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The Confession (The Heritage of Lancaster County #2)

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Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who questioned the strict rules of her upbringing and even her own identity, has been shunned from her Amish community. Katie--now known as Katherine Mayfield--sets out to find her birth mother, and a life, she has never known.
Paperback, 286 pages
Published 1997 by Bethany House Publishers
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I enjoyed the second book in this series, but I got pretty frustrated with the main character's willingness to forget her adoptive mother--her love, her sacrifices--ultimately the past 22 years of her life! She fell in love with the idea of her birthmother. Before she even met her, she convinced herself that she belonged in this new life and that so much had been taken from her.

Right now, I'm sort of at a point in my life, where I feel like telling certain people to get over their difficulties a
Apr 11, 2008 Stephanee rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like long, draw- out sappy stories
Is this story never going to end? So convenient that her birth mom happens to be rich and is pretty nearly a perfect saint. Drove me crazy!! And the part about her long-lost boyfriend? This is like something I would have written in fourth grade.
I told myself I wouldn't finish this series, but since I already had the sequel to The Shunning checked out and I have this need to finish what I've started, I decided to continue on with Lewis' Heritage of Lancaster County series. What I found, though, was an absolute mess.

The Confession is completely disjointed as we add five more characters to an already packed house, and the reader jumps inside a dozen people's heads. Conflicts arise and disappear with little to no resolutions.

With a predict
The sequel to The Shunning has more action, but is also more disjointed. We are inside a dozen different people's heads, and the result is a literary mess, in my opinion. The action is interesting, if somewhat predictable. The forshadowing is too obvious (same in the first book). And the lead character seems to be a bit stupid. I know she grew up Amish, but there's a difference between naivete and stupidity. The author clearly doesn't know it. But maybe I'm assuming too much, not being familiar ...more
‘The Confession’ is book two in the The Heritage of Lancaster County trilogy by Beverly Lewis. In The Shunning we met Katie Lapp, 22 year old Amish girl who feels as if she doesn't fit in. Upon learning that she was adopted she is less content to continue living her plain life. She ends up leaving the Amish Bishop at the altar, an act that ultimately leads to her shunning.

In ‘The Confession’ we see Katie, who now calls herself Katherine as she tries to find her birth mother and embraces the Engl
I recently finished up the second book in the Beverly Lewis triology, “The Heritage of Lancaster County”. The book is called “The Confession” and once again, it fascinated me. The integrity, truth and honor that the Amish people carry throughout their lives is amazing and this book, along with her
others, reveal the thoughts and happenings of Amish folk.

This book continues to follow the life of Katie Lapp. Katie, who has left her Amish community after being shunned for disobeying the Bishop, trav
I enjoyed the first book so much that I immediately purchased the second book in the series

The Confession by Beverly Lewis

I had such a strong desire to find out what happened next that I stayed up quite late reading The Confession.


So, at the end of The Shunning we find out that after Katie has left to go find her birth mother and has assumed her new life as Katherine Mayfield, a fancy Englischer instead of Katie Lapp, who she was raise
Jess Michaelangelo
This one ranged between a 4 and a 3 for me. The ending was definitely a 4, but for most of the book, I kept thinking about how I liked the first book better, so I'm going to stick with the 3.

Once again, this isn't a literary masterpiece of a book, but I did enjoy it. Beverly Lewis tells the sweet kind of story that you would see on Lifetime or Hallmark (I'm on a roll with these books lately), so even though they're not very deep, they're enough to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.

Once again, I
If there's one thing I hate, it's unnecessary drama - and this book is full of it! The story could have been more moving and poignant without all the Amish soap opera the author felt the need to add in.

The thing is, I like the characters. The writing and general plots are not so great, but I do like the characters and I do care about what happens to them. So, Lewis gets good marks for me with character development, but mediocre ones in writing and plot.

It's possible to skim this book and still
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Jordan Skinner
Near the better half of the book it becomes clear that this, in fact, is not Augustine's 'Confessions' (spoiler alert). I was sorely mistaken after receiving a failing grade for my paper on the causality of desire v. will in 'The Confession' for my Medieval Philosophy Class. It would have been nice to know this information before getting wrapped up in the intimate tale of compassion and betrayal that is 'The Confession'. My advise to any student of thought, this is the book for you!
This book was a little too predictable for me. So far the series has had it's charm, so I will continue with the third book, but I liked the first one much better. I already figured out a few chapters into the book what was going to happen, and found myself rushing through the last few chapters so I can say that I've read it and move on to another book.

