I was spellbound by this third book in the series "Abram's Daughters." I just recently reviewed The Betrayal (book 2) and although I gave it 4 stars here, my "review" was somewhat scathing. However, this book redeemed the series for me. I also don't dislike Leah nearly as much as I did in The Betrayal.
Spoilers ahead: The two deaths that occurred in The Sacrifice were not too shocking to me. There was forshadowing galore about the young people and the buggy racing. And I just "had a hunch" about the other person that died. I was waiting for Lizzie to somehow "make her way toward" Abram and maybe the two become a couple, but I have to remember: there are two more books.
The demise of the Smithy Gid/Leah engagement disappointed me more than it did the two of them, it seems! Wow, was she lukewarm about that, or what? I was rooting for them, though. He really seemed to replace her FAST. Makes me wonder just how much true love there was for her (Leah).
I had heard here (reviews) that there wasn't anything re.Sadie in this Book 3, so I wasn't shocked. I didn't even expect as much as there was at the very end. The fact that the door remains open for Leah to find Jonas is not at all surprising and I would call it predictable (but in a nice way).
I remain concerned though, about Leah just substituting her own life and future children to raise her two younger siblings . (yes I know, she is just a fictional character, but still!) I can just see her pouring out her entire soul and all her "good years" doing this, and in the end "have nothing" . After all , they are NOT HER children. I just feel like Abram expected too much of her, once again. Surely he could have let Gideon and Leah have the younger ones at their own, NEARBY, abode, and see them daily? I mean, Gideon and his eventual wife only moved as far away as Lizzie's cottage.! That , coupled with Abram's machinations of earlier to mess up things for Leah and Jonas, really made me somewhat angry w/him in this book. Again, I think Leah's "lack of" any real anger reaction is very atypical. Ms. Lewis either truly wished to portray Leah as a saint, or it is not very indepth writing as to how a REAL person would REALLY FEEL when finally realizing that largely due to their father, she missed her lifetime's chance with her one true love.
I am definitely finishing the series, and am very happy that The Sacrifice left me feeling touched and intrigued, rather than so "ferhoodled" as I was after finishing The Betrayal.