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The Preacher's Daughter (Annie's People, Bk 1) (Large Print)
The Preacher's Daughter - Annie's People, Bk 1 - Large Print
Author: Beverly Lewis
ISBN-13: 9780764201219
ISBN-10: 0764201212
Publication Date: 10/1/2005
Pages: 429
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
Large Print: Yes
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Helpful Score: 3
A very thoughtful story of a woman's struggle with her creative side and with her religion. Several enjoyable side stories are intertwined.
You will become so invested in the characters that by the end of the book you want to start immediately on the next book in the series in order to follow the developments in their lives.
This is the first book I have read by this author but I want to read more. I am very glad that a friend suggested this book to me.
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Helpful Score: 3
Part of the what's it like to explore the Amish series by Lewis. Interesting juxtaposition between the English and the AMish when a pen-pal comes to stay in the community. Glances at the advantages and disadvantages of the closed society built on Christian discipline.
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Helpful Score: 3
The Preacher's Daughter begins the captivating new series ANNIE'S PEOPLE and introduces an Amish community in Paradise, Pennsylvania-a
heavenly sounding place, but one that has seen it's share of heartache and mystery. A moving story of friendship, secrets, and love.
Excellent book from start to finish.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is the 1st of 3 in the series, "Annie's People". Beverly Lewis put so much dimension in her characters. If you liked her series, "The Heritage of Lancaster County", you will absolutely enjoy this book. There is suspense, friendship, loyalty and love mixed in throughout the story. I can't wait to read the 2nd in the series. GREAT READ!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Book One of Annie's People series. I loved this one just as much as all Lewis's work. So touching and innocent.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved reading about the Amish way of life and learning about their culture and religious practices.

The characters in this book are very well developed. It was a wonderful to contrast modern life with the simplicity of the Amish people.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the first book I read by Beverly Lewis and I'm heading out to get the next in this series immediately. I'm dying to find out what happens to the characters in the sequel!
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Helpful Score: 1
Wonderful Story, although the reader is left hanging about Annie's future (that's why there's two sequels, probably.) The book sets up a complicated situation and only explains one aspect. Great Read. Beverly Lewis at her best. From back cover: Annie Zook has a secret. It has already cost her her first beau. She will have to choose between the meaning of the secret and life with the Plain People.
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Helpful Score: 1
I give it 3.75 stars. I kept wanting to learn more about each character and could barely put the book down. Annie and Louisa have been penpals for quite a few years. They each have had bouts of broken relationships. They also have a love for art. Annie is Amish and can't seem to decide if she is ready to join the church or stick with her love for art. Louisa longs for a route away from the materialism of her family and the simplicity of what Annie has. She goes to meet her. They each long to find themselves. Also, there was a child that had gone missing 16 years earlier that seems to still be on the minds of many in the Amish village of Paradise. This book definitely is a good way to want me to read the rest of the series.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is very wholesome and thought provoking on the lives of the amish. It s well worth the read for anybody.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was the first of Beverly Lewis' books that I ever read. It is a very good read and left me wanting to explore more of this authors books which I have done and have been completely satisfied!!
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If you are yearning for a taste of the simple life this is the perfect trilogy for you! Beverly Lewis once again does a fantastic job of taking you into the heart of Amish Country. Not just from the point of view of a plain character, but also from the view of a fancy girl wanting to find inner peace. It isn't all just about tranquility as a mystery unwinds right before your reading mind!
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Helpful Score: 1
Once again Beverly Lewis has done it. This book also as a little mystey to it. Annie trys so hard to fit in and give up her secret. Can't wait to get the second book started.
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Wonderful new series! If you are a fan of Lewis you will love this new release!
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This is the first book in the Annie's People series and it keeps you wanting more! Can't wait to read on to the second book!
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At first, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I enjoyed the writing style. The i"creative lisence" nclusion of slang and somewhat poor grammar into the overall narrative (not just the dialog) gave the feel of the place and people of the story. Although many of the subjects and themes of the story were serious (wife and child abuse for one), the prose was warm and engaging. The characters were not to deep, but good and human. The conflicts faced by some of the characters seemed real.

The beginning page intregued me with an old mystery of a little boy who disappeared.

Then, years later, Annie, an Amish preacher's daughter with a talent for art begins a first-person account about her conflicts about wanting to paint, which was viewed as a sin in the conservative Amish community, causing her to hide her studio in a "English" friend's house, and wanting to please her family and her community. A visit by an "English" pen pal, an art instructor who is tired of her life that her wealthy family has arranged for her, including an arranged engagement and who wants some peace in her life, pushes the "art vs Amish rules" delima to a head.

Meanwhile, one of her best Amish girlfriends is finding out that her husband is a wife and child beater. (I could feel a bit of compassion for him occassionally. He was the older brother of the little boy who disappeared years ago, and his father blamed him for the tragedy. Unsolved issues and a need for healing...an understanding...but not an excuse!)

Everything pointed towards a decent, complex, perhaps thought-provoking story.

After the first chapter, the prose switched to third person.

But, towards the middle of the book, the homesy-folksy writing style was getting a bit tedious. The story itself seemed to be dragging.

But, the worse thing was that the major issue of the book was unsolved.

As a fine artist myself, I was drawn the the "art vs. sin" theme of the book. This issue was put on hold...or rather, "to be continued" in other books of this series. Annie promises her father to set aside her painting for six months in order not to be kicked out of her home and community. So, the art part of the story begins and ends with Annie's first-person struggles, which sandwiches the story with almost the same conflict beginning and end.

Oh, come on!

