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The Covenant (Abram's Daughters #1)

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A dramatic story of Amish life that spans three generations and is seen through the eyes of four very different sisters. Abram's Daughters book 1.
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Published September 1st 2002 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2002)
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Feb 18, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written, compelling tale of the life of a young Amish girl. What I particularly appreciated in this novel is the author's understanding that the religion practiced by the Old Order Amish is not a saving faith in Christ alone for salvation. There are a ton of "Christian" Amish books out there whose authors equate the theology of the Amish with other, more mainstream Christian denominations and this simply cannot be done. Anyway, back to the point- this is a wonderful series ...more
Nov 02, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First in the series Abrams Daughters..loved it!! This got me hooked on the entire series! I love the Amish & this series is awesome! Feels like I'm living in Lancaster! :)
Feb 28, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Amy, Jenny
I picked this book up at the library due to good reviews from my friends. At first I thought that the book might be a little too simply written to have any literary value to me... It was very easy and quick to read, but by the end of the book I was interested in the lives of the characters and will probably read the rest of the series to find out what happens. It was actually a nice "break" to read something that I didn't have to think about much. This is not to say that there is nothing to be l ...more
Cris M
Dec 20, 2013 Cris M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the whole series. It felt like the author wanted the family to all become Christians instead of following their own ways. This alone irritated me the most throughout the series as the author converted one family member after another.

Also for being as considerate and loyal to each other as the characters would seem one moment, they would turn around and do something completely opposite of that the next in order to make something dramatic happen or to drive characters even further apart. I
Jan 05, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a coming of age story of 4 young Amish girls living in Lancaster County, PA. In the Amish community when a young person turns 16 they are officially allowed to date and they are encouraged to have fun and the rules are a little relaxed before they make their covenant with the church and the way of life of the “plain” people.

Sadie is the oldest girl of the family and wants to test the boundaries of her freedom and falls in love with a boy outside of the Amish society. Will she choose this
"The Covenant" is book one in the Abram's Daughters series by Beverly Lewis. This story takes us to the heart of Amish country and into the home of Abram and Ida Ebersol, the parents of four daughters. "The Covenant" focuses mainly on the two older girls, Sadie and Leah. Sadie is in her rumschpringe, the running around period for Amish youth, in which they may experience the "English" way of life without facing the consequences of the Elders or risk being shunned. It's during this time that she ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Brenna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 21, 2015 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
As I mentioned before, this is definitely not my usual cup of tea. I'm not usually into the historical romance, or the Christian romance, type books. Or any kind of romance, to be honest. When it comes to romance and relationships, I'm pretty much your standard stick-in-the-mud, grumpy-old-man kind of guy. But for what this is, it's pretty good. I'm not saying this book caused me to reevaluate my anti-romance stance, but it was a fairly pleasant read.
Things I enjoyed: the glimpse into Amish cult
Nov 29, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book for a couple reasons. First, I really really liked Cindy Woodsmall’s series Sisters of the Quilt, so thought I would check out another Amish style story and second, it was free on the kindle.

While this wasn’t one of my die hard favorite reads, I would definitely read other books by Beverly Lewis. I’ve heard plenty of good things and you don’t become a New York Times Bestseller without work to back it up.

As far as the story goes, The Covenant kicks off the series and follows
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The Covenant by Beverly Lewis is a book about the extreme devout Amish. It surrounds Sadie and her sister Leah. Sadie is the oldest followed by Leah then the twins. Sadie has been sneaking out at night to see an Englisher named Derry AKA Deficit. They met at a hunters shed in the woods. Aunt Lizzy found Sadie's handkerchief. She worried about Sadie. Leah is the son her father didn't have. She did the men's chores. She was known as Abram's Leah. Leah knew Sadie was sneaking out. One night Sadie r ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little bit to get into this book, and during most of my reading of it, I felt like it was slow-moving and not particularly well-written. As other reviewers have noted, the ending doesn't resolve much of anything - it leaves us hanging, presumably so that we'll run off and buy the later books in the series....which is why, despite only giving it two stars for "it was okay" (although was waffling between giving it two stars and giving it three), I will probably end up reading the whol ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Covenant
Author: Beverly Lewis
Genre: General Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4.0 Stars
Format: Book on CD

I finally bit the bullet and decided to try a Beverly Lewis book. I'm glad I did. This is part 1 of the Abram's Daughters series, which is a look inside the highly faithful Amish community in Pennsylvania. This book centers mostly around Sadie, the eldest of Abram's daughters, and the consequences of her actions during Rumspringa, the tradition of allowing young people to go outside the comm
Jan 06, 2013 L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
First off, I have a running challenge from a friend to read whatever romance novel she throws my way. (Avoid "Succubus in the City" and any Highlander-wolf themed romance. Made me want to burn a book for the first time in my life. Also avoid the time-traveling Viking who becomes a Navy SEAL series. Dumber than dumb times infinity. BTW: last year's challenges.) Her challenge for the new year: read an Amish romance. An AMISH romance....really.....this can't be right. Direct quote from me: "What ca ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Beverly Lewis that I have read. I have seen and enjoyed a movie based on another of her books. At first I was excited since the writing seemed to be more substantial than most of the other Amish fiction books I have read, unfortunately the writing style didn't hold through out the book. The first chapter or so almost seemed poetic. The rest of the book was still written well but not as well as the first chapter. I found the point of view and quick scene changes a little ...more
May 10, 2010 Paulin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fiction
My 5th book installment for the month of June 2010. Finished it last Monday. Reading The Betrayal right now, the second book in the Abram's daughter series. Also reading The Puritans by Jack Cavanaugh.

