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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764201077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764201073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beverly Lewis continues to give her readers what they have found irresistible in her previous best-selling books." -- Violet Nesdoly, blogcritics.org

About the Author

Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a school teacher and an accomplished musician, is now an award winning novelist. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including U.S.A. Today and The New York Times. She and her husband, David, live in Monument, Colorado.

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

Didn't like the ending either.
Barbara Parker
Louisa went back to modern life in Colorado, but she still misses the Amish terribly and being with Annie-and Sam her newfound love there.
J. Kirkman
She always produces an enjoyable novel that keeps the reader wanting to know what happens next.
Sandra K. Gorin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sometimes it's difficult to come into a series on the last installment without feeling lost. Luckily, finding the subject matter and people to be so interesting with lovely characterizations and references to previous events, I quickly picked up with where the story was at that particular moment.

It appears that Annie Zook, the Amish preacher's daughter was a bit of a handful being somewhat willful for a young Amish woman. Evidently she had committed two very grave things that went against doctrine of the Amish people. One was secretly following her heart and pursuing a friendship with Ben an Englisher or `fancy' person, and the other was her love and joy of painting, something very much forbidden within the Amish community. Having been found out, Annie had obeyed her father and terminated the relationship with Ben, as well as promising to not touch her painting for at least six months.

Along with Annie's issues of adherence to the People's doctrine, there were several secondary stories going on. Prominent among them were after a child's bones had been plowed up, Annie's friend Zeke had admitted to slaying his younger brother Isaac; Zeke's wife Esther is being `shunned' by the People for not fully embracing Amish doctrines; and Annie's `fancy' friend Lou who had come to visit embraced the Amish life then went back to her world and now faced questions of faith. More importantly, Ben had returned to Paradise, Pennsylvania with a surprising truth about himself that could change many people's lives, including his own.

Lewis embarked on a tremendous amount of storylines and as far as I was concerned solved all the mysteries, bringing most to satisfying conclusions.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joy on October 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the first two books in this series and so, when I sat down to read this one, I had all these expectations of what should happen. Well, some of those expectations were met, but when I finished the story, I wasn't completely satisfied. I don't want to get too in detail with the characters so I won't spoil it for other readers, but for me, there were still some loose ends that weren't wrapped up or satisfactorily explained. I don't suppose Ms. Lewis plans another series to continue the story, but it'd be great if she did.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Willhite on October 2, 2006
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I was disappointed in this book, the pace moved along too quickly for my taste and it was so incredibly predictable. This series lacks the depth and complexities that the Abram's Daughters books had. I was very puzzled by the way this book ended. It left me wanting more and seriously questioning the decisions of the characters. They were just not as three dimensional as the characters in the other Lewis books have been.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie McKinzie on October 3, 2006
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Annie is nearing the six month restriction her father bestowed and she can hardly wait to start her painting and drawing again. Her fancy friend, Lou, still in Colorado-is about to restart dating the man she walked away from nearly 2 years ago, Annie's brother is "on the fence, does he jump or not?" but the main character is Ben.

We have followed the story of the peach pit and the missing child from book one. Bones have now been discovered. A man confesses to killing Isaac. Essie who is shunned, is left alone with four children and her husband is about to be found out (he violated his church orders)...she is pregnant.

Sorry to say, this book had just too much information in too little space to be up to Beverly Lewis' caliber. It was interesting, intriguing, but if she had taken the time and pages to write two books instead of one, the reader could have had more time to wonder, guess and hope of the outcomes. Instead, Beverly pretty much laid out the plots, one, two, three. I felt like I was reading a Reader's Digest version.

The people were very interesting, their lives are tremendously different, and two books could have really made for two excellent reads...instead of a fast paced, multiple stories condensed--- and the ending was not terribly believable, especially for the Amish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2006
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The final book in the trilogy Annie's People, The Brethren picks up with Annie beginning her six month agreement with her preacher father to not paint anything. Annie has also moved into the home of her friend, Essie, who is a shunned member of the Amish community for having come to believe in a religious thought different than their own. Also back is Ben, the Englisher of the previous novel, who is trying to grapple with his own identity and his love for Annie.

Lewis is an excellent storyteller and this novel brings the Amish community to life vividly. I could sympathize with Annie and her torn heart, and I could appreciate the mysteries surrounding the appearance of Ben. However, a couple of things really bothered me while reading this one. Lou's role is definitely reduced in this novel and after becoming so emotionally vested in her troubles, I would have liked to have seen more closely how she faced her return to the modern world. Also, things seemed tied up a little too neatly at the end; I needed to know more about Isaac's kidnapping and how he felt about giving up his former identity. The ending to this one seemed particularly rushed and I agree that Lewis should have spread this story out over the course of two books. Finally, Lewis does tend to become preachy at times, but that is a hallmark of her stories and should not bother anyone who enjoys inspirational fiction. Overall this is a well-done book and another fine example of Lewis's ability to share the Amish life and create characters who will live in your heart for a long time to come. Recommended!
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