Item description for Englisher (Annies People V2)-Large Print by Beverly Lewis...
Annie Zook, the preachers daughter, struggles to keep her promise to her fatherto abandon her art for a full six months. Will she succeed, only to succumb to another "forbidden" desire? And what would her father do if he discovered her friendship with a handsome Englisher? Ben Martin has recently moved to Pennsylvania from Kentucky on a secret search of his own. He is mysteriously drawn to Paradise and especially to the covered bridge depicted in Annies painting, a folded copy of which he carries in his pocket...along with a smooth peach stone. Will Bens keen interest in Annie derail her intention to join the Amish church come autumn? (Annie's People Book 2)
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Bethany House Publishers
ISBN 0764202170 ISBN13 9780764202179
Availability 0 units.
More About Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis, born in Pennsylvania Amish country, is an accomplished pianist and award-winning author. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times."
Beverly Lewis currently resides in the state of Colorado. Beverly Lewis was born in 1949.
Beverly Lewis has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Englisher (Annies People V2)-Large Print?
OK read Jun 9, 2006
I happen to love how Beverly Lewis writes. I can go through one of her books in two days. This book however just didn't cut it for me. I found myself more interested in what was going on with Lou and Esther than I did with Annie. As a matter of fact, I felt Annie was more warm and personable in the first book. With all of that said it is still a good read.
A well-written sequel from one of Christian fiction's best Jun 1, 2006
Beverly Lewis, one of Christian fiction's most popular authors, will please her fans with THE ENGLISHER, the second installment in her series, Annie's People. It's filled with all the things her fans have come to expect: Amish cultural details, interesting characters, faith dilemmas, romance and intrigue.
In book one, THE PREACHER'S DAUGHTER, talented artist Annie Zook was torn between familial fidelity, a half-hearted engagement to a local Amish boy, and pursuing her passion for drawing and painting. Now, following a broken engagement, Annie has agreed to give up her art for six months in obedience to her father's wishes while she considers whether she will join the church or not. Her pen pal and best friend Louisa, who also fled a broken engagement in book one and flew out to visit her, is still enjoying her immersion in Amish life. Louisa is attracted to the handsome Samuel Glick, but realizes that if their romance is to be fully ignited, she must decide to join the Amish community. A visit from her friend Courtney Engelman from back home reminds her of what she has left behind, and leaves her more conflicted.
Annie has the opposite problem. Ben Martin, an Englisher who works in the local harness shop, has captured her heart. His kind and gentle ways attract her like a moth to a flame, and step by step she allows herself to open up to him. Soon, she is experimenting with the idea of discarding various parts of her Plain persona. But how can she continue seeing someone who is not of the Plain folks? What future could there be in the relationship? It's only a matter of time before there's a showdown between Annie and her father, which keeps the suspense building until late in the story.
Other plot lines are continued from book one, including the hushed-up death of Zeke Hochstetler's younger brother Isaac, which continues to torment him. The abusive Zeke pushes for reconciliation with his wife Esther and their young family, but his mental anguish continues to manifest itself in his harsh words and erratic behavior. Is he losing his mind? Esther, resigned to her abusive, mostly loveless marriage, continues her quiet rebellion over her newfound assurance of salvation (something forbidden by the Plain people, who believe this is a manifestation of pride). Until she repents, she is shunned by her family and her community --- even having to eat at a separate table from her husband and children. Kudos to Lewis for tackling the difficult subject of abuse in religious communities; she addresses many of the emotions and wrongful views of those in leadership about the issue.
While THE PREACHER'S DAUGHTER focused on the dilemma of a woman caught between using her gifts and acceptance by her community of faith, THE ENGLISHER centers more on what happens when two people are attracted to each other but fail to share similar cultural and spiritual ties. There is also a nice subtheme about religion and gender perceptions, especially concerning the role of women in the Amish community. Annie forthrightly takes on her father's obvious relaxed treatment of her brother's relationship with a "modern" woman as biased. In one poignant passage, Annie's father reflects, "Women were fine for marrying or birthing babies, but men were elected by the Lord God to lead the community of mortal saints. For Annie to have questioned him at all on this point irked him some, yet he would not allow her to know it." Readers with a somewhat glamorized view of Amish life will be brought up short to see just how conservative about gender roles it can be.
Lewis does a great job letting those readers outside the Amish community get a glimpse of the interior workings of its faith and culture. The pace is improved from book one, and Lewis gets less bogged down in too many adjectives and details. The multiple storylines and points of view are smooth, evidence of Lewis's mastery of the genre.
This novel would be confusing if read as a stand-alone, so be sure to begin with THE PREACHER'S DAUGHTER. Devoted Lewis fans will be delighted to know that the story will be picked up in the third installment, THE BRETHREN, due out in October 2006.
--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Forget Ben, Esther's the real story May 26, 2006
Too many plot changes that seem to come out of nowhere keep this from being as satisfying a reading experience as its predecessor, The Preacher's Daughter. Readers sometimes complain about Lewis' predictable outcomes, and there certainly are some strong indications here of that occurring in this series. For instance, (*possible spoiler*) it's fairly obvious that "Englisher" Ben Martin, either is or once was Plain. The predictability has never really been my complaint, since it's still interesting enough to see the character's reactions to the inevitable developments. The main pitfall in this novel was the sudden and drastic actions of the main characters. One minute Louisa is fully immersed in an Amish life with every indication of staying, the next she is fleeing in the middle of the night only to be peripherally mentioned in the final chapters. Ben also halfway disappears after Annie abruptly ends their romance. Unfortunately, these rapid changes and departures almost overshadow an excellent storyline about Annie's friend Esther as she continues to battle an abusive husband, speaks openly of salvation, and is shunned. I'm looking forward to The Brethren if only to see what will become of Esther and how such a hopeless situation will be resolved.
Ugh May 21, 2006
Not as good as the first. A couple of things irked me about this book. 1) WHY did Louisa leave Paradise and go back to Colarado??? She seems to be fairly content, maybe becoming less so, but still getting a job nearby and then she leaves. And what part exactly did Sam play in this? Since he had expressed no desire to join the church, why couldn't they have gotten a place in town and pursued a relationship? And what exactly changed in Louisa to make her want to go back to Colorado? I never could figure that out. 2) Why did Ben go back to Kentucky? (Other than Annie breaking his heart?) If he felt such a strong connection to the area, why not stay? And why didn't Annie contact him when she moved out of her parents' house? She had to have known that might have changed his mind. Weird.
The more I read this book, the less I like it.
Excellent Next Chapter in Annie's People May 21, 2006
In this second book in the series, Annie Zook is coming to terms with her promise to her father to give up her art and join the Amish church. Her best friend, Louisa, a childhood penpal, is still visiting, learning about herself just as much as Annie is. Mixed into their stories are Esther, whose husband Zeke is abusive and harboring a childhood memory that is torturing him; Ben Martin, the Englisher who steals Annie's heart; and Annie's father who is demanding more of her than he does her brothers.
Lewis gives us the details that make the lives of her characters vivid and engrossing, and she keeps you reading as you yearn for more information about these People you grow to love.Lewis does have a minor tendency to be a bit preachy at times, but this is easily overlooked as you find yourself drawn into the world of the Amish through her excellent storytelling. The book ends on several cliffhangers which will leave you waiting impatiently for the next installment. Once again, Lewis has written a gripping, involving story. Recommended!