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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Lewis Narrator: Rachel Botchan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Courtship of Nellie Fisher Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781436183598
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Set in 1967 Pennsylvania, this sequel to Lewis’ New York Times bestselling novel The Parting tells the tale of Amish sweethearts struggling to overcome the schism that divides their families and threatens their future.

The church split has not extinguished their love, but the demands of one man still stand in their way.

Caleb Yoder’s father has forbidden him to court Nellie Mae Fisher, but words alone cannot stop Caleb’s devotion. Yet if he continues to pursue Nellie, he risks losing everything.

Nellie, too, is torn. She longs to marry her Old Order beau but cannot ignore the gentle pull she feels toward the faith of her New Order family. Can she and her beloved satisfy the expectations of the people while remaining true to their hearts?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lewis’ readers can't get enough of her tales about Amish life, and this latest insatallment won't disappoint.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Roberts | 2/20/2014

    " I loved how many of the Amish people were drawn to leave their ways by the Spirit and eventually left their church so that they could read the scriptures and feel the Spirit on their own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia Musgrave | 2/16/2014

    " This one was a little less sad and pathetic than the first in the series. I did enjoy the part of it of Nellie finding herself a little more, and getting to see more about the world from the Amish perspective, but it was still not the best book ever, cute but completely for young girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Midge | 2/13/2014

    " The 2nd in the "Courtship" series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 1/27/2014

    " I liked this book better than book 1 and look forward to reading the third book when it comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 1/8/2014

    " Beverly Lewis is a talented author. I enjoy how she brings so many stories into this one book. They are all searching for the same thing, but are getting there in a different way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reedross | 1/8/2014

    " Frustrating!!! Caleb is just not someone I can really admire - but I'll still be reading the third book in the series to find out what happens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Cartwright | 1/4/2014

    " great book - well written. Love the Amish setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/4/2014

    " Great series so far. I can't wait to finish the last book to see what happens. It makes me long to live a quieter life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Afton Nelson | 12/25/2013

    " Nellie and Caleb's courtship continues to be fairly boring, but several sub plots have kept me interested. The story of Rosanna and Elias' struggles with pregnancy and adoption are, in my opinion, carrying book two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becki | 12/21/2013

    " Better than the first one. And I definitely will read the third to find out how it all wraps up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn | 12/16/2013

    " This book is okay. A great insight into the courting practices of the Amish. Intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/15/2013

    " A heart-tugging story about difficult life choices set in a 1960 Amish community. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Brown | 12/14/2013

    " A bit predictable, but still an easy read, which is just what I needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 11/28/2013

    " Very sad at the end, but a very good story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/21/2013

    " i have a feeling on how this series is going to end..be interesting to see if im right or not.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rj | 7/30/2013

    " I only read Beverly Lewis in summer for a light fun read. I didn't care for this book as much as the others I have read. I didn't relate to or even remember half the characters from chapter to chaper and the storyline was not as compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewett | 6/16/2013

    " Good - drags just a bit here and there, but all in all a very good read. Am now into the last one in the series. I'm anxious to see what happens and I've learned a lot about the New Order Amish. I was only familiar with the Old Order before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/22/2013

    " Another very good book by Beverly Lewis. I can't wait to finish the third and final book in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelleyn | 1/21/2013

    " It is interesting to learn about the split in the Amish groups, but this book had too many character to keep track of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/13/2013

    " This series is a pretty nice easy read. I enjoy the characters and the cute sprinkling of Pennsylvania Dutch is funny as well. Not something you need to think a lot about to read, just something nice to pass the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/6/2012

    " Since I live near Amish folks, these books are always interesting...an easy read...I'm always hooked to read the latest one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/18/2012

    " A wholesome story that has held my attention through the first two books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 6/29/2012

    " I listened to the series as I sewed for Christmas. Uplifting. I do get tired of them after a while though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 2/5/2012

    " I picked up the book not realizing it was part of a larger series of books on different Amish families. Now that I have finished this book...it makes you want to read more of them. Well written interesting story on many levels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/29/2012

    " I really thought this book was much better than the first in the series. Cute little story and fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 12/12/2011

    " The first book was slow to start, and this one didn't "pick up" until the last few chapters, which is brillant due to the fact that I didn't waste anytime picking up the 3rd out of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/9/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, however, I found many parts of it to be very predictable. There were a few things I didn't see coming, but the majority I had guessed. Took me a few days to read just because I got busy, but had I had the time, it would have been a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelleyn | 6/19/2011

    " It is interesting to learn about the split in the Amish groups, but this book had too many character to keep track of. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candice | 5/4/2011

    " Definitely slower than the first book in the series and not nearly as enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 2/15/2011

    " This one was a little less sad and pathetic than the first in the series. I did enjoy the part of it of Nellie finding herself a little more, and getting to see more about the world from the Amish perspective, but it was still not the best book ever, cute but completely for young girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/23/2011

    " I really thought this book was much better than the first in the series. Cute little story and fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, however, I found many parts of it to be very predictable. There were a few things I didn't see coming, but the majority I had guessed. Took me a few days to read just because I got busy, but had I had the time, it would have been a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/10/2010

    " Some of the story lines are to heavy handed with drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 8/9/2010

    " Part 2 of series. Once I staretd the series I had to read them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Afton | 6/14/2010

    " Nellie and Caleb's courtship continues to be fairly boring, but several sub plots have kept me interested. The story of Rosanna and Elias' struggles with pregnancy and adoption are, in my opinion, carrying book two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 5/25/2010

    " not my style of book. A slow read for me..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 1/5/2010

    " I'd not read Beverly Lewis before and thought I'd give it a try, expecting not to like it. But I did. Sort of. But got tired of it halfway through and skimmed the rest. Just didn't hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/16/2009

    " This book was great. Weaving the viewpoints of several characters into one coherant story. "

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About the Author
Author Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy books for adults and children. Her inaugural novel, The Shunning, was the first in her blockbuster fiction series, The Heritage of Lancaster County. Since then, her Amish-inspired novels have garnered numerous awards, including the ECPA Platinum Book Award and Library Journal’s Best Book of 2009. She currently lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband, David.

About the Narrator

Rachel Botchan holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the Pearl Theater Company in New York. She and her husband live in New York City.