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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,305 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: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440723049
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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

  • The Longing, the third and final installment in the Courtship of Nellie Fisher series, will surely please longtime fans of the bestselling author.”

    Jackson Citizen Patriot

  • “This final book in the Courtship of Nellie Fisher series contains poignant examples of how God’s saving grace can change a person.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/5/2014

    " 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 Odetta | 2/3/2014

    " I really liked the way it ended. I listened to the three books in this series in 2 days. I am so glad Talking Books sent them all 3 together, that way I didn't lose the thread of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Baker | 1/28/2014

    " 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 Vicki | 1/25/2014

    " 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 Carolyn Johnson | 1/13/2014

    " A wonderful series of three books, The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, is very well written Christian literature. It is sensitively written, and the characters are believable, real people. The details of the Amish life deepen the enjoyment, and the books are full of the scenery, the weather, and the everyday life of the People. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Wollenweber | 1/11/2014

    " This is the third book in the series "The Courtship of Nellie Fisher". I highly recomend this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ernestene | 1/6/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Thurin | 12/15/2013

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

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

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 12/4/2013

    " 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!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/18/2013

    " The 2nd in the series---I enjoyed the light read and learning about the Amish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/12/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mylinda | 8/28/2013

    " This is another of my Amish love stories. I finally found the third book in the series. I liked it just as I've liked the others. I love that they are good clean love stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aliesha | 6/25/2013

    " This was a good read-as all her books are. Beverly Lewis writes good, wholesome books that are entertaining and I think most women would enjoy them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/29/2013

    " 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 Staci | 8/1/2012

    " 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!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traewilder | 7/25/2012

    " 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 Leslie | 7/9/2012

    " 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 Cathy | 6/23/2012

    " I just love this series and could not read them fast enough. Having to wait for each one to come out was torture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chanin | 6/8/2012

    " Sadly, I liked this book less than the other two. It wasn't very consistant. It seemed she was leading up to something the whole book and then dropped it in the last ten pages. (Literally) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronda | 4/12/2012

    " I'm truly enjoying all of the Amish books by Beverly Lewis. Especially, since her Mother was from the Plain community. All of her series books deserve 4+ rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/10/2012

    " 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 | 2/9/2012

    " 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 Annemarie | 1/28/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 12/25/2011

    " Out of the series, the last book really stood out and even made the others spectacular. You really can't judge these books individually, but as a set as they were intended. This story is so heart warming and gives you a deep sense of family values/relations/respect. Excellent read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candice | 11/26/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayna | 11/15/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becki | 11/12/2011

    " Wrapped things up in a rather predictable way. "

  • 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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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.