Lydia Cottrell, eldest of five Amish orphans, made a promise to her dying mother to “keep the family together”. But soon she discovers that guardianship has been granted to a virtual stranger – a well-to-do aunt from Portland, Oregon, who cares little for Mamma’s last wish. Lydia’s struggle to keep the promise may cost her the loss of “the sweetest, kindest, and most handsome Plain boy in all of Lancaster County” — Levi King.
I was excited to discover that the movie that sparked my interest in the Amish, “Saving Sarah Cain,” was actually a book. should have know that The Redemption of Sarah Cain would not live up to my expectations as that seems to be my luck with books-to-movies.
Boring, bad characterizations, and a poorly written narrative and plot, The Redemption of Sarah Cain was a complete disappointment. The story line is not as fleshed out as her other novels, and the story becomes difficult to follow with two main characters who never get their dues. Lydia, also known as Lyddie, deserves more focus than her self-centered and cruel Aunt Sarah, whom I found extremely difficult to even tolerate. The remaining characters, especially Sarah’s semi-boyfriend, Bryan, were not developed enough for the reader to decide if they like them or not. The Redemption of Sarah Cain is just not good.
- Lewis, Beverly. The Redemption of Sarah Cain. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House, 2000. Print. 316 pgs. ISBN: 9780764223297. Source: Library.