I received a paperback copy of THE WISH by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I read a lot of Amish fiction and share them with my mother for discussion, and I am always afraid that the plots will start to repeat. THE WISH, I am happy to report, stays fresh.
However, I really didn’t care for it. I wish I could say otherwise, because the plot is different – Leona’s friend leaves the church and then writes to her years later asking for help. I just couldn’t get into it, though. I normally enjoy books by Beverly Lewis, but this one felt almost different.
The beginning chapters are very rushed. A lot happens and my head was spinning. I never got a good grasp of the characters. Suddenly, Gloria is gone. The story slows down a little, but still felt rushed.
A lot of the book is Telling rather than Showing. At first I cringed, then I moaned. I’m not trying to be mean, but that really ruined it for me. For example, instead of using dialogue, the story went: Leona said that would be great, and maybe they should try it. Why not use dialogue for that?
“That would be great.” Leona beamed. “We should try it!”
It isn’t a bad book, just not for me. If you enjoy Amish literature, give it a try.