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Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Betrayal, Abram's Daughters Book 2. Editorial Reviews Review "Beverly Lewis plucks readers' emotions like a virtuoso violinist. The powerful family saga of four Amish sisters whose way of life and faith in God are as enduring as Lancaster's signature horse and buggy. Or so it seems Leah Ebersol has no choice but to believe the worst.
Her older sister, Sadie, and Leah's beloved Jonas have betrayed her. Now, two years later, Leah finds herself on the verge of accepting another courting invitation.
But when tragedy befalls the Ebersols, Leah must again choose between her own happiness and her family. 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. Her stories have been published in eleven languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. See all Editorial Reviews.
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Please try again later. I was spellbound by this third book in the series "Abram's Daughters.
However, this book redeemed the series for me. I also don't dislike Leah nearly as much as I did in The Betrayal. The two deaths that occurred in The Sacrifice were not too shocking to me. There was forshadowing galore about the young people and the buggy racing. And I just "had a hunch" about the other person that died. I was waiting for Lizzie to somehow "make her way toward" Abram and maybe the two become a couple, but I have to remember: Wow, was she lukewarm about that, or what? I was rooting for them, though. He really seemed to replace her FAST.
Makes me wonder just how much true love there was for her Leah. I had heard here reviews that there wasn't anything re. Sadie in this Book 3, so I wasn't shocked. I didn't even expect as much as there was at the very end. The fact that the door remains open for Leah to find Jonas is not at all surprising and I would call it predictable but in a nice way. I remain concerned though, about Leah just substituting her own life and future children to raise her two younger siblings. I can just see her pouring out her entire soul and all her "good years" doing this, and in the end "have nothing".
I just feel like Abram expected too much of her, once again. I mean, Gideon and his eventual wife only moved as far away as Lizzie's cottage.! Again, I think Leah's "lack of" any real anger reaction is very atypical. I am definitely finishing the series, and am very happy that The Sacrifice left me feeling touched and intrigued, rather than so "ferhoodled" as I was after finishing The Betrayal. This review is for all 5 of the Abram's daughter's series.
This was a disappointment from Beverly Lewis, whose books I usually enjoy. I found this series to be like a soap opera. The cast of characters was too large, and hard to keep track of who's who. Almost everyone in the books were an antagonist to the main character, Leah. I understand a story needs some conflict to resolve, but it was not nice having the story be an entire conflict. There was no safe place to be, while facing conflict.
It was hard to find a character to associate with. Every time I tried, the character would just make decisions I would never make, etc.
All the families involved were totally dysfunctional. Stretching this story into 5 books was just too long. Many times I wanted to put the books down, but kept reading just to give a fair review having read it all. I would have to say the last book was the best, with captivating action that should have been presented in about the second book, without all the extra filler dysfunctional plot lines. One person found this helpful.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was actually the second time I've read this book.
I have read the whole series Abram's Daughters. This one was my least favorite of the series though mainly because there are some really sad events taking place in the story. She agrees to repent in front of the People after all these years. Leah is distraught and emotions from the past come back. When Sadie arrives, she tells Leah all the babies she birthed were stillborn.
Leah tells her all the changes and passings that happened at home. Also, Sadie never married Jonas! They had courted, but were only good friends. Sadie married another boy she was introduced to. He was the one killed. Sadie has no idea where Jonas is, only assuming he does carpentry maybe in Ohio. When Sadie and Leah realize the rumors were untrue, Leah realizes she can truly forgive Sadie. Gid is now Preacher Peachy, taking the place of Preacher Yoder who died. Even though Leah accepts the way her life turned out, two possible marriages a thing of the past, one can hope Leah and Jonas will be reunited someday??
One thing is true; Leah has been a good mother to Lydiann and Abe.
This powerful family saga features four Amish courting-age sisters growing up in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, beginning in the s. I've read only one other series, Annie's people, and I find this series frustrating because of the misunderstandings and the patience needed in order to live through all of the complications. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Sisters of Holmes County Omnibus. No trivia or quizzes yet.
Lydiann is growing into a girl like Leah. Abe seems to be a handful with his own opinions. Nov 11, Lola rated it liked it. Book 3 of "Abram's Daughters. Sadie left, never to return and was shunned. Her family could not even speak her name. Mary Ruth left to live with the Mennonite neighbors who were considered "Englishers. She hadn't been baptized so therefore was not shunned but not really welcome Book 3 of "Abram's Daughters. She hadn't been baptized so therefore was not shunned but not really welcome to visit at home by her father.
Then, while delivering a breech baby, Mother Ida, died. She gave birth to their only son, Abe. Leah remained at home to do that, giving up any chance to become married. Other interesting developments make me curious as to where book four will go. Dec 12, Brandi rated it really liked it. I am still enjoying Ms. Lewis's Abram's Daughters series, but it's starting to feel as if it's starting to drag a bit. I also groan every time the character of Mary Ruth turns up because unfortunately, she seems to be nothing more than a mere tool to dispense the author's religious rhetoric anymore.
Once is okay, twice even, but on and on and on of repeating the same dogma is getting a bit worn and awful redundant.
It's staring to feel like the author is harping more on her own religious rhetori I am still enjoying Ms. It's staring to feel like the author is harping more on her own religious rhetoric than on the actual story On a brighter side, I no longer have an inkling to think Sadie needs a good, swift kick, rather I feel Fannie Mast could benefit from a good swift kick to the fanny. I will continue on to "The Prodigal" even though the story is staring to drag. I am still interested enough to continue. Oct 25, Gail rated it liked it. This is only the second book I have read by Beverly Lewis.
