Beverly Lewis has once again written a heart-grabbing story in her new standalone book, The Atonement. It ushers a Pennsylvania Amish family into the harsh consequences of worldly temptations.
The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, now twenty-five and beyond Amish courting age. Instead, Lucy focuses on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard she strives, she never feels she’s doing enough. Then her father strikes up an unexpected friendship with an Englischer in search of a simpler way of life. Lucy forms a connection of her own with the thoughtful young man even as she rejects courtship with her longtime Amish friend. Is it too late to embrace redemption . . . and the power of love?
This is another book from Lewis that is difficult to put down. The reality makes the reader sit up and take notice. True, most people do not live in an Amish community, but the familiar themes of inadequacy, defiance, and private pain will cause one to become part of this extraordinary family.
If you have ever developed a habit of daily journal writing, you will understand the agonizing first line of this story:
FILL UP THE EMPTY PLACES in your heart . . .
A girl with an empty heart looking, wanting, longing . . . and does the last line of the story show any change at all for Lucy?
Pick up the book in the Solid Rock library and find the answer to this dilemma!