Item description for The Confession (Heritage of Lancaster County V2) by Beverly Lewis...
Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who questioned the strict rules of her upbringing and even her own identity, has been shunned from her Amish community. Katie--now known as Katherine Mayfield--sets out to find her birth mother--and a life--she has never known.
Her birth mother is seriously ill and Katie must struggle to find her--and prove her own identity--before it's too late. But in the world of electric lights, telephones, and "fancy" things, Katie stumbles into a web of greed and betrayal where the garb of the Amish is misused to disguise an evil conspiracy. Meanwhile, unknown to Katherine, her long-lost love, Daniel, has returned to the Amish community to find her. Can they ever be together again? Find out in The Confession.
Publishers Description Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who questioned the strict rules of her upbringing and even her own identity, has been shunned from her Amish community. Now known as Katherine, she sets out to find her birth mother, and a life she has never known. Her birth mother is seriously ill and she must struggle to find her, before it's too late.
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Heritage Of Lancaster County
Series Number 2
ISBN 0764204645 ISBN13 9780764204647
Availability 0 units.
More About Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. She fondly recalls her growing-up years, and due to a keen interest in her mother's Plain family heritage, many of Beverly's books are set in Lancaster County. A former schoolteacher, Bev is a member of The National League of American Pen Womenthe Pikes Peak Branchand the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her bestselling books are among the C.S. Lewis Noteworthy List Books, and both The Postcard and Annika's Secret Wish have received Silver Angel Awards. Bev and her husband have three children and make their home in Colorado.
Beverly Lewis currently resides in the state of Colorado. Beverly Lewis was born in 1949.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Confession (Heritage of Lancaster County V2)?
Not as good as the first Apr 3, 2010
I greatly enjoyed the first of this series "The Shunning" by Beverly Lewis. However, this one failed to grab me. It seemed like it was a very rushed novel, yet, despite this, not much was done in it.
It takes off where the last book left it, Katie (now known as Katherine) is staying with some Mennonite relatives and is searching for her birth mother. She finds what she thinks is her mother only to encounter a rough time with her husband, Dylan Bennet who is waiting for his wife to die so he can inherit her wealth.
Katherine leaves her relatives and goes to her mother's house, only to find that another Katie Lapp has appeared there and has been welcomed as her mothers daughter. While she was debating going, Dylan had hired an actress to fool his wife by thinking the girl was her heir.
Katherine, unsure of what to do, takes a position as a maid at the household and hopes to get close to her mother. Being that her mother plans on announcing the inheritance at Christmas, the next day, time seems to run short for her. Especially when Dylan finds out who she really is.
It sounded like a promising sequel when I read the summary of it. However, the reality wasn't as promising. Lewis hurries the story along but its so boring and inconceivable (who would let a deception like that take place knowingly?) that I didn't have much patience with it and was glad it didn't take long to read.
While Lewis' writing is always pleasant and authentic, it just didn't make up for the story line.
Great Find! Feb 11, 2010
I was surprised at how captivating this book was. I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it enough to order the second one in the series. It wasn't a romance novel or another thriller...just an interesting, draw you in kind of book that you finish in a day or two. Perfect for a long flight.
A disappointment Jan 13, 2010
What a disappointment. While The Shunning, Lewis' first book in this trilogy, was wonderful for its authenticity in the depiction of a young Amish woman's desperate inner identity struggle, The Confession was awkward and contrived. Evil husband hires actress to pretend to be wealthy wife's long-lost daughter in order to gain inheritance? Main protagonist predictably perseveres in the end and convinces birth mother she is the real daughter? It was a plot I would have expected from a 12-year-old (and an uncreative 12-year-old at that) or a cheesy Lifetime channel movie with a cast of D-list actors.
After reading The Shunning (free on Kindle), I was eager to read the rest of the trilogy. However, after purchasing and reading The Confession, I doubt I would ever pay to read The Reckoning. If it's ever free on Kindle one day, I'll add it to my list of books to read but after the disappointing second book, I don't intend on ponying up the $9.99 for the last part of this trilogy. There are other books I'd rather buy.
Interesting plot...less Amish culture Jan 6, 2010
After downloading the free Kindle version of "The Shunning", I paid the extra few bucks for the Confession to see what happens to the characters, and to see if Ms. Lewis improves upon her characters, and frankly to see if I could learn more about the Amish culture. There was less Amish culture and religion, instead the novel focuses more on Christian (specifically Mennonite or non-denominational) religious beliefs, and the reader will encounter these beliefs through the characters words and deeds.
The plot was very interesting and centered more on the main character, Katherine "Katie" Mayfield's life outside of the Amish community. Katherine searches for her biological mother and finds a predicament that she must solve, with complications. We also have a sub-plot that has an underpinning in the Amish community. I won't go into the sub-plot, lest this reveal a spoiler, but it definitely was a set-up for the next book.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the evolution of Ms. Lewis' writing in this novel. In this novel, we see quite a bit of character development of the characters that were introduced in the first novel. We begin to see Katie Lapp - now Katherine - depicted as an encouraging, kind-hearted being and this moves us into flipping through the pages. Additionally, we feel Katherine's yearning for a different life as Ms. Lewis opens up the character of Katherine to a different world. Taking Katherine out of the Amish setting shows us Ms. Lewis' abilities as a writer, and this really made the novel come alive.
However, we are treated to some cliched, unbelievable characters that are distracting at times, i.e. the abrupt, slightly-abusive, manipulative husband (this is similar to other male characters in the Shunning). Additionally, we are asked to believe that Amish women that were previously depicted in the Shunning as submissive actually behave in cunning, coy, and sneaky manner in relationship to the males in their community. This was impossible for me to believe.
I can't necessarily recommend Ms. Lewis' series for everyone. Since this novel has a distinct Christian flavor, some people may not enjoy reading it, or find that in some spots it becomes "preachy". However, I did not find that the Christian characterization was distracting, but it maybe because I'm Christian.
The Confession was a great book Oct 16, 2009
My sister had given me The Shuning book by Beverly Lewis. I enjoyed it so much, but was somewhat disappointed how it ended. At the time, I did not know that there were a series of books. I discovered that The confession was a continuation of the story. I ordered from this site The Confession and The Reckoning and couldn't wait to read them. I hihly recommend all three of these books.