A Compelling Story of Friendship from the Top Author in Amish Fiction
Leona Speicher got the “sister” she’d always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can’t help comparing Gloria’s engaging young parents to her own.
Leona’s cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria’s older brother expresses his fondness for Leona–it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other’s families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona’s pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.
When Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Leona’s new beau, the deacon’s son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona’s dearest wish lead to her own undoing?
The Wish is a wonderful book with memorable characters and a storyline unlike any other that I’ve read. Instead of the usual courtship and singings as the focus, the author explores the friendship of Leona and Gloria. It was a very nice change and one I appreciated.
Of course as the girls mature they do discover young men and love. Leona and Gloria became inseparable through the years until the day that Gloria and her family suddenly left the community leaving a void in not only Leona’s life but also Leona’s cousin life as he had fallen in love with Gloria.
There were rumblings within the community about Arkansas Joe so I wasn’t surprised when he abruptly left town uprooting his entire family. I felt so bad for Gloria when she had to leave her friends, home and even her dog.
I found that I related more to Leona after she spent more time with her parents and grandfather. I was so glad that she was able to have a better relationship with her mother.
Without giving anything away, I can say I was happy for the characters at the end of the story. Except for Joe and I can honestly say, I didn’t care for him too much.
This was my one of my favorite books by Beverly Lewis. A definite must read for fans of Amish fiction.
I received a copy of The Wish from Netgalley for an honest opinion which I’ve given.