Love Lost, Love Found: A Book Review
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT
Despite the beliefs of the religion, I just couldn’t find myself ok with the age difference and difference in mental capacity. I kept finding myself arguing that while all people deserved love and to be loved, this wasn’t the way this should happen.
The majority of this novel deals with the internal conflict Marlena faces time and time again as she searches for her place in God’s kingdom. She desperately tries to cling to the way things have always been, while questioning and attempting to shun the idea of having a personal relationship with God.
While I don’t feel anyone should make hasty decisions when evaluating their relationship with God, there were many times throughout this novel I wanted to yell at Marlena. Not only was she clinging to a religion instead of God Himself, she was holding tight to a man who didn’t seem entirely faithful to his faith. Amish have always been known for taking care of their families and yet he seemed to be pushing Marlena to push hers away.
The main character in this novel in Marlena. However, a parallel plot line is Small Jay and Boston, his homeless friend with the mysterious sack of love letters. Each of the men, young and old, are searching for their place and acceptance. They help each other to discover exactly what they are looking for.
Once I figured out how each family was involved in the plot, the novel became not only easier to read but also an enjoyment! The character development of Young Jay’s father became just as important to me as Marlena’s. I would very much like to go back and read the prior books in this series. However, once you get past the first few chapters, this is very much a stand-alone book. You do NOT have to read the books before it to understand everything that happens within this one. I simply wonder if the beginning would have been a bit faster paced if I had some background knowledge coming in.
My typical way of rating 5 star books is by their ability to make me cry literal tears or laugh out loud. There was quite a bit of loss in this book. Loss as in life and loss of respect, loss of love, loss of impressions, just loss. That loss leapt off the pages into this reader’s heart and escaped through my tears. Not much laughing to speak of, but the pain was palpable.
So, if you’re still reading this book review, consider me giving you a high five right now! I am giving The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis 5 out of 5 stars.
**I have been provided with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. Please be aware that I was afraid of doing this review because as a Christian first and an English teacher second, I don’t lie about what I read. This review is my honest opinion. Had I disliked the book, you would see a rating that reflected that.**