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The Preacher's Daughter (Annie's People #1)

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Annie's People Book 1- A new series from The New York Times bestselling author of the ABRAM'S DAUGHTERS series! The Preacher's Daughter begins a remarkable journey of heartache and homespun delight--a series readers will find impossible to forget. Paradise, Pennsylvania, is likened to a little slice of heaven on earth...but for Annie Zook--the preacher's eldest daughter--i ...more
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published (first published 2005)
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Feb 17, 2011 Mina rated it really liked it
I have a confession to make. I love Beverly Lewis Amish books. I'm not entirely sure why. Though pretty well written, I wouldn't exactly call them great literature. They tend to be somewhat formulaic. You generally have a three book series about a specific girl, her family, her best friend, her love interest, and her difficulty with her Amish upbringing, whatever that may be. When I read one of these series, I don't even post it on here because I'm somewhat embarrassed. That may be silly of me, ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Teaha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Preachers Daughter was a really good book about this girl annie who is amuish and besides her love for God, she has a love for art, but in her community she can't be interested in art because it is worldly so she hides her talent and love for art. But When her pen pal, laura she has been writting to all these years as some issues of her own and also is an artist that annie can relate to!! laura ends up coming to annie's community to get away from somethings from her home town chicago!!! Anni ...more
Sep 30, 2011 Rebekah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book made me loose a little of my faith in humanity. How could writing this bad be this popular? I read it out of curiosity for the "bonnet ripper" phenomenon, and because a class I work with discusses the Amish. But- REALLY? Don't even get me started on the trite, cliche phrasing. The "modern" character who's supposed to have "hip" language sounds like my grandma wrote her dialogue. And literally, NOTHING happened for most of the book. This is definitely a one-book plot stretched out over ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Beverly Lewis novel and I loved it. 'The Preacher's Daughter' is the first book in a series called "Annie's People". The second is "The Englisher" which I'll be reading next.

From back cover:

"The Preacher's Daughter begins the captivating new series ANNIE'S PEOPLE and introduces an Amish community in Paradise, Pennsylvania - a heavenly sounding place, but one that has seen its share of heartache and mystery. A moving story of friendship, secrets, and love.

Annie Zook, the only dau
Oct 23, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beverly is famous for her books about the Amish, and this book is no exception. It's the first in a new series for her (Annie’s People).

Annie (the preacher’s daughter) has a talent for art, but the Amish are forbidden to use this talent. She also has a “English” pen pal named Louise who is an artist. Louise comes to visit Annie for a while, and they become the best of friends. I felt like the book didn’t really end—it was more like book 1 of 2 (or 3 or 4…). Book 2, which comes out in May, is ent
Mar 28, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another gem from the master story-teller of Amish life and romance. My only frustration is the author usually writes books in series (good grief, her Abram's Daughterw series has FIVE volumes) Normally, I do not like to read an entire series and prefer self-contained "stand-alones." However, Beverly Lewis gets a rare "pass" because her stories put a hook in my heart that I cannot release. On to the next one in the Annie's People trilogy. For me, flawless work by the author, as always. This is a ...more
May 05, 2011 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: chick-lit
Having lived in Wayne County in Ohio for 15 years, I have had some experience with the Amish and had heard about these books but never picked one up until it was on the freebie shelf at the library. Funny thing is now I live near Lancaster, Pennsylvania - so both places were mentioned in the book. I had to laugh when Annie mentioned the hitching post outside Walmart (at least I think it was Walmart)because I could visualize it from the hitching post at the Walmart in Wooster, Ohio where I used t ...more
annie zook has quite a dilemma. as the daughter of an old order amish preacher, she is forbidden to pursue her talent in art. but she is driven to continue secretely, hiding her art studio and masterpieces at an art studio. the only one who knows this is annie's worldly pen pal louisa, who has problems of her own after breaking off her engagement with her materialistic boyfriend. louisa feels that she needs a change of pace and asks to come visit annie and her family. louisa's designer jeans mak ...more
Trisha Smith
3 1/2 stars

"These days, my thoughts, even my convictions, seem to shift with the fickle hues of a Pennsylvania sky...a blending of what was true for me as the young preacher's daughter with what I now see and know. Is there no way to blend my opposing desires? Will I ever understand all of the shades of goodness, faith, and even someday, love?"

Annie Zook grew up in an Old Order Amish community in Pennsylvania and is the only daughter of a Preacher. At twenty years old, Annie is reaching adulthoo
Mar 10, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Beverly Lewis's books and cannot wait to begin the next in the series, but this one was just a bit hard to believe. A rich, pampered young woman who visits for 2 months and never complains? It made it seem not too realistic, I just found that hard to believe. Especially when her first few days she found that all 7 people in one family share the same bath water and they bathe only one day a week? And she got used to that? And that someone with such a colorful and talented artistic ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book, starting a new series (for me) by the very talented author. I am still amazed how she pulls me into the story, and I feel as if I'm part of it all.

