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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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Apr 23, 2008 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was ok
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.
Mar 04, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
‘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 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
May 09, 2009 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, amish
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
Mar 20, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok
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
Jordan Skinner
Mar 25, 2013 Jordan Skinner rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 09, 2016 Lesley rated it liked it
I liked this story but it was predictable and Just a wee bit disappointed that her Amish mother was not given more credit for raising her. On the next book in series...
Sicily Yoder
Feb 02, 2013 Sicily Yoder rated it it was amazing
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
Debbie Phillips
Aug 23, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2010 AudioBookFans rated it really liked it
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
Mary  O'Brien
Nov 07, 2011 Mary O'Brien rated it it was amazing
**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
Sep 05, 2013 Sydney rated it it was amazing
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 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
Edward Arrington
I have seen the movie but I wanted to read the book to fill in gaps that the movies never include. I was definitely not disappointed. The story is exceptionally well written. Beverly Lewis has well-developed characters who are real and not artificial. I particularly enjoyed the staff at the Bennett estate. They worked hard but they enjoyed their work. Katherine was such a special young lady who worked her way into the hearts of everyone she met without making a conscious effort to do so. She fit ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed The Shunning, 22-year-old Katie Lapp's journey from almost-marrying the Bishop in her community to being shunned. When The Confession begins, Katie is now living outside of Hickory Hollow, going by the name Katherine, and beginning to embrace some of the niceties of the lifestyle of the English. She is also on a mission to find her birth mother, who has been trying to establish contact her since the previous book.

I enjoyed this book a little bit less than the first book. I understand
Sep 13, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
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.
May 15, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it
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.
Molly Cline
I read Ms Lewis' Abram's Daughters series a few years ago and instantly loved Ms Lewis' writing. So when my life has settled down and I picked my books back up again I checked this series from our library and listened to it on CD. The first book was a bit slow and about didn't finish it but was glad I did and glad I had this book #2 on hand since it is a continuation of the first and You will want the next book The Reckoning on hand so you won't be wondering what has happened next. You won't re ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Beth rated it did not like it
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
Aug 29, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it
I read this book after reading it's prequel "The Shunning." My mom continuously encouraged me to read these books, thinking I would enjoy them.... and she was right. I finished the first book, "The Shunning," in approx two days. I felt sad, angry and frustrated - thinking surely no family could turn their back on a loved one as though they were deceased. Thankfully, there is a second book (this one), as well as third.

I found it nearly impossible to put this book down, and would often read until
Natalie Wright
Nov 07, 2015 Natalie Wright rated it liked it
2.5 out of 5 stars. I really love reading about the Amish, which is why I initially picked this series to listen to (via the Overdrive app through my library). I grew up very near an Amish community and had several Amish friends in elementary school, so it's a topic that I've always enjoyed reading about. That being said, I definitely feel like this series could have easily been two books instead of three. I enjoyed this one more than the first, but there were a few things that got on my nerves. ...more
Deborah Harvey
Sep 26, 2014 Deborah Harvey rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
The three books in the series should have been condensed into one book.
Jul 24, 2014 Kristy rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
love this book
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, amish
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
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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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The Heritage of Lancaster County (3 books)
  • The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1)
  • The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #3)

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