stranger at all. 

Product Details:
Page Count: 352
Released: 09/0215
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 2015
  • UPC: 9780764212475
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: Sep 8, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC053000"
  • ISBN: 0764212478

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Good Book by Kati on 11/10/2015

***I received a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

I enjoy reading books by Beverly Lewis. They are always easy to read and I fly through them. She is a good storyteller. Whenever I see a Beverly Lewis book available for review through the Bethany House blogger review program, I get excited!

This book was about Eva Esch, a young woman whose parents have died. She and her sisters are living in their parents' house until their brother and his family are ready to move in. When one of her sisters runs away to the English world, Eva and her other sister try to keep things going at home while they search for her. Meanwhile, an Amish man from Ohio, Jed, comes to the area to learn buggy making techniques and the two are immediately attracted to one another. But when Eva discovers a photograph of her runaway sister in Jed's wallet, things change between the two of them.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it wasn't my favorite. The story was good. She always makes her books interesting by adding little bits of excitement in the plot. I appreciate that Beverly Lewis has a lot of knowledge about the Amish that comes through in her books. It was neat to get a look at two different Amish districts and how each district varies slightly.

If you haven't read anything by Beverly Lewis, I would definitely recommend reading one of her books.

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 11/10/2015

Beverly Lewis does it again! Just when you think that she has surely run out of original storylines, out pops another one. This book revolves around a mystery that slowly unravels revealing a piece of the puzzle at a time.

This time the story centers around a photograph of an Amish woman mysteriously tucked between the pages of a book and inadvertently left on the seat of a train. Jed Stutzman, an Amish man, stumbles upon the photo while he is on the train going to Eden Valley on a business trip.

The Amish don't take photos and the woman in this particular picture is obviously posing for the camera. That leaves Jed mighty perplexed. Who is she and why would she go against their beliefs to so brazenly allow the photo to be taken?

Imagine Jed's surprise when he unexpectedly runs into the woman in the photo in Eden Valley. Instead of answers to his questions, more questions develop.

Even after all of these years I am continually drawn to the writings of Beverly Lewis. Her characters may be from the Amish faith but their situations and hopes and desires are similar to those that we non Amish experience as well. This particular novel reaches deep into our longings and explores what it means to give up what seems to be a better life for the one that God intends.

If you enjoy a story about people who struggle to do what is right amid pressure to do what the flesh desires then I think that you are going to enjoy this book. There is a reason that Beverly Lewis consistently tops the charts and The Photograph is another shining example of that talent.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

The Course of True Love....Never Did Run Smooth by Tickmenot on 10/29/2015

Eva Esch wants to marry for love, the kind that makes her heart sing. That was the type of relationship her parents had. However, her only prospect, Alfred Dienner, doesn't even make her heart flutter. This Amish girl lives with her two sisters, dour Frona and fun-loving Lily, on the family farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Recently, her beloved mother passed away, and her father died on her sixteenth birthday. Twenty-year-old Eva copes with her heartache by making and selling candy in the small shop her father built for her.

Is love really necessary for a good marriage?

Eva's life is further turned upside down when her brother, Menno, announces he and his family will be taking over the farm soon, and closing the candy shop. He tells the three sisters there will only be room for one, the other two need to move somewhere else--or find husbands!

The next morning, Eva is heartbroken to find Lily has left home. A massive search is begun to find her, but it is feared she has left the Amish life for good. On top of that, Eva receives a letter from Alfred Dienner who says he wants to court her long distance. Despite not loving him, should she take him up on it now because of her brother's plans?

Meanwhile, in another part of the county...

Jed Stutzman is coming to Lancaster County to temporarily work in the buggy shop. On his way there, he finds a novel that has been treated like a diary. A girl has written her thoughts, along with her heart's desire for romance and love, in the margins of the book. Her words immediately draw him to the writer, although he is shocked to find a picture of an Amish girl stuck in the book, since photographs are a serious violation of their faith.

This is the first girl he has felt attracted to since the death of his fiancé two years earlier. Finding this girl seems hopeless since there is no identification in the book, or on the picture. However, that all changes when he is in Lancaster County, and sees the girl in the photo.

He spends as much time with her as he can before he returns to Ohio, promising to write her. But once home, events that took place at their parting are causing him to have second thoughts. He questions his feelings for her. Maybe he should just quietly distance himself from her, and not communicate at all.

This tale contains misunderstandings, mistaken identities, failed romances and a bit of mystery. The characters are likeable with an interesting story-line. This book is a page turner that keeps your attention up to the last page. I think The Photograph is a very enjoyable, and highly recommend it. This 5-star book will appeal to anyone who likes stories about the Plain people, or well-written fiction.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of The Photograph through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

Another great Beverly Lewis story! by DEBI on 10/19/2015

This report on The Photograph by Beverly Lewis falls under this category: mom read the book, then sent me an email about it, which I've then tweaked" a bit:

I have always loved Beverly Lewis’ books - the slow pace of the Amish lifestyle just draws me in. This book was wonderfully interesting from beginning to end. Once I started the book, I could not put it down until I finished the entire book.

The Photography's story is woven around 3 sisters, Frona, Eva and Lily, and their married brothers whose parents have recently passed away. Their youngest married brother, Menno, and his family may want to take over the family homestead and there is not enough room for all. One of the sisters may stay as long as she helps with his children. After learning this, the youngest sister, Lily, unexpectedly runs away leaving a note, having chosen to leave the Amish to go off with her boyfriend. Not only is Eva dealing with the loss of her sister and parents, but now she's faced with the problem of finding a place to live.

Jed Stutzman is trying to move on after he lost his fiancé is traveling to Eden Valley from Ohio to learn how to make the Pennsylvania style buggy. On this trip Jed comes across a book that holds a photograph of a beautiful young Amish girl. Jed is puzzled by the boldness of the woman in the photograph, since Amish people are not allowed to get their picture taken. He's sure he knows who is in the photograph, but appearances can be deceiving. The book has personal notes written in the margins Eva is drawn to this handsome, caring stranger who has come to her community the young woman in the picture he has is certainly NO stranger to her.

The love story between Jed and Eva is sweet, but they share sorrows. As a couple are they really suited for each other? The romance does not play the biggest role, but Lewis does a great job at weaving Eva and Jed's story together. The mystery of the photograph and the connection between individuals and three different locations with the theme of family, community, and most importantly, the bonding of siblings are all the threads that pull this story all together. Family devotion and the tight knit world of the Amish is once again the key to making this a story that you will want to keep reading to the end.

Graven Image by Maureen on 10/13/2015

When Jeb Stutzman begins his journey from Holmes County, Ohio to Eden Valley, Pennsylvania, his life is about to change again. He is still reeling from the sudden death of his beloved fiancé a year ago, and having trouble recovering and moving on with his life. He works for his Uncle learning and possibly taking over his buggy building business.
While on the bus he finds a copy of Little Women wedged between the seat, and in it a picture of a beautiful Amish woman, a graven image, how could she be Amish and taking picture? This simple photo is about to change his life when he meets, or thinks he does, the girl in the photo.
Eva and her sister Frona are barely hanging on after their younger sister Lily left to go English, their brother Menno has also dropped a bomb that he wants to take his birthright and live in the family home. Someone is going to have to leave and Eva will have to close her candy store, Menno and his family need the room.
What is about to happen makes this book a page turner, and a delightful read, come along and experience the trial and tribulations of wanting to move on with their lives and feeling the loss of their beloved sister.
I received this book through Bethany House Publishers Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

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