shunningWho wrote this book and when?
Beverly Lewis published this in 1997.

Has there been a film version?

Who are the important characters?
Katie Lapp – an Amish girl who loves the forbidden art of writing and singing songs outside the hymnal
Rebecca Lapp – Katie’s mother, she hides a secret about Katie’s birth
John Beiler – one of the bishops, Katie’s fiance, he has five children already
Mary Stoltzfus – Katie’s best friend, another Amish girl
Daniel – Katie’s dead true love

What’s it about?
Katie Lapp still isn’t over her true love’s death and now she’s engaged to the bishop. She has unconfessed sin of owning and playing a guitar that was given to her by Daniel and she can’t seem to get the music out of her head. When she finds a beautiful satin baby gown in the attic while looking for her wedding dress, Katie begins to have questions that no one wants to answer. But when she finally finds out the truth, it will completely change her vision of her future.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s one of those fluffy happy Christian romance novels.

Do I recommend you read this book?

How did this book make my list?
I just read another series by the same author and thought it might be good.

Has it won any awards?
The Gold book award? I haven’t heard of it before…

Favorite quotes:
“The two friends sat in silence, as still as their fathers’ fields in winter.” – p 105

Anything else?
This series was the first Beverly Lewis published.

Personal thoughts:
To be honest, I wasn’t impressed with this book at all. It seemed like a recycled version of the previous Beverly Lewis series I just read. Although, to be honest, the series I just read was published after this one. Seriously – it seemed like Lewis just switched some of the names around, some of the “secret sins” around, and slapped a new title on it. It even has a “lost” love just like the previous series. I’m not sure if I’ll read the next books or not, but right now things aren’t looking good.