The Parting (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, Book 1)

by Beverly Lewis

Paperback, 2007

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Bethany House Publishers (2007), Edition: 1st Edition., 347 pages

Original publication date

2007

Description

Fiction. Romance. Christian Fiction. NY Times best-selling author's new series chronicling the separation of families during the New Order/Old Order split in the Amish community in Lancaster County, PA.

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

347 p.; 8.25 inches

ISBN

076420310X / 9780764203107

User reviews

LibraryThing member thc_luver6
This is a wonderful Christian book. Nothing questionable in it whatsoever and it has romance, good baking, Amish traditions and a schism.
LibraryThing member luckycharm6139
After the accidental drowning death of her sister Suzy during Rumschpringe, Amish teen Nellie Fisher grieved her loss. Several years pass and Nellie is emotionally healing due to the distraction of her baked goods shop.----------- When Caleb Yoder asks her to go steady, she feels ready to move on
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with her life as she recognizes that she will always mourn her sister’s death, but that was part of God’s master plan. She agrees expecting that they would marry one day. However Nellie’s road to happiness with Caleb does notgo as smooth.Nellies father breaks societal dogma when he reads taboo scripture and begins seeking his salvation by other means than a pious life filled with good deeds.There are several other subplots that enhance the readers visit to the Amish, but the prime story line remains Nellie’s saga. She heals from her loss through her shop and Caleb’s courtship as much as her and her family’s belief that Suzy’s death is God’s plan.
I would reccomend this book to anyone who like a wholesome story based on The Amish way of life
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LibraryThing member debs4jc
Nellie and her family are thrown into turmoil by changes in their Amish community. Nellie is most interested in the beau that is courting her, but the possible shady past of her dead sister and her parents shifting religious beliefs threaten her courtship. Her beau is from a very conservative Amish
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family, one that does not want to go against the old ways, as Nellie's father and some others of the community are doing. Nellie is caught in the middle--and is also consumed by curiousity about her sister Suzy's life before she died.
Lewis' protrayl of the Amish life and the heart wrenching choices these characters have to make makes this a compelling read. But the dramatic religious conversion seems a bit overdone and heavy handed. Still an enjoyable read, and of course if you get into it you will have to wait for the sequel to see what happens to Nellie.
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LibraryThing member iamhis1
I have read all of the Courtship of Nellie Fisher, Summer Hill Secrets-2, Annie's People, Abrams' Daughter's, The heritage of Lancaster County, Seasons of Grace.
LibraryThing member sheriefx
The Parting is the first book in The Coutship of Nellie Fisher series. Beverly Lewis really has a way of drawing you in to the story. This book is set in a Pennsylvania Amish community. Amish teen Nellie Mae Fisher and her family are grieving the tragic loss of Nellie's sister Suzy. There are so
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many unanswered questions about what Suzy was up to the last months before her drowning. Suzy's private thoughts were kept in her journal which she made Nellie Mae promise to destroy if anything ever happened to her. Did Nellie Mae destroy it after her sister's death? If not will she read it? What things could possibly be uncovered in that journal? Beverly Lewis has a way of weaving this story to keep you intrigued and guessing up until the end.

Nellie Mae has her own little bakery which helps the family with income and she has a beau, Caleb Yoder. Things seem to be looking up for Nellie and she even sees wedding bells in her future. Just as everything seems to be going perfectly, change seems to be coming to this small community. This change threatens to break up families and come between Nellie's newfound love. Nellie's own father begins reading scripture which is forbidden and learns of salvation and what it means to have a real relationship with God. (I loved the development of this and how passionate some of the characters got about their newfound salvation.) Other characters are introduced in this book such as Rhoda and Nan who are Nellie's other sisters. Rhoda works for "Englishers" as a housekeeper and Nan is dealing with the end of a serious realationship. One of my favorite characters is Rosanna King, a friend of Nellie's, who is unable to have children of her own. Her cousin Kate offers to give her next baby to Rosanna to raise as her own. These characters are set up beautifully and you finish the book wanting more. An excellent read and a must for any Beverly Lewis or Amish fiction fans!
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LibraryThing member SABC
The story of a young Amish woman who wants to marry her beau, but the specter of her sister's death hangs over the whole community.
Lewis does one thing well: she writes series well. She starts so many threads in this book and ends none of them, except the dramatic conversion story. The conversion
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stories in her books are the central point of her books, and the remainder of the book always seems like it could be a good story, but ends up as just filler.
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LibraryThing member mrsjason
Nellie Fischer is an Amish girl who is still getting over the recent death of her sister. Troubled by the unknown circumstances surrounding her death, Nellie tries to focus on her relationship with Caleb Yoder and the possibility of a future with him. Meanwhile her father has found a new belief,
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one that goes against the very traditions of the Old Order Amish. By becoming a believer in Christ along with his family, he faces the punishment of being shunned by the community. This affects Nellie's and Caleb's relationship as their fathers are on different sides of this debate.

