Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Atonement

Happy Thursday!  It is a little overcast in my area today.  We had some rain early this morning (while I was asleep).  Dreary days make me want to snuggle up somewhere with a good book (what can I say!  I love to read!).  On April 7 . . . South Pacific premiered for the first time on Broadway in 1949, the United States issued the first stamp to honor an African-American in 1940 (honoring Booker T. Washington), in 1967 film critic Roger Ebert publishes his first film review in the Chicago Sun Times, and the today is considered the "symbolic" birthday of the Internet (in 1969) with the publication of RFC 1.

The Atonement by Beverly Lewis is a new Amish fiction novel.  Lucy Flaud is twenty-five years old and spends the majority of her time doing volunteer activities (a lot of them) around Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania.  Lucy is trying to atone for a past mistake (is such a thing possible).  Her father, Christian Flaud is grieving (after three years), but only his wife knows what he is truly grieving.  Christian starts attending a local grief support group where he meets Dale Wyeth.  Dale owns a local hardware store and is looking for a simpler life style (off the grid).  Christian volunteers his assistance (to teach him) and Dale starts spending time around the Flaud farm.  Slowly, Lucy gets to know Dale and they become friends.  People are worried, though, that the friendship will lead to more.  The family is experiencing some issues with the twins, Lettie and Faye.  They are enjoying their rumspringa, but they are taking it too far (and the parents are afraid to step in for fear it will push the girls away from the Amish community).   Lettie is also not helping matters by continually questioning Lucy (prying and causing trouble).  How will things resolve for the Flaud family?  When will Lucy learn that forgiveness does not come from deeds? 

The Atonement is not my favorite Beverly Lewis book.  It had a slower pace (the book went on way too long) that I did not enjoy.  The Atonement had a good message (about forgiveness of sins) and it is an easy to read novel.  I just felt that it was lacking (not up to Beverly Lewis’ usual standards).  This will not, though, stop me from reading the next Beverly Lewis book (I have read all of her books).  I give The Atonement 3.5 out of 5 stars.

You can follow Beverly Lewis on Amazon (and Facebook) to get updates on her latest novels.  I received a complimentary copy of The Atonement from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

I hope everyone has a delightful day.  Make sure to take time for yourself. A little time to relax can make a difference (especially if you lead a stressful and active life).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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