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The Brethren (Annie's People Series #3) (Volume 3) Paperback – October 1, 2006

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Book 3 of 3 in the Annie's People Series

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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

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Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764201077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764201073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on October 19, 2006
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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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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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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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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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The wonderful final installment in this series about Annie's people. I wanted to despise the elders and just tell them, "please have mercy in this situation", but Ms. Lewis ability as an author humanizes all her characters so that you love them all, even when you disagree with them. There is the full gamut of emotion and tradition and beliefs -- though even when some characters have opposing beliefs, the love of God helps all to speak the truth with love, and maintain the strong family units, though not without much angst. One aspect presented in each story of this series is the love and respect for the elders, and the cherishing of the young. These are precious stories and well worth the price and time invested to ingest them into your spirit and heart! You will be a better person for having met Annie's People!
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