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The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  18,045 ratings  ·  678 reviews
Book 1 in The Heritage of Lancaster County. Katie Lapp only knew the Amish ways, but when she discovers a satin infant gown in her parents' attic, her hidden past devastates the community she has always called home.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 1997)
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Best of Amish Fiction
1st out of 251 books — 233 voters
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In Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania Katie Lapp is a 22 year old amish woman who is unmarried and feels like she does not belong in her community since the death of her first love Daniel. Katie is strong willed and reluctantly agrees to marry the widowed bishop of their community who has young children at home needing a mother.

After discovering a satin baby gown hidden away in her mother's cedar chest many questions come to head from Katie. Her mother and father are keeping a secret from her. Once s
I live in a very strict Amish community. I do not share one physical trait with the rest of my family now or in generations past. I seem to have a streak of creativity and music within me that the rest of my family does not. My mother had 2 miscarriages before I came along. For some reason she does not summon the community midwife. Hmmm. My one true love died while away from home and a body was never recovered. I refer to his "empty gravesite" often. Hmmm. How will I ever unravel the mysteries o ...more
This was a good book, and I'm glad I read it. I find Amish culture fascinating, so this book offered insight into a topic I've always wanted to read and learn about. Was this the best work of literature I've ever read? No. Frankly, I thought this book was pretty predictable. I saw the *surprise* ending coming from a mile away. However, I thought this was a nice, leisurely read, and I enjoyed the emphasis on the simple pleasures of the lives of the Plain people. At first, I was a little frustrate ...more
Jennifer Burns
Beverly Lewis is a long time novelist of Amish fiction. Since visiting Holmes County, Ohio, (The second largest Amish Community in the country, I think.) I have developed quite an affection for the Amish people. I have read everything that I can get my hands on regarding the subject, including this series.

Most of the novel has a Christian message, but the characters will still capture your heart even if you don't normal read this type of thing. The book begins in a small Amish Community near Lan
I am intrigued by the Amish and was excited to read this book, even though in general I do not exactly care for the simple and somewhat predictable style of "Christian Fiction." I had hoped this author would be different, but truthfully, this first book in a series of three was highly predicable, often slow, and the style was just a bit off in my opinion. She frequently changes points of view between the characters, which means we get the perspective of one character for a page or two, and then ...more
Katie Lapp always knew there was something different about her, apart from her auburn locks. She was spirited and loved music, she often thought about the colors of dress she has seen on the "English".

She didn't want to disobey God, but she didn't really think she was. She tried to be a good daughter, listening to her parents. But there were parts of her always wondered if there was something else other then the Amish ways.

After a discovery in the attic she is left wondering even more who she
I am an history buff, so always interested in special communities, and the Amish. So as an anthropological trip in Amish county, the book was fulfilling. The whole confession-shunning process is followed in this very severe Amish community.

But as a novel, about authority and belonging, the characters were too predictable. Of course, Katie finds out she was adopted, and the rest of the situation (her birth mother very high social status, for instance) is just too "wishful thinking" for me.

What I
Sicily Yoder
The Shunning was one of the first books that I read back when it first came out. I had the advantage of merchandising books for Chas Levy in major chains stores, where Beverly's books were fast sellers. If you haven't read Amish books, this book is a good "first book" for you because it is so rich with the Amish culture and vocabulary.
Having adopted "Plain" family myself, and other Plain friends, I know that Beverly's books are right-on with the authenticity of the Amish culture. I also enjoy
I've always been secretly fascinated with the lives of the Amish, probably stemming from my childhood when I came across a young adult book about a girl from that culture, and I found their lifestyle foreign and intriguing. So when I was browsing the free book selections on Amazon's Kindle website, The Shunning was being offered to Kindle readers at no cost, and I immediately downloaded it.

When I finished this book, I understood why the publishers were offering readers such a great deal. This is
Simon Cowan
I like the phrase 'compelling story'. True, it's used so much it could almost be a cliche, but I can't think of a better way to describe this book. I love hearing about people, especially when their lives are so vastly different to my own and that's definitely true of the people in this book. The story also reminded me of two old TV shows I still love, the Waltons and Little House On The Prairie. It's blatant escapism but there's a lot to be said for reading about a simpler time, especially when ...more
This is the first book in The Heritage of Lancaster County series. If you're at all interested in the Amish people and their lifestyle, Beverly Lewis is a fine author who has written many books about this group. The stories are quite compelling.
"The shunning" is followed by "The confession" and
"The reckoning". I read and enjoyed all three.
Kelly Morrison
You immeadeatly fall in love with Katie. She is sweet and wants to be a good Amish woman, but she feels like she has never quite fit in. I wish she had made different choices, but its overall an easy read, and at times you wish you could reach in and hug the characters.
5 Stars!

Excellent writing with an interesting story line.

I truly enjoyed this read, being it was my first Amish book I've ever tried. I don't know much about the Amish community or their beliefs and such, just hearsay, so it was quite nice actually learning something new.

In this story, you meet Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who has only known her Amish friends and family and how to be a respectable Amish Woman. She finds a satin baby gown in her parent's attic one day and it troubles her to fi
‘The Shunning’ is book one in The Heritage of Lancaster County
trilogy by Beverly Lewis and is inspired by the true story of the
Author's grandmother who left her plain community.

