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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,960 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Lewis Narrator: Rachel Botchan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Seasons of Grace Series Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781440761263
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In the seemingly ordinary Amish home of Grace Byler, secrets abound. Why does her mother weep in the night? Why does her father refuse to admit something is dreadfully wrong? Then, in one startling moment, everything Grace assumed she knew is shattered. Her mother’s disappearance leaves Grace reeling and unable to keep her betrothal promise to her long-time beau. Left to pick up the pieces of her life, Grace questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment.

Heather Nelson is an English grad student, stunned by a doctor’s diagnosis. Surely fate would not allow her father to lose his only daughter after the death of his wife a few years before. In denial and telling no one she is terminally ill, Heather travels to Lancaster County—the last place she and her mother had visited together. Will Heather find healing for body and spirit?

As the lives of four wounded souls begin to weave together like an Amish patchwork quilt, they each discover missing pieces of their life puzzles—and glimpse the merciful and loving hand of God.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one does Amish-based inspirationals better than Lewis.” Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Ellsworth | 2/17/2014

    " I can't wait for the next one!3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay Collett | 2/14/2014

    " Beverly Lewis' writing style is much better than Wanda Brunstetter's, at least for me. Nice, easy read makes for a great refreshing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 2/14/2014

    " Fun read. Goes really fast. I read it in three sittings. Kind of interesting to learn about the Amish and Mennonites. When I did summer stock in Pennsylvania I remember seeing their buggies on the roads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dottie | 2/7/2014

    " I found this book to be only marginally interesting. Having never read Amish fiction before, I was really unsure of what to expect. While I did expect the story to be void of any adventure, per se, I didn't expect the story to be bland. [return]I could not relate to the character of Lettie, the mother, when she chose to leave her family behind to root around in her past and reveal her secret. I realize that in the Amish culture and faith, she would have suffered greatly had she revealed her secret within her community. However, I still thought leaving the children behind as she did was too harsh. I thought the father, Judah, was portrayed as unloving to Lettie as a means to make the reader stray down the wrong paths in figuring out Lettie's mystery.[return]I found the style of writing to be very easy to read. Despite the ease of reading, I didn't feel compelled to keep going back to this book. It read as very predictable to me.[return]I kept feeling that this book wouold have been better off as a TV movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 2/1/2014

    " While I loved the book and the series as a whole this one leaves me a little perplexed on how to describe it. So many thing go on in the book you really have to read it and see what I mean.While I was upset seeing how one story line played out I was happy to follow the other and confused about the last. Living around Amish it is hard to see some of the things happening in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreia | 1/31/2014

    " I really can't wait to read the next installment of this book. I now know "the secret" and can't wait to see what happens in the life of Lettie, Heather, Grace, Judah, Yonnie, Martin. She did a great job with the characters and I feel a bit invested in what will happen to them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet Rosfeld | 1/31/2014

    " Reading this book was like watching paint dry. Slow, slow slow. I had to read it for a book club or I wouldn't have finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Torie Marie | 1/29/2014

    " I did not like how amazing the book seemed to be, until I read the ending..it felt like there wasn't one. But the book was very good otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 1/19/2014

    " A slow read, but likeable. Definitely want to pick up the second book as soon as this one "finishes". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 1/17/2014

    " I loved it and can't wait for the next book. If you have enjoyed beverly lewis' other series this book if for you "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/21/2013

    " Love all of Beverly Lewis's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loralie | 11/27/2013

    " I thought this was a good, clean, read. I should stick with books talking about the Amish people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 11/25/2013

    " This is a good story, and VERY EASY reading. It should be combined with The Missing and The Telling into one book. Nothing is really resolved at the end of this book, so you really have to read all 3 of them. You can totally see how this should be a TV movie. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saundra | 11/23/2013

    " This one was a bit boring, I hope I like the next book in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 11/18/2013

    " I've lent this book to two friends and they liked it too. I went and found the second book at Barnes and Noble. Clean - interesting insight on the Amish. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene | 8/30/2013

    " This book was really slow and a lot of the time I felt like nothing was really happening. I'm not sure why the author thought it was necessary to drag it out over several books, but I don't think I enjoyed the first book enough to continue reading the rest of the series to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 3/11/2013

    " This was such a good book. Loved the bits of Amish language sprinkled throughout the book. I can't wait to read the next one in the series!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 12/2/2012

    " plodding! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryHelen | 10/30/2012

    " This is the first book of "The Seasons of Grace" trilogy by Beverly Lewis. I thoroughly enjoy reading anything about the Amish and thought the book very well written, interesting, and a good advertisement for the two books that are to follow in this trilogy. The characters are beautifully drawn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslee Breene | 10/16/2012

    " Beautiful and poignant first book in Beverly Lewis trilogy of today's Amish family life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Badger | 9/21/2012

    " The poor sentence level writing, abundance of cliches and undeveloped, flat "filler" characters made this one difficult to finish. Not one of Lewis's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/22/2012

    " It was a free book on Kindle, so far pretty decently good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel N | 4/9/2012

    " Predictable and slow, but enjoyable enough to finish it. I would like to know what happens to one character in particular, but I'm not sure if the "need to know" is strong enough to wade through two more books to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Meeks | 12/9/2011

    " Was disappointed in the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reedross | 9/12/2011

    " Great characters - great story! I kept trying to guess what the 'secret' was and everytime I thought I knew, the story would take a turn that kept me guessing!! I can't wait til the next in this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Nielsen | 6/28/2011

    " I really liked this book. You don't find out the secret until the very end. I should have guessed what it was but I didn't. Overall, a very enjoyable book. Now I can't wait to read the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 6/10/2011

    " The story of Amish families and their way of life. Mother Esh has a secret that she has kept for twenty-four years. Beverly Lewis writes in simple terms, the way the Amish live; this is the first of a series. Looking forward to the rest of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fleur | 6/5/2011

    " now i cant wait to get hold of the next of the series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 6/1/2011

    " I did find it a little slow, but at the same time I love the mystery behind Grace's mother and what was going on with her. I look forward to finding out what happends to Grace and Heather. I have just started the next book of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 5/26/2011

    " This was my very first Beverly Lewis book and I couldn't wait for the 2nd book to come out. Great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene | 5/5/2011

    " This book was really slow and a lot of the time I felt like nothing was really happening. I'm not sure why the author thought it was necessary to drag it out over several books, but I don't think I enjoyed the first book enough to continue reading the rest of the series to find out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ghada | 4/18/2011

    " So far nice different people different backgrounds and lives, looking forward to know the secretstory nice butt the way it is told could dull at tiimes "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 4/13/2011

    " Reading this book was like watching paint dry. Slow, slow slow. I had to read it for a book club or I wouldn't have finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/7/2011

    " Would like a more satisfying ending, but the book was good in general. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 4/2/2011

    " This was an ok story, but clear from the outset that it was just an introduction to the series of books. I have an inkling of how certain story lines in the book may be resolved in the coming books, but I'm all up for being proved wrong... "

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