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The Shunning (Heritage of Lancaster County) (Book 1) [Paperback]

By Beverly Lewis (Author)
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All Her Life She Has Longed For The Forbidden Things, But Will Her Dreams Come At A Price Too Dear To Pay?

In the quiet Amish community of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania, time has stood still while cherished traditions and heartfelt beliefs have flourished. But a secret lies buried that could shatter the tranquility its inhabitants have grown to love.

When Katie Lapp stumbles upon a satin infant gown in the dusty leather trunk of her parents¿ attic, she knows it holds a story she must discover. Why else would her Amish mother, a plain and simple woman who embraces the Old Order laws, hide the beautiful baby dress in the attic?

On the eve of Katie¿s wedding to widower Bishop John, startling news staggers out of her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie for the devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain¿and a future of hope.

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Studio: Bethany House
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.545 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 1997
ISBN  1556618662  
ISBN13  9781556618666  

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More About Beverly Lewis

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 Women—the Pikes Peak Branch—and 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.

Beverly Lewis has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Abram's Daughters
  2. Annie's People
  3. Courtship of Nellie Fisher
  4. Cul-de-Sac Kids (Paperback)
  5. Hallmark Channel
  6. Heritage of Lancaster County
  7. Home to Hickory Hollow
  8. Home to Hickory Hollow (Unnumbered)
  9. Rose Trilogy
  10. Seasons of Grace
  11. Summerhill Secrets (Audio)
  12. Summerhill Secrets (Paperback)

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Is this the "never ending story?"  Sep 23, 2007
I selected this book because it focused on the Amish. The author, Beverly Lewis, did a good job of introducing the customs of these prayerful people. She developed the characters quite well but, when it came to finishing the story, I was disappointed. There were too many loose ends. This may be Lewis' technique for making you want to read her next book but I, for one, wanted to hear what happened to these characters. I did not want to be launched off into the nether world trying to guess what happened. Great way to sell the next book but disappointing when the book you have on hand doesn't finish.
A satin dress reveals a horrible secret for Katie....  Aug 23, 2007
Katie Lapp, an Amish girl was being made to fall in love and marry the bishop in their home church, who was a widower with children. Her one true love Daniel Fisher died supposedly in a drowning, and this still has her grief-stricken after much time has passed. But of course, when the Amish are of a certain age, they are expected to marry, and take a vow with the church, following the rules of the Ordnung. So Katie, strong-willed though she is, is doing what is expected of her. That is-until she enters the attic of her home, and finds a white satin dress that was hidden there, very wordly looking and katie knew this was strange. And even stranger yet was the name stitched on the back of it, "Katherine Mayfield." Completely baffled, she questions her mother Rebecca about this, and Rebecca automatically passes out. There is some horrible secret that she never ever told Katie, let alone anyone else except for her husband Samuel. The secret is of the adoption.

Katie is driven crazy by this, and wants answers, so she keeps on pressing for them. She also knows she cannot marry the bishop, and when the time comes she can't go through with this wedding. Her father is killing mad, and not only for that, but Katie had promised to give up her guitar completely as it is against the rules of the Amish. And of course she doesn't.

Katie's parents have always kept this horrible secret from her, and as it turns out, her birthmother has been searching for her. Laura Bennett Fisher hands Ella a letter, Ella who is a wise old lady. She takes the letter over to Rebecca, immediately suspecting something. And when Rebecca sees this later and reads who it is from, she destroys it immediately.

Katie is determined to find out what the dress is all about, and her mother finally gives in and tells her the awful adoption secret. In hot anger, and disbelief, Katie who is shunned anyway, moves away from her home at 23-years of age, and tries to go about finding Laura Bennett.

Laura is dying, terminally ill, and wants to meet this child she once gave birth to, and handed over to the Amish people after Rebecca had a stillborn so many years ago. And when these two women find the other, there is a lot of heartbreak.

Katie may not return to her Amish home until she is truly ready to repent of her sins. But whether or not with these life-altering events she does this, is hard to tell. Her dad never wanted her to return again under the present circumstances of Katie's strong will and disobedience to God.
Ahhhh, the simple life!  Jul 12, 2007
Katie Lapp is a young woman raised in Amish ways and anticipating her wedding to the local Bishop with mixed emotions. Her true love was drowned a few years earlier and her grief remains palapable. She is also troubled by her mixed feelings about living the simple lif; as "Plain." She wonders what is wrong with her that she seems to long for the fancy, the beautiful, the material; when all around her seem to be so content with their lifestyle.

And then, in the attic, she finds a beautiful, satin baby dress with the name "Katherine" embroidered on it. What can this mean?

I enjoyed this book because I am beguiled by the lifestyle. This book took me there as I had hoped it would. The story itself is well told and kept me engaged, but it was the descriptions of the traditions and surroundings that will keep me coming back to books like this time and time again.

The Shunning/The Confession/The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County 1-3)

The verdict is out  May 7, 2007
Beverly Lewis came highly recommended as an author, and I've enjoyed the stories I've read about the Amish....Plain Truth for one....I decided to pick this book up. (I made sure to start with the 1st in the series...I hate when I read a book and find out I started in the middle of a story!) So far, the verdict is out. The story is interesting enough, though a bit predictable. Without giving away too much...Katie is about to marry the local Bishop. She is an older (by Amish standards) bride, and worried that if she doesn't make this marriage she will be 'passed over'. You see, Katie has always had the problem with being attracted to beautiful, but forbidden "englisher' things....satin, guitar music, etc. She also lost her first love in a drowning accident. Days before the wedding, she finds a beautiful satin baby dress with the name 'Katherine Mayfield' inscribed...hidden away in the family attic! Her parents deny knowledge of the dress...but then hide it again. Katie has had doubts about the marriage all along, but believes she will 'learn' to love the Bishop. But chaos ensues when Katie learns the night before the wedding that she is NOT who she believes herself to be. As I said, the story is predicatable, and if you've read this far, you probably know that. If the story ended here, I would rate it as boring. But the story ends with an obvious lead in to a sequel...and for that reason is intriguing. IF that book and the next tie up loose ends in an entertaining, though possibly predictable manner, I will consider this book as one long lead in, and feel that possibly, the story could have been shortened into one or 2 books. But as I say...the verdict will not be in until I read the other parts of the trilogy.
ON The Outs  Jan 19, 2007
NObody likes to be shunned,but this gives a vivid replay of how it comes about and the feelings of all involved are just so real.I don't know how else to put it,but you have to get this book! Nadia Rehmani-My book Sharper Than A Two Edged Sword also found on this site,lets you know that i could realy empathize with these characters. Nadia Rehmani

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