The Redemption Of Sarah Cain
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The Redemption Of Sarah Cain

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Her future, and the lives of her young siblings, is in the hands of a fancy "Englischer" from Portland...Sarah Cain.

Lydia Cottrell, eldest of five Amish orphans, made a promise to her dying mother to "keep the family together." But soon she discovers that guardianship has been granted to a virtual stranger�a well-to-do aunt from Portland, Oregon, who cares little for Mamma...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers
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Kristin
I really enjoyed reading ‘The Redemption of Sarah Cain’. I have not
yet seen the movie and I haven't been able to find the original book,
as this is the movie edition of the book. I do look forward to reading
the other version of the book as well as watching the movie to
compare. Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors of the Amish
genre and the story didn't disappoint. Most of the books I read are
about the Old Order Amish so I was rather surprised that this one is
about the New Order Amish and to...more
Cassandra
This book intrigued me because of the movie trailer. If I know that a movie is based on a book, I have to read the book before watching the movie. I haven't watched the movie yet but I'm actually hoping it's different.

I thought the character development was decent over the first half of the story but couldn't understand why Sarah changed her mind and attitude so quickly about Christianity and the Plain culture. It seemed unrealistic that she would go from materialistic and unbelieving to, well....more
Keri
I prevoiusly saw The Redemption of Sarah Cain as a movie on Lifetime and thought it was really cute. I picked up the book and decided to give it a try and ended up being really disappointed. In a rare occassion, I found the movie to be better than the book it was influenced by.

The Redemption of Sarah Cain tells the story Sarah Cain, an "Englicsher," and her five Amish nieces and nephews she is forced to look after. I expected the book to be more like the movie, but it was completely different. I...more
Heidi
I chose this to complete the "Read a book about a religion not your own" in the Book Challenge. So, all right, Amish is still Christian as I am. But like my religion, the two live in such ways that distinctly separate us from other Christian religions. In my religion's case, that's only one thing that separates us, though! And from this book, I really didn't get too many details on specific beliefs of the Amish. Just that they believe in the Bible, and prayer, and the Holy Ghost. Nothing foreign...more
Ilka
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Samantha
The Redemption of Sarah Cain is one of the best books I've read in recent weeks. The storyline is simple, yet portrayed in such a way that you feel the book holds a much deeper meaning.
Beverly Lewis shows great compassion over feelings, and I love how she intertwines her heritage into her writing.
Iwill definetly read more of her books.
Alicia Roque Ruggieri
I really loved this book overall - and the Michael Landon Jr. movie of it. :-) The clear writing, believable modern characters, and switching viewpoints all create one of the best of Lewis' stand-alone novels. It would have earned a fifth star but for the confusion about 3/4 through (for me, at any rate!) with whether the main protagonist was Sarah or her ward... Lewis spent so much time with the ward that I began to become overly interested in her side story! :-) Of course, this wouldn't be a b...more
Rachel Brand
I remember snagging this book on BookMooch when I first discovered Amish fiction back in 2009, but somehow it languished on my shelves until now. I've thoroughly enjoyed some of Beverly Lewis' older books, especially her Abram's Daughters series, but I've not been such a fan of her more recent works. This one fell somewhere in between. The writing wasn't bad and the characters weren't flat (which has been my criticism with her most recent series) but it wasn't overly compelling or interesting ei...more
AlixJamie
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Camille
The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis


I was graciously sent this book by Bethany House Publishers, and I could not be more glad.

I have to say, I really enjoyed The Redemption of Sarah Cain.

Beverly Lewis is probably one of the more well-known Amish fiction authors, but this was the first book of hers I have read, and I definitely was not let down.

The Redemption of Sarah Cain is primarily told from the viewpoint of Lydia Cottrell who is the oldest of five Amish children. Several years prior...more
Crystal
Beverly Lewis did an outstanding job.. i loved it.. finished it in two days couldn't put the book down.
This book really kept me wanting more.. i seriously really got into this book..
The Redemption of Sarah Cain is primarily told from the viewpoint of Lydia Cottrell who is the oldest of five Amish children. Several years prior their father died, and then a few years later, their mother, Ivy Cain Cottrell passed away too, leaving the five Cottrell children as orphans.

