About the Book: The Tinderbox
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.
I have been a long time fan of Beverly Lewis’s Amish books, back to when I was a teenager. I’ve collected almost every book she’s written, though I haven’t cracked one open in years. I was very excited to get the opportunity to read and review Mrs. Lewis’s newest release and I was not disappointed. The story moves slowly, taking several chapters to get build up before introducing the secret that will potentially destroy their family. The story jumps between the points of view of Sylvia, her mother, and her father, this technique gives us a well-rounded look at the circumstances and emotions surrounding the events of the story.
The theme is the destructiveness of deceit and burying the past. It is better to be upfront and honest about past failures and allow someone to make their own decisions about how they feel about it, then to hide things only to have them come out later and hurt the ones we love. It will be interesting to see how this revelation affects both Sylvie’s parents and her own relationship with her fiancé.
It’s important to understand the Amish’s beliefs to fully grasp the impact of this story. This secret, while in our world may not be considered a big deal, to the Amish is very serious and something that is not done in their communities. Breaking their rules is considered a serious offence and is dealt with harshly. Can you imagine having someone you love put under the “Ban” and not being able to talk with them or eat with them?
I was surprised when I realized this book was not the end of the story, the second installment comes out this fall! I can’t wait to find out what happens when the story continues in “The Timepiece.”
About the Author: Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis penned her first story at age nine while living near Lancaster County Amish farmland, where she grew up. She welcomes her many reader-friends each day on Facebook and personally replies to fan mail. Lewis lives with her husband in Colorado near their family. Visit her website at http://www.beverylewis.com.