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The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters #3)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  5,704 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Abram's Daughters book 3, the sequel to the bestselling The Betrayal. This powerful family saga features four Amish courting-age sisters growing up in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, beginning in the 1940s. Life in Gobbler's Knob was all Leah Ebersol ever wanted until her older sister Sadie abandoned faith and family, leaving Leah no choice but to believe the worst, that Sa ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published May 1st 2004)
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Shannon
This Amish family has totally pulled me in - strange to admit being that I am not really religious (certainly not Amish), and not fond of the romance genre. Look up this book and it's categorized as both belonging to both Christianity and romance. And yet.....I really love this series. This author has the gift to pull you into a world that you know nothing about and get you thoroughly invested in characters you would have thought you have nothing in common with. As I write I guess the commonalit ...more
Rachel Brand
I'm fairly eating these books up! Can't get enough of this series. I've come to accept that some sort of tragedy is going to befall the Ebersol family in each book and that Leah is going to suffer many trials, but that doesn't make these books any less engaging or compelling. Lewis's writing gets better with each installment and she makes it possible for us to truly get inside the heads of her characters and understand their feelings and emotions. It was great to finally see more focus on Hannah ...more
Janice Aitkens
I read this on the Kindle

I am really enjoying this series, this being a 3rd in a 5 book series
I am really liking Leah & you feel sorry for her as she always putting everyone else before herself

I can't say too much as it will give the story away for this book, i am guessing about Carl Nolt in the story i think i know who his parents are so will be interested to know if i am right he adopted so that why i am guessing

Where Abram was one you didn't like it turning around now i do have to also r
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MAP
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Megan
Jul 08, 2009 Megan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girlfriends
Recommended to Megan by: Marie Burt
Shelves: romance
Definitely the darkest of the first three books, "The Sacrifice" was somewhat bogged down with it's own importance. I felt that the author spent too much time on certain details, and rushed through some of the more important sequences. However, I'm still enjoying these books, and watching the characters progress.
Sherri
I was a bit surprised by how things went in this book. I know the author is trying to show how strong the Leah character is but I felt let down by the change of events in her life. I wanted to see more of her struggle in overcoming her feelings for her sister; it fell a bit flat for me.
Colette

I thought that this book contained too many heartbreaks and "sacrifices" in Leah's life to be as enjoyable of a read as the previous 2 books in the series. Leah and Jonas have been in love since they were young children, but Leah's father has other choices as a husband for her and sets a plan in motion that destroys their chances for a future together. Leah eventually begins to care for the man of her father's choosing, but before they can marry, another tragedy strikes Leah's family and she is
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Melissa
The Sacrifice is the third book in the series of Abram's daughters. If you haven't read the first or second, go back and start at the beginning, this review will be useless to you otherwise. These books are not the kind you can read on their own, they have to be read in order. That being said, I wasn't so thrilled with the first two books, but with this third book, I am beginning to warm up to the series.

Having not gotten to be with her Jonas, Leah has settled into life being an unmarried woman
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Kristin
The Sacrifice is book three in the Abram's Daughters series by Beverly Lewis. It's safe to say, I am pretty well obsessed with this series. I cannot read fast enough! In the first half of this book two years has passed since Sadie left home. Jonas and Leah are no longer together and it is thought that he has settled down with Sadie who had betrayed her sister in the last book by stealing letters written to and from Jonas and deceiving him into thinking Leah is cheating on him. Sadie and Jonas ha ...more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog... (joint review of The Covenant and The Sacrifice)

I found myself drawn into these books like I haven't been for a long time. Many of these books on my list are not books that I would normally read for pleasure. The reasons for that are various. Many of the books from the past week aren't my normal fare simply because I am a college graduate and not in elementary school or middle school. That's not to say that they aren't good books of course. Some of the other books fa
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Linda
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Sterlingcindysu
Still a slow paced novel, but more religious discussion of the differences between Mennonite and Amish orders. I always thought the Amish were close knit, but this book makes it out they bann or shun alot!

(copied review) Abram's Daughters book 3, the sequel to the bestselling The Betrayal. This powerful family saga features four Amish courting-age sisters growing up in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, beginning in the 1940s. Life in Gobble's Knob was all Leah Ebersol ever wanted until her older s
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J
Very disappointed with this book in the series ... all the books have frequent references to God as the characters grow in their spiritual lives, but this book seemed to turn on the Amish faith and several characters emerged as protestants!

They didn't use the term protestant but the common activities and sayings were all present. There were frequent references to studying the bible, responding to "alter calls", accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, being born again, being saved by grace alon
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Mary
Beverly Lewis takes you along on a buggy ride through the Amish countryside with a carrot dangling in front of the horse the whole time. Along the way you will be treated to visions of roadside stands full of fresh vegetables, gardens in full bloom, barefoot children romping through tall grass, fields of sweet corn ready for harvest, dozens of buggies lined up at a farm for their every-other Sunday church meeting.
Will Leah be able to overcome her feelings for Jonas now that he has not returned t
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I wasn't disappointed. I've enjoyed this series so far. The glimpse it offers into the lives of the Plain people is fascinating. Their way of life is foreign, yet familiar. I loved how the author explored the different religious aspects of the Amish vs. the Mennonite faiths, and that Mary Ruth and others weren't afraid to question their upbringing and the strictness of their lives.

