Beverly Lewis is an author who rarely disappoints me and she certainly didn't with her latest book. The Parting is book 1 of Lewis' new series - The Courtship of Nellie Fisher. As is often the case, this story is set among the Amish. Nellie Fisher is a young girl with mixed emotions... sadness as she continues to grieve over the death of her younger sister, Suzy, and anticipation as she finds herself drawn to Caleb Yoder and he to her. How can her heart be happy and sad at the same time.... and confused? Are the rumors about Suzy true? Was she too much of the world and is she now in a dark place because she died before making her vow with the church?
Nellie isn't the only one pondering Suzy's fate.... her mother Betsy functions daily as her heart aches at the loss of child.. and her father takes a chance to seek answers by searching into the Scriptures.. into areas his faith forbids him to go. But there he finds his answers... his peace... and he is unable to contain his joy.
And so the struggle begins between tradition and grace... families are torn apart... friendships destroyed... the promise of love endangered... and Nellie learns that she may have to forsake more than she imaged for her new found faith.