Book Review--The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis
I used to read Amish fiction all the time and Beverly Lewis was the first (and only, for a while there) author I read. I was drawn away by her cozy style of writing about the Amish and their plain lifestyle. I tried to talk Mr. Measure into becoming Amish, but the eye roll told me it probably wasn't meant to be.
Anyway, I read everything she put out there for a while, but then they all kind of starting feeling like the same kind of book, but with different names. So I dropped away for YEARS.
When Bethany House had her newest book available on their blogger review site, I thought I'd give her a new try and see if her style had changed any in 15+ years.
So when The Last Bride arrived in the mail, I was excited, but hesitant. But I'm glad to say that it was a really good book! It read smooth and cozy, just like I remembered her stories reading, but this one had a complicated twist that I was not expecting at all. And the story kept getting deeper and more intriguing to the point that I didn't want to stop reading. I was pleasantly surprised.
It has all the draw of her old books, and this one is a stand alone book, based on the same area and some of the same characters from her original series (the first one I ever read) that drew me back to warm happiness... like seeing old friends again. I think I will definitely pick up the other Home to Hickory Hollow books. You don't need to read the original series for this to make sense, but if you have, this book feels comfy and like coming home again.