I stumbled upon my mother's handkerchief in the cornfield early this morning. Halfway down the row I spotted it-white but soiled, cast in the mire of recent rains. Only one side of the stitched hem was visible, the letter L poking out from the furrow as if to get my attention. I stared at it . . . all the emotions of the past three weeks threatening to rise up and choke me right then and there.
Leaning over, I clutched the mud-caked hankie in my hand. Then, tilting my head up, I looked toward the eastern sky, to the freshness of this new day.
Twice now, I'd walked the field where Mamma had sometimes wandered late at night-weeks before she ever left home. Like our sheep, she'd followed the same trails till ruts developed. I couldn't help wondering where the well-trod path had led her by the light of the lonely moon. Honestly, though, 'tis only in the daylight that I've been compelled to go there, drawn by thoughts of her and the hope of some further word, whenever that might come.
I shook the dirt off the hankie and traced the outline of the embroidered initial-white on white. So simple yet ever so pretty.
My hand lingered there as tears slipped down my cheeks. "Mamma . . . where are you?" I whispered to the breeze. "What things don't we know?"
-From the book The Missing by Beverly Lewis
The Missing is the second compelling tale of life among the Amish in Beverly Lewis’ bestselling series, Seasons of Grace.
Twenty-one-year-old Grace Byler longs to find her missing mother, Lettie, and uncover the secret that drove her to leave her family three weeks before. Grace suspects the reason has something to do with her father and his reserved, oftentimes uncommunicative ways.
This conviction causes Grace to break off the betrothal to her quiet, steady beau, and she resigns herself to the fact that she will never have the marriage and family she longs for. Then, when the young Amish man she thought was courting her best friend takes a sudden interest in her, Grace is confused and wonders if he can be trusted.
Meanwhile, “Englisher” Heather Lang has come to the Amish country to relive fond memories of her mother and contemplate a grave medical prognosis of her own. Heather and Grace meet and the two young women strike up a fast friendship, amazed by how well they get along. Following the only clue they have, Grace and Heather search for answers in hopes of finding Grace’s mother and bringing her home.
Will they find what they’re looking for...or far more than they had hoped?
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers ( September 01, 2009 )
Item #: 12-782092
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.8inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I read the Secret and The Missing. I have enjoyed both books and look forward to the next in the series. Please keep the series going. My heritage is Penn Dutch and I grew up in Pennsylvania. We visit Lancaster County often and enjoy reading about the area in these stories. We are quite familiar with the towns and restaurants it mentions. Love the characters it portrays and am anxiously waiting for the next book.
Reviewer: Betty H
The story of Grace is very compelling. I love the story line and the geography of Pennsylvania and Ohio. I am anxiously waiting for the third installment.
Reviewer: Beondi E
This is the second book after "The Secret". Third & final book for this series will be out in April. If you enjoy her books, will will enjoy this series. Always good, clean & enjoyable. Can't wait for the conclusion.
Reviewer: Janice W
This series of books is wonderful! I can't put them down. I can't wait until the next book is available to find out more...
Reviewer: Jenny R
I had a hard time putting this one down! I, like someone else, know who Letties daughter is. Hurry with the sequel!
Beverly Lewis is a great author, hope she keeps up the good work!