The Betrayal (Abram's Daughters Series #2)

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The powerful family saga of four Amish sisters whose way of life and faith in God are as enduring as Lancaster's signature horse and buggy. Or so it seems...

Leah Ebersol and her beloved Jonas Mast are separated by hundreds of miles after he accepts an apprenticeship in Ohio. They are confident their love is strong enough to survive the separation, but more than time and distance are conspiring to keep them apart.

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Overview

The powerful family saga of four Amish sisters whose way of life and faith in God are as enduring as Lancaster's signature horse and buggy. Or so it seems...

Leah Ebersol and her beloved Jonas Mast are separated by hundreds of miles after he accepts an apprenticeship in Ohio. They are confident their love is strong enough to survive the separation, but more than time and distance are conspiring to keep them apart.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764223310
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Abram's Daughters Series , #2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 190,084
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 11 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.
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The Betrayal


By Beverly Lewis

Bethany House Publishers

Copyright © 2003 Beverly Lewis
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7642-2331-3


Chapter One

Dog days. The residents of Gobbler's Knob had been complaining all summer about the sweltering, brooding sun. Its intensity reduced clear and babbling brooks to a muddy trickle, turning broccoli patches into yellow flower gardens. Meadowlarks scowled at the parched earth void of worms, while variegated red-and-white petunias dropped their ruffled petticoats, waiting for a summertime shower.

Worse still, evening hours gave only temporary pause, as did the dead of night if a faint breeze found its way through open farmhouse windows, bringing momentary relief to restless sleepers. Afternoons were nearly unbearable and had been now for weeks, June twelfth having hit the record high at ninety-seven degrees.

Abram and Ida Ebersol's farmhouse stood at the edge of a great woods as a shelter against the withering heat. The grazing and farmland surrounding the house had a warm and genial scent, heightened by the high temperatures. Abram's seven acres and the neighboring farmland were an enticing sanctuary for a variety of God's smaller creatures-squirrels, birds, chipmunks, and field mice, the latter a good enough reason to tolerate a dozen barn cats.

Not far from the barnyard, hummocks of coarse, panicled grass bordered the mule road near the outhouse, and a well-worn path cut through a high green meadow leading to the log house of Ida's maidel sister, Lizzie Brenneman.

Ida, midlife mother to nearly three-month-old Lydiann, along with four teenage girls-Sadie, Leah, and twins Hannah and Mary Ruth-found a welcome reprieve this day in the dampness of the cold cellar beneath the large upstairs kitchen, where Sadie and Hannah were busy sweeping the cement floor, redding up in general. Abram had sent Leah indoors along about three-thirty for a break from the beastly heat. Ida was glad to have plenty of help wiping down the wooden shelves, making ready for a year's worth of canned goods-eight hundred quarts of fruits and vegetables-once the growing season was past. Working together, they lined up dozens of quarts of strawberry preserves and about the same of green beans and peas, seventeen quarts of peaches thus far, and thirty-six quarts of pickles, sweet and dill. Some of the recent canning had been done with Aunt Lizzie's help, as well as that of their close neighbors-the smithy's wife, Miriam Peachey, and daughters, Adah and Dorcas.

The Ebersol girls took their time organizing the jars, not at all eager to head upstairs before long and make supper in the sultry kitchen.

"I daresay this is the hottest summer we've had in years," Mamma remarked.

"And not only here," Leah added. "The heat hasn't let up in Ohio, neither."

Mary Ruth mopped her fair brow. "Your beau must be keepin' you well informed of the weather in Millersburg, jah?"

To this Hannah grinned. "We could set the clock by Jonas's letters. Ain't so, Leah?"

Leah, seventeen in two months, couldn't help but smile and much too broadly at that. Dear, dear Jonas. What a wonderful-good letter writer he was, sending word nearly three times a week or so. This had surprised her, really ... but Mamma always said it was most important for the young man to do the wooing, either by letters or in person. So Jonas was well thought of in Mamma's eyes at least. Not so much Dat's. No, her father held fast to his enduring hope of Leah's marrying the blacksmith's twenty-year-old son, Gideon Peachey-nicknamed Smithy Gid-next farm over.

Sadie stepped back as if to survey her neat row of quart-sized tomato soup jars. "Writin' to Cousin Jonas about the weather can't be all that interesting, now, can it?" she said, eyeing Leah.

"We write 'bout lots of things...." Leah tried to explain, sensing one of Sadie's moods.

"Why'd he have to go all the way out to Ohio for his apprenticeship, anyway?" