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The Shunning

(The Heritage of Lancaster County #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  23,450 ratings  ·  843 reviews
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers
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Mar 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
I live in a very strict Amish community. I do not share one physical trait with the rest of my family now or in generations past. I seem to have a streak of creativity and music within me that the rest of my family does not. My mother had 2 miscarriages before I came along. For some reason she does not summon the community midwife. Hmmm. My one true love died while away from home and a body was never recovered. I refer to his "empty gravesite" often. Hmmm. How will I ever unravel the mysteries o ...more
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania Katie Lapp is a 22 year old amish woman who is unmarried and feels like she does not belong in her community since the death of her first love Daniel. Katie is strong willed and reluctantly agrees to marry the widowed bishop of their community who has young children at home needing a mother.

After discovering a satin baby gown hidden away in her mother's cedar chest many questions come to head from Katie. Her mother and father are keeping a secret from her. Once s
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a good book, and I'm glad I read it. I find Amish culture fascinating, so this book offered insight into a topic I've always wanted to read and learn about. Was this the best work of literature I've ever read? No. Frankly, I thought this book was pretty predictable. I saw the *surprise* ending coming from a mile away. However, I thought this was a nice, leisurely read, and I enjoyed the emphasis on the simple pleasures of the lives of the Plain people. At first, I was a little frustrate ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Katie Lapp always knew there was something different about her, apart from her auburn locks. She was spirited and loved music, she often thought about the colors of dress she has seen on the "English".

She didn't want to disobey God, but she didn't really think she was. She tried to be a good daughter, listening to her parents. But there were parts of her always wondered if there was something else other then the Amish ways.

After a discovery in the attic she is left wondering even more who she
Jan 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Sep 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Beverly Lewis is a long time novelist of Amish fiction. Since visiting Holmes County, Ohio, (The second largest Amish Community in the country, I think.) I have developed quite an affection for the Amish people. I have read everything that I can get my hands on regarding the subject, including this series.

Most of the novel has a Christian message, but the characters will still capture your heart even if you don't normal read this type of thing. The book begins in a small Amish Community near Lan
Sicily Yoder
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Shunning was one of the first books that I read back when it first came out. I had the advantage of merchandising books for Chas Levy in major chains stores, where Beverly's books were fast sellers. If you haven't read Amish books, this book is a good "first book" for you because it is so rich with the Amish culture and vocabulary.
Having adopted "Plain" family myself, and other Plain friends, I know that Beverly's books are right-on with the authenticity of the Amish culture. I also enjoy
Kelly Morrison
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You immeadeatly fall in love with Katie. She is sweet and wants to be a good Amish woman, but she feels like she has never quite fit in. I wish she had made different choices, but its overall an easy read, and at times you wish you could reach in and hug the characters.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was just okay for me. I used to really enjoy Amish fiction. Now....not so much when I realized that it just seemed like it was always the same recycled themes....teen pregnancy or murder. So I had hope for this one because it was about adoption. But it kind of fell flat for me. Katie was such drama queen. Her actions, as an adult woman, seemed so incredibly immature with all the temper tantrums. I had a hard time with her self absorption. So 2 stars.
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in The Heritage of Lancaster County series. If you're at all interested in the Amish people and their lifestyle, Beverly Lewis is a fine author who has written many books about this group. The stories are quite compelling.
"The shunning" is followed by "The confession" and
"The reckoning". I read and enjoyed all three.
‘The Shunning’ is book one in The Heritage of Lancaster County
trilogy by Beverly Lewis and is inspired by the true story of the
Author's grandmother who left her plain community.

Katie Lapp is a 22 year old Amish girl who has lost her first love,
Daniel, in a tragic boating accident. Katie doesn't fit in; she's
unhappy with her plain life and feels drawn to a "fancy" way of life.
However, she's already made her vows to the faith and is set to marry
the local widowed bishop and become a mama to his chi
Simon Cowan
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I like the phrase 'compelling story'. True, it's used so much it could almost be a cliche, but I can't think of a better way to describe this book. I love hearing about people, especially when their lives are so vastly different to my own and that's definitely true of the people in this book. The story also reminded me of two old TV shows I still love, the Waltons and Little House On The Prairie. It's blatant escapism but there's a lot to be said for reading about a simpler time, especially when ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I think I would have liked this book better if I wouldn't have read any of this author's books previously. This really should be the first book you read. I did enjoy it. I find the whole Amish life fascinating. The very idea that she gets outcast from everything she ever knew basically over a guitar is crazy to me. Their were a few over developed parts that I didn't feel needed so much attention, but the ending made any of the slower parts all worth it. I'm quite excited to see how her life chan ...more
Molly Jebber
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good story showing why the Amish shun those who leave.
Oct 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Apr 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
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
5 Stars!

