The Covenant

The Covenant

Book - 2002
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Sisters Leah and Sadie Ebersol are close, but not alike. Leah loves working obediently by her father's side. Sadie is interested only in Derry, a boy from the outside world. While Sadie is testing her loyalty to her parents, Leah wonders if she can accept the man her father has chosen to be her husband.
Publisher: Bloomington, MN : Bethany House Publishers, c2002.
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ISBN: 9780764227172
0764227173
9780764223303
0764223305
Call Number: LEWIS
Characteristics: p.
Subjects: Religious fiction.
Lancaster County (Pa.) -- Fiction.
Amish -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.

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DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

This is definitely not my usual cup of tea, but I've been trying new genres lately. I'm not usually into the historical romance, or the Christian romance, type books. Or any kind of romance, to be honest. When it comes to romance and relationships, I'm pretty much your standard stick-in-the-mud, grumpy-old-man kind of guy. But for what this is, it's pretty good. I'm not saying this book caused me to reevaluate my anti-romance stance, but it was a fairly pleasant read.
Things I enjoyed: the glimpse into Amish culture, especially post-WWII Amish culture. The little bits of Old-style Pennsylvania Dutch language. Aunt Lizzie. The way the book changes point of view between characters, but makes it clear which character you're reading about. The way that the Amish characters recognized that their religious way-of-life was not for everyone - while they kept themselves separate from the "English", they didn't judge them for following a different path. In fact, that's another thing I liked about the book in general - it has a religious theme (and is published by a Christian publishing company, Bethany House), but it's not preachy.
Things I didn't enjoy: the bits told from the doctor's (Derry's father's) point of view. These felt like they were written by a completely different person. The dialog in these sections was stilted and stiff. The fact that several plot lines are left unresolved. I should have thought of the fact that this is the first book in a series of books about the same family. Hopefully the following books cover what happens with Leah and her beau, and answer what happened with Lizzie, Ida and Abram in the past. I might be tempted to read another of these books just to find out!

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hopecovey
Aug 07, 2015

This book, the first in the Abram's Daughters series, is great! Don't stop with book #1 - the next books get even better!

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70greengirl
Aug 23, 2011

I've been fascinated with the Amish for some time. I like reading historical fiction to try to understand everyday life long ago. The Amish bring times past into the modern day world. I'm so interested in how their culture functions and how they have managed to keep to their old traditions. I enjoy reading about a group of people who enjoy cooking, canning, and making useful and functional “art” like the many quilts and rugs etc that are made working together and how the community pulls together in raising a whole barn in a weekend! This is an excellent story that helps to explain some of Amish life and traditions the good with the bad.

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Aug 07, 2015

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Abram Ebersol and wife, Ida, and their four daughters; Sadie, Leah, Hannah and Mary Ruth, are living in a cloistered Amish Lancaster County community. Trouble brews when teenage Sadie and Leah begin summer courting.

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