Title: The Covenant (Book #1 – Abram’s Daughters)
Author: Beverly Lewis
Length: 320 pages
Ehhh…. kind of slow-paced
Ever since I first learned about the Amish community, I have been fascinated. Pair this with the fact that, for some reason or another, the covers of the Abram’s Daughters have always been appealing to me. And, as I’ve mentioned in the past, I am guilty of judging books by their covers. So, on my last trip to the library, I wanted to pick out a book in addition to The Stepford Wives and stumbled across the first book in the series!
Book 1 of Abram’s Daughters series from bestselling author Beverly Lewis. Years of secrecy bind the tiny community of Gobbler’s Knob together more than the present inhabitants know, and the Plain folk who farm the land rarely interact with the fancy locals. So when Sadie is beguiled by a dark-haired English boy, it is Sadie’s younger sister, Leah, who suffers from her sister’s shameful loss of innocence. And what of Leah’s sweetheart, Jonas Mast, sent to Ohio under the Bishop’s command? Drawn into an incomprehensible pact with her older sister, Leah finds her dreams spinning out of control, even as she clings desperately to the promises of God. The Covenant begins a powerful Lancaster portrait of the power of family and the miracle of hope.
First, I will say that I am both proud and happy that I powered through this book to the end. The story is very slow-paced and the majority of the first 150 pages or so feel more like a lesson on the daily lives of the Amish more-so than the beginning of a riveting fictional tale. But, as I said, I’m fascinated by Amish culture and was determined to not abandon this book halfway through.
My perseverance paid off the closer I neared the end – the pace picked up, MAJOR drama unfolded, and there was even a little bit of romance sprinkled in there. The story leaves off at the perfect time for leaving the reader wanting to leap into the second installment. Yes, in fact, the last half of the book makes you forget just how slow the beginning was. THAT much happens.
While I will hold off a few months or so before getting started on the second book, I’ll definitely give it a try. I foresee enjoying it, especially if the pace mirrors the second half of The Covenant and not the first half.
The Covenant on Amazon.