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The Shunning by Beverly  Lewis
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Nov 06, 11

Read in November, 2011

I am intrigued by the Amish and was excited to read this book, even though in general I do not exactly care for the simple and somewhat predictable style of "Christian Fiction." I had hoped this author would be different, but truthfully, this first book in a series of three was highly predicable, often slow, and the style was just a bit off in my opinion. She frequently changes points of view between the characters, which means we get the perspective of one character for a page or two, and then another character for a while, and so on. It's done so randomly that it seems like an accident or maybe just lack of concern for continuity of perspective? It made the story a bit jumpy and I didn't care for the effect on the pace or the character development. I wish there had been more mystery to the depth of the characters. Overall they are quite shallow and transparent. Last, the plot just seemed a bit unbelievable, as Katie Lapp is raised from birth with an Amish family, realizes as an adult that she's not truly Amish-born, and starts to easily disconnect from her family in a matter of hours. I didn't care for the overt Nature verses Nurture theme where Nature is the clear dominant, according to this novel. The book portrays her upbringing as having little to no effect on her morals and choices, which to me, is simply absurd.

I guessed the largest plot twist in the middle of chapter one. So that pretty much killed the book for me. However, I hate to not finish a series, so I press on with the sequel, The Confession.
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Saloma Miller You might like to read my memoir “Why I Left the Amish,” http://www.amazon.com/Why-Left-Amish-...
visit my blog http://aboutamish.blogspot.com/
or my website: http://salomafurlong.com/Welcome.html.


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