While I am well aware of the fact that this is a fictional story, I found myself hurting for Leah and how she lost h
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boekverslaafde
This book is a wonderful addition to the 5 part series. In this book we learn more of the consequences that take place if one breaks the Old Order Amish rules (or Ordnung). It shows how it affects the family members of those who are punished, and the sacrifices they make. We see how close families are, and what they are willing to do, and to pass up, to make sure they uphold promises made. We see what some are willing to do to follow their dreams. Beverly Lewis writes characters alive, and you t ...more
Maria
Listened to the audio book version of this book. I am really getting into these stories, and while there was some resolution to the problems, not all of them are resolved. I enjoy that the characters seem to develop well, and each has their own personality. I like that instead of bogging us down with endless and needless detail, the author skips ahead a few weeks, months, or even years, but we are still kept up with all the characters.
Brandy
The series gets better and better. I would highly recommend starting with the FIRST book instead of trying to pick up a random book in the middle as you won't get the sense of the story without going through all of them. I notice that Beverly Lewis doesn't repeat herself about past books the way that some authors do in order to catch a reader up on the books that came before. So, to fully comprehend the story, you must start at the beginning.

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The Ebersol house loses a very important member,
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Abby
WIIA: This is the Third book to the Abram's Daughters series. One character struggles with what to do with her life, while the twins deal with growing up. That is all I can give without giving away!

Pros: Same author soo I like it I guess. the series really draws you in as well!! And the ending was great :)

Cons: Melancholy. And my heartbroke for Leah once again, sooo I was kinda like...okay??

Iffy: Adult\teen romance as before.

Sorry I just can't really remember this one well! Ugh! I will try to
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Gloria
I enjoyed this book very much. An insight into the Amish way of life, customs and beliefs is woven into the story. I found a level of forgiveness and sacrifice in the story of this book that I cannot imagine. I recommend this book for easy, relaxing reading. Beverly Lewis wrote 4 books in this series of “Abrams Daughters”. This book is the third of the series. I feel compelled to go to the library and get the first one and read through the whole series!
Heidi
The Sacrifice by Beverly Lewis is the third in a series called Abram's Daughters. I had read the first two books a number of years ago. It is a good series but I will not read the next book for the time being as the story has not grabbed me enough. In this part, we find Hannah becoming baptized into the Amish church while her twin Mary Ruth has chosen her way in the Mennonite faith. Leah goes through life changes finding herself wanting to keep a promise made on her mother's death bed. Sadie con ...more
Tiana Freeman
Just when you think you have the plot figured out, Beverly Lewis turns it all upside down. As the Amish characters in the book say, "I'm all in." I couldn't put this book down. The prologue alone will get you all riled up and you'll be asking how Beverly Lewis could do this to you! You'll see some characters marry and live happily ever after, senseless accidents that are more than just that, and there will be death. You'll feel like you're struggling just as much as the main characters and you'l ...more
Dawn Patton
I was drawn into the story right away and couldn't wait til I could pick the book up again. I felt the pain and sorrow and then the joy. Very well written. I have now started book 4 in the series and feel sad thinking there is only one book after book 4. I could read these all day long.
Gennifer Miller
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Ann
In this book Leah losses yet another beau, Gid. Gid after a time comes to notice Leah's sister Hannah and they wed.(Strange, Leah was "ok" with the arrangement) Leah has become Mamma to the two youngest Ebersol children LydiaAnn and Abe. Leah's character is selfless in this book. She proudly raises her mom and dads children as her own giving up everything she ever wanted for herself and she does it with great contentment. If i were in this situation I do not know how I would deal with the situat ...more
Alyson
Jun 28, 2010 Alyson rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alyson by: Annette Ericksen
Shelves: 2010, fiction
Leah, who has been the main character in series so far, sort of takes a back seat for the first two-thirds of this book while her younger twin sisters come into their own. I'm more curious about Leah, but it was still quite interesting enough to keep my focus.

But as the series progresses we learn more and more (I hope, accurately) about the Amish faith. I just...I sort of can't reconcile it. So much submission from the women, so much unquestioned authority in the men. Religious faith that is bui
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Sherry Knight
A lot of loss and grief in this third book of this series, but glad to see the characters struggle to somehow stay positive and resilient throughout their troubling times.
Katie
My least favorite in the series so far, but it still somehow drew me in.
Carol
As with the two previous books in the Abram's Daughters series, there are a lot of things happening in The Sacrifice. Some tragic and some joyous-a few cut both ways!

More explainations and resolutions came but there are still more solutions needed. I was very glad to read Leah's thoughts, "She felt nearly panic-stricken, suddenly aware of the horrid string of deceit coupled with misunderstandings." My feelings exactly. If it weren't so tragic, I would say her life has been a comedy of errors!

Now
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Louise
There is a sameness. Perhaps the subject calls for that.
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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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