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This re-release of Beverley Lewis's classic entry-novel into the Amish world of romantic Lancaster County gives you a new opportunity to enjoy the beginning of the 5 part ‘Abram’s Daughters’ saga, and an ideal gift opportunity: to introduce another to the joys, passions and heart aches of love and faith in this unique Old Order community.
In this, a stirring coming of age story, Sadie is the oldest in a family of 4 young Amish girls living in Lancaster County, Philadelphia. She wants to test the boundaries of her freedom – something she is allowed to do from 16 until they make their covenant with the church and the way of life of the “plain” people. But Sadie falls in love with a boy outside of the Amish society. Now she, her family and the community face a dilemma: will she choose this young man and forsake her family and all she knows? Or will she listen to her younger sister, Leah, urging Sadie to forget the “English” boy because she doesn’t want any shame to fall on her family, because her own courting days are close?
Featuring an updated cover, this fresh new-look of 'The Covenant' unveils the deep rooted traditions of the Amish life through the eyes of Leah and Sadie. Leah, who relishes her life in the Amish community and her sister Sadie who looks set to leave for the outside world. Leah must hold onto her faith and the promises of God as she faces difficult decisions. The Covenant follows Leah and Sadie Ebersol and their experiences as courting-aged sisters within an Amish community called Gobbler's Knob. Leah has everything she needs at Gobblers Knob, but her comfortable lifestyle starts to unravel when she agrees to a risky pact with her sister Sadie. Beverly Lewis' ‘The Covenant is a critically acclaimed Amish romantic fiction novel that won the 2006 ECPA Gold Award and has sold more than half a million copies.
The Covenant by Beverly Lewis was published by Baker in October 2012 and is our 20578th best seller. The ISBN for The Covenant is 9780764210860.
‘The Covenant’ is Beverley Lewis’ introduction to life, love and faith in fascinating world of Pennsylvania’s Amish community. First in the series of 5 novels of Sadie and Leah Abrams, this tale of love and loyalty tests the will of individuals against the traditions of a whole community, and proves the real strength that lies deep in people of faith.
"...Lewis is a master of eliciting empathy for characters caught in troubles of their own making.... The tension between [the Plain people] and the encroaching English world is palpable." - Library Journal
"Lewis' characters glow and her plot is brilliant." - Rendezvous
"...winsome and full of fascinating cultural detail." - Romantic Times
WHAT READERS SAY:
“‘The Covenant’ is Beverley Lewis’ introduction to life, love and faith in fascinating world of Pennsylvania’s Amish community. First in a series of 4 novels of Sadie and Leah Abram, this tale of love and loyalty tests the will of individuals against the traditions of a whole community and proves the real strength that lies deep in people of faith.”
“I found myself identifying with these young women from such a different culture and enjoyed the book very much. It was an interesting look at the Amish people and their way of life. The end of the book left me with questions on what happened to the girls, so I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.”
“The Covenant is my first Beverly Lewis novel, and I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. Set in the Lancaster County, PA "Dutch Country" area, the novel is the first in a series about four Amish sisters - Abram's Daughter's.”
“Beverly Lewis is an immensely sweet and realistic writer. She manages to portray Lancaster County in an attractive, but thankfully not syrupy, manner. Her characters are real people who have passions and worries, but still have floors to sweep and cows to milk.”
“The Covenant is steadily paced, but not at all fast. It feels like a leisurely walk down the beach with a good friend. The story provides for satisfying moments, but as the beginning of the series, does not wrap things up in a neat package.”
“I found very human characters with very good hearts and intentions struggling with teenagers, freedom, dreams, work, expectations and love. Although the Amish choose to live differently than we do, we are all tied together whether "plain" or "worldy" in simply being human.”
“The entire Abram's Daughters series is phenomenal. The characters are well developed, the story is intriguing, and themes will touch your heart. The entire series spans about 20 years. In this first book, the Amish daughters are relatively young and the two oldest, Leah and Sadie, are around courting age.”
Born Beverly Marie Jones, the author retains a keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage Amish and Mennonite roots. Appearing regularly as a New York Times bestselling author, now with over eighty books to her name, Beverley began writing short stories and poetry at 9 years old. A former schoolteacher, and musician from the age of 5, much of her writing focuses on the life and community of the Old Order Amish. Beverley’s maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, was born into the Mennonite Church – the origin of the Amish strand in the Anabaptist tradition. Her father was a pastor in Lancaster, Pennsylvania - the heartland of the Pennsylvania Dutch community.
Growing up, Beverley was raised as, and continues to be, part of the Assemblies of God community before going away to study at their affiliated Evangel University, Missouri. Married to David Lewis, the couple have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren, and live in Colorado. Widely considered to be the originator and inspiration for the current wave of interest in Amish-related novels, her 1997 novel, The Shunning - an Amish based romance set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - was the year’s shock bestseller and has since sold more than a million copies.
For Beverley Lewis, the themes of her Amish novels strike a chord with her own family history and experience. One Amish-country newspaper declared Beverly's work to be "a primer on Lancaster County folklore," and offering "an insider's view of Amish life." With her re-release of her book ‘The Covenant’ for autumn 2012, Beverley takes her readers on a return journey of exploration into the romantic lives and loves of the Lancaster County Amish.
Abram's Daughters introduces you to an Old Order family whose way of life and faith is as timeless as their signature horse and buggy. Abram Ebersol expects the girls to carry on that heritage into the future, safe and secure in their cloistered Lancaster County community. But each chooses her own path.
1. THE COVENANT:
Experience the layers of deeply rooted Amish tradition as seen through the eyes of Leah and Sadie Ebersol, two courting-age sisters. The Amish community holds everything Leah has ever desired until a pact with her older sister, lured by the outside world, leaves her clinging to God's promises.
2. THE BETRAYAL:
When Sadie's traditional 'rumschpringe' ('running around' before embracing baptismal vows) goes terribly awry, sister Leah's life also may be forever altered by their secret pact. While the twins, Hannah and Mary Ruth, have their own distinct and hidden yearnings.
3. THE SACRIFICE:
Having suffered unthinkable betrayals, Leah has accepted her life helping her mother, Ida. But an unexpected family announcement brings unimaginable joy - as well as incredible sorrow. Leah is once again caught between the yearnings of her heart and responsibility for her family.
4. THE PRODIGAL:
An alarming secret brings to light a thorny, heartbreaking truth. Leah is required to make another difficult choice in this saga of love, deceit and webs of disgrace and redemption and the merciful threads that knit families together. But never would this family have expected the return of one more prodigal.
5. THE REVELATION:
Impulsive Jake Mast pines for his first love. But if he follows his brother Jonas back to Leah and Sadie, the girls will be forced to reveal their closely guarded secret - a secret with the power to split the Mast and Ebersol families even further apart, maybe forever.
The simplicity and stability of Amish life is a large component of The Covenant's popularity. The idyllic rural settings of Pennsylvania’s Dutch country invites escape from the tired trappings of modern life into a cleaner, simpler world. The certainty of a structured society that seems unchanged and unchanging has an attraction for those exhausted by the constant and increasing pace of change. Add to this the romance of Beverley Lewis writing and her genuinely human characters, and you're promised an enjoyable, charming and enriching literary experience.
|Author / Artist||Beverly Lewis|
|Publisher||Baker (October 2012)|
|Number of Pages||320|
|Page last updated||11th May 2014|