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The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, Bk 1)
The Covenant - Abram's Daughters, Bk 1
Author: Beverly Lewis
ISBN-13: 9780764204210
ISBN-10: 0764204211
Publication Date: 9/1/2002
Pages: 366
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
This book unveils the layers of deeply rooted Amish tradition as seen thru the eyes of 2 sisters.
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I enjoyed the whole series (Abram's Daughters). I've started another series of Ms. Lewis' work and I'm finding her to be consistent in her great writing.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very good !!! Worth reading this series !!
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If you have ever been interested in learning more about the Amish, you will enjoy this book. It is a very easy book to read and I really liked it.
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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.
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The BEST Amish series out there! I am currently reading the next book.
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Excellent book. Great story. You can't wait for the next one to come out.
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This book was amazing. I sat down in two or three nights and read all 300 pages. I love learning more about the Anabaptists, but to anyone this would be a great read.
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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.
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I enjoyed this book a lot
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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.
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Had a hard time starting it but once past pg 25 or so it went fast, and I then read the other 4. Very Good Books
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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.
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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.
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Awesome!!!!!
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great series, wonderful way to learn about the Amish ways.
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#1 in the Abram's Daughters series... nobody writes better stories about the Plain People and Amish life.
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First in the Abram's Daughters Series
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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.
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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.
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Excellent!
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This was good. An insight to the Amish life and all the secrets kept.
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I tink Lewis' style is extremely charming. I love becoming more familiar with the Amish world that is naturally so foreign to most people.
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Book very easy to read. Love Beverly Lewis's books.
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This was a great book one that when you started to read it you didn't want to stop I'm on book two of the five they are great.
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Very good! Love the Sweet, simple life and times in these books.
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Book 1 in the series about the Amish just after World War II.
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You wont want to put this one down!
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i highly advise reading this book if you crave a great christian novel this is the book 4 u
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Great read... A wonderful, gentle book with an interesting story..
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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.
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An intense read about a secret kept by two sisters.
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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.
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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!
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First book in the Abram's daughter's book series a good read.
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It was an easy to read book that held my attention and I was excited to get my hands on book 2!
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Fantastic series. Have all 5 and couldnt put them down!
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Decent read, Starts out real slow and hard to understand. However once it gets to going it is a good book.
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Abram's Daughters was my introduction to Beverly Lewis. She is by far my favorite author.
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This was a fun quick read.
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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.
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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.
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Beverly Lewis shows Gods love and the relationship with Jesus through the eyes of those who are not supposed to "know" him personally. It was very moving.
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This is an excelent book, great series.
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Insight into the family life of an Amish family.I really enjoyed this story.
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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.
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This book was a little slow in the begining. It picked up in the second half of the book. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, will she discover he baby is still alive??
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Beverly Lewis gives the characters so much dimension. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
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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.
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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! ;-)
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Great series! If you have any interest in the Amish, you will enjoy Beverly Lewis.
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Excellent book. At the top of its category. Recommend to anyone who likes a good story. 1st book in the series.
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The Covenant unveils the layers of deeply rooted Amish tradition as seen through the eyes of Leah and Sadie Ebersol, two courting-age sisters.
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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.
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This is one of the best series of books that I have ever read. I really enjoyed all 5 of them.
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i have read the whole series of 5.I loved each one!Lewis is a great writer.you have to read this series!
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Great book, loved the entire series!
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A lovely first story and introduction into the world of the Amish!! Wonderful read! Now to get my hands on the next book!!
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Story seen through the eyes of two courting age, Amish sisters.
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I have all the Abram's Daughters series listed.
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Entertaining and educational. I enjoyed it.
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Great series
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As fast as I could get the next book in this series of beverly Lewis's books I read them cover to cover. Great for all ages!
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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.
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This book is a wonderful look into the ways of the Amish. I highly recommend reading all three in this series!
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I couldn't put it down, it had some unexpected twists and turns. Can't wait to read book 2.
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This is an excellent series of books..gives you an idea how the Amish live, and shows a much slower pace of life than most of us are used to...
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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."
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"Lewis manages to neatly package a mystery, a gentle romance, spiritual enlightenment, and a cultural education all in one story."
A great book, as all of hers are.
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Wonderful book.
I don't normally read "religious" books, but I love this series, I can't wait to read the rest.
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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!!!
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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.
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This book is the first in a series of Beverly Lewis's books on Abram's Daughters. It is a very good book,written well
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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.)
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Book #1 in series. I enjoyed the whole series.
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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)
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An awesome series! I loved it!
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This was a fun read, one that captured my attention from page 1.
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I have enjoyed all Beverly Lewis books
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I loved this book, I could not put it down! I live near Lancaster County and to see the references in the book, makes it even more special.
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Another wonderful book by Beverly Lewis. This is the start of a new series by her.
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Loved It
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I loved this series.. this is the 1st book in the series!
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Beverly Lewis does a good job with this book. There are lots of things going on in the book and you will not get bored. Overall, this is a good read!
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A wonderful book - - really enjoyed it!
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Slow moving, relaxing, simple and enjoyable.
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"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."
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loved it
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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.
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WHAT CAN I SAY,I'M ADDICTED,JUST AFTER READING ONE,CAN HARDLY WAIT TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS,SO I'VE STARTED ON "THE BETRAYAL" NOW, GREAT BOOKS
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An Amish family must deal with crisis after crisis, while testing ther faith in God.
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Very fast read, hard to put down. This is the first in a series. If you like reading Amish books this series is a great one.
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Very fast read. Kind of simple actually but I liked the story.