The Betrayal Mass Market Paperback – Jun 15 2007
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From the Back Cover
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 and her beloved Jonas Mast are separated by hundreds of miles after he accepts an apprenticeship in Ohio. They are confident their love is strong enough to survive the separation, but more than time and distance are conspiring to keep them apart. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 11 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The plot is worthy of Jane Austen -- seemingly not much happens, and yet a great deal happens, particularly given that women in this culture have their choice of very little except whether they choose to remain within the community by being baptized and then who (among the Amish) they marry. The main character, Leah, plans to be baptized and then marry her sweetheart Jonah, despite the fact that her father would prefer she marry another young man he has in mind. The only thing really troubling her (besides her sweetheart's temporary absence -- he's off learning carpentry) is her sister's explosive secret, which she has promised to keep from their parents. How can she be baptized with such a troubled conscience -- concealing something so important. Is it right to keep her word or break it? Meanwhile, her sister is trying to come to terms with this secret herself, in her own interior struggle.
If I had any complaints, it would be that the pace of the book is slow -- perhaps as slow as the lives of the plain Amish compared to the fancy English around them, the difference between driving a horse and buggy compared to driving a car. Still, the book was quite compelling and I can hardly wait to read the next volume in the series.
As the story opens, Sadie and Leah are both dealing with the continued fallout of Sadie's irresponsible behavior during "rumschpringe," a period of time in which young Amish people are given the freedom to explore the outside world to determine whether or not they want to be baptized and commit their lives to the "Plain" way of life. Sadie's downward spiral is chronicled in THE COVENANT, and it's clear her descent is not complete, as anger and sadness eat away at her in THE BETRAYAL.
"After their private talk Sadie had gone inside and created a fuss, all because Mamma had suggested Sadie take herself upstairs and lie down. 'You look so hot in the face,' Mamma had said sweetly, offering a concerned smile, no doubt noticing Sadie's swollen eyes.
'I'm all right, really,' Sadie replied.
'Just thought a rest might do you good.'
Then Sadie burst out crying. 'I'll go out to the pasture if you say to --- coax all the cows home for milking --- do Leah's chores, but I won't be resting!'
Both Hannah and Mamma gasped, though Mamma the louder. 'Such foolish words, Sadie dear. Time you behaved like a baptized church member ... and bite your tongue.'
Sadie brushed her tears away, standing there silent now.
'You best go to your room,' Mamma insisted.Read more ›
From the very begining I could not put this book down. I have never had the delight of reading about the Amish, and I have to say this story made me feel I was right there next to each character as the events took place.
The emotions in The Betrayal are very high, I would be happy and then the next chapter so sad as Leah was I wanted to cry with her. This story also makes you think of your own life, may it be Amish or not, I guess its because its a story of life, growing up, and first loves.
For those christians, practicing or not, this story has a huge spiritual journy behind it. When reading The Betrayal I was going though a hard time with my family, with the insperation this story left me with, I found the strength to realize it all happens for a reason, and God knows that reason. All one has to do is look for the good and move on through the hard times, because in the end it will work out and you will be happier then you could have ever imagined, which is what I believe will happen to Leah in her journy through life and love.
Most recent customer reviews
Loving this series. The second book in the Abrahm's daughters series. The ending leaves you wanting more so I look forward to reading on in this series of 5 books I believe.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have the series so I was happy when I came across The Betrayal. I wanted to continue reading about Sadie. I feel like I am right there inside the book(s). Read morePublished on April 23 2013 by LUCIEL J OATWAY
I love Beverly Lewis' books. However, this series on Abram's daughters is amazing. Once again, Mrs. Lewis paints a wonderful world, very much like our own, through her beautiful... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by Gladys S. Guerrero
"The Betrayal" picks up right where "The Covenant" left off and has all the characters I fell in love with in the first book. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004
For anyone looking for good, simple writing, this book is for you! Mrs. Lewis does an excellent job presenting us with the Amish community. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Rebecca
I loved this 2nd book. All thru book 1, I wondered if Sadie or LEah was Lizzie's daughter. Now, I'm wondering who her father is? Maybe Dr. Henry Schwartz? Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Kyra
Having read THE COVENANT, I've been looking forward to reading THE BETRAYAL which is the second book in the Abram's Daughters stories. This book was well worth the wait. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by Judith Miller