Marlena needed time to let things sink in. It was beyond her how all this could possibly work out--adding the care of an infant to her daily routine. Fortunately, it would just be until Luella returned home from the hospital and was stronger.
No more than a couple weeks, surely.
MARLENA WENGER'S life takes an unexpected turn on the day she learns she must care for her estranged sister's baby. Spending the summer in Brownstown, Pennsylvania, to assist her Mennonite grandmother, and miles from Marlena's Old Order Amish beau, she feels out of her element in nearly every respect. Yet Marlena determines to do her best and stay focused on her future, even as those hopes become drastically altered.
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One of my favorite things about a Beverly Lewis novel is the multiple story lines that all intersect to make a simple tale into a complex narrative. In The Love Letters the main character is Marlena Wenger. She is a sweet girl that willingly goes to help her recently widowed grandmother over the summer. Her plan is to marry her beau once she returns home. Then she'll simply spend the rest of her life being a wife and mother.
Shortly after Marlena arrives at her grandmother's house her carefully crafted plans begin to shift and change. Marlena is asked to care for her estranged sister's baby and before she knows it she is completely attached to this sweet little girl. How in the world will she ever be able to give her up? How can she choose between what she feels like God is leading her to do and what others expect her to do?
Another theme that runs through this novel is Alzheimer's disease. The neighbor boy, Little Jay, discovers a homeless man and befriends him much to the dismay of his family. Where in the world did this person come from and how can a young boy help him to get back to where he belongs?
Marlena and Little Jay are wonderful examples of what each of us should aspire to be. I enjoyed reading their journey through some difficult trials where they really had to choose between obeying God or man. At times it felt like it would be much easier to follow the course that others thought that they should take, but it was so inspiring to see them trust God even when they didn't understand His reasoning.
Another great read to add to the growing list of intriguing stories from this talented author. I'd recommend it to anyone that enjoys Amish fiction with a contemporary flare.
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