The first scenes of Shelly Shepard Gray’s Eventide brought back the day I received my first pair of glasses. I was ten years old. As I walked out of the eye doctor’s office with my new specs, the world looked sharp and clear and beautiful—especially the leaves on the trees, which had once taken the form of a giant green blob.
That’s close to how Elsie Keim feels when she receives her glasses. Unfortunately, the feeling does not last long, because Elsie has keratoconus, a condition that is slowing stealing her sight. In spite of this, Elsie is determined to live an independent life and stays busy enough to push her fear of blindness to the back of her mind. As for her loving family, they can’t get past their fears for her future to see how strong and capable she is.
Then Landon Troyer comes along. His interest in Elsie starts her wanting things she never thought she’d have and stirs her family’s fears to a fever pitch. What happens next tests everyone’s faith.
This sweet story is one to enjoy when you need refreshing. Add a cup of tea, an apple pie, and a crisp fall day and—perfection!
What I loved most . . .
A plot built around the everyday heartaches we all must face and can only overcome through the help of faith and family.
The courage of a young woman facing bitter disappointment with a smile on her face.
A loud, loving family who takes on each other’s burdens as their own.
New kittens in the barn and buggy rides and star gazing in the cool of the night.
My Favorite Quotes . . .
“‘Don’t you understand that there is nothing fair about what happens to a person? People get sick and hurt. Accidents happen. God doesn’t give everyone only what is fair. Instead, He gives us what He thinks we can handle.’
Elise wanted to protest again. But under her sister-in-law’s watchful expression, she realized that she no longer had a choice about what to do. And worse, she realized that Amanda was right and she’d been wrong. There was something worse than knowing the truth about her blindness—hurting someone she loved through her own stubbornness and fear.”
Who will enjoy this story . . .
- Who wouldn’t?
- Women from young teens to sweet grandmas.
- Lovers of Amish fiction.
- Fans of Beth Wiseman, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Amy Clipston, Cindy Woodsmall, and Beverly Lewis.
You can purchase your copy of Eventide at this link. **Thanks to Litfuse, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Avon Inspire for providing a copy for me to review.
About the author: Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.
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