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The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters #3)

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Before she can be courted, tragedy befalls Leah, forcing her to choose between her happiness and her family. Abram's Daughters book 3.
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Published May 1st 2004 by Bethany House Publishers
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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
Apr 11, 2010 MAP rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, fiction
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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
Jan 21, 2016 puppitypup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christian Fiction Absolutely Heartbreaking

Not since A Voice in the Wind have I read such a realistic fictional account of what it means to do as Jesus said, "Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.."

If you are serious about being transformed into His image, and if you enjoy Christian Fiction, I highly recommend this book.

I do not normally enjoy Christian fiction, the quality of the writing is so poor. But this author, like Francine Rivers, is in a
Janice Aitkens
Nov 15, 2013 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2015 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am still enjoying Ms. Lewis's Abram's Daughters series, but it's starting to feel as if it's starting to drag a bit. I also groan every time the character of Mary Ruth turns up because unfortunately, she seems to be nothing more than a mere tool to dispense the author's religious rhetoric anymore. Once is okay, twice even, but on and on and on of repeating the same dogma is getting a bit worn and awful redundant. It's staring to feel like the author is harping more on her own religious rhetori ...more
Jul 08, 2009 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 28, 2009 Sherri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 19, 2014 Colette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish

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
Sep 14, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
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
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
Jan 22, 2013 Jeni Enjaian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2009 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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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
Oct 06, 2010 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 30, 2013 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rabecca Rocha
Jan 18, 2016 Rabecca Rocha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh gosh! What a ride in such a small amount of time.

So at some point in this book I shouted "Is LEAH ever going to be happy?" and laughed because the second book is just as good as The Betrayal. Anyhow, this book moves a bit slower but when stuff happens bam! i had to reread a couple of pages because I was in such disbelief, again, I love the world building that this author has made and the twists that happen. I didn't expect it at all and keeps me reading! I cannot wait to follow this up with
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
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
Nov 15, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dorry Lou
Apr 01, 2016 Dorry Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book continues on with the life of Leah. To me she has had a very bad rap and does seem to be the one making the most sacrifice. This book shows how Mennonite & Amish differ in their religion. That was interesting to me. Mrs. Lewis does a good job of portraying her characters and has enough suspense, romance & tragedy to hold your attention. I am looking forward to seeing what will happen in the next book.
Feb 02, 2010 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

The Ebersol house loses a very important member,
May 11, 2014 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-books
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
Feb 07, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Victor *we were on a break!*
I absolutely and wholeheartedly Love!! this family.

At times I envy their lifestyle, but not the difficult choices they need to make.

One of my favorite lines:
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Nov 27, 2011 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2013 Tiana Freeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
OK, I spent most of the book frustrated waiting for some confessions and healing to happen. There are some good things that do happen and the characters are growing and progressing. I am very involved and want the characters to get some restitution and have happy lives. It seems to be drawn out a bit much.
Dawn Patton
Feb 24, 2014 Dawn Patton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 30, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this sequel.

It was very intense and educational. The part that was sad was when Ida died in childbirth, but the author made the child tree enjoyed sound so cute.
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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

Abram's Daughters (5 books)
  • The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, #1)
  • The Betrayal (Abram's Daughters, #2)
  • The Prodigal (Abram's Daughters, #4)
  • The Revelation (Abram's Daughters, #5)

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