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About "The Postcard"
In this tender novel and its sequel, two people from different worlds discover a long-kept secret--and forbidden love. Rachel Yoder has resigned herself to life as an Amish widow. Though painfully shy, she and her young daughter help her parents run a bed-and-breakfast in Lancaster County. Philip Bradley, a New York journalist on assignment, comes to stay at the Yoder's B&B. When he finds an old postcard written in Pennsylvania Dutch, he enlists Rachel's help in uncovering its mysteries. When Philip and Rachel are drawn to one another, her Amish community's rules seem destined to keep them apart.
Meet the Author
Beverly Lewis was born Beverly Marie Jones in 1949, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the heart of 'Pennsylvania Dutch' country. She played and composed on the piano and wrote avidly from a very young age. Beverly's father was an Assemblies of God pastor, and she was raised in that denomination. However, she became fascinated with her ancestral links to the Old Order Mennonite community into which her maternal grandmother, Ada Buchwalter, had been born. Beverly's deep affinity for her Amish heritage has inspired much of her prodigious literary output - over eighty books for both children and adults.
Beverly graduated from Evangel University with a degree in Music Education, and became a schoolteacher. When her own three children were middle school age, Beverly began submitting stories to children's magazines. Her first book Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans was published in 1993.
Beverly's first adult fiction, published in 1997, was the Heritage of Lancaster County trilogy, about the experiences of a young Amish woman Katie Lapp as she moves from the plain traditions of her upbringing into the modern world. Beverly has followed this award-winning bestseller with a stream of popular titles that have established her as one of our time's most beloved storytellers. Her titles include the Cul-De-Sac Kids, the Girls Only (GO!), and the Holly's Heart series for children, and the Amish based Rose, Seasons of Grace, Abram's Daughter, The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, and Annie's People series. She has received numerous awards including two Silver Angel Awards for her novels The Postcard and Annika's Secret Wish, and a Golden Book Award for The Shunning, the first volume of her Heritage of Lancaster County series.
Beverly is a member of the National League of American Pen Women as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University. She says of her leisure:
"When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature."
She makes her home with her husband David in Colorado. In addition to their three adult children, they have three grandchildren.
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Beverly Lewis has written some excellent books both before and after this one. Unfortunately this one falls short of being a well-rounded and immersing novel. The premise is good. A mother is left bereaved after an accident that took the life of her husband and one of her children. Her eyesight is forever damaged, although speculation as to the permanency of the damage is called into question by her family. She meets a reporter and they form an unlikely friendship which is born through an investigation of a mysterious postcard written years before and found by the journalist. I found the story rather slow at times and difficult to engage with, which eventually bored me. There was not a lot of outside character development with family and friends, and I would have liked this aspect to be explored further. The mystery surrounding the postcard was not very interesting. I couldn't help but feel it was built up to be bigger and more of a story than it turned out to be. Not a great novel, but fans may still wish to read it anyway.