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The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County #1) Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2008
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From the Back Cover
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)
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Never a dull moment as I read "The Shunning" again. I read it from hard copy when it first came out and just finished it on my Kindall. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by happy face
Beverly Lewis has done it again! Of course, I enjoy reading about the Amish. If you haven't read one of her books; now is the time!Published 19 days ago by Christforall
Very good, kept my interest up. Can't remember last time I had trouble putting a book down.Published 1 month ago by Karen Emmett
I've always been fascinated by the Amish people and their beliefs. This 1st novel in a three part series deals with "The Meinding"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca Cole
Great book. I couldn't put it down. Would recommend it greatly.Published 3 months ago by Brenda Bingham