If it had been the first, I wouldn't have read more. I thought it had too much sadness in it. I read for enjoyment not to be sad. I can understand some sadness but the book disappointed me. Jul 29, Julie Ruch rated it it was amazing Shelves: Christian Fiction Absolutely Heartbreaking Not since A Voice in the Wind have I read such a realistic fictional account of what it means to do as Jesus said, "Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.. I do not normally enjoy Christian fiction, the quality of the writing is so poor.
But this author, like Francine Rivers, is in Christian Fiction Absolutely Heartbreaking Not since A Voice in the Wind have I read such a realistic fictional account of what it means to do as Jesus said, "Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.. But this author, like Francine Rivers, is in a class of her own, every bit as good as the best of secular fiction. Also, see my review of the first book in the series for how this book differs from typical Amish fiction. The book is clean, although I still wouldn't recommend this series for teens due to the heavy subject matter.
The books must be read in order. My mom read this series before me and got very impatient with everyone having so many problems. As a mom of 3 young adults, I didn't think there were too many problems. Each child having their own struggles and different personalities that worry the parents, as well as the parents having their own problems, seems like what I live right now! Without saying too much, I missed knowing anything about Sadie and Jonas.
I imagine this was intentional by the author It made me anxious as every chapter I hoped it would be from one of their viewpoints and it wasn't. Of course, I am mad at Sadie so it's just as well I didn't know what she was up to. Mary Ellen and Hannah are growing up and have a much larger role in this book. I liked them and liked seeing more of them. I cannot imagine reading this series as independent books. I think you wouldn't enjoy the characters as much as you do when you read them all in order.
I don't want to give any spoilers. This one is just as good as the first two! This has become a very heart breaking story, especially poor Leah! Not only does she lose her beau but her dear mother as well! I was proud to see her step up and keep her promise to her mother to raise her young sister and baby brother. I was equally saddened to see her walk away from what could have been a happy life with Gid, even though she didn't love him the same way she loved Jonas.
I was beginning to wonder what had happened to Sadie when a lett This one is just as good as the first two! I was beginning to wonder what had happened to Sadie when a letter from her arrived from Indiana. I was with Leah and still angry at Sadie for her part in breaking up Leah and Jonas. I wish we would have known more of what happened to Sadie and Jonas, but hopefully we will find out more in the next two books. Nov 22, Diana C. Kobylak rated it it was amazing. This novel not only portrays Leah as a humble servant, willing to again sacrifice love for someone else, it also portrays her humanity and her inner struggles to accept her lot in life.
Leah makes things right with her prodigal sister, Sadie. She also forgives her repentant father over past wrongdoings. I rooted for the protagonist in this story. I am excited to continue reading the Prodigal as next in the series hoping for a glimmer of hope in the midst of all the hurt. Oct 11, Allison Sullivan rated it really liked it. This book was very good. I enjoyed the continuation of Leah, Hannah and Mary Ruth's stories among other characters in the book as well.
I enjoyed the homecoming of a missed character at the end. Beautiful story about love, mistakes, loss and believing in God's plan for your life. Really rough one to read. Then one bad thing after another Need a happy book after this one. Not sure if I want to read Book 4. Apr 14, Debbie rated it it was amazing. Beverly Lewis has done it again! Sacrifices for family such an interesting story.
Giving up your dreams can be achieved with the grace of God. This fabulous story just keeps getting better!! So glad the 4th in the series is already on my bookshelf!! Jul 15, Kori Gammon rated it liked it. I cried a few times during this book. So many sad things in their lives.
I admire the Amish for their work ethic and devotion to their religion and way of life. May 24, Tara rated it really liked it. May 26, Heather rated it it was amazing. Dec 31, Di Schlenk rated it really liked it. Dec 03, Pat Bettis rated it it was ok. Did not care for the way the story took a turn.
Apr 09, Kristin rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's safe to say, I am pretty well obsessed with this series. I cannot read fast enough! In the first half of this book two years has passed since Sadie left home. Jonas and Leah are no longer together and it is thought that he has settled down with Sadie who had betrayed her sister in the last book by stealing letters written to and from Jonas and deceiving him into thinking Leah is cheating on him.
Sadie and Jonas have both been shunned by the community so the family hasn't been able to hear from either of them personally. We learn that Ida is expecting again and word through the grapevine is that Sadie is as well. Ida longs to hear from her eldest girl and prays that she will eventually repent and come back to the fold. Feeling blessed beyond measure to finally know the truth of her real birth mother, who happens to be none other than her precious aunt Lizzie. Things finally seem to be falling into place for Leah. She finds herself being courted by Smithy Gid who has patiently waited for her for years.
He is so loving and attentive to her, and they speak of marriage until tragedy once again hits the Ebersol family. Leah must choose between the desires of her heart and doing what is right for her family. Hannah and Mary Ruth's storylines are futher developed in this book. Both are of courting age and each have found a beau. Mary Ruth still has a defiant streak about her and her relationship with her father, and community is put to the test when she must endure her own personal tragedy. This poor family just cannot find their footing. Every single time they get ahead it seems the rug is just pulled right out from under them.
However, there is hope still on the horizon as personal relationships are being forged with the Lord and hearts are being drawn to His love and salvation. Towards the end of this book we have a jump forward in time, years into the future. Leah is still fulfilling a vow she has taken, Hannah has found love and has married with children of her own. Mary Ruth is on better terms with her family but has decided to leave the Amish faith, having fully embraced her new found faith in Christ and has joined with a Mennonite church.
She even has a new beau and is fairing well in her new life.