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Summary

In the quiet Amish community of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania, time has stood still while cherished traditions and heartfelt beliefs have flourished. But a secret lies buried that could shatter the tranquility its inhabitants have grown to love.

When Katie Lapp stumbles upon a satin infant gown in the dusty leather trunk of her parents' attic, she knows it holds a story she must discover. Why else would her Amish mother, a plain and simple woman who embraces the Old Order laws, hide the beautiful baby dress in the attic?

On the eve of Katie's wedding to widower Bishop John, startling news staggers out of her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie for the devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain and a future of hope.

The Shunning is the first book in a triology that recreates the simple life of the Amish. Its themes of hope and reconciliation show us that even when we think we are far away, God's love is always present.

©1997 Beverly Lewis (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Caryl
  • 25-11-09

Easy read pulls you in enough

to feel comfortable with reading the next in the series. Ms Lewis is a fine writer. The "Christian" aspect of it is not overwhelming.

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  • Marcheta
  • 26-09-09

Underwhelming

Just not for me. Story moved so slowly that I put my iPod on fast speed. The characters felt very two-dimensional to me. And the ending was very unsatisfying. I won't be reading any more of these.

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  • Paula
  • 02-03-06

Paula from Mississippi

I enjoyed listening to this book although it was fairly predictible. When I got book 2 at the library it just was too light for me. I have no interest now in listening to the others.

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  • L. Jarrett
  • 16-01-06

The Shunning

The Shunning brings to light a very traumatic experience for anyone living the Amish way of life who is not prepared to walk the line laid down by teachings from generation to generation. A story of love, faith and being torn between doing what is expected and being true to oneselves inner calling.

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  • Marilyn
  • 16-09-21

The Shunning

I do recommend this book and the writer kept me with it all way to the ending. Nothing negative at all. Very well done researching all the details needed to make accurate.

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  • Liberty Bell
  • 31-08-21

Too early to tell...

I enjoy the story enough to keep going but it feels like starting in the middle of a story. This is supposed to be book one but there is so much history eluded to that it doesn't feel like a first book. She is dealing with a lost love, an engagement, a new discovery, and a history of relationships you can only glimps the impact of. Her parents may be Amish but I've been around quite a few because my parents drive for many for a living, the ones near us would be more honest with their young, and their community. The daughter would not be the only one defying the church, her parents would certainly be undergoing a confession for all their sins. It's also very dated with 1980s and 1990s trends. So for all the hype around this series, the prolonged story, told over 3 books, really should be many more books in a series as some of Beverly Lewis's other series.

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  • Laura V
  • 12-08-21

Shallow, predictable

1. I didn't like the narrator. Too much sing-song.

2. I sometimes like YOung Adult novels, but not this one (I'm not sure if it's considered YA. The plot actually seemed more suited to Elementary school except for references to marriage and sex (nothing bodacious, just "purity" and "looks to devour" - but maybe today's elementary kids are more sophisticated than I was many many years ago). I learned very little. I didn't like or dislike any of the characters. I wasn't moved. I kept thinking the ending could redeem it. It's an interesting premise. The ending didn't redeem the book.

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  • Angela rose
  • 12-07-21

great story

absolutely loved it. I especially loved the plot twists. narrator was very easy to listen to and follow.

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  • Marlen Burrows
  • 29-04-21

love the storytelling

love the narrative and story telling . the story is well written and you really feel like you are part of the story.

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  • G. Joanne Largent
  • 17-02-20

Is there a sequel to this story? I hope so.

LOVED IT, BUT WISH IT HAD A HAPPIER ENDING.
IS THERE ANOTHER SEQUEL.
THANK YOU