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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprint edition (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210860
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Feb. 2010
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I loved this book! I've been interested in the Amish and their culture since I read Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth, and read Beverly Lewis' debut novel The Shunning (Heritage of Lancaster County)earlier this year. However, I felt a bit let down by Lewis' first novel - although it was compelling it was rather predictable and the character's didn't completely come to life for me. 'The Covenant', however, was very different and showed a vast improvement in Lewis' writing.
The story centres around an Amish family with four daughters. The youngest, twins, don't feature a lot in the story although I'm sure their own stories will become more important later in the series - Mary Ruth wants to be a schoolteacher although this is not allowed in her community, and Hannah wants to be able to express her creativity and individuality and seems quite shy. The older sisters, Sadie and Leah are very different. Leah helps her father on the farm and is quite the tomboy until she reaches her courting years and wants to become more womanly in order to please her husband - who she hopes will be her seconc cousin, Jonas, and not the boy next door whose farmland her father covets. However, her older sister is a constant worry to her. Sadie constantly sneaks out to meet an Englisch boy who will ultimately break her heart. Their parents and aunt also feature in the story. Her mother suddenly becomes pregnant again and their father interferes with Leah's courtship with Jonas. Their maiden aunt, Lizzie, apparently has a secret surrounding her teenage years, which I hope will be revealed in the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2013
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I enjoyed the contrast between the life within the Amish community and life on the outside played out in this book. I got quite involved with Sadie and her dilemma over the choice she needed to make between the two worlds. The consequences of her flirting with the outland were inevitable but the working out of it all were not. There are more than one story going on in this book, sometimes the threads of the story are clear and in other places we are left to deduce the subplot and draw our own conclusions from it. I was therefore saddened by the abrupt ending with so many threads left loose. I recognise that the author needed to do that in order to pick them up in the next book, but I would have hoped that there would have had some sort of reasonable ending for those readers who choose not to read the next books in the series. If you can cope with unresolved endings then this book is an excellent read, if you feel the need for everything to be tied up tightly, then either ensure that you have the follow on books to hand, or give this a miss
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By J.A on 12 Nov. 2013
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I read this on the Kindle

I enjoyed the book it has laid the foundation for the series when i was halfway i thought that it was taking a bit of time but by time i finished the book I wanted to read the next book

I am not sure if i like Abram I am also 2nd guessing as to what will happen & to see if i am right

Leah & Hannah 2 of the daughters have come across as very nice

The one thing i will say this starts in 1946 but as you read you never know i guess being Amish the way they live has not really changed so you don't really notice the era as being in the late forties it only when you reading & a date on a letter or something that you know the time era

I have already started the 2nd book & have the other books which is 3-5
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I've read many of Beverly Lewis' books and I love them all, but especially this one. I grew up among the Amish in south central Pennsylvania and this book took me back to my roots, sparking many memories from my childhood. The characterization of the Amish and their interaction (or lack thereof) with the Englisch is quite accurate as well as the portrayal of their insular communities. Some may think that the book ends abruptly and without a satisfactory conclusion, but taken as the first in an excellent series it is appropriate to leave some loose threads.
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By Mrs W. on 2 Mar. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It gave great insights into the Amish culture and drew you in to all the characters. However I was shocked at the abrupt ending. I was enjoying the different threads of the story lines and then it ended. I have already downloaded the second book but I do still feel slightly cheated. A book should stand alone even if it part of a series. This book did stand on its own right up until the last page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Feb. 2015
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Very good indeed but you have to be interested in the Amish culture and the Christian life in general.
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By jessie on 16 Dec. 2012
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I enjoyed reading this but found the ending left me hanging and a bit lacking in a good conclusion.
It gave a good insight into the Amish community. Having read another book recently about this subject made it more concrete for me and gave me more facts than the other book. This was what I would call a 'nice' book but lacked passionate characters.
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By Maria on 8 April 2015
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I really enjoyed this book and I have already purchased the next in the series. It was good to see how a simple life lived near to God can be so fulfilling. Sadie's yearning for a different way and her curiosity about things outside the community only led to her dissatisfaction and ultimate unhappiness - certainly the grass is not always greener.
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