From back of book -
The dramatic sequel to the bestselling The Shunning!
Katie Lapp\'s identity had been shattered the moment she found the satin baby dress in the attic of her parents\' Amish home. Painfully torn from her close-knot community in the frightening ordeal called the shunning, Katie - now Katherine Mayfield - sets out to find the ailing birth mother she has never known.
Her journey takes her to the peaceful home of Lydia Miller, Where electric lights and telephones set Katherine\'s mind whirling with \"fancy\" things, and on to the elaborate Bennett estate in the Finger Lakes region of New York. There she stumbles into a world of compassion and greed, mercy, and betrayal - where the plain garb of the Amish is misused to disguise an evil conspiracy.
Shunned from her home and alone in a world of strangers, Katherine Mayfield longs only for the gentle embrace of the woman she hopes to call Mother.
I actually finished this book in one day! Oh its so wonderful! I love this series
I really enjoyed this sequel to The Shunning.
This is the second book in the "Heritage of Lancaster County" trilogy by Beverly Lewis, and it's a good companion to the first book. We find that Katie Lapp is now calling herself Katherine Mayfield since that was her birth name. She has to learn how to make her way in the "fancy" world since she has been shunning from the Amish community and isn't allowed to contact her friends and loved ones. She is determined to find her birth mother and create a new family connection before it's too late (she does know from the last book that her birth mother is dying). However, connecting with her birth mother, Laura Mayfield-Bennett won't be easy since another Katie Lapp has already taken up residence at the Bennett estate. What will Katherine do? Meanwhile, as noted at the end of the first book, Katherine's first love, Daniel is found alive and well and has returned to the Amish community to find her and possibly face his own shunning for his long absence.
This book fits in well with the first book and is a fast, enjoyable read. Yes, it is a bit predictable, but in a "feel-good-by-comforting-yourself-by-eating-a-pint-of-ice-cream-but-minus-all-the-calories" kind of way. It's a great read for one of those days where you just want to escape into something a little simpler.
I saw the made for tv movie of the 1st book in this series. I liked it a lot and just HAD to order books 2 and 3 to find out the rest of the story. Katie Lapp is just as endearing here in this 2nd book. You feel for her and just want to help her set things right. Also, I loved how the second book is consistent with the storyline of the first. A very enjoyable read. I couldn't put it down. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that I found myself enveloped by the story and became happy, sad, worried, and angry where necessary. Get it today!
Very good book as always from Beverly Lewis. Have loaned the book to others locally.