The Covenant (Abram's Daughters) (Volume 1)

by Beverly Lewis

Paperback, 2012

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Bethany House Publishers (2012), Edition: Repackaged ed., 318 pages

Description

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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member readercat419
I picked this book up at a thrift store because i thought it looked interesting. It sat on my book shelf for almost a year, until I started going through my books looking for something good to read. By the time i got through the first few pages, I was hooked. I read this book nonstop when i had the chance, and finished it in just over a day. The drama that occurs in this book is very taboo, which makes it an even better read. I live in Pennsylvania and have always interacted with Amish. I am fascinated by their lifestyle, and Beverly Lewis gave me a chance to understand some of how Amish live on a daily basis. After I finished The Covenant, I ran to the nearest bookstore and bought the next book in the series, which is The Betrayal. That is how it was every other night or so when I would finish the next book, I would be so deeply into the lives of these characters that I simply couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The Covenant is easily nbhone of the best books that I have ever read.… (more)
LibraryThing member KnottyCarla
Loved it! Couldn't put it down. My heart went out to the girls. Started on the second book right after I finnished book 1 - I needed to know how the girls were coping. I felt as though I was with them on their farm and at one with their grief.
LibraryThing member angela1984
This book is outside the realm of the types of books I usually read, but it is a very good book, nonetheless! It transports me into a world and belief system very different from my own, which is very relaxing. While this book has quite a bit of spirituality blended in, it is mainly a story about love and family.
LibraryThing member sdbookhound
Beverly Lewis does not disappoint with this first installment in the Abram's Daughters series. Although it is similar to other writers of this type of Christian fiction, Beverly Lewis' books are just a cut above the rest. I enjoyed this book as well as the rest of the series very much.
LibraryThing member bookishjoxer
I thought this book was well written. Reading about an Amish Family (A very Traditional one at that) was interesting. Learning a little about their lives and what they do is sort of neat.
LibraryThing member campmom
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
LibraryThing member mldeheus
A simple book about four sisters growing up in a Amish family and what happens when the older sister steps outside the rules of her Amish faith.
LibraryThing member Kimmyd76
Very good book! Leaves you wanting more, will be reading the rest of the series soon!
LibraryThing member ToniFGMAMTC
There are secrets and dramas happening even in the places you wouldn't expect it. I was pretty interested in the goings on with the girls. This book is fairly short and only the beginning. I'd like to read the next book at some point to find out what happens.
LibraryThing member klburnside
I was not aware of the Amish fiction genre until I kept seeing these books at the library with women with bonnets on the cover. I decided to give one a try. I liked it more than I thought I would, maybe even enough to read the next in the series. It was nice to read a book that was so linear and straightforward and just told a story where nothing was too complicated.… (more)
LibraryThing member ToniFGMAMTC
There are secrets and dramas happening even in the places you wouldn't expect it. I was pretty interested in the goings on with the girls. This book is fairly short and only the beginning. I'd like to read the next book at some point to find out what happens.
LibraryThing member Maydacat
Though deeply religious and acting in accordance with their faith, the Amish aren’t immune to the failings of all people. Keeping secrets, giving into temptations, lying, and more creep into Amish life. The first book of this series sets up some pretty awful happenings. The writing is quite good, and characters and plot develop at a good pace. The ending will lead you right into the next installment, so be sure you have it handy, because you won’t want to stop with the first novel.… (more)
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
Apparently I have read this book once before even though the site I usually review first on did not have it listed--which means I either read it before I started keeping an online bookshelf or it was one that didn't transfer over when Shelfari was closing and I made a file to transfer.

I suspected early on in my reading that I'd read the book before, but when I checked it wasn't listed, but I know too many of the plot points before they occur so . . .

Abram and Ida Ebersol have only daughters. This book is set around the time of World War II.

Sadie, the oldest daughter, is in her "running around" period and is very drawn to a boy outside the Anabaptist faith. I don't think he cares for her as much as she cares for him though--I think he was just using her innocence or ignorance to get what he wanted. At least at this time. I also don't like that Sadie went through with joining the church just to please her parents, with no intent at the time of living up to the vows she was making.

Leah, the next oldest daughter, is just coming into the age of "running around". Her life is complicated by several factors: 1) her family has treated her like the "boy" of the family so she is much more familiar with outdoor chores than womanly things like cooking and sewing, 2) her father has arranged a marriage with the Smithy's son (but Leah prefers another boy), 3) Her best friend being the Smithy's daughter (who would like nothing more than to have Leah as a sister-in-law), and 4) her sister Sadie's secrets.
… (more)
LibraryThing member chrirob
Leah has always been the son that Abram and Ida Ebersol never had. She has always helped her father with running the farm and caring for the livestock. But as she nears 16, she will be allowed to attend social gatherings with the other young members of her Amish community and she begins to yearn for more than farming duties. Sadie is the eldest Ebersol daughter and is already socializing with the boys, perhaps more than she should. But when Sadie begins meeting a young man in the woods, whose identity and existence is kept a secret from her family, she may be in danger of loosing her heart and her home. As Sadie continues along her dangerous path, Leah is discovering hers...but neither of them expects the path to be so rocky and winding.

This is book 1 of the Abraham’s Daughters series. It was very good and I am about to pick up book 2 of 5. It will be interesting to see what is in store for the five Ebersol daughters.
… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2002

Physical description

8.4 inches

ISBN

9780764210860

Similar in this library

Page: 0.2331 seconds