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From the Back Cover

All her life she has longed for the forbidden things, but will her dreams come at a price too dear to pay?

Why would Katie Lapp's mother, a plain and simple Amishwoman who embraces the Old Ways, hide a beautiful satin baby dress in the attic?

The staggering answer comes on the eve of Katie's wedding to widower Bishop John, throwing her life--present and future--into confusion.

Winner of the Gold Book Award (500,000 copies sold)

Winner of the ECPA Platinum Award (1 million sold)

About the Author

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at www.beverlylewis.com for more information.
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Product Details

  • Series: Heritage of Lancaster County (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Repack edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764204637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204630
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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The Shunning is a very interesting story all the way through, and it taught me quite a bit about the Amish way of life. It seems like a book that teaches one so much would have to be quite boring, but it's really just the opposite. At one point, I actually had to stop reading for a few minutes just because I couldn't stand all of the suspense!

Katie Lapp is a very real, believable heroine, something that can be hard to find (especially, I'm afraid, in Christian fiction). I felt, at the end of the book, that I really understood her.

One piece of advice, though: Don't read the rest of the trilogy. This is hard to do, as the book ends on something of a cliffhanger, but force yourself to do it. The Shunning is an excellent book, but the next two are quite disappointing and sort of ruined the series for me. I suggest you just make up your own ending for Katie.
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Obviously I am in the minority here, and this book has satisfied many a reader. Since my experience differs, I've been trying very hard to figure out exactly why this novel disappointed me. I think it comes down to the following:

The biggest problem I had with this novel is that the character felt plot-driven rather than the plot character-driven. A young Pennsylvania Amish woman struggles with a longing for a Fancy life. Plausible enough. But the way events unfold in her engagement to a widowed bishop and in her discovery of her own mother's Deep Dark Secret all felt organized to suit the author's end goal (to sell a sequel?). It's hard to say too much without risking spoiling the story. But as I read, I found myself questioning repeatedly what kind of person would do the things that Katie did. Certainly, we all want to be true to ourselves. But how many of us have as spectacularly a poor sense of timing (either that or disregard for the feelings of others) as Katie does? How many of us have that kind of knack for uncovering hidden objects at just the right time to move along the plot--not once, but twice? While, remarkably, at the same time Outside Forces Are Converging in a mysterious black limousine? In terms of the action, the story read like a soap opera, requiring a pretty high suspension of disbelief. But character presentation did not match the soap opera pacing. Emotionally flighty when required to be so by the plot, Katie was otherwise pretty stoic and rational. If only her story had been. The only things that kept me reading this novel to the end was an interest in the setting and a certain inoffensiveness in prose style.

It didn't repel me, but it didn't draw me in, either. I have absolutely no interest in finding out what happens to Katie next.
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This book was enjoyable for a light read, the descriptions of the "Plain People's" lifestyle were interesting, but I'm giving it only one star since the book ends abruptly, with no resolution to the plot lines. I'm assuming that this is a way of enticing readers to buy the next two books, much in the style of the old cliffhanger movie series, but I found it very duplicitous.
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By A Customer on August 9, 1999
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I hesitate to make negative comments about this and the other books in this series since they have been rated so highly by others. However, I feel obligated to my many Amish friends to set the record straight. I read the Shunning, The Confession and The Reckoning, and was very much disturbed by the way the Amish were treated. In some ways it is evident that the author did a great deal of book research because she has many facts quite right; such as the given and family names of the characters. In other ways it would appear that she has had very little actual contact with real Amish people. My suspicion is that the Amish friends she claims to have are actually X Amish who have a lot of criticism and bitterness toward their people. Lewis judges the Amish by modern Evangelical standards and makes them look like heathens with bones through their noses in need of the Gospel. The Amish do have a different understanding of salvation than do Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, but to say they are not Christian is carrying it too far. Lewis would no doubt also have serious disagreements on theological matters with Catholics, most Lutherans and Pentecostals. There are many factual errors in the Shunning and the other two books in the series. The greatest error in The Shunning is the portrayal of the Amish not being allowed to talk to those who are excommunicated. My Amish friends tell me that they are expected to talk to those in the ban in order to win them back to the church. Lewis somewhat corrects this in the other books to make it look like the silent treatment was the individual pronoucement of one particular bishop. Lewis does not mention the Biblical basis for shunning which she apparently does not understand.Read more ›
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By A Customer on July 18, 2004
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I really like the Lancaster County series. It's such a unique story since it has the Amish setting. I read this book several years ago with the intent to finish the series but didn't get around to it. I just recently read the second book, and now I am anxious to get my hands on the third! It is a charming story and definitely worth anyone's time, especialyl if they are looking for a different story.
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