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The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County #3)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,307 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
As the new mistress of Mayfield Manor, Katherine finds herself torn between the new-found delights of secular life, and the quiet peace of her old Amish community.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jan 24, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was ok
I liked the first book in the series but not the second book. This one I skimmed through alot. It felt like the author wasn't sure which direction she wanted the main character to go in. Alot of it made no sense to me. As a woman, if the love of my life whom I thought had died and turns up alive on my doorstep, I would not shove him away and be angry. Yes I would have questions but I would be grateful he didn't die. Isn't that what we all pray for? That a loved one who has passed would come back ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Lindsay rated it did not like it
Besides the unbelievable plot developments, the poor writing, the forced and cheesy dialogue, and the fact that this easily could have been one book instead of three, I think the thing that most drove me crazy about this series (particularly this last book) was the author's constant and redundant preaching of her own narrow view of Christianity. I consider myself to be a tolerant person when it comes to religion--I think everyone should find what works for them and stick with it--but I really ha ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, amish
The Reckoning is the third book in Beverly Lewis' Heritage of Lancaster County series. While I loved the first book, and abhorred the second, I have mixed feelings about the third.

The story starts with Katherine becoming accustomed to life at the mansion after her biological mother's death. Just as she is settling in and getting used to things, Daniel, an old boyfriend whom she thought dead shows up on her doorstep begging forgiveness. Its a little more than Katherine can handle and she send him
‘The Reckoning’ concludes The Heritage of Lancaster County Trilogy, following ‘The Shunning’ and ‘The Confession’. I was very pleased with how this series was wrapped up after my slight disappointment in Katherine in book two. I wasn't disappointed in the writing but in the character herself as I tend to develop a relationship with the books I lose myself in.

‘The Reckoning’ starts out with a look into Katherine's life as the Mistress of the Mayfield Manor and her continual struggle to fit in, ev
Jan 16, 2009 Chad rated it liked it
This author is writing from an evangelical Christian perspective -- while she has respect and understanding of the Amish community, in her mind the greatest good is being "saved" by Jesus. The evangelical slant diminished this series for me, as well as the fact that this is not the most skilled author. However, she told a story that got me interested, and made me care about the characters enough to want to finish it.
Mar 17, 2016 Christina rated it it was amazing
An excellent finish to the series! The story developed well, any questions I had during this story (and the preceding two) were answered by the last page. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys romance, Christian Fiction, or is looking for a new book to read.
Debbie Phillips
Sep 13, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians - high school to adult that like clean Christian romance
The final book of the Heritage of Lancaster County series. A good read, very good. Katherine has moved from her Amish home to the home of her birth mother, who died in the hospital at the end of book 2. She is searching for her mother's journal. She is dating a guy, Justin, but her first love, Dan, turns up at the house. Katherine is furious that he pretended to be dead for so long. Can she forgive Dan? Will this change things with Justin? Will Katherine find the Lord??? Will Mary marry the bish ...more
Jul 18, 2010 AudioBookFans rated it really liked it
This review refers to the audiobook version

The Reckoning not only brought this series to an end, it proved a stern point. Amish fiction is far from boring and Beverly Lewis depicted a wonderful story. Katherine Mayfield, the main character in this series, is adjusting well to her new, “fancy” life and becoming more of an “Englisher” than she ever thought possible.

Katherine struggles with her old love, Daniel, and her new love, Justin and what she really wants in her life. Even though she misses
Jun 17, 2009 kim rated it it was ok
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Sep 05, 2013 Sydney rated it it was amazing
This review it for all three of the books in the The Heritage of Lancaster County series. You really can't read one without wanting to read the other, and the books flowed so nicely after the other that it really felt like it was one whole book.

I normally don't read books about the Amish, but I saw the movie for "The Shunning" and "The Confession". I really loved the movies, and the ending of "The Confession" was left hanging for the next movie. I was so upset at having to wait till the next mov
Dec 28, 2012 Arianne rated it it was amazing
This series has to be one of my favorites by Beverly Lewis. I think it's the first series from her that I read. This story deals with a young Amish woman finding out she was adopted, and trying to decide between her Amish family and Englischer family, or between her average life and fairy tale life. I like books by Beverly Lewis because they are a pleasant read. Lewis often writes books set in Amish country. I used to live close to several Amish settlements, so I had a little window into Amish l ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'm glad to be done with this 3-book series. This last book, was probably my least favorite due to the fact that the ending (which was what I was really looking forward too) was forced and kind of came out of nowhere. Also, the religious messages throughout the book were overbearing and just silly after a while. I feel like the word "Jesus" was in every line. I'm glad the love story ended how I wanted it to, but i wanted it to happen a little more realistically. They made a movie of this s ...more
Lisa Costella
All I can say is it kept me on my toes and reading every chance I got!!
Aug 13, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it
Even worse than the first two...and she didn't wrap up the relationship with suitor #2 at all before going back to her first love in a contrived, super-fast, "o-whoops-I-have-to-end-the-book-and-they're-not-together-yet" sort of way. But at least I figured out the ending, although it wasn't at all what I hoped for. Also--the FIRST book's realism was not present in the last two at all. I could identify with her in the first one. The rest--I thought she was insincere, shallow, and easily swayed. A ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it
If you've read "The Shunning" and "The Confession," you must follow up with this new title! Unlike the first two books in the series, this one seemed to move slower and take longer to read. While the previous titles left me with a lot of questions concerning the Amish (in relation to their beliefs and practices). The author delved a little deeper into the hearts of the Amish in this book. She is able to show that, though under the hand of the order, the men and women are truly individuals who ca ...more
This is the final book in this trilogy and I'm pretty happy that I saw it to completion. I'm also happy that it is finished. The first book was by far the best one out in this series, I think.

