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The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County 3) [Paperback]

By Beverly Lewis (Author)
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Pages   283
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 1998
ISBN  1556618689  
EAN  9781556618680  

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The powerful conclusion to The Shunning and The Confession !

Katherine Mayfield, the new Mistress of Mayfield Manor, always dreamed of a fancy "English" life. But as the seasons pass, she finds herself grieving the loss of her Amish family and dearest friend, Mary Stolzfus. Shunned from the Plain life she once knew, Katherine finds solace in volunteer work with hospice patients¿a labor of love she hopes will bring honor to the memory of her birth mother.

Unknown to Katherine, her long-lost love, Daniel Fisher, is desperate to locate his "Sweetheart girl," only to be frustrated at nearly every turn. Meanwhile, she delights in the modern world¿once forbidden¿cherishing the attention of Justin Wirth, her handsome suitor.

Her childhood entwined with Daniel's, yet her present life far removed from Lancaster County, Katherine longs for the peace that reigned in her mother's heart. And once again, she is compelled to face the heritage of her past.

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More About Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis Beverly Lewis was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. She fondly recalls her growing-up years, and due to a keen interest in her mother's Plain family heritage, many of Beverly's books are set in Lancaster County.

A former schoolteacher, Bev is a member of The National League of American Pen Women—the Pikes Peak Branch—and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her bestselling books are among the C.S. Lewis Noteworthy List Books, and both The Postcard and Annika's Secret Wish have received Silver Angel Awards. Bev and her husband have three children and make their home in Colorado.

Beverly Lewis currently resides in the state of Colorado. Beverly Lewis was born in 1949.

Beverly Lewis has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Abram's Daughters
  2. Annie's People
  3. Courtship of Nellie Fisher
  4. Cul-de-Sac Kids (Paperback)
  5. Hallmark Channel
  6. Heritage of Lancaster County
  7. Home to Hickory Hollow
  8. Home to Hickory Hollow (Unnumbered)
  9. Rose Trilogy
  10. Seasons of Grace
  11. Summerhill Secrets (Audio)
  12. Summerhill Secrets (Paperback)

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Would Katie choose her inherited wealth, or go back to the Amish?  Aug 29, 2007
In this last book of the trilogy, Katie, or Katherine as she now calls herself has inherited her surrogate mother's wealth. Living in the huge estate in New York, she has servants waiting on her hand and foot. There's also Justin Wirth, Katie's new love.

But Katie really and truly isn't sure that this is for her. She finds new outlets to keep her busy. She volunteers at the hospice house, and meets many special people there. Especially a boy, Willie, who is slowly dying of brain cancer. She finds in this boy, and instant friendship.

Katie also starts a quilting club, the way her Amish folks at home had. Many of the women fall for it, and 2 of them are Amish themselves. They are trying to put a large quilt together for the Hospice Katie is working for, using it to hopefully donate a large sum of money for that cause and help others at the same time.

Jason Fisher, Katie's very first love who has not really died but disappeared for awhile, is coming after Katie there in her new home. But when he looks her up, there is a rude awakening to him, as Katie is very angry; not understanding how Jason could just pretend to have been dead all these years when he wasn't, and not coming back to her. She turns him away, and Jason goes away broken-hearted. It is not until later on that the two through circumstances back in Hickory Hollow, meet up again and maybe come to terms.

Mary Stolzfus, Katie's best friend is in love with the bishop John Beiler. They become romantically involved and eventually get married. Mary has always felt guilty that she took Katie's place with John there after Katie ran out on her wedding day with John. And she feels she must make peace with Katie over this matter. And moreso since she is also mother to John's five children. Katie had promised John's youngest son that she would be his new mommy, and when the wedding fell through, the boy was devastated.

Rebecca, whom I identify as Katie's real mom longs to see her daughter again. And they do find each other again later in the book. Her Amish dad, Samuel never does get over Katie's transgressions as far as he's concerned and never really speaks to his only daughter again. And there are several people in the Amish community that still feel this way.

Katie, through all of these new life ventures, between plain vs. fancy, discover really what the true God is, and where God wants her to be in her life. The conclusion I thought was a bit predictable, yet it seemed the way that things would turn out in the end.
Don't read this review if you don't want to know the ending!  May 21, 2007
The story itself wasn't that bad, but pretty much a typical romance formula. Young lovers run into problems, part, reunite... Of course this one had an Amish flavor, and I enjoyed reading the speech patterns. My main gripe with the series wasn't the story or it's predicatbility. It is that the story could have been told in a single book, or maybe 2, if the author had fleshed it out some.

