Three wonderful stories. Crossroads and the postcard are part of a set, it was nice to have both the books together and not have to wait for the second. It is about a Plain widow who looses her eyesight after seeing her son and husband killed in a buggy accident. When a Englisher comes to stay at her parents in and finds a postcard in an old desk, an old mystery is unraveled and a new romance begins.
The Sanctuary is about a troubled young women who is running from her past and how running to Amish country helps her find her faith.
A New York reporter sent to Amish country to do an article on "the Plain people" finds a 40 yr old postcard in a desk at the Amish B & B where he is staying. His inquires regarding the sender of the postcard are met with guarded hostilities by his hosts. As he sets out to find the answers to the who and why of the postcard he finds allies in the blind daughter and the granddaughter of the B & B owners.
This is really 2 stories in one - the story of Phil - the reporter and the story of Rachel - the shy blind widow and single mother who lives with her parents and assists in the running of their business.
I found this story a bit slow at first and then it really grabbed me and I could not put the book down.
This story is continued in The Crossroad.
These three stores mingle the lives of the Amish, Mennonites and "Englishers" - a very true depiction of how, despite our religious beliefs, we are all live in the same world and sometimes find friends in unlikely places.
This particular book does contain THREE separate books by this author.
Compelling and Inspiring, Sanctuary is a harrowing love story of the power behind revenge, the price for freedom, and the solace found in friendship. It portrays characters both tender and flawed whose search for meaning brings them to a moment of shocking and profound truth.
From the remarkable writing team of bestselling author Beverly Lewis and her husband David.
For fear-ridden Melissa James, the roadside billboard offers the first shred of hope. Desperate for a place "where time stands still," Melissa finds safe haven amid rolling hills of idyllic Amish countryside and quaint clapboard farmhouses. It is there that she forms an unlikely alliance with a young Plain woman whose unwavering faith provides Melissa a glimpse of peace she has never known. But even here, she cannot hide. Ryan James had it all-a beautiful wife, a lucrative investment firm, a bright future. Then his beloved Melissa disappears, leaving him both baffled and frantic. Until that day, Ryan had embraced society's blase view of good and evil. Now, as he unravels the mystery that haunts his wife, he is faced with a depravity he cannot explain away, one that may cost him everything.
This story is a mystery/thriller. Melissa is a young 'English" girl, not Amish. HER life is a thriller story. The story begins with her happily married to Ryan a young, very wealthy financial manager. After living a crazy life, her parents died young, and the Mafia on her tail. She thinks that has found some peace as Ryan's wife. She still is always looking over her shoulder for the Mafia.Little does she know how much they know and are connected to her. This thriller plays out until the last page. Melissa disappears into the Amish. Mennonite world and becomes a Christian. She learns that few people can be trusted, but that you can always trust God. Will it ever be safe to go back to her husband Ryan?
Awesome book. Once again, Beverly and David Lewis have done a wonderful job of conveying the beautiful, simple life of the Plain Folk in modern day life. LOVED IT! It was also a neat blend of the reality of the Spiritual world very much a part of reality.
This book contains the three novels in the Amish Country Crossroads series: The Postcard, The Crossroad and Sanctuary bound together into one hard cover book. Written by bestselling author, Beverly Lewis and her husband David Lewis.
Beverly Lewis has a strong and devoted readership for good reason. She tells a very good story about family life in a culture most of us know little or nothing about. Most of her books run in series, but as far as I can remember of this one, it stands alone. Certainly there is no precursor to this book, so you will not miss any information when you begin this book.
Because of the nature of these books (feel good, comfort reading), it is often easy to predict the outcome of the story. But Lewis excels at keeping you deeply interested. Although Lewis is not herself Amish and comes from a mother who left the Amish ways, she does really know what she's writing about. (Although it is very likely that someone who is Amish could find inaccuracies.)
An aspect of Lewis' writing that I and my family appreciate, is that she writes good, CLEAN books. Yes, it is possible to write good romance without resorting to bodice-ripping!
If you are a Lewis fan, you will really enjoy this book and probably were searching for it. If Lewis is new to you, do not hesitate to order the book, unless you are not a woman or teenage girl. These books do not seem to appeal that much to the average American male!
jaedoe - reviewed The Crossroad (Amish Country Crossroads, Bk 2) on
A good story all in all although some parts were predictable. Since I enjoy reading anything about Amish life I enjoyed "visiting" the farm, riding in the buggy and all the rest that comes with the Amish way of life. It calms me down, slows me down and gives me a sense of peace. Good book for a lazy afternoon or evening.
This is a very good read. The book contains 3 novels. The "_Postcard" is the beginning. A man struggling with what he perceives is his life forever visits Lancaster county and finds the "Plain people" are what he is what he is craving and missing from his high stress New York life.
The "Crossroad" is a sequel to the first story. The New York journalist keeps returning to the " Plain people" and doesn't understand why. Finally he figures out what he wants and it is in Lancaster county.
The third novel,"The Sanctuary" is different type of novel and very intriguing. A lot of twists and turns had me continuing to read till 2 am just to find out what happens on the next page!