J T. reviewed The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, Bk 1) on
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The plot focuses mostly on the two eldest daughters, Sadie and Leah. Sadie is a typical innocent young girl, intrigued with the wordly ways that she has been sheltered from, and running wild during her rumsprunger (the time when Amish teens get to do what they want before they commit themselves to an Amish/Anabaptist way of life). Leah, younger than Sadie, has not yet come to the age of rumsprunger, but is much more staid of temperment, and worried terribly over Sadie's running around. While dealing with these worries, Leah is also dealing with the pressure that her father is putting on her to marry Gideon and join the two families farms, when she comes of age. Leah, of course, is in love with someone else.
Beverly Lewis is an immensely sweet and realistic writer. She manages to portray Lancaster County in an attractive, but thankfully not syrupy, manner. Her characters are real people who have passions and worries, but still have floors to sweep and cows to milk. Like us, they must struggle to function *with* their passions and problems, rather than calling a time-out on their lives for a plotline. And like real people, these characters do not go into euphoric swoons, nor have nervous breakdowns. Instead, they laugh, cry, get mad, forgive, love, and pick up the pieces.
It has been a while since I've read this book, but I know it is very good. It is book 1 of the series Abram's Daughter. I've also read book 3, The Sacrifice. I look forward to reading book 2, The Betrayal.
SPANNING 3 GENERATIONS, THE COMPELLING NOVELS OF THE ABRAM'S DAUGHTERS SERIES INTRODUCE FOUR COURTING-AGE SISTERS, THEIR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY,WHOSE WAY OF LIFE AND FAITH IN GOD ARE AS ENDURING AS THEIR SIGNATURE HORSE AND BUGGY. OR SO IT SEEMS......
FROM THE BACK COVER......ALL 5 BOOKS ARE WONDERFUL, I COULDN'T PUT THEM DOWN AND IF I DID I THOUGHT ABOUT THEM CONSTANTLY.
The Covenant unveils the layers of deeply rooted Amish tradition as seen thru' the eyes of Leah and Sadie Eberso, two courting-age sisters. Drawn into a secret pact with her sister, Leah faces the unthinkable.
My first book I've read by Beverly Lewis. I was hooked after reading this book, have read The Betrayal (2nd in series) and am waiting for the last 3 in this series to arrive. Very well written and I will definitely be reading more by this author.
The book gives a heartwarming look at the Amish lifestyle. Some parts of the story did leave me wanting for more information and it jumped from character to character very quickly at times. I would still recommend it if you are intersted in historical fiction, Amish lifestyle, or romance stories.
Nicole V. reviewed The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, Bk 1) on
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I could no put this book down! I read the entire Abram's Daughters series in a week. This is a great story of love, lies, and the ties that bind. The series follows the life of 4 sisters from young women through their married lives. The book is written with a wonderful understanding of the Amish life. Don't miss this series. Order today--but beware, you won't be able to put it down. Order the entire series.
This is my first Bevelry Lewis book and I will certainly be following through with the series. The Amish life is so fascinating and she does an excellent jo b of telling the story that you cannot wait to hear more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love the era the book was written in and learning about the Amish culture. This was my first Beverly Lewis book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I believe that the characters are well developed. Beverly Lewis does a fantastic job of hooking you. She provides enough information to lead you to asking questions about each characters' motivation. I am going to read book 2, and will surely have this series finished in the next couple of weeks! I am letting my 15 year old daughter read this book. I have no doubt that she too will want to complete the other books in the series!
This is a coming of age story of 4 young Amish girls living in Lancaster County, PA. In the Amish community when a young person turns 16 they are officially allowed to date and they are encouraged to have fun and the rules are a little relaxed before they make their covenant with the church and the way of life of the plain people.
adie is the oldest girl of the family and wants to test the boundaries of her freedom and falls in love with a boy outside of the Amish society. Will she choose this young man and forsake her family and all she knows? Her younger sister, Leah is urging Sadie to forget the English boy because she doesnt want any shame to fall on her family because her courting days are close.
I found myself identifying with these young women from such a different culture and enjoyed the book very much. It was an interesting look at the Amish people and their way of life. The end of the book left me with questions on what happened to the girls, so I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
I got hooked on Janette Oke books to start with and then I discovered Beverly Lewis.I read the Lancaster County Series and could not put them down. I now have read the Covenant and just ordered The Betrayal and will be watching the mail, hoping it gets here fast. I love the clean, moral stories.
