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 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.
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.