Katie Lapp is a 22 year old Amish girl who has lost her first love,
Daniel, in a tragic boating accident. Katie doesn't fit in; she's
unhappy with her plain life and feels drawn to a "fancy" way of life.
However, she's already made her vows to the faith and is set to marry
the local widowed bishop and become a mama to his chi
I'm a sucker for all things Amish. I don't necessarily regret reading this book, but it certainly wasn't what I expected. I marked it as just "okay" because the story itself is dull, the characters don't shine and are somewhat one-dimensional and contradictory, but the insights into Amish culture are interesting, if one is so fascinated by this group as I am.

Katie Lapp is a 22 year old Amish (Plain) girl who lives with her parents and two older brothers (one older brother is married and lives aw
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To be fair, this is one of Beverly Lewis's earliest works. She had undoubtedly grown as an author since. That said, I found this read to be a bit frustrating.

The characters were inconsistent and flat and the plot was extremely predictable. It isn't easy to relate to any of the characters-- especially Katie. The notion that she isn't a good Amishwoman because she wasn't born Amish (despite the fact that she was raised Plain from birth) doesn't make sense to me; her character and plight would be
A. R.
A better book than movie, and that's why I picked it up. I saw the movie on TV and then saw the sequel, which ended with a mild cliffhanger. It was enough of a cliffhanger to make me search for the third movie, which was never made. Arrggghhh. So I went to buy the third book in the series and could tell from a sneak preview that I had missed some details in the first books that might be important in the third. I ended up purchasing the entire trilogy.

I enjoyed the book. But since I knew the basi
This series doesn't have as much detail on the Old Order Amish lifestyle as the Annie's People series had. It is mostly about an Amish woman who just hasn't felt like she fits in. She's had all these longings for things that aren't allowed. Throughout the book the reason for these longings comes out, and it changes her life.

The idea of Shunning seems pretty awful to me. If someone who has joined the church does something against the Ordnung (the underwritten rules of the church), the membership
The title is The Shunning, which doesn't happen until toward the end. The entire book is a build up to it, and nothing ever really gets resolved when it does happen. The author leaves it open-ended. The shunned woman leaves to go search for her birth mother, but the epilogue doesn't touch on whether or not she ever finds her before it's too late. And there are a couple of weird ironies in the story that only leave a bad taste in my mouth -- one of which I suspected would happen but thought would ...more
What is up with my obsession with the Amish? Would I really be happy living amongst the Plain? I would die without my iPhone and car... yet anything that mentions the Amish lifestyle finds itself on my bookshelf. This book looked lame on the Internet when it was recommended to me....but (sigh) there was an Amish woman on the cover....and in case, I HAD to read it.

If you can get past the Christian (light) preaching....and get over that a story that should have been less than 100 pages....took ov
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I think I would have liked this book better if I wouldn't have read any of this author's books previously. This really should be the first book you read. I did enjoy it. I find the whole Amish life fascinating. The very idea that she gets outcast from everything she ever knew basically over a guitar is crazy to me. Their were a few over developed parts that I didn't feel needed so much attention, but the ending made any of the slower parts all worth it. I'm quite excited to see how her life chan ...more
SPOILER ALERT! Don't read if you don't want to know the surprise ending. SPOILER ALERT!

I hate to say it, but I just didn't like this one. I know so very many people do, so I read it all set to enjoy it, eager even, for it to enfold me. Bummer. I found it to be predictable and entirely unrealistic. I knew Dan wasn't dead before the book was half over. Ugh. I want more realistic plots from my books and I want the characters to come alive. Besides, I ask you: who would still love a man who ran off,
I really liked this book. It was a little slow in story progression in the middle but, I am glad that I finished the book and am excited to read the next in the series.
I think that the decisions that Katie makes are very difficult but, I agree with them. She does not feel right about what is expected of her and she does not let others decide her fate. It would be hard knowing the consequences to make such decisions. I am hoping that the rest of the story is just as good as the first book.
I am drawn to all things Amish and, having seen these books many years ago, looked forward to beginning to read them. I was sorely disappointed. I liked our heroine, Katie, less and less as the book went on. The writing was mediocre. The characters weren't likable. The story was melodramatic. And I didn't buy the whole premise that being drawn to fancy/nice things is genetic! Gag me. On a good note, I won't have to figure out when to read the rest of the books, as this is my first and last Bever ...more
Rosa 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 book from our library and listened to it on CD. I almost stoped listening to it mid way through... the beginning is so slow. And honestly the whole story could have been told in a few chapters; but am glad I stuck with it as I knew Ms Lewis was a great writer. And sure enough after about half way the story starts pick ...more
Why did I like this book so much? I have no idea. I figured since I'm fairly new to Pennsylvania and all I have to do is drive 30 min and I'm in corn fields, I should learn about the Amish, and in an "entertaining" way, plus it was on the $1 table at the library. (I should note, Lancaster County, where this is based is actually 2 hours drive from where I live). I was surprised at the high ratings this series got, and I can understand why. It's an easy, quick read. It gives you, through the conte ...more
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 book from our library and listened to it on CD. I almost stoped listening to it mid way through... the beginning is so slow. And honestly the whole story could have been told in a few chapters; but am glad I stuck with it as I knew Ms Lewis was a great writer. And sure enough after about half way the story starts pick ...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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Other Books in the Series

The Heritage of Lancaster County (3 books)
  • The Confession (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #2)
  • The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #3)
The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, #1) The Betrayal (Abram's Daughters, #2) The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters, #3) The Prodigal (Abram's Daughters, #4) The Confession (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #2)

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