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The Shunning by Beverly  Lewis
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Oct 15, 08

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Read in February, 2006


In a quiet Amish community of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania, time has stood still while cherished traditions and heartfelt beliefs have flourished. But a secret lies buried that could shatter the tranquility its inhabitants have grown to love. When Katie Lapp stumbles upon a satin infant gown in the dusty leather trunk of her parents’ attic, she knows it holds a story she must discover. Why else would her Amish mother, a plain and simple woman who embraces the Old Order laws, hide the beautiful baby dress in the attic.
Katie was expected to marry the Bishop who lost his wife and had three children even though she didn’t love him.

Gentle Reads book discussion:
Only one person didn’t care for the book. The rest of the group liked it and wanted to read the sequel. A good discussion took place about the Amish life and how the children were expected to marry in the Amish community. When the story opened up about the satin infant gown, Katie Lapp was shunned and we all said our hearts went out to her. She had no choice but to move on. She couldn’t marry the Bishop because the love of her life was still in her heart.
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