on January 1st 1970
Genres: Amish & Mennonite
Book 1 of Abram's Daughters series from bestselling author Beverly Lewis. Years of secrecy bind the tiny community of Gobbler's Knob together more than the present inhabitants know, and the Plain folk who farm the land rarely interact with the fancy locals. So when Sadie is beguiled by a dark-haired English boy, it is Sadie's younger sister, Leah, who suffers from her sister's shameful loss of innocence. And what of Leah's sweetheart, Jonas Mast, sent to Ohio under the Bishop's command? Drawn into an incomprehensible pact with her older sister, Leah finds her dreams spinning out of control, even as she clings desperately to the promises of God. The Covenant begins a powerful Lancaster portrait of the power of family and the miracle of hope.
“The Covenant” is book one in the Abram’s Daughters series by Beverly Lewis. This story takes us to the heart of Amish country and into the home of Abram and Ida Ebersol, the parents of four daughters. “The Covenant” focuses mainly on the two older girls, Sadie and Leah. Sadie is in her rumschpringe, the running around period for Amish youth, in which they may experience the “English” way of life without facing the consequences of the Elders or risk being shunned. It’s during this time that she falls for the handsome English boy, Derry with whom she carries on a sordid love affair. When the forbidden romance yields shocking results, Sadie is left alone to face the consequences of her actions and in the course of doing so, she finds a confidant in her sister, Leah. This proves to be a great burden for them both and pushes them to the very limits of sisterly love.
Leah is a couple years younger and is known as “Abram’s Leah” because she spends more time out of doors with her dad, helping with the outside chores since the family has no boys to do so. She enjoys her time outdoors but she’s also getting to an age where she has fallen in love and desires to become more womanly. She desires to join the church, marry and have babies. The very opposite of her sister, who has caught herself up in the sorrows of the world. Leah doesn’t desire to drink or party or any of that stuff. She is fully committed to the love of her life, Jonas Mast, and she is determined to prove to her dad that he is the right choice in a husband.
The story progresses and we see Leah’s unwavering love and support for sister and for her entire family. Unfortunately, you reap what you sew and Sadie’s transgressions threaten to destroy this once loving family. Lives are in shambles and yet we still see a glimmer of hope for sweet Leah. If her dad doesn’t meddle, that is. Abram is simply determined to do what he must to set Leah up with the boy he wants to see her to be with instead of with Jonas and it seems he may stop at nothing to have his way. Even if it means breaking his dear daughter’s heart in the process.
This story is simply fantastic. It has drama, scandal, tragedy and a hint of a mystery! I cannot wait to finish reading the entire series to see how this story unfolds.