Lydia is the oldest and at on...more
Christine
Skip This And Watch The Much More Likeable Film,Instead!
I saw the Michael Landon Jr. film "Saving Sarah Cain",which is supposedly based on this book first.
I would not even consider his wonderful film to be based on this book!

I am so thankful that he did not make his Sarah Cain anything at all like the detestable character,Mrs. Lewis did in this book! Plus in the film Sarah and her deceased sister had a loving relationship.

I could only read a few pages of this book and I was so disgusted by the...more
Jaina
All right, I just finished this book, so I probably shouldn't be writing a review before I have time to absorb it. But there are some things I want to say before I forget, so I'm doing it anyway!

I picked this book up because I've read Beverly Lewis' Shunning trilogy (and seen the movies), which I enjoyed more. I enjoy amish literature. And (OK, this is the real reason) I saw the trailer for the movie. Only later did I realize the book and the movie are two very different things, and I still thin...more
Paulin
Finished "The Redemption of Sarah Cain" by Beverley Lewis. It's a story set in the Lancaster County where the very few Amish lived. My 6th book installment for the month of May.

Learned that it's not the amount of things that you have in life that makes you wealthy but the love of your friends and family that makes you rich.

The trappings of this life pulls us down when we are called to travel light. We are not supposed to accumulate things, instead we are told to have friends as many of them as p...more
Angela
The plot unfolds with a successful and very busy woman, Sarah, finding out that her Amish sister has passed away, leaving her the legal guardian of her five Amish children. There's a clash of cultures, and a determination of priorities as Sarah works out the situation. The book is labeled Christian Fiction, so there's more of an emphasis on her spiritual journey in the book than in the movie. The story made me think about faith and culture and choices.

The book also made me want to be Amish. Seri...more
Christina
I was excited to discover that the movie that sparked my interest in the Amish, “Saving Sarah Cain,” was actually a book. should have know that The Redemption of Sarah Cain would not live up to my expectations as that seems to be my luck with books-to-movies.

Boring, bad characterizations, and a poorly written narrative and plot, The Redemption of Sarah Cain was a complete disappointment. The story line is not as fleshed out as her other novels, and the story becomes difficult to follow with two...more
Jodi
I've had a hard time deciding what to rate this book. Because I started a 2 week vacation when I was only 20 pages or so into the book, it was hard to come back to and read so sporadically over a whole 3 week period. It took me 2 weeks to get through the first third of the book and a week to finish the rest of it. I think I would have liked it much better if I could have read it quicker.

This was my first "Amish" book to read. The Amish language kind of got to me after a while, but it wasn't terr...more
Sue
I know books and movies are different mediums and changes have to be made as books are turned into movies. I accept this. But I was very surprised in this case. I liked the movie-it's lovely and heart-warming, so I decided to read the book, knowing it would be a little different. I am amazed that the movie makers paid the author for the rights and then paid a screenwriter to write a totally different story. As far as I could see, the only things in the movie that came from the book are the chara...more
Kendra
I enjoy Beverly Lewis although sometimes I get frustrated with the dialogue. Because of my job I come across and deal with a lot of Amish and I've never once heard them speak the way Beverly portrays. Then again, I rarely come across Pennsylvania Dutch so it might be regional.

I enjoyed The Redemption of Sarah Cain. I like that the ending wasn't expected. My one issue with this book was that it only took a week for Sarah to completely change her life. While I get that sometimes people do change q...more
helen
similar to Coop, this is not great literature - but after a recent trip to Lancaster County in PA, I really wanted to read a novel about the Amish. I didn't realize that they live so close to the "outside world" - I was somehow under the impression that they were very removed and lived in some sort of compound. but no! they're shopping at target! buggy parking is everywhere! they wave when you drive past!

