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The Brethren (Annie's People #3)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  4,719 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
With the People forbidding her to see Ben, will Annie willfully return to her art or relent and join the church?
Published October 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers
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Lee My understanding he was kidnapped as he remembers sitting in the back seat of a car with a big man driving. As he is headed back to Paradise he…moreMy understanding he was kidnapped as he remembers sitting in the back seat of a car with a big man driving. As he is headed back to Paradise he remembers some of the places he drove through as having been to them before. He remembers being told not to cry or yell or he would be put into the trunk, It also mentions they as if he was not the only kid with this guy. Pg144,145 of the Brethran.(less)
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Sep 21, 2007 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Beverly Lewis. Her books are so uplifting and fully capture Amish life. She always makes me want to be a "silent believer" in the Amish world, but then I remember that I would actually have to clean my house and stop reading about Amish women cleaning their houses, putting up preserves, doing the garden, and the million and one other things they have to do.
Ms. Falzon
Let me preface this review by saying that all of Beverly Lewis' books are for a very particular kind of reader... the sort who is 1) absolutely enthralled by Amish people/food/tradition and 2) does not expect a whole lot of *great* writing and interesting plot development. That being said, I love Lewis' Amish books! I like that by somewhere in the middle of the series I can figure out what the "surprising" twist is going to be and still go through the rest of the books waiting to find out *how* ...more
Aug 24, 2012 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Within the first five pages of The Brethren, the third and final novel in Lewis’ Annie’s People series, I was kicking myself for being so oblivious. The mysterious disappearance of Isaac, Zeke’s younger brother, that was dragged out throughout the first two books was cleared up within the first five pages of this one. Then the reader is left wondering how Lewis could possible fill up an additional 347 pages of this book to finish the series when she did so within the first five pages -- and she ...more
Janet Crandell
May 21, 2012 Janet Crandell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
I skipped books 1 and 2. I won't do that again. It took me at least a quarter of the book to figure out what was going on. I wanted to read The Bretheren because I had read it was given the Christy Award. However after reading so many Amish books, I missed why this book was so outstanding. The main surprise was I had never read an Amish book that dealt with emotional illness. It was very interesting even to find out there are facilities for the Amish set in a "plain enviroment" The rest of the s ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
I was very disappointed in this whole trilogy.

Book one left so many loose ends it was not worth reading. Book two tied up a few but still left the majority hanging in the wind but gave a clear indication of where things were going. Book three played out pretty much as expected. There were no twists or surprises that were not seen a mile away.

For three volumes the author went into minute details and dragged this on from day to day. Then, suddenly, she seemed to slap an end on the book. She left a
Mar 06, 2008 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Robyn by: Amanda Tucker
Shelves: fiction
This series of Beverly Lewis' Amish fiction is my favorite (Annie's people). I love the simple life of the Amish and the Mennonites; the first Buckwalters to the USA were Mennonites seeking religious freedom--they settled near Valley Forge, PA and we have been to see the areas they lived in. We even found "Buckwalter Road"-which was fantastic! Anyway, I love how the Amish focus on the present day, cook from their own gardens/animals, live so simply with no consumerism. They take care of themselv ...more
Gretchen Fatouros
Yikes, how could book 2 end as it did??? Dying to know what happens next.,,

I really loved this trilogy! Things fell into place, but not always as I expected or wanted them. Still feel a little bit like some things are left hanging, but not much (I will fill in with my own wants)...

So, if you enjoy a good clean read with religious "preaching" included (it may upset some readers), with amish & englisher alike learning & growing as they live out their lives, you will enjoy this series. Good
Jun 05, 2014 Rina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the last in the "Annie's People" series. why I love these Amish stories, whose focus is on a god I don't believe in and a way of life I could not live, I don't know but I do. maybe it's the heartwarming attitude of these Plain folk that I love. I certainly admire them and the living of their way. I especially like that they do NOT have daylight savings! LOL! have read more than this one trilogy and always enjoy the stories.
May 02, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book.

be sure to read the books in order. you will miss the whole theme of the story. I enjoyed very much reading it. Beverly Lewis has a way of keep wanting her reader waiting for the next situation to happen. although I do feel the last in the series was rushed a bit. everything came to and end so fast. yet I ALWAYS enjoy Beverly stories
Margaret Fraleigh
Mar 12, 2015 Margaret Fraleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beverky-lewis
This is the thrid book in the series Annie's People. Absolutely awesome story. So many
life lessons to be learned. I loved the characters. Reading it I felt I was right there
in Lancaster County.
Feb 12, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am laughing currently because a character is "Driving through a Blink and miss town called Fairview Ohio- with not 1 gas station" I live about 20 minutes from there and I am pretty sure they have at least 1 gas station... haha.
Frances Chrisman
Wonderful end to a great book

