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The Atonement

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,175 ratings  ·  150 reviews
A Must-Have Novel from the #1 Name in Amish Fiction

The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, who years ago stopped attending the activities for courting-age young people in her hometown of Bird-in-Hand. Now twenty-five and solidly past the age of Amish courtship, Lucy has given up any hope of marriage, instead focusing her efforts on volunteering in both the Plain and fan
Paperback, 325 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
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May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
3 stars is still "I liked it." People seem to think it's bad when it's 3 stars, when really you just enjoyed it for what it is. 4 and 5 are reserved for "wow" and "amazing" reads. ...more
Deanne Patterson
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy
I always come away with a feeling of peace for having read a Beverly Lewis book!
Diamond Jones-Cox
Audio Version

Book started off a little slow for me. Things started picking up on disc 3.

Good story to listen to or read.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Striving to fill an empty heart or to earn favor - favor already given thru grace, it starts with forgiveness towards others and yourself.

Lucy has built a wall of protection around her heart by keeping busy with volunteer work. With the encouragement from her father, she starts to attend a community church small group that deals with grief and loss. Both father and daughter befriend an English man (Dale) who teaches them different lessons. Her parents start to worry that the past will catch up
May 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-reads

I was really disappointed in this one. It's more of a Drama, than a romance novel.
Half way through, and romance.

It's about Lucy, who made a mistake. Since that mistake, she will not let herself love. And she sure hasn't. I wanted to read this book for so long. I've been reading it for about a week now, and I've even missed a few days. The more I read, the more I dread to pick this novel up.

Seems like I've been DNFing a ton of books lately.

So sad.😭
Christina DeVane
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 on this one. The story didn’t grab me like many books have lately. You’re trying to figure out the backstory to the characters when the book starts which I enjoy, but the characters seemed common and she didn’t get back with the guy until the last 4 pages of the book! 🙄 The forgiveness and family struggles were real and the healing process and truth of God’s Word was on point! 👍
Debi Lantzer Stout
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a twenty five year old unwed Lucy Flaud an Amish girl living in Lancaster County, PA. It begins with mystery and intrigue that will unravel in bits and pieces throughout this novel. As I read this story, I felt that had I known Lucy's past and her mistakes earlier on in the story, I might have enjoyed this novel more but since I didn't know, I felt that I rushed through the story just to find the answers.

Lucy had done something in her past where she made a grave mistake. By
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book immediately caught my attention. I loved the combination of bright and muted colors and the way there was a mixing of two different lifestyles with the Amish house and the truck. Being someone who judges books by their covers, I chose this one as my monthly review book from Bethany House Publishers.

At first, I was disappointed with this book. I found it extremely hard to connect with Lucy, the main character. Lucy lives with a secret from her past and it is revealed slowly
Maureen Timerman
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
The Atonement is about a young Amish woman who feels she will never be worthy of Gods love, she is unable to forgive herself for past mistakes.
Because Lucy Flaud won’t let go of her sins, and ask God and herself for forgiveness she is unable to move forward. We meet a Christian man who takes an interest in Lucy when he meets her father at bereavement sessions. Lucy’s father Christian invites the young man to come over to his home and shows him around, as Dale is interested in becoming more plain
Andrea Cox
“Even if heaven’s silent, I won’t quit knockin’.”

That’s how I feel too, that I want to never give up on seeking the Lord, because He is faithful to those who seek and trust and love Him.

This book covered so many good things, and I enjoyed my time reading it. I especially liked how forgiveness played a big part of the plot. Forgiving oneself for past mistakes is sometimes the toughest thing of all, and that was highlighted here in Lucy’s story.

The heartbreak and deep emotions of this one pinched
Elaine Nickolan
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it
A nice story of a "plain" woman trying to make up for her sins, and the family dynamics surrounding her. How will she come back from almost leaving her family? Who are the people she encounters that help her to understand, sometimes you have to forgive yourself before you can be forgiven by others. A quick read, used to cleanse the brain palette from the usual evil books I love to read. I can always count on Ms Lewis to write a good "Amish" theme story, a culture that I have always admired and w ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another winner by Beverly Lewis, all of her books are so good. I couldn't put it down a mix of Amish and the young girl that helped so many Englishers. loved the storyline.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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It has been several years since I have read a book by Beverly Lewis, and it was great to revisit the Amish of Lancaster County in this book. It took me a while to get into it, but once I hit the 50 page mark I flew through it because I had to get answers.

Once again, Lewis does a great job of describing the Amish culture. She weaves a tale that should how holding onto the past can hinder moving on in the future. The main char
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, as you or may not know, depending on if you read my blog or not, Beverly Lewis is one of my "automatic" authors. I read every book that she writes. But, this one may just be my favorite.

This one focuses on Lucy Flaud, a young Amish woman who is almost past courting age. She fills her days with volunteering and helping those less fortunate. Lucy has a wonderful heart but there is an underlying reason that Lucy fills her days, almost frantically. There is a time in her past where she made a
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing quite like a Beverly Lewis novel to settle a reader into a happy bubble of reading bliss. And this one starts out in a very profound way: Fill up the empty places in your heart... Words that Lucy strives to live by and, oh my, she has a lot of emptiness to fill! Past hurts are revealed by slow degrees as the story progresses and I loved trying to fit the pieces together in order to make sense of her desperate need to serve herself free of her sorrow. Her skewed idea of grace and ...more
I hesitate to give this two stars. I've read every single book by Beverly Lewis, with the exception of Love Letters. In my opinion, she is the queen of Amish fiction.

All of that being said, this book frustrated me to no end. I cannot believe how incredibly judgmental these characters were, and sometimes just plain arseholes, let's be honest. As someone who grew up in a religious background (though nothing like the Amish), perhaps that's why it bothers me so much, but I found myself getting incr
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Atonement is a beautiful story about love, forgiveness, and redemption. It reads, in my opinion, like it's a sequel. As you read through the novel, the back story slowly unfolds.

I found myself greatly sympathizing with Lucy as she reveals her past and struggles with her present and future. On certain issues, I've been in her shoes and how she can function while keeping it all bottled up is beyond me. Perhaps her packed schedule is evidence that bottling up your past isn't healthy.

One thing
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
THE ATONEMENT is Ms. Lewis' latest. Not really a romance (despite the back cover copy), this is more women's fiction. The romance is very back burner.

Written in many different points of view, it includes Lucy's, her married sister's, Marty's, her father, Christian's, and others. Some parts of the story were very confusing and I went back and read them twice, three times, sometimes not understanding anyway. I couldn't relate to these characters.

Very slow, this is not the Beverly Lewis book of y
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beverly Lewis is my go-to when I want a book that will leave me feeling good after I finish the last page. This one does not disappoint. I find the Amish fascinating and Lucy Flaud is such a lovable character that you can't help get attached to her. ...more
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Superb book. I love how Beverly Lewis teaches you that God forgives you from all your sins if you let Him in. Repent and you shall be free. How wonderful is our God?!
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but the story went a bit slow at times. A good story, easy read, mostly well written.

*Was given this book for an honest review.
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and think it's one of Beverly Lewis' better ones. It kept me guessing until the end. Lovely light, summer read. I enjoy her character development in this one. ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
A bit disappointed in this book but I read till the end. I felt like the end was rushed. Will pass on to my friend Rachel who also likes Amish romances.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, romance
The Atonement by Beverly Lewis is about Lucy Flaud, a single Amish girl who has long since given up hopes of marriage, instead focusing her time on charitable works. Mistakes from her past constantly haunt her, and she works furiously in the hopes that she can find a sense of purpose. But when an outsider walks into her family circle, she starts to wonder if maybe some things in her life should change...
I really enjoyed this book. Unlike other Beverly Lewis heroines, Lucy was far from perfect. S
Andrea Everett
This was an experimental read, for sure. I’m compiling application materials for an internship at a publishing company, and as preparation I wanted to read something well beyond my typical realm. I’ve been amused by the presence of Amish romance fiction on library/bargain bin shelves for years, so I figured I’d give this a whirl (I also have a couple weeks off of school, so I can give my brain a break from the heavy modernist novels for a second).

I went into this with few expectations, but I was
Nov 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Lucy Flaud was beyond courting age in her Amish community.
She wasn't interested in a relationship with Tobe because she
felt she was not good enough. Previously she had been dating
an "Englisher" & became pregnant. Her parents sent her away
where she ended up having a miscarriage.
Now her father has befriended another Englisher who is interested
in learning about the Simple life. They seem to meet often, by
accident. Then her parents start to worry that they are spending
too much time together & she's
Elizabeth Meadows
Jul 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this title for a book club. The writing itself is okay, but there's no plot to speak of and little character development, other than to make abundantly clear the characters are Amish or Plain. I'm sure I'm looking at this wrong, but my biggest impression from the book is that the Amish seem intolerant of "Outsiders," as we non-Amish are called. If an Amish person wants to marry an "Outsider," they are shunned/excommunicated from their community and family. I find this difficult to reconci ...more
Aaron Heil
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lots of readers have asked me about Amish and Christian books and I have been recommending Beverly Lewis because her books are everywhere. I realized at some point that I had no idea what her books were even about so I read this one. I didn’t expect to like it but I didn’t think I would dislike it so much. Plot is predictable. At the end of the book, I sympathize way more with the characters whom I’m not supposed to like than the protagonists. Clearly there’s a niche market, and the appeal is lo ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another excellently written book by Beverly Lewis. Story details included were most appreciated. Beverly goes beyond storytelling with her writings. This is not a short story, but one which explores our humanity's need for atonement, be it self imposed, or God imposed. We have all failed God with our human sins and God is always listening, to our prayers. Beverly delves deeply into Lucy's need for atonement.
All things work together, for good.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, amish
Lucy can’t seem to get past a mistake she made a few years ago. She feels unworthy and has dedicated herself to volunteering to help those in need. But while she says she is sorry and forgives others, she can’t quite forgive herself. This tale is thought-provoking and the characters are quite interesting, as is Lucy’s ultimate journey towards forgiveness and ultimately, happiness.
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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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