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The Shunning (1996)
by Beverly Lewis
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The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1) by Beverly Lewis
Set in an Amish community of Hickory Hollow Pennsylvania, twenty-two year old Katie Lapp wants a good life. She is set to marry the Bishop who is widowed, much older than her with children. She feels a bit disconnected (and is) still longing for her true love, who suffered a tragic death. Then she discovers a family secret which sets in motion events that will drastically change her life.
A fascinating story of one young woman, who just wants happiness. I was able to connect with Katie on her thoughts, emotions and feelings, I truly wanted her happy. I did enjoy reading of a different culture/religion/society than my own. This is my first Amish story, at times I was a bit angry with the community. Overall I enjoyed The Shunning and recommend to those that like Amish stories. I look forward to reading more by Beverly Lewis.
Katie has tried to embrace her Amish faith and the ways of the ordnung, but it has always been a struggle for her. Just before her marriage to the bishop, she discovers some upsetting news that explains why, at least to her way of thinking. But others don’t agree, and she has been shunned for her behavior. Distraught by losing everything she knows yet still unable to fully commit to the Amish ways, she leaves her family and the only home she ever knew. Author Beverly Lewis has penned an interesting conundrum in this first book of the trilogy. The characters are quite well developed, and the problems they face because of a decades-old secret illustrates just how impossible it is to keep past actions buried.
I really enjoy reading her books because of the simple stress free life style.
Really really good, first in a series & anxious to read the rest. Beverly Lewis is good at bringing in several story lines. Main one is girl/woman adopted into Amish family; she finds out when she is adult & in seeking out her birth mother, gets shunned & has to leave the community.
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In the quiet Amish community of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania, time has stood still while cherished traditions and heartfelt beliefs have flourished. But a secret lies buried that could shatter the tranquility its inhabitants have grown to love.
On the eve of her wedding, Katie Lapp hears startling news from her anguished parents. Nothing could have prepared her for the devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain but also a future of hope.
The Shunning is the first book in a trilogy that re-creates the simple life of the Amish. Its themes of hope and reconciliation show us that even when we think we are far away, God's love is always present..
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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2 editions of this book were published by Bethany House.
Editions: 0764204637, 0764209604
An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.