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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Lewis Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Heritage of Lancaster County Trilogy Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455180493
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In the quiet Amish community of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania, time has stood still while cherished traditions and heartfelt beliefs have flourished. But a secret lies buried that could shatter the tranquility its inhabitants have grown to love. 

On the eve of her wedding, Katie Lapp hears startling news from her anguished parents. Nothing could have prepared her for the devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain but also a future of hope.

The Shunning is the first book in a trilogy that re-creates the simple life of the Amish. Its themes of hope and reconciliation show us that even when we think we are far away, God’s love is always present.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The narrator of this audiobook series, Marguerite Gavin, is wonderful. Gavin...has a very captivating voice…Overall, the Heritage of Lancaster County series is wonderful.”

    Audiobookfans.com

  • “A thoughtful, insightful look at the Amish way and the courage it takes not to follow the individual voice of the heart.”

    Gazette (Colorado Springs)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 2/18/2014

    " First book in a three part series, story of an Amish girl who has sad memories and can't figure out where she should go or how she should move on with her life. Great stories of hope and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarica | 2/4/2014

    " This book, (like most of Beverly Lewis's), is set in Amish country. I really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 2/3/2014

    " I liked this -- quick and easy to read. It isn't great literature, but I enjoyed the story and want to read the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 1/27/2014

    " I enjoyed the story but it leaves you looking for a sequel for completion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/22/2014

    " I liked it. About an Amish girl and her inner struggle with her faith and her desire for more. Moves a little slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kacey Batterton | 1/18/2014

    " I am intrigued by the Amish and was excited to read this book, even though in general I do not exactly care for the simple and somewhat predictable style of "Christian Fiction." I had hoped this author would be different, but truthfully, this first book in a series of three was highly predicable, often slow, and the style was just a bit off in my opinion. She frequently changes points of view between the characters, which means we get the perspective of one character for a page or two, and then another character for a while, and so on. It's done so randomly that it seems like an accident or maybe just lack of concern for continuity of perspective? It made the story a bit jumpy and I didn't care for the effect on the pace or the character development. I wish there had been more mystery to the depth of the characters. Overall they are quite shallow and transparent. Last, the plot just seemed a bit unbelievable, as Katie Lapp is raised from birth with an Amish family, realizes as an adult that she's not truly Amish-born, and starts to easily disconnect from her family in a matter of hours. I didn't care for the overt Nature verses Nurture theme where Nature is the clear dominant, according to this novel. The book portrays her upbringing as having little to no effect on her morals and choices, which to me, is simply absurd. I guessed the largest plot twist in the middle of chapter one. So that pretty much killed the book for me. However, I hate to not finish a series, so I press on with the sequel, The Confession. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 1/13/2014

    " Somewhat predictable, but still a good read, it is so easy to get immersed in the Amish life and the sad stories that seem to always accompany a Beverly Lewis story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/18/2013

    " Pretty good story line through the series, but I would have to say this was the best of the books. There were a few things that really bothered me, but are spoilers, so I won't go into detail. They were also really predictable books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin O. | 12/15/2013

    " I'm fascinated by Amish culture, but this book is anything but a scholarly analysis. After reading this I had no need to further explore the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/15/2013

    " This book wasn't the best story ever, but it has an underlying story line that pulls you in towards the end. I just bought the second book, I'm hooked! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/4/2013

    " i enjoyed reading about the amish culture. this book was interesting and well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/1/2013

    " An interesting look into the Amish world. Quick enough that I might read the next two books in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ranee Clark | 11/2/2013

    " I must be very impatient, because I just felt like the plot creeped along. I honestly thing that what took the author about 300 pages to get out could have been done in a few chapters. Too bad there are three books in the series, because now I have to know what happens.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/11/2013

    " Enjoyed this book. I learned some interesting facts about the Amish way of life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 7/5/2013

    " I think amazon.com is secretly trying to turn everyone Amish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Auralia | 2/20/2013

    " Not a bad novel, but it was a bit tedious. This is a book for those that enjoy a book that has little substance and a lot of religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donielle Baker | 2/17/2013

    " By mid book I knew how it was going to end, regardless it was a fun afternoon read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sannasue | 1/23/2013

    " LIked it enough to read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Brock fuchs | 12/29/2012

    " I thought it was very good, but it makes one question all those man-made rules they live by. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 11/10/2012

    " I liked this book but it was a little slow. It was a very easy read, but a good peek inside the life the Amish lead... if it is accurate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Athena | 7/23/2012

    " I bought this book in Penn. So I was quite excited to read an Amish story. This book is the 1st in a trilogy- but I don't think I'll finish the series. I found the book predictable, and sort of boring. The "Amishness" of it was interesting, but the plot was very "English" to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 4/27/2012

    " I liked this book the best out of the 3 books in this series. I was very interested in learning about how the Amish plan wedding and how the shunning process works and affects families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Register | 12/24/2011

    " I thought the book was great but I was disappointed in Katie in the way she treated her parents after finding out the truth of her birth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolie Hiddleston | 11/11/2011

    " In 5th grade I read a book called "Plain Girl" about an Amish girl. Ever since then I have loved reading about Amish women. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have read several other Beverly Lewis books about the Amish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/29/2011

    " Nice story about an Amish girl having trouble keeping the faith who discovers she's really adopted and not Amish at all. She is shunned by the congregation, causing heartache to her family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Bergauer | 7/20/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Like all Beverly Lewis books, I found it hard to put down. Though the stories are rooted in Amish life, you can really relate to the struggle the characters have when it comes to life struggles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran Piercey | 7/1/2011

    " Interesting setting in an Amish Community. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 6/30/2011

    " I'm fascinated by Amish culture, but this book is anything but a scholarly analysis. After reading this I had no need to further explore the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 6/26/2011

    " Fascinating depictions of the Amish culture--near where we used to live. I hope to also read: The Confession and the Reckoning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caty-Scarlett | 5/31/2011

    " I thought it was heart warming and sweet. I enjoyed it and so did my Grandma. (I read it to her;) Overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 5/31/2011

    " This is the second time I have read this book. I really like Amish stories and while I feel that Beverly Lewis stories have gotten better over the years this book is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 5/30/2011

    " I must read the next book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yolanda | 5/15/2011

    " THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE NOVEL.

    All you need to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jc | 4/26/2011

    " This book was an easy read. It was a good story, and I enjoyed learning about the Amish Shunning process, reasons, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 4/8/2011

    " Enjoyed reading this - I spent my childhood thru 2nd grade in Millersville, outside of Lancaster. I lived next door to 3 Mennonite sisters who took me under their wing and taught me to quilt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 3/7/2011

    " I didn't really relate to the main character or her choices. It was readable but I won't be picking up the other books in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy books for adults and children. Her inaugural novel, The Shunning, was the first in her blockbuster fiction series, The Heritage of Lancaster County. Since then, her Amish-inspired novels have garnered numerous awards, including the ECPA Platinum Book Award and Library Journal’s Best Book of 2009. She currently lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband, David.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”