Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review: The Atonement

The Atonement
by Beverly Lewis
Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis provides a story of regret and self-punishment in “The Atonement,” her recent work of Amish fiction.

Lucy Flaud pours her heart into a life of service, caring for both Amish and Englischers in an effort to make up for the sin of her past. She is not banned from the community, but she does not feel like a full member of it, either. Her heart is not at peace and she carries both deep resentment and painful grief. 

When her father begins to attend a grief support group at a local community church, he meets Dale Wyeth, an Englischer interested in living a simpler life. Their friendship causes complications with Lucy and forces her to revisit a chapter of her life she’d much rather bury with busyness.
Lucy’s efforts to redeem herself through her own willpower will ring true to anyone who has attempted to make up for their own wrongdoing. Lewis has created a complex heroine and a story that makes for pleasant and inspirational leisure reading. 

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