(Here's the 'spoiler' part; for those who don't want to know the end...quit reading NOW!) Katie and Daniel do, of course, reunite, but it seemed the story dragged out forever before they got there! It seemed totally out of character for Katie to not see what was up with the stranger the first time the butler turned Daniel away. And for NO ONE to realize he was speaking of the REAL Katie Lapp, and not the imposter, was totally unbelievable! Then, when Katie finally DID meet Daniel, her reaction was NOT what I would expect from someone who'd been in love with his memory all those years. I'm not Amish, but Katie was, and I would think that at least some of the 'confession and forgiveness' thing would have rubbed off to the point that she could have accepted him as a friend, if not her mate.

Getting past that, for a 3 book series, the author left way too many things unanswered. Forget that the stepfather and imposter daughter were not prosecuted in the 2nd book. But what about Justin Wirth. Many times the author hinted at the idea that he may have been more interested in Katherine's money than Katherine. We never find out if he really loved her, or if he wanted to marry into her wealth as her 'step'father had marreid her biological mother. How does Katherine turn down his proposal and how does he react? Katie's mother attended her wedding, but what about her 'dat' and her brothers? Is she able to maintain a friendship with Mary, and how does the Bishop react?

As I said, the story itself wasn't really a BAD story...just incomplete, and way too long for the material covered.
All things are seen  Jan 19, 2007
I liked this one too.If you get this one,get all the rest.You will be hooked.Nadia Rehmani
amish life style  Jan 4, 2007
I fell in love with the Bev Lewis books and could not stop reading till I had finished this book.
Just wondering...  Jul 21, 2006
What was Justin Wirth's reaction to Katherine not marrying him? Again, the author seems to leave out important parts of the story because she does not know what to write. Was he angry, heartbroken?

Even though Katie had many friends at Mayfield Manor and out, like Natalie Judah, not to mention her handsome suitor, Justin Wirth, I still felt she felt somewhat solitary and isolated compared to the life she had led with the Amish, where there were always frolics and things to do and people to do it with. The Mormon Church is the same way. When I left it after five years, I felt so lonely because I was not used to being alone, it is so easy to make friends in the Mormon Church because everyone shares the same beliefs and that right there separates you from most of the rest of the world, thus making it hard to relate to anyone on the outside, so the only friends you have are Mormon, but after more than a year of "breaking away" (and I was lucky, because my family wasn't Mormon like Katie's was Amish), I am finally starting to make friends in the real world again, and I was lucky to have a friend like Mary Stoltzfus, though Mary stayed, my friend did not--we were baptized around the same time and left around the same time, I had someone to make the exodus with me, Katie was pretty much alone, even Peter and Lydia Miller, her Mennonite cousins, could not completely understand why she wanted to be all worldly. I would say, from my understanding of the book, that the Mennonites are that healthy balance between faith and works. Laura's life was extravagant, but that did not make her happy, it was her faith in Jesus that made her happy, but the comforts like electricity did make her life a little easier.

Laura's journals were boring and could have been left out. I would have much rather heard one of Rebecca Lapp's famous stories or even an authentic Amish recipe favorite of the author's would have been better. Katie must have gotten her strength from her biological father because Laura seemed like such a weak individual, allowing both her first boyfriend and her husband to use her. I can understand being young and naive at seventeen, but at twenty-six (when she married the dastardly Dylan), at thirty-nine (which I figured was how old she was when she passed away)? Katie was never that naive, even when she and Dan were going together in Hickory Hollow.

Katie was half fancy (by nature), half Plain (by nurture), so I suppose it was inevitable she become a Mennonite (as her beloved Daniel is Mennonite), but just as she could not see the reason why she had to wear the Amish kapp, why does she then wear the Mennonite head covering, as she says "in obedience to God and my husband"? God does not require it, just as He does not require the Amish bonnet.

Obedience to one's husband is very important in Mrs. Lewis's books, because Laura wanted to have a Bible study in her home (since she was too sick to attend church, I am assuming) but Dylan did not want those people coming over and so she obeyed, just hoping someday he would find Jesus. I do not think obeying one's husband is equal to obeying God; I think sometimes we obey God when we disobey our disbelieving husbands, and there was another thing. Ruth Stine, the girl Owen and Eve Hess (Dan Fisher's Mennonite friends), were trying to get him to see, still lived under her parents' roof, which she was going to do until she married, Mrs. Lewis makes it sound like this is what God wants for all women (and just women), but according to the Bible, the same standard should be applied to men, because a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves unto his wife, indicating he is still living at home. I do believe all girls are better off living at home (if it is a loving one) for safety reasons more than anything else, but also financial ones.

All in all, this was a consistently very good series, though a bit heavy on the preaching, a little too much telling and not enough showing in parts, but worth reading over and over again.

P.S. Not everyone has a glow about them or is suddenly happy when they get saved. When I was saved, I looked and felt no different than before, yet I have faith that I was saved. I do not need proof (I am not saying Katie did, I am just saying Christian authors try to make it sound like getting saved is that way for everyone, which may lead some people to doubt their own salvation). Christian authors need to be careful of this.

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