The First Love

The First Love

It's the summer of 1951, and Maggie Esh is in need of some hope. Sweet-spirited and uncommonly pretty despite struggling with chronic illness, she is used to being treated kindly by the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. Yet Maggie wishes she were more like other courting-age girls so she could live a normal, healthy life.

To make matters more complicated, Dat has recently remarried, less than a year after her mother died. And while her stepmother is kind, Rachel is much younger than Mamm, and she simply doesn't understand Maggie or her illness the way Mamm did.

When tent revival meetings come to the area, Maggie is curious, and the words of the Mennonite preacher challenge her to reconsider what she knows about faith. Can she learn to trust God even when hope seems a distant dream?

Title:The First Love
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780764219689
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    The First Love Reviews

  • Deanne Patterson

    Beverly Lewis was the first Amish writing author I read so many years ago when she first started publishing and all these years later I'm still happily reading her books. I have really learned a lot a...

  • Kristi

    A longtime fan of Beverly Lewis, I am always excited when she has a new book out. Since she doesn't release books as often as other authors I always see her books as a treat and can't wait to start re...

  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

    ..Just lovely! :) The First Love is the latest heartwarming novel from Beverly Lewis! This book is told by a master storyteller through her warm and gentle voice. I truly felt like I was in Lancaster ...

  • Cathy Cermele

    I liked that the book starts off with Maggie Esh reflecting on her life as she prepares to celebrate a milestone birthday. She’s taken back to 1951 when she’s a young girl. That was an interesting...

  • Kav

    "Remember to seek the Healer and not the healing. Whether you're ever healed or not, Christ Jesus is by far the most important gift." (p 147)Definitely my favourite Beverly Lewis novel to date. Maggie...

  • Marilyn

    The First Love set in 1951 and during one of the Mennonite Tent Revival in Lancaster County, PA was a tender story about Maggie Esh. Maggie was Amish and suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. M...

  • Jennie

    This book did not hold my attention like most of Beverly Lewis' s books. It was a story about Maggie who was suffering from RA. It was a sad book in places because no one seemed interested in dating h...

  • Maureen Timerman

    What a story the author has given us, one that affects many people, not always with the same illness, but we can put faces on this Amish family.A young woman about to join her church and a longing for...

  • Cathy

    Such a sweet and uplifting read! I have been a long time fan of Beverly Lewis but it has been a few years since I read one of her books. This is one of her latest books and it did not disappoint! The ...

  • Amy

    The First Love is yet another great read by Beverly Lewis. She never fails to write a fabulous Amish tale and this one does not disappoint. I enjoyed Maggie and Esh's story of love, hope and inspirati...