I received a copy of THE EBB TIDE by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I must say, this is by far my new favorite book by Beverly Lewis and my new favorite work of Amish fiction.
I loved so many things about it. I loved the characters. Each one felt real. I had a baby six months ago, so I could relate to Monique’s struggles with dealing with a newborn. I also found myself comparing my son to Connor.
I loved the descriptions of Cape May, although at times it seemed as if the book was written just to provide tourist information for that spot. Cape May reminded me of York Beach in Maine, where my family and I used to vacation every summer. After reading THE EBB TIDE, I can’t wait to go to Cape May. I looked up the destination online and saw ads for many of the sites mentioned in the book. I’m passing this on to my mother so she can be as excited about a trip to Cape May as I am!
I also loved Sallie’s struggles with coming to terms with her faith. Her understanding and questions are very real, and I like the way her inner turmoil is solved at the end of the novel.
On a last point, I found the book odd when compared to other works by Beverly Lewis. It didn’t feel like her writing. Normally her books aren’t so descriptive. Things about it felt as if I was reading a novel by a new-to-me author.