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The Wish

Beverly Lewis
The Wish

Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young pare... Read More


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Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own.

Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.

When Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Leona's new beau, the deacon's son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2016
  • UPC: 9780764218897
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Sep 6, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC053000"
  • ISBN: 0764218891

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How incredibly easy it is to see the faults of our own family, overlooking the blessings. Equally simple is see only the good things of another family and be blinded to the problems. The source of this is discontentment. That is exactly where Leona Speicher finds herself. Her heart yearns for her family to be like her best friend’s Gloria Gingrich: Fun, affectionate, and close. She idolizes them and fantasizes about becoming a permanent household member. To make the situation even more ideal, Leona and Gloria are as close as best friends can be.
Her heart is broken when the Gingrich family is shunned from the Amish church, disappearing in the night without even saying goodbye. Leona never quits missing her friend and mourns her absence for 3 long years. Out of the blue Gloria reaches out to her begging her to come for a visit. The family has abandoned their Amish faith and turned English. Leona wrestles whether or not to go. She still loves her friend deeply but isn’t sure not only what to expect but also putting herself in the English world.
With the purpose of trying to bring back with her and become Amish again she decides to go.
The trip turns out to be more than the rescue mission she had anticipated. She is shocked and disheartened by what she finds not only Gingrich’s lives now but what they had been all along. A beautiful story of love, true friendship, and learning to see the wonderful gifts God has given us.
I received this book Bethany House Publishing and was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Hidden Secrets by Babbling Becky L on 11/2/2016

Authors like Beverly Lewis have long made the Amish lifestyle seem idyllic and peaceful. But in The Wish, Mrs. Lewis brings up a question most Englischer readers have probably asked: would an Amish person who went Englisch really have a desire to return to his or her roots?

Friendship,heartache,romance,and hidden secrets all play a part in this latest offering by Lewis. I sure identified when Leona wishes she belonged to another family...what child hasn't viewed a friend or relative's family as more fun than his/her own?

Part of the ending seemed to come together way too smoothly for as much difficulty as was presented over certain issues and personalities. Very good story, just not one of my personal favorites.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own and are freely offered without compensation.

GOD is my wish by Carol on 10/3/2016

A beautiful story of friendship, sisterhood and sister love and shunning. Leona was an only child - wanting a sister and it was as if GOD had answered her prayers. A family moved into a farm close by - Gloria was a child with that family and they got close - until - they got shunned and had to move away - then Leona lost her sister - years go by and she hasn't heard from her sister - friend - and out of the blue she hears from Gloria and she needs her help - so she goes and she brings her back with her - so - what happened - why did she need Gloria? will her family let her back into the house? will the community let her back into the community family? Will she stay shunned out? This is one story I can tell you if you don't get it you may regret it - it is heartwarming and heart tugging - you pick it up and you wont put it down until you know those answers above for yourself. I received this book to read for an honest review

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