Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Wish

GIVEAWAY

LEWIS, BEVERLY
THE WISH

"You really think this is a gut idea, goin' clear out there, spendin' time with folk who've left the People?"

Leona wondered if she was getting the carriage before the horse. Even so, she was willing to do whatever she could to bring Gloria back home -- where she belonged.

Leona Speicher got the "sister" she always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be the answer to Leona's prayers -- until Gloria's father is expelled from their Old Order Amish church for reasons no one will discuss. Much to Leona's dismay, the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear. Then, after a silence of several years, Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona, who makes up her mind to go after her friend. Yet Leona's fiancé -- the deacon's son -- is alarmed. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?

My Review:

Every time I open a book by Beverly Lewis I feel like I'm coming home. I don't know if it's because she is the first Amish fiction author I ever read or if her distinctive style just lulls me into another world -- maybe a bit of both. But I love it. Love feeling settled in a read, deriving comfort from a story well-told that leaves me with lots to ponder by the end. And The Wish fits that criteria perfectly.

While this is an Amish story, the issues at the heart of this tale are completely relatable to all of us. Leona is intent on helping a friend. She's pure of heart and earnest in her desire to help Gloria come back to the church. And while that journey is fraught with complications and difficulties for her friend, Leona learns an important lesson about being in relationship within her own family.

Gloria has been living a conflicted life -- ripped away from the Amish community she loved by her father's decree, she has been living Englisch for years. Suddenly faced with a pivotal decision she finds herself at a crossroads. Both Gloria and Leona are on a journey of self-discovery and that makes The Wish a compelling and thought-provoking read.

A sweet story sure to lift your spirit and fill your heart with the certainty of God's all encompassing  love.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Wish please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 16 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

39 comments:

  1. Good morning, Kav, Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors although I haven't read any of her books for awhile :( When I saw that 'The Wish' was coming out I knew that I wanted to read it.

    Have a wonderful day!

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    1. She is a wonderful author and keeps producing great novels every year. Yay. Good luck, Tammi.

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  2. The one I haven't read yet. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It just came out in September so it's fresh off the press. Good luck, Kim.

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  3. Oh, another new one by Beverly Lewis!! I love these Amish books!!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Me too -- and isn't the cover lovely? It exudes promise. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  4. Always excellent, authentically researched fiction by Beverly Lewis - another good one to look forward to! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yes -- she's an author we can trust for accuracy. Good luck, CC.

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  5. Beverly Lewis never disappoints you with her books!! I love the cover on this book. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck!

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  6. Looks like another from Beverly Lewis!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Looks like another winner from Beverly Lewis is what I meant to write.

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  7. The Wish on my wish list. TY for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck.

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  8. My mother in law loves Beverly Lewis books. I'll have to tell her about this one!
    Dianna

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    1. She'll definitely want to know. Good luck, Dianna.

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  9. Beverly Lewis was the first Amish fiction author I read years ago. I do so love her writing :-) Haven't read a good Amish book for a while, I think it's time!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I have had the blessing of reading a number of great Amish books after a bit of a drought. LOL Good luck, Trixi.

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  10. I'm always game for a Lewis read, and this one sounds particularly interesting! I totally agree with your assessment of her books! It always feels like returning to old friends even if they're new characters. :)

    Many Blessings, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Yes, "old friends even if they're new characters" -- what a perfect way of putting it!!!! That's just how I feel. Good luck, Amada.

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  11. Every Beverly Lewis book I read is better than the last so I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks Kav.
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. You're welcome, Diane. Good luck.

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  12. I love Beverly's books, thank you for the chance to win a copy of "The Wish".

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck.

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  13. I am a huge fan of Beverly Lewis. I hope to be able to read this book (maybe if I win this giveaway? *wink), so I didn't read your review (just in case I did win and need to write a review of my own!) Thanks Kav!!

    Annie
    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. LOL -- wouldn't want to mess with your reviewing mojo. Good luck, Annie.

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  14. Looks like an incredible suspense! Would definitely wamt ro read this by Beverly. Fingers crossed x
    Thanks for the chance of such a great giveaway!
    Cclas9508(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. Love Beverly Lewis books. Thanks. teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  16. What a beautiful cover! Bet the story is just as good! Country_sweethrt(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I love it too...so soft and inviting. Good luck, Jayleen.

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  17. This is on my wishlist. :)
    Count me in!

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. You're counted, Melody. Good luck.

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  18. Our Church Library readers love Beverly Lewis and her books. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Guess what, Janet? I discovered a church in my town with an awesome church library. Woot! I'm not so jealous any more. LOL Good luck!

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  19. Sounds like an other great book by Beverly Lewis! I've got to start reading her books ;)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. There's a ton to choose from, Samantha. Good luck.

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