Annie Zook, the Amish preacher's daughter, is caught between two worlds. Living with shunned friend Esther, Annie longs to return to her forbidden art and the idyllic days spent with Englisher Ben Martin, before her father ordered her never to see him again. Stunned when family secrets come to light, Ben determines to solve the mystery of his past. Will his future include Annie - or will the Brethren always stand between them?
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Fascinating look into the Amish culture. Sensitive, spiritual, touching and with a mystery too. The characters are so intriguing ! I couldn't wait to read the conclusion of Annie's story and once I start, I couldn't put the book down. A very stirring series. Read all 3!
Beverly Lewis is an excellent writer. I've read the entire series on Annies people and other's she's written. it's amazing her gift of making things come to life. Would recommend the series to anyone. Has also given me an interest in the Amish life.
I read the whole trilogy of Annie's people. I'm sorry; but the series just felt so unreal and the characters were cloudy. As you read, you just don't connect with the characters. Beverly Lewis's writing is pretty unclear and you can't really imagine it. It makes your head feel weird. I do not recommend this series.
Actually, I found Ben's decision to become Amish pretty believable. Maybe that's just because I want to be Amish. =) Only complaint is the unanswered questions: Sam and Louisa, Zeke and Essie, Courtney...and I would have liked to find out more about Isaac's kidnapping. I loved the flashbacks and was hoping for more of them to clear up what happened.
I really liked the second book of Annie's people series, but I was rather dissapointed with the third one. It lacked a true Christian feel, for one. And it's (plot) was completely odd. Why would Beverly Lewis make Ben Martin want to join the Amish church? It just did not make sense. Well, it was an okay book. But it could have been better.
I absolutely loved this series, even more than Abrams Daughters. I was a little disappointed, however, with the end of The Brethren. The ending seemed a little forced and somewhat slow. I would have also liked her to expound on Sam and Louisa's relationship; nevertheless, this was a great buy.
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK (READ IT IN 2 DAYS DURING MY CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS) BUT WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE WERE A FEW UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER NEW SERIES - HOEFULLY SOMETIME SOON. IN THE MEAN TIME I'LL READ ABRAHAMS DAUGHTERS ALL OVER AGAIN!!
In the third book of the Annie's People series, The Brethren continues the story of Annie Zook and the people of the Amish community of Paradise. Annie has put away her paintings and is living with her friend Esther, who has been shunned for accepting Jesus and is worried about her husband Zeke who has accepted the responsibility of the death of his brother from long ago. Meanwhile Ben, the Englisher that stole Annie's heart, finds a secret about his past and goes back to Paradise to find answers. His discovery shakes up the entire community and brings new meaning to his and Annie's relationship.i really liked this book yet I felt the book was a little rushed at the end. I want to know what will happen to Louisa and Sam in the future. Her story didn't move that much in this book. It was interesting to find out about Ben's past, yet it felt somewhat predictable once you found out he was adopted. I did finding out more about the culture and the customs of the people. It's very interesting that the Amish can live in modern America and still have a completely different society. I've enjoyed reading all of Beverly Lewis' Amish books and I had been waiting for the conclusion of this series. The Amish lifestyle has always fascinated me. The thing that has always confused me about the Amish is what do they really believe in. After reading Lewis' books and especially this series, it seems that to have a personal relationship and admit that Jesus is your savior is considered vanity and grounds for being banned. They seem to only read from the Old Testament and even then only the bishops are allowed to really study it. Another series of Lewis' deals with a form of old medicine that can be considered as witchcraft. I understand most of their views about not conforming to the rest of the world and to keep life simple. What I don't understand is that it seems that the Amish are not really Christians if they don't believe in accepting Jesus into their lives.
I was captivated by the first two books in the Annie's People series. The issues of mystery, romance, art, and worldy friendships were intriguing. Best of all was Essie's new-found faith!In this third book I feel Mrs. Lewis left so many questions unanswered, especially regarding Essie and Zeke. I would love to see another book exploring these two characters! Like the other reviewers here, I found the ending unsatisfying with many loose ends that need tying up. I did like the unusual twist regarding Annie's father's decision at the end.