From the publisher’s blurb, “Sent from Michigan to Pennsylvania following the tragic death of her Amish parents, Lena Rose Schwartz grieves her loss and the separation from her nine siblings”
And thus begins Lena Rose’s new life taking her away from her home in Michigan and to her father’s cousin’s home in Lancaster County, PA. While she does not want to go, she understands that this what she must do for her family. I found Lena Rose to be a sympathetic character with a good head on her shoulders. She loves her siblings but knows she is still too young to take over their care and raising.
What I found most appealing in this book was the structure. So many books, especially those that could be considered “romance” have this formula that the authors think they have to write to, namely boy and girl like each other, boy or girl does something that pushes the other away, they get back together, they repeat that behavior and no one ever acts very mature, but in the end one or the other comes to their senses and everyone lives happily ever after.
The Road Home does not follow this formula. Yes, there is a romance, two in fact, but each is written to show the growth of the characters and not the shallowness. There is a natural progression to the end of the book leaving this reader satisfied with the ending.
According to Goodreads, Beverly Lewis has 149 distinct works recorded on their site. Her average rating is 4.15/5.0. This was the first Lewis book I have read. It won’t be the last.
I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.
ISBN: 0764219677 (ISBN13:9780764219672)
Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date: 04.03.18