The Shunning by Beverly Lewis

Shunning - Movie version“All her life she longed for the forbidden things, but will her dreams come at a price too dear to pay? Why would Katie Lapp’s mother, a plain and simple Amishwoman who embraces the Old Ways, hide a beautiful satin baby dress in the attic? The staggering answer comes to light on the eve of Katie’s wedding to widower Bishop John, throwing her life – present and future – into confusion.” 

This was one of the first Amish novels that I have ever read. I have a few friends, well cousins, that are huge fans of Beverly Lewis’ novels and have encouraged me to give her a chance. As most of you have seen on my blog so far, I am a history nerd. I love historical fiction books, basically anything historical, and since the Amish kind of live in historical times I thought that I would be a fan of novels about them. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy books about the Amish. I can’t say exactly why I’m not a fan of them but I know one of the reasons is that their culture and lifestyle confuses me. It’s a lot different from what I am use to and will most likely just take a little getting use to. As for the book itself, it was interesting. I completely understood, and rooted for, Katie. It is nice to have pretty things and be able to dream. Sometimes our dreams and hopes are just that, dreams and hopes. But sometimes they end up coming true and we get to live them. I was a little shocked at how they shunned her. It was something that I have never seen or heard of before. I can’t imagine not being able to talk to my family or friends when they are right in front of me. Not until right before I wrote this did I discover that this book is part of a trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County. Unfortunately, I do not own the next two books so until I buy them, or stop at my local library and borrow them, I will most likely not blog about them until then. In all this was an interesting read, very educational about the Amish community, and I would recommend reading it. I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

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