I've always enjoyed reading books by Beverly Lewis and THE
PHOTOGRAPH is exactly why. I finished it in two sittings and was
emotionally invested from the first page, in all of the characters and
their troubles. Eva Esch and her sisters Lily and Frona have been missing
their parents who both passed recently. The girls are lost without them and
Lily, the youngest, is really struggling. She disappears during the night and
her sisters haven't a clue as to where she is.
One day at an auction, Eva meets Jed Stutzman who is visiting from Ohio.
Jed can't help but think he has seen Eva before but doesn't say anything to
her about it. Eva and Jed spend as much time together as they possibly
can for one week because Jed will be returning to Ohio. They became
friendly during that time and both think they have feelings for each other
until Eva sees the photograph that Jed has been carrying around in his
wallet. The photograph that changes everything between them.
THE PHOTOGRAPH tugged at my heart and had me praying that Lily
would find her way back to her sisters. The girls really missed their parents
and it was so beautiful how their neighbor Naomi tried to step in and help
the girls deal with what was going on in their lives. Naomi was their Mom's
best friend and she misses her as much as the girls do. It was wonderful
how the whole community came together and tried to keep Eva and Frona's
spirits up while they worried over Lily. When Jed met Eva at the auction I
knew he would be perfect for Eva, and I just wished he was honest with her
up front. I love Beverly Lewis' way of writing and she always keeps me hooked
until the last page.
Eva Esch and her sisters are in a predicament. With the
passing of their widowed mother, Eva's older brother Menno
plans to move his growing family into the Eden Valley
farmhouse where they all grew up, leaving little room for
his three single sisters. Surely, Menno reasons, at least
one of them will marry this coming wedding season.
Eva does hope to marry, but she isn't sure she wants to
up her sweet shop for the life of a farmer's wife, and she
has no other prospects.
When younger sister, Lily, disappears in the night, leaving
only a brief note, Eva fears she has been wooed away from
the People by an outsider. And when Jed Stutzman, a young
Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Lancaster with a
photo of a Plain young woman, Eva's world begins to tilt.
She feels powerfully drawn to the quietly charming
stranger--but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no
stranger at all. . . .