Katie Lapp's identity had been shattered the moment she found the satin baby dress in the attic of her parents Amish home. Painfully torn from her close-knit community in the frightening ordeal called the shunning, Katie - now Katherine Mayfield - sets out to find the ailing birth mother she has never known. Her journey takes her to the peaceful home of Lydia Miller, where electric lights and telephones sets Katherine's mind whirling with "fancy" things, and on to the elaborate Bennett estate in the Finger Lakes region of New York. There she stumbles into a world of compassion and greed, mercy and betrayal - where the plain garb of the Amish is misused to disguise an evil conspiracy. Unknown to Katherine, her first love, Daniel, is taking appropriate steps to return to his Amish family - and to her. But their worlds may have drifted too far apart to bridge... Shunned from her home and alone in a world of strangers, Katherine Mayfield longs only for the gentle, loving embrace of the woman she hopes to call Mother.
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This book continues to follow the life of Katie Lapp. Katie, who has left her Amish community after being shunned for disobeying the Bishop, travels in search of her birth mother. When Katie travels to the home of her birth mother, Laura and her husband, Katie’s dreams begin to crumble.
As Laura struggles for her life, Katie struggles to reveal her true identity and derail the plan that Laura’s husband has laid.
Overall, I loved this book. Beverly Lewis’ writing captivates me. I never thought I’d enjoy reading a book that is plotted around a young Amish woman. So far, Lewis’ books are far from boring.
It takes off where the last book left it, Katie (now known as Katherine) is staying with some Mennonite relatives and is searching for her birth mother. She finds what she thinks is her mother only to encounter a rough time with her husband, Dylan Bennet who is waiting for his wife to die so he can inherit her wealth.
Katherine leaves her relatives and goes to her mother's house, only to find that another Katie Lapp has appeared there and has been welcomed as her mothers daughter. While she was debating going, Dylan had hired an actress to fool his wife by thinking the girl was her heir.
Katherine, unsure of what to do, takes a position as a maid at the household and hopes to get close to her mother. Being that her mother plans on announcing the inheritance at Christmas, the next day, time seems to run short for her. Especially when Dylan finds out who she really is.
It sounded like a promising sequel when I read the summary of it. However, the reality wasn't as promising. Lewis hurries the story along but its so boring and inconceivable (who would let a deception like that take place knowingly?) that I didn't have much patience with it and was glad it didn't take long to read.
While Lewis' writing is always pleasant and authentic, it just didn't make up for the story line.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was well written and a seamless continuation of the first book. It was able to grab my attention quickly. I read it so quickly that it blends with the last in the series more than it does any other series I have read. The characters and lifestyle are believable. The transition to the modern world was believable along with the pull to both worlds.