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The Shunning by Beverly  Lewis
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Jun 30, 2016

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I've always been secretly fascinated with the lives of the Amish, probably stemming from my childhood when I came across a young adult book about a girl from that culture, and I found their lifestyle foreign and intriguing. So when I was browsing the free book selections on Amazon's Kindle website, The Shunning was being offered to Kindle readers at no cost, and I immediately downloaded it.

When I finished this book, I understood why the publishers were offering readers such a great deal. This is the first book in a series; as such, the book delved just deeply enough to grab readers' attention and endear us to the characters before ending abruptly, and with many, many unanswered questions hanging in the balance. I believe it was the intention of the publishers to hook readers enough that they'll then seek out the rest of the series.

This book is the story of a young Amish woman who has never really fit into her rigid community, and days before her wedding to a much older community bishop, she makes a discovery that changes her life. Without giving away the premise of the book (series?) this is a book examining the long-debated nature vs. nurture issue: are we who we are because it's "in our blood" or because of our upbringing?

Despite the fact that I don't appreciate being drawn in and made to find another book in order to have some questions answered, I did enjoy the reading of this book. This was a fast read, and a good "palate cleanser", if you will, between heavier books. If you enjoy stories about the Amish, you'll probably appreciate the details and level of authenticity that this book provides its readers, but be prepared to be left wanting more.
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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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