Wonderful end to a great book

This is the last book of this series and I loved every thing about it. The faith, the tugging of the heart, family and true love. I would highly recommend this book.
Feb 01, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved how this book was written. Just the right amount of wonder & suspense to keep me going ( though I had an idea in the 2nd book of what the truth was). Glad to see I was right for once on how a series would end. Truly a great book to read!
Feb 12, 2017 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I did really like this book, however, I felt the ending was rushed. Like the author decided she was done writing so quickly wrapped it up.
Jun 23, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love her books and this was a good book
Jocelyn Andersen
This is the first Amish fiction I have read, and although I rated the first two books in this series at five stars (that rating still stands), Beverly Lewis' ultimate treatment of abuse within a Christian marriage forces me to give the last book only three stars. She is an amazing author who brings her characters to life and shows remarkable insight into human nature and motivations. So it came as almost a physical shock when on three different occasions (about one instance per book), she threw ...more
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Nov 23, 2016 CM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I anticipated some of the outcome, but, happily, some of it was a surprise!
Dec 18, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my book review blog:

So, after much trying I've finished this three book series by Beverly Lewis called "Annie's People." This third book was much better than the first two. I think the reason why I liked it so much is because is finally answered the main questions that span the entire series:

1) Will Annie join the Amish Church?
2) Will her "fancy" friend Louisa join the Amish Church?
3) Will Annie be with her English (non-Amish) boyfriend, Ben?
4) Who will Loui
Ugh. These books. I've now tried 3 series by Beverly Lewis and my patience for them wears thinner and thinner. With the others I could at least enjoy the mystery, but with this one I figured out the mystery from the beginning (except for who the culprit was - which I don't think was ever answered? The only reason I kept going was to figure out who took Isaac and I swear it was never answered. WHAT.)

The writing is insipid and banal, more appropriate for a YA (or younger!) Christian Fiction book w
Jul 19, 2008 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last installment of the Annie's People series. Most of Lewis' books take place in Pennsylvania's Amish country, and my interest in the Amish culture drew me to her writing several years ago. Lewis' books aren't profound works of art, but they are engaging and fast-paced. They paint a realistic portrait of people of faith who are conflicted when it comes to life, love, and duty. Without giving too much away of the previous two books, The Brethren follows Annie Zook, the preacher's dau ...more
May 30, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To tell the truth, I only read this book so I could finish out the series. It’s common knowledge that most Christian fiction is predictable in its plotlines – especially romantically. I knew how most things in this series were going to pan out, it was the particulars that wasn’t fixed on.

This final book in the trilogy focuses mainly on Annie and Ben as they try to honor Annie’s father’s wish for them to stay separate and Annie struggles with not being able to paint. Annie has promised her father
Jeni Enjaian
Nov 23, 2012 Jeni Enjaian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A review from my old blog...

Once again I returned to a favorite author after a few years hiatus. After reading Gilbert Morris I didn't raise my expectations. Thankfully I wasn't disappointed. In fact I was quite impressed.

I did enter the book at a slight disadvantage by reading the last book in the series before the first two. (That's what happens when one gets the books from the library. Whatever was available on my list I grabbed)

My disadvantage was caused by something I admire...the lack of k
Most of what was put in this book was what I predicted would happen in the first book, though not all of it. I think that this was a forced happy ending which I don't believe is normal especially for the Amish community (there is a lot of sadness and a lot of families torn apart). However, I had teardrops fall while reading this and found it to be a beautiful story even in its unbelievable "everyone gets their happy ending" sort of way. This was the first set of Beverly Lewis books I have read a ...more
Susan Melcher
Jan 05, 2012 Susan Melcher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
In the last book in this series, the evangelical Christian values of the author and the author's use of narrative as an evangilistic tool started to become stronger. This is the part of reading "Christian Lit" books that I don't like. The need for the author to overtly show how everything that happened in the entire storyline was "God's Divine Plan." Other than my argument with the theology of this approach, it is also a literary trope that I don't much like because, frankly, that's not how life ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this series - which was surprising because I am not especially interested in the Amish. Lewis does an excellent job of showing the difficulties of surviving as such a counter-culture in the increasingly pervasive modern world and her characters were spunky, fun, realistic, and believable.

There were some more-than-obvious plot lines and author's contrivances, but those are easily forgiven because the story just worked. There was almost a comfort in the contrivances. So much o
Aug 08, 2010 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sappy and predictable. Even though I repeatedly tell my "KIDS" it is perfectly okay to abandon a book, I almost never can do it myself! That's how I forced myself to stick with this one and persevere. The information about the Amish community was interesting in a historical vein, but I finished the book and lamented the time I spent (about 10 days) reading it. (So many books, so little time and my time was, sadly, wasted, reading this book!). Lewis, apparently, has written several series that fo ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven’t yet read the first books in the Annie’s People trilogy, you will want to read them first, before you conclude the series with this novel. The Amish community collides with the English world as some of the younger members, born in the Amish community, wrestle with the decision whether or not to remain Amish. The time has come for Annie to be baptized or to leave her family and friends. To stay, she must give up her art and never see Ben again. But if she leaves, can she ever again ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and final book in this series, Annie's people. Amish fiction by Beverly Lewis. I wasn't sure toward the end it was going to wind up but the story lines for the most part were tied quickly at the very end!
Annie Zook, the preacher's daughter, is torn between her Amish world and the English world. She can't imagine living without her art/painting that's forbidden among her people and she's drawn to Englisher Ben who uncovers a secret from his past.
I felt like a couple of story lines with
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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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