Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Tinderbox Book Review

I was super excited to read another book in the Beverly Lewis series but I didn't know which series it was part of.  Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis was the next book in the pile to read.  I didn't know it was a stand alone novel until after I read it but most of the books still seem like a part of a big series.

With her Amish parents' twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise--the old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life. Sylvia's bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide.

Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda's relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia's recent engagement to the preacher's grandson.  Can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness and acceptance?

I thought that this was an interesting book with lots of ups and downs because of the choices that are made.  Sylvia is cleaning up her fathers shop and finds a key to his special box where he keeps his memories of the English world before he became Amish.  The problem comes when she finds a watch with engraving on it that was from another woman.  She tells her father that she will keep his secret which is very hard on her so her father tells her mother the truth about his past.  There are tons of things that happen because the truth is finally revealed but even knowing that, there are many surprises that happen.  You have to pick up the book to find out what happens for yourself.  I hope that you check out this book and see how amazing the characters and writing of Beverly Lewis are but if you already like her, add this one to your list.

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