Minneapolis, MN—On April 3, top-selling Amish author Beverly Lewis will release her novel The Road Home (Bethany House). This touching story of family, love, and community will delight her devoted fans and please readers new to the genre with its depiction of the nuances of different Amish communities.
Lewis explains the significance of setting part of The Road Home in Centreville, Michigan:
“While I have written about many Amish communities over the years, I’ve never set a book in Michigan,” she says, “although I had filed away a unique story idea to be set in St. Joseph County, found in the southernmost area of that beautiful state. Then, a year ago, when I became good friends with an Old Order Amish couple from Centreville, I knew it was time to research and write The Road Home, which features this thriving Amish settlement established in 1910. The rest is history!”
About the book:
Grieving the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her nine close-knit siblings, Lena Rose Schwartz consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County won’t be forever. Surely someday soon, she will return to her beloved Michigan settlement, including her beau. But even as she holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Will she find the courage to open her heart to other possibilities?
“A number of themes interweave throughout this story,” Lewis says, “but one that comes to mind is the importance of patience and learning to wait on God—difficult for a planner like Lena Rose! Lena Rose wants to return home as soon as possible, but the challenges that arise test her patience, and because she is so far away, she must also learn to trust God to care for her siblings, as well as her own future.”
To support the launch of The Road Home, Lewis will be embarking on her biannual book tour with 23 stops, primarily in Indiana. It will also include one stop each in Illinois and Michigan. View the full schedule on her website at beverlylewis.com.
With over 17 million books sold, Beverly Lewis is acknowledged by fans and the industry as a whole as the leading author in Amish fiction. Her most recent book, The Proving, rose to #1 on the ECPA fiction bestseller list and #19 on the Publishers Weekly trade paper bestseller list. Her connections in the Amish community and her own Plain heritage lend an authenticity to her work that is unmatched.