Marlena Wenger is living with her Mennonite grandmother for the summer and is struggling about whether to join the old Order Amish church where she grew up so she can marry her beau, or the new Order one her parents now attend. Things become more complicated when her estranged sister is hurt in a car accident and needs her to care for her baby Angela Rose. With so much upheavel going on in her life when will Marlena be able to think about her future?
She seeks help from her grandmother’s neighbor Ellie Bitner, whose family has taken a strange man carrying a bunch of love letters. Where will all this lead? Find out in The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis.
I enjoyed this book a lot. Both Marlena and the Bitners stories were interesting with some twists along the way. However, when I finished the book I was disappointed.
I would have liked to see more of a connection between the two stories. While the characters cross paths and help each other, I kept expecting for there to be more. I think I would have liked it better if this was two books instead of one, with each of the stories fleshed out more.
God’s plans are not ours is a major theme in this book. Marlena thought she had her future all planned out, but what she learns while living with her grandmother and taking care of a baby change that, and she sees what God has planned for her.
On the whole, this is not one of Lewis’ best books, but is enjoyable. I give it three and a half out of five stars.
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