by Beverly Lewis

October 2007
ISBN: 978-0764203107
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

Nellie Mae Fisher’s younger sister, Suzy, has drowned in an unfortunate accident, and one hundred days after her death, Nellie and her family are still in mourning. Suzy made Nellie Mae promise to burn her diary when she dies, but Nellie Mae can’t bring herself to do that, instead she buries it.

Nellie Mae has long had a crush on Caleb Yoder, and she is thrilled when Caleb notices her. But Caleb’s father, a stern Old-Order Amishman worries that Nellie Mae won’t be a good match for his son because rumor has it that Suzy was rather wild and he worries that Nellie Mae would be the same.

Nellie Mae tries to encourage Caleb that Suzy wasn’t as bad as rumor has it, and Caleb is convinced, but then other things begin surfacing, things that could ruin Nellie Mae’s growing relationship with Caleb. Will Nellie Mae find love?

The Parting is the first book in The Courtship of Nellie Fisher series and as with several others of Ms. Lewis’ books, it leaves you hanging. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series to be released. I love Ms. Lewis’ books and this one is no exception. She can’t write fast enough for me.

Written in several different points of view, I was privy to Nellie Mae’s parents’ thoughts, her friends’ thoughts, and even Suzy’s thoughts, but it didn’t seem intrusive. I liked the way I knew what everyone was going through and why they made the decisions they did. I was sympathetic with Nellie Mae as she struggles with running her business, courting, and yet mourning for her sister.

I was unable to find out when the next book in this series is coming out, so I wrote the publisher and was told the summer of 2008. If you like books with a definite ending, you will want to wait until all the books in the series are released. If you don’t mind being left hanging for months, then pick up your copy now. I totally loved this story.

Reviewed in September 2007 by Laura.

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