This is Annie's story. She's the preacher's daughter and at the age of 20, still hasn't joined the church. Being Amish, and the preacher's daughter, this is not "normal". It's not that she doesn't want to join the church, she's Amish through and through, but she also has an artistic talent, that is several frowned upon in her Ordnu
Elaine Leahy
Jan 12, 2013 Elaine Leahy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Beverly Lewis book and I enjoyed it. At first I thought it was a little light but then things happened that I wanted to know the outcome. Interesting to read about the life of the Amish. I will try another one of her books.
Sep 23, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It paints a nice contrast between Amish life and "English" life. She appears to be able to tap into the emotional response by the Amish and the English. I don't know a lot about the Amish, so I guess it is accurate. Feels authentic.
Apr 18, 2016 Shauna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book. It was really well written, and I am absolutely fascinated by the Amish people. That said (and this book really brought it up), I am really confused by some of their beliefs (such as the aversion to art/individual expression, and yet they do beautiful embroidery work, etc.--they just can't paint or draw?). This confuses me. I also don't fully understand the "sin" involved with believing in Christ. I would love to sit down with someone who really understands their belief sys ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I liked this series slightly better than that of Abram's Daughters. It was fairly predictable and a fast read, but it was enjoyable all the same. Definitely good for a relaxing, quick read.
Sep 16, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-read-again
Found this a very good series of the struggles of an Amish community in the modern world. The series centers around a Preacher's daughter of an orthodox community as she discovers who she really is as a person. This series also explores the differences between having a personal relationship with God or just following what the community has been told to do for generations without ever actually reading the Bible. Interesting perspective on the Amish that I have not found in other books about these ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
In the midst of a busy life a book about the Amish can be a simple pleasure and this one is no exception. Two young women, one Amish and one modern, are torn between their love of art and family expectation as they plan their future. The two women are funny, interesting and strong and both question the life they had lived and their hope for the future.

I've read a number of novels about the Amish but this was the first one to tackle the dark side of the submission of women and spousal abuse.

Jul 02, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. Takes you into another culture. It's the start of a three book series that you can't put down.
Phyllis C
All these Amish books seem just the same...
Aug 05, 2014 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book..very good
Barbara J. Harbison
The Preacher's Daughter

Having lived the majority of my life in Lancaster County, and part of a year living next to Paradise, I found this book to be a visit home.
I admit that I was not aware that the Amish do not accept Jesus as their savior as part of their religion.
But I really enjoyed this book and its twists and turns. I have read a number of books with the Amish as central characters and this is the first one by Beverly Lewis. I plan on reading more and definitely the rest of the series.
Feb 02, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 24, 2011 Martha rated it it was amazing
Apr 28, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, amish
The Preacher's Daughter, the first book in Lewis' Annie's People series, tells the story of Annie, a twenty-year-old Amish girl who loves to paint and struggles with the idea of obedience. Her father, Jesse, and mother, Barbara, want Annie to be baptized and fully embrace the Amish lifestyle. However, Annie’s long-time pen-pal, Louisa, comes for a visit after leaving her fiancée at the alter and Annie’s struggle is magnified. Thrown into the story are Annie’s friend, Esther, and her troubled hus ...more
I listened to the abridged audio CD version of this book.

STORY: The story was written well and made me feel as though I was getting a good look inside the Amish community. My only gripe is that the ending wasn't a good stopping point. Have you ever lost a book in the midst of reading it? That's what the ending to this book felt like. If I didn't have the 2nd book of the trilogy on hand, I would have been very upset.

AUDIO: The reader, Aimee Lilly, did an excellent job. I must say, however, that
Nov 18, 2010 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 18, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my book review blog:

This story is about an Old Order Amish girl in her late teens, Annie Zook. The main story line in the first book of this trilogy focuses on the experience of bringing Annie’s “fancy” (not Amish) pen pal to stay at her family’s peacock farm for a while. It was really interesting to read about the “fancy” girl’s experience of adjusting to the “plain” life. Also, this first book focuses on the Annie’s indecision about choosing between the art
Mar 14, 2014 Shaina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Ok writing--bubble gummy. Intriguing peek into the Amish world. But the story was sluggish with little to no character development. Annie wanted one thing; her parents wanted another. They stated that fact over and over throughout the book with no changes or resolutions. It was maddening over 300-ish pages. I read the next two books I the trilogy just to see if anything would ever happen. It was ok, an easy read, but not the most stimulating of literature.
Feb 17, 2008 Leann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book at my local Goodwill and while it wasn't the type of book I normally read, I decided to pick it up and purchase it. When I started reading the book I was immediately drawn into Annie's world. Annie is the daughter of the Amish preacher and she strives to respect and obey the Amish ways but one thing gets into the way of that -- her passion for painting. Painting is not allowed by the Amish and Annie goes as far as to hide the fact that she is painting from her family. Annie has a ...more
Oct 17, 2008 Clair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book though, I am seeing some less than original plot lines as I have been reading a couple different authors and series of the amish genre. My favorite series has been the first I read by Lewis, "Abrahms Daughters." Might just be because it was my first intro to amish country fiction and so it was all fresh and new.

Annie, The Preacher's Daughter, is a cute character and I appreciate the thread of mystery that the author carries throughout the book about a kidnapping that occured w
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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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