so this book tells the story of Sarah, who is faced with a dilemma when her estranged sister...more
Debby
Compelling, interesting, just not the best written book but I still recommend it. A little too sickly sweet in parts, predictable in others. I could have put this down at the beginning. I suspected parts of this book. At about halfway through, I cared if Lydia got together with Levi. Sarah, I could have cared less about her relationship with Bryan. She was somewhat soul less to me. I guess that was her character, shallow and concerned with the worldly things. I still did not see much redemption....more
Sky Destrian
Oct 20, 2008 Sky Destrian added it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone, particularly old-fashioned romance lovers
I loved this book! I saw the movie first, but IMHO it didn't do the book justice. They were both very good, but I liked the storyline of the book better... for, as is expected, they changed much of the book to make it into a movie. In regards to the book, I liked how it was from the perspective of both Lydia Cotrell and Sarah Cain. It was very good, and not too "mature" like I had feared. I also liked learning about the customs of the Amish! It was a mighty "wonderful-gut" story, with a great th...more
Andrea
This story was about a lady who learns that her sister (who turned Amish) passed away and left her five children to her. The sisters didn't have a good relationship growing up, and Sarah was very surprised that her sister would leave her children to her with their totally different lifestyles.

There were some great quotes in here, but I returned the book to the library before I wrote them down. I liked the comparison between a hermit crab and simplicity.

I'm glad Beverly Lewis writes a good, clea...more
Mike Ehlers
My wife reads a lot from this author, and this is one I thought I'd try. Not the best place to start, even my wife said it wasn't one of Lewis' better books. Probably good for her fans or for people interested in Amish fiction.

The plot is predictacle, and the characters aren't really well developed. But it does have the expected uplifting message, even if it is delivered rather blantantly. 2.5, almost rounded up to 3 because of the descriptions of Amish culture. But this author has done better e...more
Dawn Michelle
This too isn't one of my favorite books of her's, but it is a good story and at times really funny.
This is the story of Sarah Caine, a bright woman on her way to the top in her job when she gets a call that her sister (who was Amish) and brother-in-law have died and she is left as guardian to their five children and she has to move there and learn to adapt to their lives, which she does without giving up her things and what she believes.
Some of the funniest things are her learning to do laundry...more
Jess
i read the book first, and then watched the movie. they are very different in their story lines, while the characters remain the same. what i liked about the book was being able to get a better picture of what was going on inside the characters' minds. this was the first book by this author that i've read, and while i liked it i'm not sure i'll read too many more of hers. i'm not sure how attracted i was to the amish theme that is prevalent her stories. this story appealed to me because i knew i...more
Jennifer Pittman
I enjoyed this book, but I wish it had gone into more details about the Amish lifestyle. I think next I'll read her book in which the characters are from the Old Order instead of the New Order. This was adapted to fit the movie, I haven't read the original one she wrote.

So I just got done reading about to film that is based on this book. The film sounds as if it's going to be COMPLETELY different. In it Sarah is a writer instead of a real estate agent. Also it seems as if her decision is going t...more
Catherine
This was definitely a welcome change from Beverly Lewis's usual drawn out saga of boy meets girl, girl's parents object, girl finds God and becomes a Mennonite with boy. I really enjoyed the story and loved finding out what happened to her pupil.
Melissa
I didn't like this as much as most of Beverly Lewis's books. I read it a second time because I couldn't remember it very well and had just seen the movie based on it and wanted to refresh my memory. There were some good things about the book (such as the hermit crab lesson), but the characters weren't fleshed out very well and the writing was lacking depth, intrigue, and believability. Things were told more than shown. And the salvation process was rather shallow, not explaining repentance.
Elizabeth
I did NOT enjoy reading this book. I can't even put into words what annoyed me so much about it. I just think it was poorly written. Maybe there weren't enough adjectives...I don't know. It was just soooo predictable and and you hardly had enough information on most of the characters to decide whether or not you liked them!!!
This is the ONE book I read where I thought the movie was better and if you know me, that's pretty serious. And I didn't even think the movie was that great.
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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher's Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous best...more
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The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1) The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, #1) The Betrayal (Abram's Daughters, #2) The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters, #3) The Prodigal (Abram's Daughters, #4)

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