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The Brethren (Annie's People Series #3) (Volume 3) Paperback – October 1, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely story about an Amish girl with English temptations. A little mystery of a missing boy, and a pen pal.Published 3 months ago by jeanette
I bought the book for my Mother as she didn't have this to read with the others in the set. She loved it and it came in a timely fashion.Published 6 months ago by Terri
I enjoyed the three books a lot and felt I learned so much about the people. I wish they could go on.Published 6 months ago by maralee gunderson
I enjoyed this 3 part series but ended the book thinking there has to be more and there wasn't. What happened to Courtney and the baby? Louisa and Michael? What did Esther have? Read morePublished 7 months ago by LB