by Beverly Lewis

May 2006
ISBN: 0-7642-0106-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

Annie Zook reluctantly agrees to give up her beloved art work in preparation for her joining the Amish church. But even though she turns away from her creative outlet, she finds other ways to tempt her away from the Amish, in the form of one very handsome Englisher, Ben Martin.

Annieís modern friend, Louisa Stratford is still visiting, and she is growing interested in a young Amish boy, Sam Glick. She has put a hold on her own art work in respect for her Amish hosts, but she is beginning to feel the pull back to civilization.

Ben Martin is attracted to the young Amish woman, and even more so to the area. When he discovers a painting of a covered bridge in the area, he is inexplicably drawn to it. He seeks out the area and then starts learning startling secrets of a horrific event which occurred there years earlier.

The Englisher is the second book in the Annieís People series. Readers will want to read the first book The Preacherís Daughter before reading The Englisher because certain things will not make sense without having the back ground. I enjoyed reconnecting with Annie, Louisa, Ben, and other characters in this book and am anxiously looking forward to reading the third book in the series due out this fall.

Beverly Lewis has done an excellent job developing three dimensional characters. She has also woven in a faith message, making this one of the first books of hers Iíve read that actually addresses the salvation issue, something that most Amish do not believe in. I highly recommend The Englisher for a wonderful read.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Laura.

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