The Longing (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, Book 3)

by Beverly Lewis

Paperback, 2008



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Bethany House Publishers (2008), Edition: Illustrated, 350 pages

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Although she still prays for Caleb, Nellie Mae Fisher has broken up with her beau, and now, her heart's greatest longing is for more knowledge of the Lord. Caleb must stay in Honeybrook as caretaker for his crippled father, but he hopes Nellie will return to the Old Order and to him.


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350 p.; 8.38 inches



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LibraryThing member bowman.cyndi
This is the conclusion of Beverly Lewis' "The Courtship of Nellie Fisher" series. Nellie Mae had to make a heartbreaking decision at the end of book 2: follow her new-found faith or her fiance's old ways. Nellie Mae's decision causes no end of heartache for her and Caleb but Nellie Mae is learning
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to rely on God's peace. Is there any hope for Nellie Mae and Caleb? How can they get over the seemingly insurmountable obstacles before them?
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LibraryThing member sheriefx
This was my favorite book in the whole series! Caleb is reunited with his estranged family due to a tragic accident affecting his father which results in a surprising outcome. We also see Rhoda's life as she fully embraces the world. Will she find the happiness she is so desperately searching for
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or will she realize that she had that happiness in the simple life she once lived? And Nellie Mae finally finds love in the end, but with who? We also finally get to see some closure for Rosanna and Elias King. I really enjoyed reading this book. Beverly Lewis weaves a beautiful story in this whole series. If you haven't read any of the books in this series I suggest you do!
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LibraryThing member yogiclarebear
I liked this one. Right up to the end, I was sure there would be another book coming. Lewis did wrap this up a bit hastily...but the ending made me smile and I enjoyed the strong Christian influence in this whole series.
LibraryThing member pandareads
In the third and final novel the courtship of Nellie Mae comes to a conclusion. It was repetitive and things didn't get really interesting until the last third or so of the book and then, in the epilogue, things wrapped up a little too neatly, it seemed. Nellie Mae chose a husband and gave up her
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bake shop, preferring to bake for her husband only. Why couldn't she have kept it? People loved her baked good and it would have brought in a little extra money. The thing that bothered me the most during this series was Caleb's inability to form his own opinions. In the first two books he refused to consider any other point of view than the Old Order - his father's religion. Then in the third book when his father turned to the New Order, Caleb in time also followed his father. I can't help but wonder if Caleb ever had a mind of his own.
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LibraryThing member SABC
Although she still thinks of Caleb Yoder, nellie Mae Fisher has broken up with her beau, choosing instead to follow the ways of the New Order. Yet her yearning for ahusband remains, and new possiblities beckon, taking her heart by surprise.
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
3.5 stars (rating shown may vary depending on whether site allows half star ratings).

I would say this was my favorite of the three books in the trilogy. I did not realize until I read the author's note at the end that she was attempting to fictionally document the church split that occurred in the
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1960s. I do agree with another reviewer that the epilogue seemed to have to wrap up many plot lines. I do think that characters that appeared in this series were in a previous series (Rosanna and Elias King were mentioned by another reviewer for one of the previous books in the series as the reason she read that book was wanting to know what happened with Rosanna and Elias.) It is possible that characters from this series will be featured in a different set of books as well with the epilogue expanded on in that series.


Another reviewer complained that all people seemed to care about was converting others or bringing them into the New Order. I can understand that--when your eyes are first opened and you first start learning things, you do desire to tell others about it and you want them to share in it with you.

I did suspect all along that Caleb and Nellie Mae would end up together. It's kind of the way these books go. Lewis did a respectable job of trying to introduce a "love triangle" of sorts by bringing Christian Yoder into the picture. (I suspect Rhoda and Christian may get together in another series--but who knows.)
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