Tomorrow holds nary a promise, my dear Mamm often says. But thankfully some things are quite certain—we plow, we plant and harvest. We attend canning bees and quilting frolics. Our wedding season always begins on the first Tuesday in November. And this year there are many couples marrying and looking ahead to starting their own families.
My own first cousin Esther Kauffman will wed John Glick, her longtime beau, tomorrow morning. My pretty plum-colored dress and white full apron are hemmed and pressed, ready to slip on right after breakfast.
I should be smiling-happy since I’m one of Esther’s wedding attendants. But I must confess to getting a bit tetchy with Esther last evening when she dropped by. She reminded me that her older brother Melvin and I are expected to spend most of the day together, since he’s the fellow opposite me in the wedding party. This includes sitting with him at the Eck, the corner of the feast table reserved for the bride and groom and the four attendants. So, even though I’ll be within flirting distance of Silas Good, I won’t get to enjoy the day-long celebration with my betrothed, including the evening meal.
My first thoughts each day are of Silas. His sensible ways and his family’s standing amongst the People make me feel so fortunate. Oh, that wonderful-gut smile when he looks my way! But no matter how happy I am to be engaged to the most eligible young man in Lancaster County, I must admit there are times when I still think of my friend Nick Franco, the bishop’s former foster son. Gone more than a month now.
I must’ve known a real different Nick than anyone else did. Almost everyone assumes he’s a bad seed—most even believe he caused the death of the bishop’s only son. But when Nick and I were together, I saw his softer side. That’s the part that gnaws at me in the most curious way these days.
Truth is, I ponder where Nick might’ve run off to…and I wonder if he ever misses Amish life. Or me, his best friend.
After all these weeks since his disappearance, I haven’t told a soul this—not even my older sister, Hannah, known by most as Hen. But the unusual bond Nick and I shared as youngsters somehow managed to get far deeper into my heart than I realized. I continue to beseech the Lord for poor Nick, praying that God might see fit to forgive him for his years of rebellion.
I pray for my only sister, too. Sadly, Hen’s coffee meetings with her estranged, worldly husband have turned out to be all but fruitless. And when she’s not working at the Amish fabric store, or here at home cooking and whatnot, she has a faraway look in her light hazel eyes, as if caught betwixt and between. I daresay she misses her husband more as the days pass. Misses him…even though there are many things that keep them apart. I am hard-pressed to imagine a solution to their dilemma.
Copyright © 2011
Beverly M. Lewis
Born in Pennsylvania Dutch country, Beverly Lewis’ interest in her mother’s Plain heritage inspires her to write bestselling novels of Amish life, including The Shunning and the Christy Award winning The Brethren. Now we are pleased to offer The Judgment, the newest novel from this leading author of Amish fiction and the second in the Rose Trilogy.
Rose Kauffman is engaged to Silas Good, a well-liked Amish fellow. So why does she long for the attentions of Nick Franco, the former foster son of the bishop, now that Nick has left the Amish community under a cloud of suspicion after the death of the bishop’s biological son? Will Rose marry Silas, even while she struggles with her feelings for Nick?
Meanwhile, Rose’s sister, Hen, returns to the family farm with her young daughter. Hen and her modern husband, Brandon, are separated, and he threatens to sue for custody if Hen doesn’t return. Will the judge rule in Brandon’s favor? And can Hen rejoin the People without sacrificing her marriage?
Beverly Lewis has again delivered the kind of reading experience our members have come to love—a compelling tale about a way of life that struggles to survive against the challenges of the ourside world.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers ( April 05, 2011 )
Item #: 13-343489
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)