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The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County #1)

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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
2nd out of 377 books — 347 voters
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Mar 05, 2009 Amy rated it did not like it
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
Dec 19, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2011 Kacey rated it it was ok
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
Aug 11, 2010 Jessika rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 18, 2010 Michèle rated it it was ok
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
Intentional Jen
Sep 02, 2007 Intentional Jen rated it liked it
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
Dec 26, 2015 Donna rated it it was ok
This book was just okay for me. I used to really enjoy Amish fiction. Now....not so much when I realized that it just seemed like it was always the same recycled themes....teen pregnancy or murder. So I had hope for this one because it was about adoption. But it kind of fell flat for me. Katie was such drama queen. Her actions, as an adult woman, seemed so incredibly immature with all the temper tantrums. I had a hard time with her self absorption. So 2 stars.
Sicily Yoder
Jan 15, 2013 Sicily Yoder rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly Morrison
May 26, 2009 Kelly Morrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristine Hansen
Feb 03, 2016 Kristine Hansen rated it liked it
Shelves: amish
So here we have a book about a Shunning, so it feels like a good piece of the plot is given away before you begin. And you read and read and read and read looking for this shunning, with a fairly clear picture in your head of who is going to be shunned and even why, only you don't get there until almost the very end of the book.

That kind of thing irritates me.

Katie is an Amish young woman who is way too oblivious, who is unhappy in her choice of marriage partner, but determined to see it throug
Mar 22, 2008 Lewestover rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 17, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
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
‘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
Jan 02, 2011 Emily rated it did not like it
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Simon Cowan
Nov 12, 2012 Simon Cowan rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 16, 2009 Lacy rated it really liked it
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
Molly Jebber
Aug 01, 2015 Molly Jebber rated it it was amazing
Good story showing why the Amish shun those who leave.
Aug 09, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good... except for the completely unresolved ending. That part was pretty annoying...
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
Megan Palasik
Mar 27, 2011 Megan Palasik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, kindle
I generally enjoyed this book. I like reading Amish fiction so this book fit right in. I've never read anything by Beverly Lewis before.

It was a pretty basic fiction book. Nothing too deep or difficult to read. The characters were basically developed, but not very detailed. I did not feel very connected to any of them.
The main character is an Amish girl who is supposed to marry a Bishop. She is baptized in the church, but does not feel like she fits in. She was engaged before, but the boy passed
Jul 06, 2011 Annika rated it it was ok
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
Oct 25, 2009 Doris rated it did not like it
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Jul 04, 2012 Stephi rated it did not like it
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
Dec 31, 2010 Geoffrey rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is rich in detail and painted very vivid pictures throughout. I was captivated by the descriptions of Amish life and culture. The pacing of the book is slow, but that feels right for the subject matter. Some of the characters were written in much more depth than the others but they still didn't feel completely fleshed out. For example, the main character, Katie, and her mother, Rebecca, have secrets that drive the plot. But, I never really felt their motivations behind keeping all thes ...more
A. R.
Sep 19, 2013 A. R. rated it liked it
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
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
Oct 24, 2008 Andrea rated it liked it
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
Mar 14, 2010 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2012 Meg rated it it was ok
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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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)

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