The Ebb Tide Review

the ebb tide

The Ebb Tide is a 336 page book by Beverly Lewis in the Christian Amish fiction genre. It is published by Bethany House Publishers and was released on April 4, 2017. Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the book

the ebb tideWhen a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter’s nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Sallie has long dreamed of seeing more of the world, but her parents are reluctant for her to put off baptism yet another summer, and the timing is unfortunate for Perry Zook, who has renewed interest in courting her.

Though she loves nannying, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Kevin Kreider, a marine biology student who talks freely about all he’s learning and asks about her interests, unlike most of the guys she grew up with. Time with Kevin is invigorating, and Sallie realizes she’s never felt quite this alive around Perry. Then again, Kevin is Mennonite, not Amish.

Sallie tries to brush aside her growing feelings for Kevin, but she fears what her parents would think about her new friendship. Just as concerning, however, is Sallie’s realization that her time in Cape May is increasing her desire to see the world, challenging her plans for the future. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will Sallie only find what her heart is longing for back home in Paradise Township?

 

My Two Cents

beach-1641791_1920Lewis has woven a wonderful story of love, family relationships, and a wonderlust heart. The story is well written with a fast-moving plot line and characters that have depth. The setting of the book makes you wish you were at the beach putting your toes in the water ( I had to put in a picture because, hey, it is 89 degrees here and I wish I was at the beach).

Friends, I will tell you that I couldn’t put this book down; I read it in one day. The little girl that Sallie nannies, Autumn, stole my heart from the beginning and Sallie’s aunt made me smile. As a mother I can relate to Sallie’s mother – we want our children to stay close. There were a few parts of the story that unrealistic – I can’t share more specifically because it would include spoilers. With that said, the relationship between Sallie and Autumn was truly heartwarming and made me smile. The family dynamics in Sallie’s family can be frustrating at times but does bring tension to the story. I found encouragement in the metaphor of life’s high’s and lows being like the ebb tide – the tide going high and low.

 

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. It is a great summer read that will leave you peaceful at the end. If you enjoy a wonderful Amish story or a story that shows how God is with us through all times of life, than this book is for you!

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book. No compensation was received and all view are my own.

About the Author

beverly lewisI’ve had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I’d hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, “She Shall Have Music.”

After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.

My first book (Holly’s First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers (“Big Bad Beans”) which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled “SummerHill Secrets,” which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up–near the heart of Amish country.

But it was the story of my grandmother Ada Buchwalter’s shunning by her ultra-strict father and subsequently her old order Mennonite community that nudged me toward writing adult fiction. THE SHUNNING was published in 1997 by Bethany House Publishers, and along with its sequels, has touched a nerve in millions of readers intrigued by the Plain tradition of Lancaster County, PA. The Hallmark Movie Channel will air the movie, “Beverly Lewis’s The Confession” on January 19, 2013–the sequel to “The Shunning” movie.

My passion for Amish-related stories continues to keep me up at night, and I’m presently editing the 2nd book (The Bridesmaid) in my new series: “Home to Hickory Hollow,” due out September 11, 2012.

When I’m between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.

Book One of my present series: The Fiddler, is available now.