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The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County #3)

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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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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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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.
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.
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
Debbie Phillips
Sep 13, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Shari Larsen
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
‘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
Mary Oddi O'Brien
**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
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
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
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
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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
June 8, 2010 My 3rd book installment for the month of June 2010.
The Third and Final book from the Lancaster County Heritage Series
(First Book: The Shunning, 2nd Book: The Confession)

I realized that the Lord will place us where God would deemed us to grow best, regardless of
who our parents and friends are or where our environment is, He will give us a set of skills that
would allow us to do the work that He has entrusted us to finish.

Sometimes even when we think we can not contribute anything, whe
This is Book #3 in "The Heritage Of Lancaster County" series.

From back cover:

Katherine Mayfield, the new Mistress of Mayfield Manor, always dreamed of a fancy "English" life. But as the seasons pass, she finds herself grieving the loss of her Amish family and her dearest friend, Mary Stoltzfus. Shunned from the Plain life she once knew, Katherine finds solace in volunteer work with hospice patients-a labor of love she hopes will bring honor to the memory of her birth mother.

Unknown to Katherine,
Andrea Stoeckel
Typical Beverly Lewis.

I do remember reading the first in this series a long while back. I love Lewis' work, but I notice more and more that "it's great to be a Believer, being Amish isn't enough". In some ways it feels like "my God is better than yours", and that bothers me because MY God, accepts everyone.

Now I know that to Amish, the Bishop is the mouthpiece to the Lord, that a personal relationship with Jesus would circumnavigate that. I just wish her characters would be more open.
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Actual Rating: 2.5

Anti-climatic. It kind of felt like Lewis didn't tie up all the loose ends either, although I guess she mostly did. (view spoiler) and instead just decided to dump (view spoiler) at the end, which of course made everything hunky-doory and happy and peachy and I expected rainbows to sur
As with The Confession, I really enjoyed the "Englisher" side of the story, but I was really intrigued as Katherine started taking on more Amish ways of life and introducing them to her friends and staff. I thought the volunteer work she did was fantastic and I loved the way she started a quilting group and even invited some Amish neighbors to join in.

The characters were great in this book, though I did think it had a few too many subplots. I was happy to see Katherine's friend Mary finally get
A. R.
After reading this recommendation is, watch the movies and just know that in the end, it all works out.

This book had no spark. The story plodded along like an Amish carriage. Maybe that was Lewis' intent, but it doesn't make for very interesting reading. As much as Katherine struggled between her Amish background and her new English life, as a reader I felt none of it. I was being told, not shown the struggle.

As for other plot developments in the book, they fell into the same patte
Overall, this trilogy of Amish books was a pleasant read. It wasn't an epic set of novels but a nice change of pace. I enjoyed learning some differences between the Amish and Mennonite Churches. If you don't like reading about Christianity and salvation, this book may not appeal to you. So far I would have to say that I like The Rose Trilogy more, maybe because the main character sticks with her Amish roots.

On a side note, I was so excited to find out the first book in this series (The Shunning)
The final book in the series, Katherine is trying to learn more about her birth mother's past wtih the help of her house staff, who is more like family, and Justin her new beau. During this time, she also learns that a person from her past has returned. Katherine struggles between her plain life and her new English life. With God's help and direction, Katie finds way to live almost in between.

The series was good as a whole but I felt like the author could of placed all three books into one story
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Heritage of Lancaster County (3 books)
  • The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1)
  • The Confession (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #2)
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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