ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Not until her own children were well into middle school did Bev seek to publish her work, first in magazines such as Highlights for Children, Dolphin Log, and Guideposts for Kids. Her first book followed in 1993—Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans—presently retitled Big Bad Beans (book #22 in the popular CUL-DE-SAC KIDS series of chapter books—see list of Bev's children's books).
Beverly's first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, THE HERITAGE OF LANCASTER COUNTY, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author's maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly's work to be "a primer on Lancaster County folklore" and offers "an insider's view of Amish life."
Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Bev's tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, "Beverly's books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don't run across writing like that every day. I hope she'll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time."
A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and playing with their three grandchildren. They are also avid musicians and fiction "book worms."
ABOUT THE BOOK:
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Judgment, go HERE
MY REVIEW: Okay, I admit it. I like my books and movies to end in a way where everything is wrapped up nicely and tied with a bow. The Judgement was a good read, and I went through it anticipating the ending. But I was sorely disappointed. See those two questions at the end of the "About the Book" section of this review? The questions are: Will the judge rule in Brandon's favor? Is there any way Hen can reestablish her place among the People without sacrificing her marriage?
The answer is: I still don't know! The two main stories are left wide open. It felt like the book had a beginning and a middle, but no end. I know this is a great way to get people to read the next book in the series, but I just don't like it.
However, as I said, I enjoyed the reading of the book until I got to the end (or lack thereof). Beverly Lewis's stories are always well written, and her characters are intriguing. I enjoy seeing them work through their issues. Perhaps best of all, this novel inspired me to pick up my bible and read some things for myself.
Lewis also introduced me to a new bible verse with which I was unfamiliar. I don't know where in the bible the verse is located, but I found it to be beautiful.
"Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherin I should walk; for I lift up my soul onto thee.
If you are more flexible than me and don't care if your questions are answered by the end of the story, this is a great read. If you like your stories wrapped up nicely, wait until the next book in the series comes out and read them both at once.
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