Book Review

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

Ebb TideAbout the Book

When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter’s nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Curious by nature, Sallie loves reading and learning, and she fears that her chances of making a good match with an Amish farmer will be hampered because of it.

Though she loves taking care of nine-year-old Autumn Weaver during the week, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Edward Kreider, a young marine biology student who talks freely about all he’s learning and asks about her interests, unlike the guys she grew up with. Sallie wonders if this is the kind of relationship she’s been longing for. Then again, Ed isn’t from her community–and he’s Mennonite, not Amish.

Sallie is afraid of what her parents would think about her new friendship. But that’s not all she’s fearful of. When unexpected danger threatens Autumn, Sallie will have to put her fears aside. Will this be a summer to remember, or one to forget?

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My Thoughts

Beverly Lewis has been one of my long time favorite authors, so being able to read and review this book in exchange for my honest opinion is a huge honor for me! I won’t sit here and type out so you have to read how honored I am over this, so let’s get to the book review! Amish set books are some of my favorites to read! I love being able to invision how they live! I’ve said before it interests me, and I’ll say it over and over! Could I do it? I don’t think so, but I do think it would make things so much easier! This Amish set book is different than others that I have read, as our main character, Sallie is wanderlust, meaning she wants to explore before she joins the church and gives herself to her Amish Community 100%. She had plans to go on a trip to Australia, and while that fell through, she did get invited on another trip! One where she could Nanny for 9 year old Autumn on the coast of New Jersey. Of course, since she wants to widen her horizens and knowledge about places other than Lancaster County, PA, she jumps on the chance! While on her trip for the summer, she meets a Mennonite Man who she becomes friends with. Should she continue this friendship because they are of different faith? She has put herself in a dilemma but was she wrong or right about this? Read the book to find out! Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read this book!

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