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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Lewis Narrator: Aimee Lilly Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Courtship of Nellie Fisher Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781608142927
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Although she still prays for Caleb, Nellie Mae Fisher has broken up with her beau. Now her heart’s greatest longing is for more knowledge of the Lord.

Caleb yearns for freedom, as his plans to leave Honeybrook have been thwarted. He must stay on as caretaker for his father, who was crippled in a wintertime accident. He also longs for Nellie Mae, still hoping that she will return to the Old Order … and to him.

Christian Yoder, a young Mennonite man, longs to get to know Nellie Mae better—and to share with her the secrets of her sister Suzy’s final days.

Rhoda, Nellie’s older sister, longs for more of what the world has to offer—from fancy clothes to her own car to a new English boyfriend.

Meanwhile, father Rueben Fisher longs for unity among his family and all the brethren.

Whose longing will be satisfied, and whose will not?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Contains poignant examples of how God’s saving grace can change a person…The end neatly ties up the series.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “While The Longing is a fictional accounting, the impact of Christianity on the Amish way of life has certainly been a major source of discussion, contention, and hope for many people, and this book is a great reflection of those very things.”

    Christian Library Journal

  • “It is delightful to immerse oneself in the Amish community and its ways of doing things. I hated to leave these pleasant simple people behind when I turned the last page.”

    Libraries Alive

  • “A well-written series about Amish life, filled wit, hope and tragedy, love and fulfillment.”

    Record Courier

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book because it ended like I wanted it to, but you could tell that it was going to end that way from the very beginning. . . but that's the way it is with a lot of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 2/9/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winnie | 1/31/2014

    " Can't wait to read the conclusion to this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/30/2014

    " I do not usually enjoy books set in an Amish setting, but I love this trilogy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/23/2014

    " Great ending to the three-book series. Out of all the Amish fiction I have read among Christian writers, Beverly Lewis definitely is the best and manages to keep things fresh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traewilder | 1/17/2014

    " I know, I know, the endings are always predictable. But the everyday life, the progression of thought and the ensuing effects of the changes they incur, are always encouraging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kami | 1/11/2014

    " A refreshing read after the last two. I like the wholesome issues facing the Amish community. It's a nice break, uplifting too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 1/10/2014

    " This was a not necessary third nook in this series. To me it was the worst of the Beverly Lewis books I have read and I am a huge fan. But everyone is alloowed one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/6/2014

    " Another good series finished. unbelieveable the Amish upbringing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/2/2014

    " I loved this series. It was very refreshing. It wasn't full of smut. I fell in love with the characters and could make a visual for the surroundings. It was a very sweet series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayna | 12/15/2013

    " this is the last in the series tht i love... excited to read it,, once i finsih some other books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Mackay | 12/14/2013

    " I found this book to be very intreging, perhaps better than the first. The end was very satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annemarie | 12/13/2013

    " I'm actually getting a little burned out on the Amish books, but can't stop until I finish this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 12/12/2013

    " What I have learned from this book is the beauty of prayer. When you are right with the Father and you pray his will and wait for his timing prayer works! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed this third and final book in the series The Courtship of Nellie Fisher. I was so happy with the ending of this story. Beverly Lewis never disappoints her fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celestia Knapp | 11/19/2013

    " Was a nice conclusion to the 3 book series. Always enjoy Beverly Lewis books, very clean and wholesome books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ernestene | 6/17/2013

    " Very sweet love story. Not much substance. Would not recommend it to serious readers, but a safe read no foul language and no sex. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candice | 4/19/2013

    " A very happy story, but I don't think that it should have been dragged out into three books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana | 12/23/2012

    " Great trilogy.of course these are my favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 11/6/2012

    " I liked this final installment of the serious. I kind of wished the ending was a little different though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/2/2012

    " All of the food talked about in this series makes me hungry! I'm a sucker for Amish books. Now that I'm done reading, I think I'll dust off the Amish cookbook and make a treat or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 10/20/2012

    " Makes me want to bake...and visit Arthur! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 8/12/2012

    " Normally I enjoy all of Beverly Lewis' books but this one wasn't the best that I've read. I wish at times that she wouldn't be so predictable but I always love reading about the Mennonites and Amish. I will continue to read her books because they make me long for a more simpler life!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Bushman | 7/10/2012

    " Interesting series, I learned a lot about Amish customs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 7/4/2012

    " I really enjoyed this 3rd book of the series. I fell in love with the characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 1/7/2012

    " Exceptionally good series! I have enjoyed all the Beverly Lewis books I've read to date; however, this series tops the list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/23/2011

    " i felt like the ending was kinda rushed. but other than hat it was a good book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candice | 5/19/2011

    " A very happy story, but I don't think that it should have been dragged out into three books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/14/2011

    " This one was a bit slow, but half way through I couldn't put it down.
    I'm a sucker for a happy ending.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/1/2011

    " I loved these three books! The longing was great. It touched my heart, made me cry and smile! "

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

    " It was a lovely end to a lovely story... but I felt like there were pieces of the story that never fully wrapped up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/1/2011

    " What a great book and end to the series. I really enjoyed this one. It was a quick read that took a completely different path than I was expecting so that was pretty exciting. It wasn't as predictable as the first two books and I was really happy with how the series ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 10/16/2010

    " I liked this final installment of the serious. I kind of wished the ending was a little different though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 10/15/2010

    " This series was very good. The author came to library for book signing last month! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 8/20/2010

    " I really love this series of Amish books. Light reading. The dialogue and the sense of a caring community gives you that wonderful feeling you get when you have just spent time with a dear friend. "

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

    " This wraps up the 3 book series. All three were wonderful and the way the author describes things makes you feel like you are right there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 6/28/2010

    " I read this one as a stand-alone and still enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 5/18/2010

    " What a charming ending to the series. I enjoyed every page, and while predictable, it still warmed my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 2/23/2010

    " Great series by Beverly Lewis. I am going to miss the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/13/2010

    " This was a nice enjoyable series. It was a quick read that kept my attention. "

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