I was really excited when I heard that this book was coming out. First I love Beverly Lewis so of course I was thrilled that she had a new book on the way. But more important was the subject matter of the book. I have always wondered what exactly is the faith of the Amish based on? In one of my past reviews of Lewis's books, I questioned if the Amish are indeed really Christians. They seem to think that accepting Jesus is grounds for shunning. Seeing as how popular the Amish culture is lately, I want to know exactly what they believe in. So I was interested to see that this very subject would be the basis for this new series. And Lewis' came through and answered my questions with this first book. The narrative is very easy to follow, rich in detail. I could picture the characters going throughout their daily lives. I wish I could visit Nellie May's store and buy some baked goods for myself. There are some subplots that seem confusing such as Rosanna and the babies that don't seem to tie into the story at the moment. I was more interested to find out more about the circumstances surrounding Suzy's death and the way the church was going to handle the new wave of believers. I'm looking forward to continuing the rest of this series. If you're a Lewis fan you will not be disappointed.
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LibraryThing member Maydacat
Nellie and Caleb are both old order Amish and in love. But the sudden death of Nellie’s sister Susie caused much grief for her family and led to speculation by others in the community that Susie’s wild ways led to her death. Because she was not yet baptized, they believed she was doomed for
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eternity. But a cousin of Susie’s father who has left the old order is determined to share with others the gospel as he has come to know it. Could Susie be saved even though she was not baptized? This hope for salvation led most of Susie’s family to leave the old order ways. But if Nellie abandons old order teachings, she will lose Caleb. Author Beverly Lewis presents an interesting quandary in this well written novel. This first of a series will endear you to this family as they struggle with loss and hope for an eternity where they will be reunited with all their loved ones.
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LibraryThing member whybehave2002
It was a slow story but not bad and then I got to the end and it was a total disappointment. :(
LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Narrated by Rachel Borchan. If I want to know if the boy and girl get together, I'll have to read the whole series! As it is, I listened to this "bonnet romance" out of curiosity. There's more density to "The Parting" than Caleb and Nellie's budding but endangered romance. The title can also refer
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to the growing schism between the Old Order and those who want to use tractors and cars, and those who've found Jesus as savior. There is also the mysterious drowning of Susie, Nellie's sister, which weighs heavily on the family as rumors swirl throughout the community. It's a wholesome romance (Caleb and Nellie discuss their favorite cookies on their second date...the Amish sure have a thing for chocolate chip!) and more substantial than I expected. Although the background was there for Reuben and the others to find salvation in Jesus, I found the conversion rather abrupt. The narrator reads in a plain-spoken, young girlish tone, just right for this particular character and setting.
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LibraryThing member Kimmyd76
Great start to another series
LibraryThing member KimSalyers
loved this book
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
Perhaps I've read too many of Lewis's books or too much Amish fiction. I feel like they are starting to get repetitive.

Most feature the "running around" period granted to most Amish teens before they make the decision to join the church. Most feature a young courting couple. In this case it is
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Nellie Mae Fisher and Caleb Yoder.

This is the first book in the series (according to this site anyway) but I feel like I missed something that came before it because Suzy's death is referred to so often.

There are two schisms that seem to be brewing. One between a group that wants certain farming equipment such as tractors to be approved by the bishop (the bishop is not so inclined) and another group that wants to study the entire Bible not just the parts that the church leadership sanctions. This second group reminds me more of Christianity.

I guess I never realized that the Amish were not permitted to read or study the entire Bible. Then again, each community has its own rules so that may only be true of this particular one that Lewis is writing about. It's hard to tell.

I guess I also never realized that the Amish believe that if you died before you joined the church you weren't saved. I wonder if they have an age limit for that? If a newborn dies, is there a way you could claim that it would have understood enough about the church to be able to join? Does that mean the newborn is forever separated from whatever afterlife the Amish believe in? (Suzy was a teen so it could be argued that she had the intellectual capacity to understand what she needed to choose between.) Again, this may be a belief particular to only certain Amish communities. I can't say.

I half expected things to happen that did or didn't:
*I expected there to be trouble between Caleb and Nellie--there is though not as severely as I'd thought there might be.
*I expected there to be some problem with Kate giving Rosanna the babies--that Kate or her husband would change their minds because it was twins or because one was a boy--or that Kate would miscarry--or that Kate would die and her husband wouldn't be willing to give up the last children he'd have with her. So far, none of that seems to have happened, but there are two more books in the series, so we'll see.

I do intend to read the next book or two in the series because they are on my list of "want to read" books--yes, I'm only up to ones I wrote down around 2007 or so so far.
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Media reviews

The Parting is the first book in The Coutship of Nellie Fisher series. Beverly Lewis really has a way of drawing you in to the story. This book is set in a Pennsylvania Amish community. Amish teen Nellie Mae Fisher and her family are grieving the tragic loss of Nellie's sister Suzy. There are so
Show More
many unanswered questions about what Suzy was up to the last months before her drowning. Suzy's private thoughts were kept in her journal which she made Nellie Mae promise to destroy if anything ever happened to her. Did Nellie Mae destroy it after her sister's death? If not will she read it? What things could possibly be uncovered in that journal? Beverly Lewis has a way of weaving this story to keep you intrigued and guessing up until the end. Nellie Mae has her own little bakery which helps the family with income and she has a beau, Caleb Yoder. Things seem to be looking up for Nellie and she even sees wedding bells in her future. Just as everything seems to be going perfectly, change seems to be coming to this small community. This change threatens to break up families and come between Nellie's newfound love. Nellie's own father begins reading scripture which is forbidden and learns of salvation and what it means to have a real relationship with God. (I loved the development of this and how passionate some of the characters got about their newfound salvation.) Other characters are introduced in this book such as Rhoda and Nan who are Nellie's other sisters. Rhoda works for "Englishers" as a housekeeper and Nan is dealing with the end of a serious realationship. One of my favorite characters is Rosanna King, a friend of Nellie's, who is unable to have children of her own. Her cousin Kate offers to give her next baby to Rosanna to raise as her own. These characters are set up beautifully and you finish the book wanting more. An excellent read and a must for any Beverly Lewis or Amish fiction fans!
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