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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Covenant...Review

About the book:
Book 1 of Abram's Daughters series from bestselling 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. And 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.

I really enjoyed this book as I've always been fascinated with the Amish way of life. I liked the insights into the society: the courtship rituals; the close-knit community; the devotion to family and faith. The complete acceptance of secrecy was surprising. I am curious as to how true it is to the time and people.

The author's prose is simple and concise, but not at all awkward. She says what needs to be said with the same clear succinctness employed by the Plain people. An interesting book, and an easy read. The novel really has no complete ending; I assume it is to segue into the sequels. Definitely recommended.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 1/08

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4/5 Stars

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