Decent book, but again, not as good as the first. I hope the 3rd one is better.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first in the series. It seemed to drag on at times with unnecessary characters. I was hoping for a bit more depth in Katie Lapp. She seemed all consumed with her birth mother while completely forgetting about the family that raised her. I'm not sure that's how one would truly be. I'll read the last book in this series to see how it all ends up and am hoping it will leave me with a better taste.
I read "The Shunning," which was far from my favorite, but I did still want to read the sequel to find out what would happen next. By the end of "The Confession" I had no interest in reading the final book in the series, and don't care anymore about what happens to the characters. The actual writing was driving me crazy. It was a string of one cliché after another, not to mention words and phrases that I assume is meant to be Amish speak. However, when the characters aren't being quoted the lang ...more
Sicily Yoder
An awesome book. If you enjoyed The Shunning, you will love this book. As usual, Beverly Lewis has added some twists and turns along the way.
Laura Potter
I really enjoyed reading th confession it was a very good book and held my interest I enjoy reading books by Beverly Lewis
Deborah Harvey
I really enjoyed reading this sequel to "The Shunning". Since I'm not very familiar with the Amish community and their beliefs...I found these books to be very interesting. When young Katie leaves her family after being shunned, she is well aware that this could mean that she would never again see or have contact with them. While this breaks her heart, since discovering that she is adopted and that her birth mother may be looking for her...she is anxious to begin the hopes of filling ...more
The three books in the series should have been condensed into one book.
I read book 1, The Shunning, last year and was blown away by Beverly's ability to take a seemingly simple Amish story and turn it into something rivetting. This second part didn't quite measure up to the first, but only by a small amount. It's still a great story, and Beverly is still a master of Amish storytelling. In book 1, Katie Lapp discovered she was adopted and that her biological mother is trying to find her. In this book, Katie starts searching for her birth mother and takes big steps i ...more
Debbie Phillips
Aug 23, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians - high school to adult that like clean Christian romance
A lovely book. A wonderful early writing by Beverly Lewis. The second book in the Heritage of Lancaster County series. This book had mystery and lies, intrigue and illness, and things and people lost and found again. It was wonderful. A great second book. I can't wait to read the third and last in the series. I want to find out what happens to Katherine.

I loved the protectiveness of the house servants over Laura, in her illness. I hated her scum of a husband. I loved Katherine (Katie) and her se
I greatly enjoyed the first of this series "The Shunning" by Beverly Lewis. However, this one failed to grab me. It seemed like it was a very rushed novel, yet, despite this, not much was done in it.

It takes off where the last book left it, Katie (now known as Katherine) is staying with some Mennonite relatives and is searching for her birth mother. She finds what she thinks is her mother only to encounter a rough time with her husband, Dylan Bennet who is waiting for his wife to die so he can i
What's holding me to finish this series is the story's insight into Amish culture. If you want a spellbinding, intense story with a gripping storyline and twists and turns throughout, then move right along.

This story is very predictable, very "Mary Sue" (the protagonist at least), and supersweet, so much your teeth might hurt while you're turning pages. However, if you want a look into Amish (Plain) life, their strict rules and traditions, their clothing and food and celebrations, then this book
Mary Oddi O'Brien
**Warning this is book 2 out of 3. If you have not read the first one in the series, The Shunning; you may not want to continue reading**

The end of The Shunning brought about a few surprises. Katie Lapp leaves her Amish life, the only life she has ever known to find her English mother. Annie, Katie's sister in law, receives a letter from Dan Fisher; her brother that is suppose to be dead and Katie's one true love.

In The Confession, Katie Lapp leaves home in search of her dying mother in the hope
This review it for all three of the books in the The Heritage of Lancaster County series. You really can't read one without wanting to read the other, and the books flowed so nicely after the other that it really felt like it was one whole book.

I normally don't read books about the Amish, but I saw the movie for "The Shunning" and "The Confession". I really loved the movies, and the ending of "The Confession" was left hanging for the next movie. I was so upset at having to wait till the next mov
This is Book #2 in Lewis' "The Heritage of Lancaster County" series.

From back cover:

"Katie Lapp's identity had been shattered the moment she found the satin baby dress in the attic of her parents' Amish home. Painfully torn from her close-knit community in the frightening ordeal called the shunning, Katie-now Katherine Mayfield-sets out to find the ailing birth mother she has never known.

Her journey takes her to the peaceful home of Lydia Miller, where electric lights and telephones set Katherin
A. R.
Must say that I am glad I read this book and didn't rely on the movie to get me to book three. About the only thing the book and the movie have in common is the title.

Which did I like better? Honestly, I think the movie. The story held together a bit better and was more believable than the book. I struggled with two key issues in The Confession. First was the depiction of Amish beliefs. I have had personal interaction with the Amish. Yes, their lifestyle is very different from mine, but I couldn
This series has to be one of my favorites by Beverly Lewis. I think it's the first series from her that I read. This story deals with a young Amish woman finding out she was adopted, and trying to decide between her Amish family and Englischer family, or between her average life and fairy tale life. I like books by Beverly Lewis because they are a pleasant read. Lewis often writes books set in Amish country. I used to live close to several Amish settlements, so I had a little window into Amish l ...more
This is book 2 of 3, and it picks up with Katie, now calling herself Katherine moves in this her mother's Mennonite cousin Lydia and her husband Pete. Once she learns to use the phone, she sets out to find her birth mother Laura Mayfield-Bennett.
She heads to New York, but upon arrival she is mistaken for hired help and hired on a cook. Events have presented themselves that prevent her from telling her mother who she is. Once she realizes she must prove who she is, she needs something from her a
Rachel Brand
I read the first book in this series, The Shunning, over a year ago and as a result of this had forgotten a lot of the details. I've also read several other Amish-themed books between then and now and have established my views on who the best authors are in this genre and which series is my favourite. Unfortunately, this book isn't among them. As much as I enjoyed the first book and all of its drama and angst, this one just seemed unnecessarily over-dramatic and cliched. Although I wanted to rea ...more
As an adopted woman, I thought I would enjoy this book a little more. I think I was disappointed that Katie didn't get to spend very much time with her birth mother. The imposter was given way too much time and should've been found out and kicked out much sooner. Same with the husband. And I think the reason Katie was shunned was because she walked out on her own wedding. And they say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? I'm currently reading the last in the series, "The Reckining."
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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

The Heritage of Lancaster County (3 books)
  • The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1)
  • The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #3)
The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1) The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, #1) The Betrayal (Abram's Daughters, #2) The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters, #3) The Prodigal (Abram's Daughters, #4)

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