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Summary

In the quiet Amish community of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania, time has stood still while cherished traditions and heartfelt beliefs have flourished. But a secret lies buried that could shatter the tranquility its inhabitants have grown to love.

When Katie Lapp stumbles upon a satin infant gown in the dusty leather trunk of her parents' attic, she knows it holds a story she must discover. Why else would her Amish mother, a plain and simple woman who embraces the Old Order laws, hide the beautiful baby dress in the attic?

On the eve of Katie's wedding to widower Bishop John, startling news staggers out of her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie for the devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain and a future of hope.

The Shunning is the first book in a triology that recreates the simple life of the Amish. Its themes of hope and reconciliation show us that even when we think we are far away, God's love is always present.

©1997 Beverly Lewis (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Caryl
  • 25-11-09

Easy read pulls you in enough

to feel comfortable with reading the next in the series. Ms Lewis is a fine writer. The "Christian" aspect of it is not overwhelming.

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  • Marcheta
  • 26-09-09

Underwhelming

Just not for me. Story moved so slowly that I put my iPod on fast speed. The characters felt very two-dimensional to me. And the ending was very unsatisfying. I won't be reading any more of these.

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  • Paula
  • 02-03-06

Paula from Mississippi

I enjoyed listening to this book although it was fairly predictible. When I got book 2 at the library it just was too light for me. I have no interest now in listening to the others.

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  • L. Jarrett
  • 16-01-06

The Shunning

The Shunning brings to light a very traumatic experience for anyone living the Amish way of life who is not prepared to walk the line laid down by teachings from generation to generation. A story of love, faith and being torn between doing what is expected and being true to oneselves inner calling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-10-21

A good audiobook & listen.

This book kept me engaged. I have to say that there were so many things that I didn't know about the Amish. Well written & beautifully narrated.

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  • N
  • 02-10-21

if bubble gum was literature ...

If bubble gum was literature it would be more complicated than this.

The reader was great. Without her, this story would be impossible.

It's predictable and literal and ends with the obvious.

A single hand drawn line has more depth.

These characters are obsessed with minute to the point of ridiculous toxicity.

I was hoping that it would be so bad that it was funny...but it's not clever enough to be that terrible.

It's not actually terrible. it's more like the stray sock you found just after misplacing it's mate.

It's frustratingly benign.

Perfectly reasonable for listening to in traffic.

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  • Mary Schafer
  • 24-07-22

Great read!

It’s a wonderful story. I do hope that there will be a sequel to finish the story as I feel that Katie’s story is unfinished. Thank you

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  • Sinthea
  • 07-06-22

I’m not sure why I read this

I wasn’t sure why I picked this book to read. Definitely something I don’t normally choose but to my surprise I actually really enjoyed it! Great story

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  • firstlady591
  • 24-05-22

The scandal!

I loved it! Who knew that plain folk could be so dramatic! It’s all “How the Holler Turns” over there! Yikes!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-22

The Shunning

I enjoyed this book. The narration was good. However, I felt the ending was unfinished. I feel it left me with many unanswered questions. There that immediately come to mind then for fear of spoiling the k for the next reader.