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The Orchard
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2022
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After her twin brother, Evan, is drafted for the Vietnam War, despite their Old Order Amish belief in non-resistance, Ellie Hostetler, confiding in Sol Bontrager, the cousin to her new beau, Menno, as they work together in her family’s orchard, suddenly finds the plans she held so dear seem increasingly uncertain. - (Baker & Taylor)

For generations, Ellie Hostetler's family has tended their orchard, a tradition her twin brother, Evan, will someday continue. But when Evan is drafted for the Vietnam War, the family is shocked to learn he has not sought conscientious objector status. Can Ellie, with the support of a new beau, find the courage to face a future unlike the one she imagined? - (Baker Publishing Group)

Author Biography

Beverly Lewis penned her first story at age nine while living near Lancaster County Amish farmland, where she grew up. She welcomes her many reader-friends each day on Facebook and personally replies to fan mail. Lewis lives with her husband in Colorado near their family. Visit her website at beverlylewis.com. - (Baker Publishing Group)

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"She realized there was peace right here in the midst of this heavenly sort of place, despite the unpredictable storm churning around her family."

For generations, Ellie Hostetler's family has tended their Lancaster County orchard, a tradition her twin brother, Evan, will someday continue. Yet when Evan's draft number is called up in the lottery for the Vietnam War, the family is shocked to learn he has not sought conscientious objector status, despite their Old Order Amish belief in non-resistance. The faraway war that has caused so much turmoil and grief among their Englisher neighbors threatens too close to home.

As Evan departs for boot camp, Ellie confides her disappointment to Sol Bontrager, the brother of her best friend and cousin to her new beau, Menno. In contrast to Evan, Sol is a conscientious objector. Despite Ellie's attraction to Menno, she finds herself drawn to Sol's steady presence as they work together in the orchard. Suddenly, it feels as if everything in Ellie's world is shifting, and the plans she held so dear seem increasingly uncertain. Can she and her family find the courage to face a future unlike any they could have imagined?

"This [book] serves as a reminder of why Lewis continues to top bestseller lists."--Publishers Weekly

"The Orchard is a peaceful, heartwarming romance novel set amid the quiet solitude of an Amish family's orchard during the Vietnam War."--Foreword Reviews starred review - (Baker Publishing Group)

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PW Annex Reviews

Lewis (The Beginning) delivers a distinctive historical set in the Lancaster County, Pa., Amish community during the Vietnam War. The Hostetler family is stunned after their youngest son, Evan, bucks Amish mores and declines to register as a conscientious objector. His twin sister, Ellie, struggles to make peace with Evan's decision, viewing it as a "betrayal... for Evan to have abandoned the teaching of his childhood," and as he goes overseas, his family wonders what will become of the family orchard Evan had been expected to take over when he came of age. Ellie must also contend with her budding feelings for her best friend's brother, Sol Bontrager, whom her closest cousin has a crush on and who makes her question whether she wants to stay with her boyfriend. The twists in Ellie's relationships will keep readers turning pages, and the Vietnam War–era backdrop allows Lewis to explore fresh ground in the Amish romance genre as she probes the tensions and turmoil that the Amish community faced for their pacifism during that period. This serves as a reminder of why Lewis continues to top bestseller lists. (Sept.)

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