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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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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
Amy G.
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! :)
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
Mar 19, 2008 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Nancy Steinle gummel
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
Cris M
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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 Aitkens
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
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
First book in a series of 5 books.
Leah, as the sturdiest of 4 daughters who takes the role of son, since there is no son to help Dat with outside chores. Favorite people in this book (besides Leah) would include Aunt Lizzie with a mysterious past; Gideon, a dependable, gentle boy-next-door who will make someone a good husband; Mary Ruth (twin sister of shy Hannah), who asks for extra homework because she wants to continue her education and become a schoolteacher.
Less favorite: Sadie who is too
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!
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.
I wanted to write a view once I had finished the series...and so now I have finished it!
WIIA: This is a book about an Amish family...Mostly about their daughters. Leah is a girl who is tired of being the "boy" in the family. Sadie is a rebellious daughter that holds a deep secret. I suggest clicking on the book for a more detailed descriptions or reading amazons description.

Pros: This was a super sweet story. I was always curious as to what would be happening next! And the characters were extrao
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
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!
I really enjoyed this whole series (there are 5 books), but by the 3rd book I was thinking, "I just want to know how this ends!" Sometimes a series can be pretty annoying. Great story, though.
This is the first of the series "Abram's Daughters". I didn't realize it was a series and have already read the third book in the series. I wish I had known and had read them in order - I would have enjoyed both books better. This is the story of an Amish community and gives a lot of insight to the ways of life, ways of thinking, and beliefs of the people referred to as the Plain people. They live a simple life in which there are no "gray areas" in their ways of thinking. Everything is either bl ...more
I don't know why people liked this book. It is not well-written, it dragged on, the story never developed... I must confess I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.
I like Beverly Lewis, she always seems to have an interesting story to tell about the Amish. Unfortunately though she does use the same formula when she creates her books, so even while you enjoy reading them, you know what's going to happen, and that detracts a little bit from the book. The Covenant is the first book in a series titled "Abrams Daughters" and as you may have guessed it, Abram's daughters are the ones who feature.

Sadie is in her wild time and is certainly taking advantage of it.
Book 1 of Abram's Daughters series from bestselling author Beverly Lewis. Years of secrecy bind the tiny community of Gobbler's Knob together more than
the present inhabitants know, and the Plain folk who farm the land rarely interact with the fancy locals. So when Sadie is beguiled by a dark-haired English
boy, it is Sadie's younger sister, Leah, who suffers from her sister's shameful loss of innocence. And what of Leah's sweetheart, Jonas Mast, sent to Ohio
under the Bishop's command? Drawn into

I read The Seasons of Grace series by the same author quite some time ago, The Secret being the first book that got me into this author. I was suitably impressed enough to continue reading the series and ended up a fan! That was also my first foray into Amish fiction and since then I have developed a love and curiosity for the culture which needs to be satisfied every so often by reading fiction about it.

Since The Secret, I've read several other Amish authors and also enjoyed them immensely so i
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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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 (6 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)
  • The Covenant/The Betrayal/The Sacrifice/The Prodigal/The Revelation (Abram's Daughters, #1-5)
The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1) The Betrayal (Abram's Daughters, #2) The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters, #3) The Prodigal (Abram's Daughters, #4) The Confession (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #2)

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