About the book:
When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter’s nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Curious by nature, Sallie loves reading and learning, and she fears that her chances of making a good match with an Amish farmer will be hampered because of it.
Though she loves taking care of nine-year-old Autumn Weaver during the week, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Edward Kreider, a young marine biology student who talks freely about all he’s learning and asks about her interests, unlike the guys she grew up with. Sallie wonders if this is the kind of relationship she’s been longing for. Then again, Ed isn’t from her community–and he’s Mennonite, not Amish.
Sallie is afraid of what her parents would think about her new friendship. But that’s not all she’s fearful of. When unexpected danger threatens Autumn, Sallie will have to put her fears aside. Will this be a summer to remember, or one to forget?
My review (5-stars)
This is one of the best books I’ve read by Beverly Lewis. I absolutely loved the charming characters and the equally charming setting of Cape May, NJ.
I was immediately drawn in to the story and loved Sallie Riehl and her family, especially Cousin Essie. When we meet Sallie,she is planning a trip to Australia. She “born with wanderlust” in her heart, much to her parents dismay.
She is a sweet and giving young lady and when her family needs her help, her plans change and she takes a summer job as a nanny to Autumn. Autumn could be delightful and the times she took Sallie to the beach and showed her around town were some of my favorites in the book. They both learned so much and in some ways encouraged growth in each other.
Of course, there is a sweet and tender romance that added just the perfect touch to this perfect story.
Everything that Sallie wants isn’t as far away as she thought. She always had faith and the love of her family, both of which were strengthened closer to home than she imagined.
I didn’t want this book to end, but loved the way it ended. This is one that I will definitely want to read again and one that would be a perfect beach read.
I received a complimentary copy of The Ebb Tide and have given my honest opinion.