I was excited to read The Wish by Beverly Lewis because I had read so many books by Beverly Lewis so it didn't matter what series it went with it. I love all the series and have read so many of them so the characters all seem like friends. I was very excited to see what was going to happen next for this interesting friendship between Leona and Gloria.
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
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
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 fiancé, the
deacon's son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will
Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?
The wonderful character of Leona shows how she grows as she grows older after loosing her closest friend Gloria when she moved away. Gloria's family made her drop all ties with the Amish world that they left and they quickly left the Amish life behind for the English world. I love seeing the Amish and English world in contrast to see all the difference in the culture and how they are different. I enjoyed reading the changes in characters and how Leona grows up through out the story to realize what her beliefs are and how she is going to follow them. I hope that you like this book as much as I did!!! You need to add it to your wish list because this is a great read!!
a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House as part of their
bloggers program. The opinions expressed here are my own and I am not
required to give a positive critique.