Heritage of Lancaster County

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 616 ratings

The Shunning Publisher's Summary

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.

When Katie Lapp stumbles upon a satin infant gown in the dusty leather trunk of her parents' attic, she knows it holds a story she must discover. Why else would her Amish mother, a plain and simple woman who embraces the Old Order laws, hide the beautiful baby dress in the attic?

On the eve of Katie's wedding to widower Bishop John, startling news staggers out of her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie 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 and a future of hope.

The Shunning is the first book in a trilogy that recreates 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.

©1997 Beverly Lewis (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • The Shunning

    • The Heritage of Lancaster County, Book 1
    • By: Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    On the eve of Katie's wedding to widower Bishop John, startling news staggers out of her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie 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 and a future of hope.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Easy read pulls you in enough

    • By Caryl on 11-25-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Shunning

    • By: Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    In The Shunning, beautiful 22-year-old Katie Lapp longs to experience the forbidden things of the outside world, even while she is making plans to forever embrace the traditions of her people. In a few days, Katie will marry Bishop John, a widower with five young children. She should be excited, but instead she feels trapped. Her thoughts in turmoil, she heads to the attic to be alone. As she explores a dusty trunk, she discovers a satin infant gown, much too fancy for an Amish baby.

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  • Book 2

    • The Confession

    • The Heritage of Lancaster County, Book 2
    • By: Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Katie Lapp's identity has been shattered ever since she was painfully torn from her close-knit community in the frightening ordeal called the shunning. Katie, now Katherine Mayfield, sets out to find the ailing birth mother she has never known. Her journey takes her to places where electric lights and telephones set Katherine's mind whirling with "fancy" things and where she stumbles into a world of betrayal, where the plain garb of the Amish is misused to disguise an evil conspiracy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • author

    • By Stevon on 08-26-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Confession

    • The Heritage of Lancaster County, Book 2
    • By: Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Because she has disobeyed church rules, Katie Lapp is now Katherine Mayfield. Expelled from her strict Amish home, she sets out to find Laura Mayfield, the birth mother she has never known. But even as Katherine draws near to Laura, evil plans in the works to tear away their happiness and their inheritance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • such a wonderful book

    • By Leslie on 12-03-15

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 3

    • The Reckoning

    • The Heritage of Lancaster County, Book 3
    • By: Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Shunned from the Amish life she once knew, Katherine Mayfield finds solace in her volunteer work and the delights of the modern world. Unknown to Katherine, her long-lost love, Daniel Fisher, is desperate to locate his "sweetheart girl", only to be frustrated at nearly every turn. Once again, Katherine is compelled to face the heritage of her past and recognize that God's love is always present.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a good ending to the trilogy

    • By Stevon on 02-26-13

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Reckoning

    • Heritage of Lancaster County, Book 3
    • By: Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    At 22, Katherine Mayfield has taken her rightful place as mistress of Mayfield Manor. Her plain Amish childhood is over, and her new world is filled with endless possibilities. Why, then, does Katherine find her thoughts going back to old friendships and the family that raised her? Soon, the beautiful young woman will face choices that may change her faith forever. As Katherine examines her heart and her soul, her questions will encourage you to spend some quiet time with your own meditations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Tom Forlines on 05-14-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Reckoning

    • The Heritage of Lancaster County, Book 3
    • By: Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Shunned from the Amish life she once knew, Katherine Mayfield finds solace in her volunteer work and the delights of the modern world. Unknown to Katherine, her long-lost love, Daniel Fisher, is desperate to locate his "sweetheart girl", only to be frustrated at nearly every turn. Once again, Katherine is compelled to face the heritage of her past and recognize God's love in unexpected places.

    Regular price: $20.97