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Title: The Shunning by Beverly Lewis
Notable: Book #1 in The Heritage of Lancaster County series
Katie Lapp is a young Amish woman who is set to marry Bishop John Beiler. Her heart still belongs to her first love, Dan, who tragically drowned at sea. She hopes that her marriage to John will give her a new start in life and restore some happiness that she’s been missing. Just before Katie’s wedding, a family secret comes to light that tears her world apart and she must decide which path is the right one to take.
This is not my normal reading material at all, so I had a bit of a tough time getting into it. The book starts out fairly slow, so that contributed as well. Once I got several chapters in, the action and intrigue picked up and then I couldn’t put it down! The best way I can describe this story is to say that if a Hallmark movie were to become a book, this would be it. If that’s too feel-good and emotional for you, you would have a tough time with this book.
There is a strong Christian element to the story, but it didn’t seem out of character, given that it’s about the Amish. I appreciate all of the small details that the author included about the Amish way of life. You can tell that she really did her homework. The story itself is pretty good. I wasn’t expecting rip-roaring suspense, but it kept my interest and made me want to read the next in the series.
I don’t want to give away the plot, but suffice it to say that Katie goes through an identity crisis of sorts. She has to figure out what her future life will look like and deal with the consequences of her choice. It’s rather heartbreaking, really.
I recommend The Shunning to those who enjoy tame romantic stories and reading about the Amish.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Until next time…