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The Orchard

By: Beverly Lewis
Narrated by: Libby McKnight
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Summary

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 nonresistance. The faraway war that has caused so much turmoil and grief among their Englisher neighbors threatens to touch much too close to home. 

As Evan departs for boot camp, Ellie finds herself confiding her disappointment in Sol Bontrager, the brother of her best friend and cousin to her new beau, Menno. In contrast to Evan, Sol is a conscientious objector, and 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 has held so dear seem increasingly uncertain. Can she and her family find the courage to face a future unlike any they could have imagined?

©2022 Beverly Lewis (P)2022 Recorded Books

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  • 13-11-22

My favorite fruit

Loved this story. The family dynamic is a wundebar example for all to read and enjoy.

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  • 05-11-22

Thoroughly enjoyed it

I am originally from Beaver Falls Pennsylvania and we have Amish in the next county over. i now live in Anderson Indiana and we have Amish and Mennonite here. She portrayed them and the Vietnam Era well.
She is one of the few fiction book authors that i read.

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  • Amazoning
  • 11-10-22

One of Beverly Lewis' best!

Loved this book. Heartwarming. I love the way the family supported each other with prayer.

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  • Mildred N Wardle
  • 07-10-22

Authentic and Relatable

I enjoyed this book because I could relate to the couple whose son went away from the Teachings of home. There are many hard knocks in this world, but I believe that it is every parents desire that their children remember that there is always a way back to a Christian home, even though they may return weakened by their wanderings away.