The Atonement, by Beverly Lewis, is an incredible book. Its lessons on forgiveness and love reach deep into the reader’s heart.
Lucy Flaud is 25-years-0ld and unmarried, nearly unheard of among the Amish. She fills her time with volunteer work, meeting people and trying to help the many that touch her heart. But her past includes things that she cannot run away from forever. Eventually, she must face the concept of forgiving both herself and her father. Oddly enough, it is an Englischer friend of her father’s that eventually helps her to do just that. Meanwhile, her friend Tobe asks to court her, and she is unable to believe that she is worthy of him. God, however, leads her on a path that she is not expecting, causing her to search her heart for the truth.
I enjoyed this book. Lucy is very hard on herself, like many of us are in real life. I could relate to her father, who made things worse even as he was attempting to help. I especially enjoyed the twins, Lettie and Faye. I found their attempts to get their sister’s attention refreshing, reminding me of many younger siblings I know.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction or has ever had a problem forgiving themselves.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.