Katie is still head of the mansion and its affairs. She is spending time volunteering her time with and raising money for an area hospice. She is still loving her new life as an English woman, and although it is tough sometimes, she is adjusting well. She is struggling with her faith, specifically whether
I enjoyed the first two books in this series better than this one. I was looking forward to reading The Reckoning, but was somewhat disappointed in parts of it. Katherine seemed wishy-washy to me and parts of the story just didn't seem that realistic. As is usual in most fiction books, the ending seemed rushed, with some details left out. Definitely not one of my favorites from this author.
Molly Cline
I read Ms Lewis' Abram's Daughters series a few years ago and instantly loved Ms Lewis' writing. So when my life has settled down and I picked my books back up again I checked this series from our library and listened to it on CD. The first book was a bit slow and about didn't finish it but was glad I did and glad I had the next two books on hand since they are continuation of the first. You won't regret reading-listening to these books. In in the end it didn't disappoint. You CAN read-listen t ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Emma rated it it was ok
I decided to read The Reckoning because I enjoyed the movies of The Shunning and The Confession, and because I generally enjoy Beverly Lewis' books. I knew that this book would probably be very old-fashioned due to its publication date, as well as slightly tacky as Christian fiction tends to be. Unfortunately, my expectations were right, and I became frustrated by the somewhat poor representation of a non-Christian coming to faith. I know that I would be put off if I was not a Christian because ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
The story has a lot of drama, although she was adoped by the Amish family was really a daughter of a wealth women and her search gave her the opportunity to met her birth mother before her birth mother died. Now that she is living on an estate inherited from her mother she yearns to do something for others while living a life of a shunned Amish person. A surprise event made her realize that her thought to be dead boy friend was alive and living outside the Amish community. This is truly a love ...more
Janet C.
Sep 28, 2014 Janet C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish-fiction
This is Book Three of the Heritage of Lancaster County. "Katie Lapp" is now the new heiress of Mayfield Manor, her biological mom's home. Katie had always dreamed of what an "English" life would be like and now she is living it. However as time passes, Katherine (Katie) misses Hickory Hollow and those childhood roots.
She keeps busy by working in Hospice and giving her time and talents to others to honor her birth mother's memory.
She is also courted by Justin Wirth and who hopes to make Katherin
Jan 27, 2015 Jacqueline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fiction, 2015
An entirely predictable ending to the trilogy. Ah well, at least (view spoiler).
Aug 19, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
very good book
Shari Larsen
Oct 03, 2012 Shari Larsen rated it liked it
This is the last book in the Heritage of Lancaster County Trilogy

It was better than book 2, but I still like book 1 the best.

Katherine (or Katie, as she was originally called in the first book) is enjoying living the "Fancy" life, (what the Amish call the way the non-Amish live), but she is still struggling to find her place in the world. She finds herself missing many of ways of her old life in her Amish community. As she struggles with this, she reconnects with an old sweetheart, further compl
Mary  O'Brien
Nov 12, 2011 Mary O'Brien rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
**This is the conclusion to The Heritage of Lancaster County Series. If you haven't read the first two books, The Shunning and The Confession, you may not want to read this review**

We have followed Katie Lapp, now known as Katherine Mayfield, through her unbelievable journey. We followed her as she left her Amish community to find her biological mother. We also followed her as she found her biological mother and had her taken away so quickly due to a rapid illness.

Her story continues as she beco
So, a while back (it's been over a year now I think) I joined GoodReads.

It's an amazing website, sign up if you don't use it already!

And on that website I found a book group which I adore, Fans of Amish Fiction.

I have since really gotten into the genre. After being an active member of the group for some months, I decided it was time to read one of the most well-known Amish books of all time, The Shunning by Beverly Lewis.

Immediately I was sucked into the series, and so finally, I have read the e
Aug 17, 2010 Jessika rated it it was ok
A nice end to the series, The Reckoning wraps up all of the open-ended questions left by the other books in the trilogy.

I liked this book better than the second, but less than the first. Really, though, I'm glad to have finished this series so that I can move on to more substantial reading. These books are nice comfort reads, but there isn't really much more to them than that. I'm sure many who read these books take much from the religious parts, but as I'm not a hugely religious person, they w
May 06, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
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Jan 21, 2013 Brenda rated it liked it
As the last book, I knew this would answer all my lingering questions, Beverly Lewis always answers all that end and in this she did not disappoint in The Reckoning. The only thing I didn't like about the book was what felt like a rushed ending. Now as a writer myself I know sometimes you get a in rush, but its unusual for Lewis to do so and I felt cheated because of it.
Katherine moves ahead in her relationship with Justin Wirth. She comes face to face with Danial after 5 years of believing hi
Rachel Brand
I enjoyed the conclusion to the Heritage of Lancaster County series more than the second book but not quite as much as the first. While living in her birth-mother's mansion in New York, Katie comes to realise that she misses many aspects of her old Amish life - quilting, baking, helping those who are to frail to look after themselves. Can she really throw that all away and become completely "fancy"? I felt that on her quest to discover who she really was, Katie really grew as a character and the ...more
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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
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“I’ve begun to nestle down for the winter in my sumptuous new setting in Canandaigua, New York, truly celebrating the remarkable turn my life has taken. How very surprising it is, for often through my growing-up years, I had fantasized about the ways of Englischers—non-Amish folk—secretly wishing I could taste just a sip of what I might be missing. And here I am: Mistress of Mayfield Manor.” 0 likes
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