Extremely easy to read. I finished it less than a day,Pretty predictable for the most part. Though I as an adult enjoyed the book as an "escape" . I would think it is appropriate for a girl between 13-15,Only one really slightly disturbing part. My only objection was that the characters kept saying "Ja Gut" to every possible happy thing from quilting to a canning bee !I found out one thing about the Amish though is boy oh boy can the keep a secret and possibly the worst family communication ever.In general though a good way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Overall this was a good book. One thing I do want to mention is it is a slow starter. I found myself a little bored at times, but the author did get me to care about the main character, Leah. I guess my one complaint would be that I didn't really care about her eldest sister until things started to pick up toward the end. As this is a book in a series, the end is a bit of a cliffhanger...so you'll get the next book! ;-)
Following such bestsellers as The Shunning and The Postcard, Beverly Lewis's explosive new novel, The Covenant, unveils the layers of deeply rooted Amish tradition as seen through the eyes of Leah and Sadie Ebersol, two courting-age sisters.
Fantastic book, fantastic author, wonderful story - I couldn't put it down and read it within a day. Can't wait to read the next one in the series. It is very well written, makes you feel very close to the characters, and gives you a reminder of the most important things in life.
Fans of Lewis's "Heritage of Lancaster County" trilogy will cheer her return to Amish country with this new series. When the teenage daughters of Abram Ebersol begin courting during the summer of 1946, Sadie furtively sees smooth-talking, non-Amish Derry, who impregnates and then abandons her. After keeping her pregnancy hidden from all but her younger sister Leah and Aunt Lizzie, Sadie goes into premature labor, and Derry's father is the doctor called in to help. At the same time, Leah defies her father, who has chosen her future husband, by becoming engaged to Jonas Mast. Meanwhile, younger twin sisters Hannah and Mary Ruth struggle with their own hopes and fears for the future, and a fifth daughter is born to mother Ida. Unfortunately, Lewis's scattershot approach focuses too briefly on too many characters, making it hard for the reader to keep them straight. It's also difficult to be sympathetic to a family who weaves its own web of deception, but Lewis is a master of eliciting empathy for characters caught in troubles of their own making. The Amish community with all of its intricacies is vibrantly drawn (Lewis grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country), and the tension between it and the encroaching English world is palpable. "Jahe" readers will be impatient for the continuation, even if it won't be "perty."
A wonderful book by Beverly Lewis.This is #1 of a 5 book series-Abram's Daughters.I have the whole series and will be posting them.
The Covenant is about an Amish girl,Leah and her life.The detail about the Amish way of life that Beverly Lewis adds to her books is wonderful..she was born in the Pa. Dutch country and keeps a keen interest in her Mothers Plain heritage.This is a great story and the books only get better as you follow Leah and her family in good times and bad.You can't wait to finish one and start the next.Great reads!!!
First in the Abram's Daughters servies, this book gives a deeper look at the ramifications and effects of Amish courting customs. People of deep faith can let human passions twist them from total uprightness - and other people of deep faith may submit to the injustices others' choices have on them, and be blessed by closeness with God, even when the injustice may continue for years.
With the current (October, 2006) killing at an Amish school, and the forgiving response of many in that faith community, we are inspired to learn what is good from their deep desire to obey the Law as expounded by their leaders, and also learn what is good from the faith-filled individuals within the group maintain their ties to their church brother while pursuing personal knowledge / friendship with God based on the sacrifice of Christ even above obedience to their revered Ordnung.
tani reviewed The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, Bk 1) on
The first book in the series. It deals mainly with the Amish, who have their problems just like the rest of us, only handled in a more gentle way, and it is interesting to learn about their way of life. I have found these books great for reading just before going to sleep. (Not that they are soporific--to the contrary, they have sometimes kept me awake an extra hour because I hated to stop reading.)
This series was so well thought out. I loved the story, the characters and the theme. It was so very interesting; like no other series before it. Beverly Lewis is a fantastic Christian fiction writer. She is also a brilliant story teller. She captivates you from the beginning and leads you down a long twisty, turny road to the final destination where the truth is finally exposed. (Amazing style)
"Following such bestsellers as 'The Shunning' and 'The Postcard', Beverly Lewis's explosive new novel 'The Covenant', unveils the layers of deeply rooted Amish tradition as seen through the eyes of Leah and Sadie Ebersol, two courting-age sisters."
I have read all five in the series "Abram's Daughters and each one leaves me enthralled and anxious to read the next one. Learning about Amish life through these stories is very interesting, especially when their lives reflect the lives of non-Amish people. I am also anxious to read other works by Beverly Lewis.