I just finished reading The Atonement, the newest release by Amish fiction author Beverly Lewis. This novel follows the tribulations of a young Amish woman who has a past of transgressions for which she has not forgiven herself. Throughout the story, we see the main character, Lucy Flaud, as she attempts to make things good with God (Gott) by performing community service at a local soup kitchen food truck and the nearby hospice center. Past the usual courting age, she becomes used to the idea that she will be single forever, despite the attention of an Englischer (Dale Wyeth) and Tobe Glick, she feels she is not worthy of anyone’s love.
I enjoyed this book. Although it wasn’t as action packed as some of the other Amish books I’ve read, it reminds me of the eternal presence of God’s love, even when we feel like we’re not worthy and deserving. This is a standalone novel which seems to be rare these days, although I would like to see spin-off books about others we met in this book.
Please note: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.