As for the old mystery of the missing child, well, the body was finally found, but, except for causing further problems for the disturbed husband/father mentioned earlier, causing his wife and children to flee, and Annie's father refusing to show him where they burried the remains (something I didn't understand at all. I cannot blame Zeke for being upset!), nothing was resolved (like, gee, who was the perprtrator?). There was no reason for the inclusion of this mystery.

Yes, I realize that this book is the beginning of a trilogy, by I hate it when authors do not finish the stories in their books. In other words, give me a stand-alone novel any day, whether or not it is part of a series. With unresolved issues and teasers, I, as a reader, feel cheated.
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A heartfelt read by the great Beverly Lewis!!
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How can Annie choose between her family and her desire to produce beautiful art? And how will she know if she is making the right choice?
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This is the first book in the "Annie's People" series. It is a book club edition.
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I can't imagine having to live in a world not being able to express myself the way Annie Zook has to live. Another wonderful story.
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Annie Zook wants to please her parents and her Plain community but she has a forbidden passion. When her English friend comes to visit she has to make some choices for her life.
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good book-easy reading
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Annie's People, my favorite series from Beverly Lewis.
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I loved Annie's People Series. It was very hard to put down.
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Takes place in an Amish community in PA... a very good story that focuses on love, faith, and friendship.
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another great book by Beverly Lewis..this is a first in a series and I also have the second book posted.This is Annie's People book #1.
An old order Amish story with a very interesting plot.Annie loves to draw and loves art but she must choose between art and her way of life...
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Great book! I can't wait to read the 2nd one.
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Four star rating
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Beverly Lewis has done it again - you get sucked right into this family - English girl meets Amish world - it is a wonderful start to a new series - can't wait for the next book!
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The first in a new series Annies People and introduces an Amish community in Paradise,Pennsylvania-a heavenly sounding place,but one that has seen it's share of heartache and mysterty.
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My favorite of Beverly Lewis' Amish series. Make sure you get the following books in the series ASAP or the wait to see what happens will kill you!
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Perfect start to another wonderful series by Beverly Lewis! Quick read!
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Great Amish prospective!!
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Another great Beverly Lewis book - make sure you read these in order. This is the first in the Annie's People series.
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Annie Zook, the only daughter of an Old Order Amish preacher, wants to please her parents and her Plain community, but a hidden passion stands in the way. Creating fine art is strictly forbidden by Annie's church distrct. Her secret has already cost her the affection of handsome Rudy Esh. She must choose between her art and the People.....the only life she knows. Louisa Stratford, Annie's longtime pen pal, is a modern Denverite who shares Annie's love of art. When Louisa escapes her own problems to go to Paradise for a taste of the simple life, will she nudge Annie closer to all she has known and loved...or tempt Annie to pursue her own dreams?
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A great book!
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wonderful book
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Loved it.
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Anne Zook, the only daughter of an old order amish preacher, wants to please her parents and her Plain community, but a hidden passion stands in the way. Creating fine art is strictly forbidden by Annie's church district, Her secret has already cost her the affection of handsome Rudy Esh. She must choose between her art and the people....the only life she knows..
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Good book!
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I've read a lot of series books and this time it is driving me nuts to wait for the next book in the line up. This is an awesome series!! You feel like a part of this family when you read this series.
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Great story, can hardly wait for the next books!
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Excellent book! The beginning of this trilogy will capture your heart as Lewis paints a sad picture of a young shunned amish woman.
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From the beloved author of the Amish series, comes this first in a new series called Annie's people. Annie Zook is an amish preachers daughter torn between her talent of creating fine art and the confines of her people's beliefs about what is proper.
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I am a huge fan of Beverly Lewis, but the first book in this series has so much abuse undertones that it wasn't as enjoyable as the others. I am sure it is a realistic Amish trend, but it did lessen its enjoyability. I will read on and hope for the best for the characters.
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Annie's People Book 1- A new series from The New York Times bestselling author of the ABRAM'S DAUGHTERS series! The Preachers Daughter begins a remarkable journey of heartache and homespun delighta series readers will find impossible to forget. Paradise, Pennsylvania, is likened to a little slice of heaven on earth...but for Annie Zookthe preachers eldest daughterit seems like a dead-end street. She is expected to join the Amish church, but at 20 she is "still deciding." Because of the strict rules that guide the Plain community, she must continually squelch her artistic passion, although it has become her solace. In her signature style, with character depth and unexpected plot twists, beloved novelist Beverly Lewis once again opens the door to the world of the Amish.--
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I give it 3 out of 5 stars
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Great love story
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I truly enjoyed this book as I did the other Beverly Lewis books regarding the Amish community. It give you a wonderful look into their lifestyle and beliefs as well as a great storyline. I didn't want to put the book down until I was finished..great read!
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Loved this book, finished in one night!
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loved it
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Wonderful reading. A "can't put it down book".
I would suggest having the 3-set on hand before starting the first one.
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This was a very interesting and informative book. I have always been fasinated by the Amish and this has answered a lot of my questions
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I'm a church librarian and my ladies love this author. This is just an extra copy we were given. I have not read this series.
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Really good book, very fascinating. Couldn't put it down once I started reading.
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Great read!
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Anothere great book Beverly Lewis is my favorite book writer leaves you feeling good
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I really liked this book.
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I loved this book! Of course, I love all of Beverly Lewis' Amish books!
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My first read of Beverly Lewis. Oh so wonderful.
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Fun Read
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Its about friendship and the Amish community.
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I NEVER READ THIS AUTHOR TILL I GOT HOOKED ON THIS SWAP,NOW I'M HOOKED ON THIS AUTHOR,IF YOU HAVEN'T READ HER WORK,YOUR REALLY DOING YOURSELF A DISSERVICE.