Published by Bethany House Publishers on April 2, 2019
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With her Amish parents' twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise--the old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life.
Sylvia's bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide.
Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda's relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia's recent engagement to the preacher's grandson.
Can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness and acceptance?
It had been a while since I read a Beverly Lewis book, but when I read the description for The Tinderbox and saw there was a mystery element I knew I had to give it a try. Learning this was the first book in a new series gave me the excitement of knowing that I could get caught up in a new series by Lewis, something she hasn’t written for a few years.
The story starts off with Sylvia stumbling across her father’s unlocked tinderbox. She knows she shouldn’t open it, but in the end, gives in and opens it one day when no one is watching. She didn’t realize that the contents of the box held secrets that even her mother didn’t know.
Lewis did a nice job setting up the storyline and portraying the weight the secret in the tinderbox held on Sylvia’s family and her Amish community. As I read this book I was reminded of what made me start reading Lewis’ books back when I first found The Heritage of Lancaster County series and that is her ability to take me into the lives of the Old Order Amish.
This book ended on a cliffhanger and left me anticipating the next book in the series to release. I’m glad I gave this book a try and I am now hooked on a new series by Beverly Lewis. I’m enjoyed getting to learn more about the Amish and revisit some of the characters I have come to know from Lewis’ other books.