The author, Beverly Lewis brings you back into the culture of Amish society with a healing story with a bit of intrigue. An Amishwoman who loses both husband and son in a buggy accident, leaving her with her little daughter and the loss of her sight. The stranger who comes to stay in her parent's B&B befriends her. He discovers a old postcard lodged in a small drawer of his rolltop antique desk in his room at the B&B. The postcard brings strange reactions from the owners of the Amish Bed and Breakfast owners, urging him on a trail after the history of the postcard. Another great book set in the heart of Pennsylvanian Amish Country. A light enjoyable read.
This book tells the story of Rachel Yoder, a blind Amish woman living at her parents B&B with her young daughter. Rachel came to live with her parents after a tragic accident left her a young widow and helped result in her blindness. She is content to quietly work behind-the-scenes at her parents' B&B until Philip Bradley, a big city reporter, comes to stay at the B&B and finds an old postcard tucked away in the stuck drawer of a writing desk. The postcard was from a mysteriously shunned relative of Rachel's and Philip begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the postcard, later sparking Rachel's interest in the tale as well, which helps to open her up to the world she had been shutting herself away from. Together, both Rachel and Philip slowly gain an understanding of faith and each other.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a fairly quick read, and I was happy to find out that it is the first book in a trilogy since there were a number of unanswered questions at the end. I also appreciated the descriptions of the different types of Amish since most people typically think of the "Old Order" when thinking about the Amish. Not everyone is aware of the "Beachy Amish" who among other things do sometimes drive cars and use electricity. Being aware of these different orders does help explain a number of things that occur in the book. All-in-all, I found it to be an enjoyable read!
The usually simple lives of an Amish community are complicated when a forgotten postcard unlocks a tangled maze of secrets.
Are you one of over 700,000 people who fell in love with The Shunning, The Confession, and The Reckoning? Do you love great storytelling, precise characterization, and quaint settings? If so, The Postcard, by bestselling author Beverly Lewis, should be your next read. It is a tender novel about redemption and discovery as two people from different worlds are forced to rely on one another to uncover a long kept secret.
Rachel Yoder, a New Order Amish woman, lost her husband and son in a tragic accident two years ago. Now, returning to her aging parents with her young daughter, she has resigned herself to the life of a widow. With a subdued but cheerful heart she helps her family run a bed-and-breakfast in a quaint Lancaster county town.
Philip Bradley, a world-weary journalist from New York City on assignment in Lancaster to write an article on the Amish community, is a lodger at the Yoder's B&B. A chance discovery by Philip of a postcard written in illegible Pennsylvania Dutch in the dresser of his room sets off a series of events that leads him into the heart of the Amish life and to the bedside of a mysterious woman known as "The Storyteller." With the postcard as a link to a haunted past, the woman gradually weaves a riveting tale as old as herself about a community shuttered in secrecy, shattered by betrayal.
Fascinated by the story, Philip's and Rachel's lives become inevitably intertwined despite the attempts of the community to protect her from the outsider. Torn by devotion to the people she loves and the awakening feelings in her heart, Rachel searches her past to restore old wounds in order than new love might grow.
The Postcard is an intriguing, but easy read. I love the mystery in the story, and the captivating way in which it is finally revealed. A great plot with interesting twists and subplots add depth to the overall story.
I have read only a few Amish books, so can't really compare it to others, but I was fascinated by the Amish life and ways, especially the difference in beliefs and practices between the Old Order Amish and some of the Mennonites. I particularly appreciate the way the Amish are portrayed as real people with faults, as well as virtues.
My favorite character is Philip Bradley, a warm and caring man. He is far more astute and introspective than I expected him to be. I'm was happy with his spiritual growth over the course of the novel. I didn't really warm up to Rachael, the main female character, until near the end of the book, when she allows her own personality and character to surface, regardless of her mother's overbearing and meddling ways.
I found this book to be a very satisfying read, though I will soon be reading the sequel, The Crossroad, to find out the rest of the story. I recommend this book to those who enjoy an easy read with a heavy dose of mystery and a fair amount of spiritual investigation and growth in the characters.
Easy fast read. An journalist comes to spend a few days at an Amish bed and breakfast to write an article. He finds an old postcard stuck in a desk drawer and so begins a journey into the life of a blind Amish widow and the community.
I enjoyed this book written about the experiences of a journalist visiting an Amish family and the search he took on to find the story behind and old "postcard" he found. It is easy reading and you will like it also.
A great book-- Beverly Lewis lets us know more and more about the Amish way of life... this one the "Postcard" is intriguing and brings an Englisher to the Plain life filled with healing, hope, and a new love. Hard to put down.
Growing up Plain, Rachel Yoder dreamed of being a woman of confidence, like the hearty women and men of her ancestry. But unlike Gabriel Esh, her fiery great-uncle who preached out against age-old practices in the community and endured the shunning for his beliefs, Rachel was said to be "born shy." After suffering the tragedy of early widowhood, she is so shadowed by grief that even her young daughter has trouble coaxing Rachel out of her shell.
Philip Bradley's arrival at the Orchard Guest House B&B would be called providential by certain folk in the Lancaster Amish community, for it is Philip who stumbles across a forsaken postcard in the crevice of an antique desk. A world weary journalist, Philip finds his enthusiasm renewed at the challenge the postcard presents. Written in Pennsylvania Dutch and signed be an infamous Plain relative, the faded message leads Philip to the bedside of a woman with a tale of dark secrets and lost love.
Drawn to the ancient story, Philip and Rachel find their own lives inexorably intertwined. Will their discoveries give Rachel the courage to embrace the promise of healing and the hope of new love?
Growing up Plain, Rachel Yoder dreamed of being a woman of confidence, like the hearty women and men of her ancestry. But unlike Gabriel Esh, her fiery great-uncle who preached out against age-old practices in the community and endured the shunning for his beliefs, Rachel was said to be "born shy". After suffering the tragedy of early widowhood, she is so shadowed by grief that even her young daughter has trouble coaxing Rachel out of her shell. . . .