Excellent writing with an interesting story line.

I truly enjoyed this read, being it was my first Amish book I've ever tried. I don't know much about the Amish community or their beliefs and such, just hearsay, so it was quite nice actually learning something new.

In this story, you meet Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who has only known her Amish friends and family and how to be a respectable Amish Woman. She finds a satin baby gown in her parent's attic one day and it troubles her to fi
Lydia Therese
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 12 and up, fans of Amish romance
I loved the book also by Beverly Lewis, Child of Mine, so I was excited to start this book. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed.

Firstly, I think the way Lewis portrayed the Amish was a little wrong. From this book I got the impression that the Amish were mean cold-hearted people with no sense of other peoples' feelings (all of Katie's brothers were jerks) and the "Englisher" life was the way to go. ??? I mean, sure, the Amish have a different way of doing things - and it isn't for ever
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series has to be one of my favorites by Beverly Lewis. I think it's the first series from her that I read. This story deals with a young Amish woman finding out she was adopted, and trying to decide between her Amish family and Englischer family, or between her average life and fairy tale life. I like books by Beverly Lewis because they are a pleasant read. Lewis often writes books set in Amish country. I used to live close to several Amish settlements, so I had a little window into Amish l ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good... except for the completely unresolved ending. That part was pretty annoying...
CJ Scurria
Little did young Katie Lapp know a simple garment she finds in the attic could lead to a complete revolution to her life. After she spots a hidden piece of clothing from the past she unearths something that helps bring her family toward a dramatic change. Maybe for the worse.

Why was this kept here? And why is it made of something no Amish baby would ever wear?

As Katie digs deeper she learns much of herself as well as long for something different. A new Katie. But it will cost more than any amou
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this way more than I expected. I thought it would be terrible, but I read it quickly and wanted to know what happened next. Some of the writing is a little clumsy. The writer keeps referring to a "secret," and since she constantly tells you to know there's a secret, I figured it out pretty instantly. It'd be a little more elegant to not be so direct. I loved the main character Katie and her struggles with loving her Amish family and friends and yet feeling like she doesn't fit in. I was ...more
Ramona Mead
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I decided to give this genre a go strictly out of curiosity because I'm working to get out of my reading comfort zone and to read more romance novels. I grew up near Lancaster County, PA, my home was in the midst of Amish farm fields, and I swam in their pond most summers. I've never had any interest in learning more about the Amish culture than what I observed growing up. However having recently gone back to visit at the same time I came aware of this genre of books, I decided to give it a try. ...more
Jeni Enjaian
After the utter disappointment of "The Redemption of Sarah Cain," I did not hold out high hopes for this book which served as my introduction to the Amish Christian fiction genre. (I still do not understand the obsession with the lifestyle, the obsession that has led to the creation of an entire genre that unfortunately flies off the shelf.) While the book was not quite as much fluff as "The Redemption of Sarah Cain," none of the characters were adequately developed. Everything felt rushed and c ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the book The Shunning begins Katie Lapp, a young, Amish woman prepares to marry a bishop she does not love, twice her age, with 5 motherless children. While she readies herself for marriage, Katie discovers a satin baby gown, in the attic, along with her mother’s wedding dress. When she learns the truth behind the baby gown, Katie’s world unravels, complicating the orderly world she has known. At the last minute, Katie does the unthinkable, resulting in being shunned and betrayed by her famil ...more
Wendy Hines
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Now I need more kindle money so I can buy the rest of the series! At the back of the book it showed movie pictures, so I guess there's a movie of this series. I will wait to watch it until I finish the series, but everyone knows the books are always better. Still, be nice to see how they did:)
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every once in a while I need a good Amish story to cleanse my palette. Then I find myself reading several in a row. This one was quite good. I felt a strong kinship with Katie as I myself am adopted. However I have always known and cannot imagine finding out when I was 22 and about to be married. Well written and left me needing to know what happens next so I am starting the next one now.
Alyssa Reads
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
I LOVED this book!!! It made me laugh, cry, and it left me with a HUGE cliffhanger! I have to read the next one. This is amazing!
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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 Confession (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #2)
  • The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #3)