The Atonement by Beverly Lewis | Contemporary Amish Fiction Review

Contemporary Fiction/Amish

Jah, Lucy thought. Tobe would have known what to say.
"But what would he say to me if he knew the truth?" she murmured
into her hands, leaning on the desk.
Alas, that was something she could not afford to find out.

The Atonement

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?


My Thoughts

I have been reading and enjoying novels by Beverly Lewis for years now. In all this time she has stuck to the Amish and Mennonite fiction genre. You would think that after writing about the same group of people for so long that her stories would have become stale or repetitive. With Beverly Lewis that is just not the case.

Beverly continues to delight me with her new story lines. She digs deep and shows the frailty of the human condition from the perspective of a simple life.  In The Atonement she looks at the effect of one person's wrong doings and how it tends to be a ripple effect striking and drawing in others with unintended results.

Lucy Flaud made a grievous mistake many years ago. Only a few people know about it but the weight is heavy on those people. Lucy has spent almost every waking moment trying in some way to atone for this past indiscretion but the guilt just won't go away. 

I would love to discuss on here the ending because it is a beautiful redemption story. But I'd rather you read and experience it for yourself. If you are looking for a story that reminds you that there is hope even in the midst of overwhelming circumstances then this is the book for you.

By the way . . . if you are part of a book club there are Discussion Questions available to download for your group.

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