Covenant, The

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Baker Publishing Group, Sep 1, 2002 - Fiction - 318 pages
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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.

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I lvoed the book. It was so interesting reading about Amish customs and lifestyle. The book capivated my attention and it was hard to put down. The characters came to life and so did thir feelings. It was very well written. I will read more ov Beverly Lewis books because I enjoyed this one so much Read full review

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AMAZZIIINGGG book! I love it! It is so good! Ok, it's about amish people and how they live and stuff. And there's 4 sisters, Sadie, Leah, Hannah, and Mary Ruth who are twins. Leah was always "daddie's girl" because she always helped him outside with the animals and the "men's work" because he didn't have any sons. It was Sadie's rumschpringe (however you spelll that word) and she goes to some place and this guy Derry falls in love with her. So almost every night she sneaks out to see him, and Leah's very worried for her. Then Sadie gets pregnant but she doesn't tell him. Derry sends her a letter that he's going to the army and they can't be together any more and Sadie gets really upset and starts crying. Then she goes to Derry's house and his dad is the Doctor. He says that Derry's not home, so Sadie said she would wait for him on the porch steps. When he comes home he's mad that she's there and she tells him that she's pregnant and he gets freaked out. Sadie runs away and he goes after her and he says someone should adopt the baby, well and then they really really don't like each other. Then she just keeps the secret, and she's always feeling "under the weather", and her family wonder what's wrong with her. Aunt Lizzie is Ida's (the mom's)sister and she never got married, and she lives in a little house near the Ebersols. And she comes over a lot to help with chores and for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And then one day Sadie decided to tell Leah that she was pregnant, and then both of them were like......... yea. Leah and her were always best friends until recently because she fell in love with an "Englischer". She made her promise not to tell anyone. Then her mom tells them that she's pregnant too, and Sadie is like.......... again. And when she's 7 months pregnant, she was about to give birth to it and she felt really bad. It was night when everyone was going to sleep so Leah went and told her mom that they were going over to Aunt Lizzie's to sleepover, and then they went there. Leah got the horse and ran (riding on the back, which was against their law) to get the doctor. Then they came back and the doctor recognized that it was the girl who wanted to talk to Derry, and he was thinking that he's about to deliver his own grandson. And then the baby was born, but it was dead. The doctor took it with him, and then the baby boy came alive. So the doctor hurried to the hospital place and put the premature baby in this special thing. Sadie never knew that he was alive and she was so sad. She walked around all the time barely talking and crying a lot. Then Ida's baby was born, and everyone was happy except Sadie. Lydian reminded her of her little boy that was born dead. And when Ida told her to look after her Sadie ran away. And when Ida held her out for Sadie to take, she backed away. This whole time Lea and Jonas were courting. They were in love with each other since they were 10 and 13. And they were going to marry each other. Abram (the 5 girls dad) didn't want Leah to marry Jonas, but Gideon Peachy. And he got some guy in Ohio to offer Jonas to be his apprentice to be a carpenter. And Jonas really wanted to be a carpenter. So he went and he asked Leah to go with him, but she thought she should better stay and help Sadie because she and Aunt Lizzie were the only ones who knew about the whole thing. A while before that Leah decided she wanted to learn women's work, like cooking, baking, and sewing, and stuff like that. Mary Ruth started working for some English people, she didn't think her dad would let her, but Aunt Lizzie said she will take care of it. And he let her. Leah and Jonas always wrote letters to each other. IT'S A REALLY GOOD BOOK! I LUV IT! :) 


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Beverly Lewis was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. She fondly recalls her growing-up years, and due to a keen interest in her mother's Plain family heritage, many of Beverly's books are set in Lancaster County.

A former schoolteacher, Bev is a member of The National League of American Pen Women—the Pikes Peak Branch—and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her bestselling books are among the C.S. Lewis Noteworthy List Books, and both The Postcard and Annika's Secret Wish have received Silver Angel Awards. Bev and her husband have three children and make their home in Colorado.

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