"I care not to be judge of right and wrong in men. I've often lost the way myself and may get lost again." A very profound phrase that I not only have to read again and again so that it can be absorb in its proper context.

It also reminds me how a lot of us think we know better than the next person
Dec 06, 2015 Brandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mother talked me into reading Beverly Lewis's "The Covenant" even though I kept whining about a five book series (according to Mom, if I could read George R. R. Martin's ASOIAF series, I could read this). Needless to say, she won, and now I have begun the second book in Lewis's Abrams Daughters Series, "The Betrayal", so, yes, I read book one, got hooked, and am now reading the second book in the series.

I really enjoy reading about Leah Ebersol and her sisters, though I sometimes think Sadie
Feb 22, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised! The format it is written in is a bit confusing at first who is telling the story and throughout actually but, it was a good story of a family trying to be righteous and the interesting tribulations that are sent there way. The chemistry is actually what drew me in. All the sisters add so much into the family. Sadie I felt was especially self-focused and quite the taker as well as a rebel. Leah is obviously favored though she doesn't believe it and is sincerely a sweet perso ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little ashamed to say that I now feel like Amish fiction is a genre that I totally love. Or perhaps Beverly Lewis is just a talented writer. I don't know. What I do know is that this book was very good. Lewis is a great writer - I was totally invested in the characters and she had some twists that I wasn't expecting. There were a few plot points that I picked up on right away, probably just because authors write in similar ways when they want to allude to something without giving part of t ...more
Janice Reads
I was thoroughly enjoy a look into Amish family and community life in Pennsylvania beginning in 1946. There were every day activities, coming of age issues, family secrets and so on. Then, the book didn't end, it simply stopped. So many issues were not resolved, or even mentioned at the so-called end of this book. (actually, just a stopping point) I know that this is the first book in a series called "Abram's Daughters". However, I expected each book to be a complete novel with a beginning, midd ...more
Janice Aitkens
Nov 11, 2013 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the Kindle

I enjoyed the book it has laid the foundation for the series when i was halfway i thought that it was taking a bit of time but by time i finished the book I wanted to read the next book

I am not sure if i like Abram I am also 2nd guessing as to what will happen & to see if i am right

Leah & Hannah 2 of the daughters have come across as very nice

The one thing i will say this starts in 1946 but as you read you never know i guess being Amish the way they live has not
This was the first book I had ever read by Beverly Lewis. I had seen so many good reviews of her books so I was expecting it to be really great. I have to say it was just okay. It couldn't keep my interest. I can usually read a book in 1-2 days. It took me 2 weeks. I had to make myself pick the book up to finish it. I liked the storyline okay but it just wasn't interesting enough for me I guess. I probably will read the rest of the series just to see what happens. I may try another one of her se ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Trea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-2014
This book was very difficult to come up with a review for! The point of view kept shifting, and it was difficult to follow who the story was focused on. The story itself was only mildly interesting, but did keep me entertained. I did like seeing mentions of Hickory Hollow, as that is another series of the author's. I didn't really connect with any of the characters, but I could see potential pairings for them as the book went on. When I finished it, my first reaction was: "What did I just read?" ...more
Feb 25, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as it gave insight into the Amish community! It makes me want to live a little more simply and not be burdened with all of the pressures we face. However, the Amish community has it's own pressures as each baptized member is expected to hold up to the doctrines taught within their faith. (I see a lot of similarities with our Mormon culture.) I warn you that when you get started on this series you will not want to stop and I think there are over a half dozen books!
Aug 23, 2009 Regina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book and then the rest of the Abram's Daughters series. I picked it up at the library on a whim having no knowledge of the Amish and their culture. I'm surprised I even chose it at all. Even though it's been several years since I read this series, I do remember how I immediately became immersed in the lives of these characters and I couldn't put them down. I learned a lot about the culture as well which I found very interesting.
Dec 08, 2016 RebekahAshleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Covenant" is the first book in the five book series, Abram's Daughters.
To me, this book started out kind of slow and I wasn't really into the story, but after reading more it definitely got my attention. Once I was done reading this book I was ready to start book 2!

Oct 06, 2009 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series and I never thought that I would like the Amish books. They are fantastic. It pulls at your heart strings and makes you cry and cheer with the characters. I strongly recommend this series to anyone!
There are secrets and dramas happening even in the places you wouldn't expect it. I was pretty interested in the goings on with the girls. This book is fairly short and only the beginning. I'd like to read the next book at some point to find out what happens.
May 14, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: BOOK CLUB
I really love this series. I learned so much about the Amish people and became really wrapped up in the fictional story. After I finished this series, I read several other series by this author. They are all good, but I would start with this series.
Dec 01, 2016 Charina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. I knew so little about the Amish and their beliefs so it was great to learn about their culture and follow a story as well. A great candy read.
I would have preferred it not end with so many loose ends. I suppose that is so you will read the others. I don't think I will. The writing seems out of sorts somehow. Tidbits of weird unnecessary information. Overall it was a nice story but scattered and left off leaving you unfulfilled.
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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 Betrayal (Abram's Daughters, #2)
  • The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters, #3)
  • The Prodigal (Abram's Daughters, #4)
  • The Revelation (Abram's Daughters, #5)

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