The Covenant - Abram's Daughters, Bk 1 Author:Beverly Lewis Years of secrecy bind the tiny community of Gobbler's Knob together more than the present inhabitants know, and the Plain folk who farm the land rarely interact with the fancy locals. So when Sadie is beguiled by a dark-haired English boy, it is Sadie's younger sister, Leah, who suffers from her sister's shameful loss of innocence. A... more »nd what of Leah's sweetheart, Jonas Mast, sent to Ohio under the Bishop's command?
Drawn into an incomprehensible pact with her older sister, Leah finds her dreams spinning out of control, even as she clings desperately to the promises of God. The Covenant begins a powerful Lancaster portrait of the power of family and the miracle of hope.« less
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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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.
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.