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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,826 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: October 2007 ISBN: 9781436117081
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Winner of the Christy Award for The Brethren, New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis is acclaimed for her captivating novels of faith and inspiration.

Set in 1966, The Parting begins an enthralling series based on actual events that divided one Pennsylvania Amish community—and drove a wedge between heartbroken sweethearts. Her sister’s untimely death profoundly affects seventeen-year-old Nellie Fisher and her Amish family. Finding no comfort in Old Order tradition, Nellie searches her sister’s diary for answers to nagging questions while her father seeks solace beyond the few approved Bible passages. But as family members read the forbidden Gospel of John, they experience something both miraculous and heretical—the transforming grace of God. And just when Nellie believes she’s found her soulmate, a brewing church split threatens her prospects for marriage.

Rachel Bothcan’s magnificent narration enhances the pathos and power of this tale of painful tragedy, spiritual awakening, and blossoming romance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • As in her other novels, Lewis creates a vividly imaged sensory WD … And her well-drawn characters speak with authentic voices as they struggle to cope with grief and questions about their tradition and relationship with God. Library Journal, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 2/12/2014

    " All of Beverly Lewis books have been a good read. This is no exception. Think you will enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke Carter | 2/10/2014

    " I like this book and have ordered the second one it's about an Amish girl. I would definitely recommend this book to any one to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robi | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting commentary on the Amish lifestyle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cg G | 2/8/2014

    " So interesting on the Amish culture and practices including religious. A bit over the top with the rapture and saving. Love the writing style for the most part. Very good if you're prepared for Christian lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/4/2014

    " I like the fact that the author emphasizes things about the Amish people that aren't common knowledge. I'm interested to see what will happen in the next book of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa Drelick | 1/29/2014

    " It was a slow story but not bad and then I got to the end and it was a total disappointment. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 1/23/2014

    " I have a bizarre fascination with these books. (I call them Amish romance novels, but I guess they're technically Christian/inspirational fiction.) I really don't know why. This one actually wasn't too exciting, and as always, I wasn't necessarily impressed with the writing style, etc. But I suspect there will be more drama to come in the next volume, and for whatever reason, I continue to be hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/20/2014

    " this is so far my favorite series of her....which is what I say about all of hers....can't wait to see how this will play out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Burton | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this series and couldn't put it down. Beverly Lewis books are easy reads that teach about Amish culture. However my favorite part is always the love story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/19/2014

    " I love reading books to do with the Amish. I can't wait to see how the series turns out in the next two books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/6/2014

    " I'm just eagerly waiting to read the next book in this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Cartwright | 12/26/2013

    " great book - loved how it leads into book #2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 12/25/2013

    " I really liked this book & I want to read the rest in series to see what will happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 12/19/2013

    " nice and refreshing to read something simple and clean and I want to continue to read the rest of the series, reminds me of reading the Jan Karron books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 12/18/2013

    " Wonderbaar gut! This & the 2 books following it (The Forbidden & The Longing) are about the revival among the Lancaster County Amish in the 1960's. Lewis makes things so realistics you'll want to don a Kapp and apron to read it! For sure & for certain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 12/10/2013

    " I am having a hard time getting into this book too. Maybe i am just to busy right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 7/26/2013

    " If you like learning about the Amish, it's good. Otherwise it's rather a slow read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/26/2013

    " Enjoyable read and interesting to learn more about the Amish. Found one minor error in the story-telling but that didn't affect the story as a whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Bushman | 1/27/2013

    " Interesting to learn more about the Amish people--I enjoyed it, I think that I will read the next one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/25/2012

    " I got my mother in law started on another series by Beverly Lewis and she loved it so much that she started this one and passed it on. I liked this book, but found it hard to capture my attention at times. I will be reading the next ones in the series and maybe I'll enjoy them more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/17/2012

    " Part one of a triology about Amish in Pennsylvania in 1966. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 8/19/2012

    " Beverly Lewis story with a twist. I never knew about the schism in the Amish community that occurred in the 1960's. Other than that the characters are typical of Lewis and readers will find themselves in a comfortable easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Brown | 8/10/2012

    " Quick, easy read. Beverly Lewis is my go to author when I want an easy read that I know is not trashy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shami | 7/23/2012

    " I liked this book. I've never read anything about Amish culture before so this was new learning. The issues that arise are similar to the kinds of challenges that people of other conservative cultures experience regarding marriage, religion and societal expectation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 7/3/2012

    " I enjoyed it. I like. This author m "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/30/2012

    " It was an amazing book, a lovely romance I would encourage anyone to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/19/2012

    " The first one is always a little slow, but I have read all three in this serise and I love, Love, LOVE them all! SOOOOO good!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 11/29/2011

    " I just could not get into this book. I've been working on it for months. I can't put my finger on why I didn't like it. I think it's just not for me. Nothing wrong with it, just not what I was looking for, maybe a little too fluffy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Califf | 11/18/2011

    " This is a light read, wholesome with a spiritual theme. I read it at a time that I needed to forget about evil and only think of things wholesome. I found it informative of the Amish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 6/20/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book and series. It is one of my all time favorites!!!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 6/3/2011

    " this is so far my favorite series of her....which is what I say about all of hers....can't wait to see how this will play out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 4/27/2011

    " Oh Amish fiction, it never ceases to entertain me! I really love how the characters in this story insist on having a personal relationship with the Lord rather than follow the tradition of "the People". It's interesting to to see how their beliefs shape the lives of the community. "

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

    " The first one is always a little slow, but I have read all three in this serise and I love, Love, LOVE them all! SOOOOO good!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 3/20/2011

    " I am fascinated with the Amish way of life since going out to Ohio twice this year, so I had to read some fluff about them. This does give some facts of how religion changed in the 1960's for them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/13/2011

    " Good story. A little simple, but interesting enough to keep reading. 2 more in the series to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/12/2011

    " Beverly Lewis has created a lovely journey in the life of the Amish. The family pretense of following your parents and the laws set forth, it makes one wonder what would happen if you were in the same situation. Who do you follow? Your family, the one you love, or the Lord? "

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

    " Not quite as interesting as some of the other Amish books I have read, but possibly that is because it seems to be the same story over and over again, but a cute book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 12/27/2010

    " It was a slow story but not bad and then I got to the end and it was a total disappointment. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cg | 11/12/2010

    " So interesting on the Amish culture and practices including religious. A bit over the top with the rapture and saving. Love the writing style for the most part. Very good if you're prepared for Christian lit. "

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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.