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Product Details

  • Series: Heritage of Lancaster County (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Repack edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764204653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204654
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''The Reckoning not only brought this series to an end, it proved a stern point: Amish fiction is far from boring and Beverly Lewis depicted a wonderful story . . . The narrator of this audiobook series, Marguerite Gavin, is wonderful. Gavin uses a very believable Amish dialect when she speaks the phrases of the characters and also has a very captivating voice. I'm thankful that Blackstone Audio used the same narrator throughout the series, it makes the story flow better from book to book . . . Overall, the 'Heritage of Lancaster County' series is wonderful and captivating. I truly enjoyed all three books, especially The Reckoning because it tied together every loose end.'' --Audiobookfans.com --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Back Cover

The Powerful Conclusion to
The Shunning and The Confession!

Shunned from the Plain life of her youth, Katie Lapp (now known as Katherine) delights in the modern world, yet she longs for the peace that reigned in her mother's heart. Though her life is far removed from Lancaster County, she must come to terms with her Amish heritage...and the man she once loved.

More About the Author

I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."

After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.

My first book (Holly's First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers ("Big Bad Beans") which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled "SummerHill Secrets," which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up--near the heart of Amish country.

But it was the story of my grandmother Ada Buchwalter's shunning by her ultra-strict father and subsequently her old order Mennonite community that nudged me toward writing adult fiction. THE SHUNNING was published in 1997 by Bethany House Publishers, and along with its sequels, has touched a nerve in millions of readers intrigued by the Plain tradition of Lancaster County, PA. The Hallmark Movie Channel will air the movie, "Beverly Lewis's The Confession" on January 19, 2013--the sequel to "The Shunning" movie.

My passion for Amish-related stories continues to keep me up at night, and I'm presently editing the 2nd book (The Bridesmaid) in my new series: "Home to Hickory Hollow," due out September 11, 2012.

When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.

Book One of my present series: The Fiddler, is available now.

Customer Reviews

I could not wait to get to the end of the book.
Linda Childs
As usual there are some interesting twists and turns keeping you turning the pages to find out what will happen next.
Linda Myers
What a beautiful story of family, love, God and faithfulness.
nancy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you've read The Shunning and The Confession, you've got to follow up with this new title! As with the first two books in the series, this was a page-turner. While the previous titles left me with a negative feeling toward the Amish (in relation to their beliefs and practices), Lewis digs a little deeper into the hearts of the Amish characters in The Reckoning. In it, she shows that, though under the hand of the order, the men and women are truly individuals who can see the imperfections in the Amish beliefs but still revere the traditions. Also, it's good to see Katherine mature in The Reckoning. She opens her eyes to the world and to the Lord. Just as with the last two, I can't wait to see where Lewis takes Katherine/Katie in the next title in the series.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Missouri Reader on May 21, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story itself wasn't that bad, but pretty much a typical romance formula. Young lovers run into problems, part, reunite... Of course this one had an Amish flavor, and I enjoyed reading the speech patterns. My main gripe with the series wasn't the story or it's predicatbility. It is that the story could have been told in a single book, or maybe 2, if the author had fleshed it out some.

(Here's the 'spoiler' part; for those who don't want to know the end...quit reading NOW!) Katie and Daniel do, of course, reunite, but it seemed the story dragged out forever before they got there! It seemed totally out of character for Katie to not see what was up with the stranger the first time the butler turned Daniel away. And for NO ONE to realize he was speaking of the REAL Katie Lapp, and not the imposter, was totally unbelievable! Then, when Katie finally DID meet Daniel, her reaction was NOT what I would expect from someone who'd been in love with his memory all those years. I'm not Amish, but Katie was, and I would think that at least some of the 'confession and forgiveness' thing would have rubbed off to the point that she could have accepted him as a friend, if not her mate.

Getting past that, for a 3 book series, the author left way too many things unanswered. Forget that the stepfather and imposter daughter were not prosecuted in the 2nd book. But what about Justin Wirth. Many times the author hinted at the idea that he may have been more interested in Katherine's money than Katherine. We never find out if he really loved her, or if he wanted to marry into her wealth as her 'step'father had marreid her biological mother. How does Katherine turn down his proposal and how does he react? Katie's mother attended her wedding, but what about her 'dat' and her brothers?
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Lancaster county series enticed me into the amish way of life. Beverly Lewis truly did her homework before writing these books. I love when an author can truly captivate the Lord's love and grace. Mrs. Lewis certainly did this. It was very interesting to see how the amish live and the bondage that they lived in. Also, it's good to see that the bondage and the feeling of capitivity can be transformed through Jesus Christ. A heart warming series that will stay in my heart.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "kacki129" on April 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
After quickly digesting The Shunning and The Confession, I was a bit letdown with The Reckoning.
Her mother, Rebecca, never told her people that she had withheld an important truth from them. I would have found it to be more believable that she would admit this truth, since rumor had gotten out about Katie's adoption. Surely the honesty and goodness of her adoptive mother was as important as the sterling qualities of her birth mother.
I was rooting for Katherine and Dan to get back together, but there was not enough of an explanation about why she returns to Dan. What happens to the kind, loving man named Justin? Certainly his character was shown as a strong, caring man who was always good to Katherine. Why isn't there at least a conversation explaining how she turns her back on Justin and runs to Dan? Again, we see no real compelling reason for her to do this at the end.
A glimpse into Katherine's soul or at least her emotional viewpoint before the important climax would have made it more interesting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read all three in the series and I couldn't wait to finish. This one made a great ending to the whole story of Katie. Allthough I wish it would have told more about Katie and Daniel's life together, it gave me some pondering of what happened to them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Vandenhazel on November 18, 2001
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I bought this book assuming that it would be a conclusion to "The Shunning" and The Confession." While Katie Lapp (aka Catherine Mayfield) is reunited with her childhood sweetheart at the end, there seem to be alot of hoops for the poor young man to jump through - for one thing, why weren't Catherine's servants told that her real name was Katie Lapp, so they wouldn't assume Dan was looking for the imposter who called herself by the same name? It would have left more room in the book to better explain the events that seemed a bit rushed at the end!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TSpencer on November 23, 2010
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Having read the first two and finding them quite enjoyable, I was extremely disappointed in the last book of this series. It seemed more like the author had tired of the story and just wanted to wrap it up and try and answer everyone's questions as quickly as she could. There were WAY too many side-stories in this book, the only one I found myself interested in was Mary's. You already know what is going to happen with Katherine once Daniel makes his appearance. Even though Katherine seems genuinely in love with Justin, she suddenly makes decisions to which we get no real detail of her execution of those decisions and are left wondering what really happened. She comes off more like a ditz who can't make up her mind... I am Plain, no I was meant to be English... oh wait no I am really Plain... I read it and managed to finish it because I felt the need to read them all once I started but it was really a huge waste of the money I spent on the eBook download, not to mention the time I will never get back!
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