The Brethren (Annie's People Series #3)

by Beverly Lewis

Paperback, 2006



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Bethany House Publishers (2006), Edition: 1st Edition., 352 pages

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Annie Zook, the Amish preacher's daughter, is caught between two worlds. Living with shunned friend Esther, Annie longs to return to her forbidden art and the idyllic days spent with Englisher Ben Martin, before her father ordered her never to see him again. Stunned when family secrets come to light, Ben determines to solve the mystery of his past. Will his future include Annie--or will the Brethren always stand between them?


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352 p.; 8.37 inches


0764201077 / 9780764201073

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LibraryThing member franoscar
The end of the trilogy. I found it disappointing in the context of the previous books. There was no mystery & no character development. The focus is on Christian fortitude. Ben turns into Isaac & his father reappears & repents, but not much on the why's and especially nothing on why Ben was
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LibraryThing member mrsjason
In the third book of the Annie's People series, The Brethren continues the story of Annie Zook and the people of the Amish community of Paradise. Annie has put away her paintings and is living with her friend Esther, who has been shunned for accepting Jesus and is worried about her husband Zeke who
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has accepted the responsibility of the death of his brother from long ago. Meanwhile Ben, the Englisher that stole Annie's heart, finds a secret about his past and goes back to Paradise to find answers. His discovery shakes up the entire community and brings new meaning to his and Annie's relationship.

I really liked this book yet I felt the book was a little rushed at the end. I want to know what will happen to Louisa and Sam in the future. Her story didn't move that much in this book. It was interesting to find out about Ben's past, yet it felt somewhat predictable once you found out he was adopted. I did finding out more about the culture and the customs of the people. It's very interesting that the Amish can live in modern America and still have a completely different society. I've enjoyed reading all of Beverly Lewis' Amish books and I had been waiting for the conclusion of this series. The Amish lifestyle has always fascinated me. They had been sadly brought into the limelight after the shooting a few months ago.

The thing that has always confused me about the Amish is what do they really believe in. After reading Lewis' books and especially this series, it seems that to have a personal relationship and admit that Jesus is your savior is considered vanity and grounds for being banned. They seem to only read from the Old Testament and even then only the bishops are allowed to really study it. Another series of Lewis' deals with a form of old medicine that can be considered as witchcraft. I understand most of their views about not conforming to the rest of the world and to keep life simple. What I don't understand is that it seems that the Amish are not really Christians if they don't believe in accepting Jesus into their lives.
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LibraryThing member GrannyNanny
Wonderful series! These books keep you going until the very end! Wonderful story!
LibraryThing member jennifer.a.mcgee
Nothing but praise for this series! It was one of the first series I had the pleasure of reading from this author and it just left me spellbound! I was always giving my mother-in-law grief for reading Amish novels, but boy did I change my mind! These are now some of the most treasured novels in my
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LibraryThing member punxsygal
While I felt the character of Annie was well developed in her struggles with acceptance of the strictness of the Amish faith and her own questioning nature, I find Ms. Lewis's writing to be a bit "lightweight".
LibraryThing member KimSalyers
love her books and this was a good book

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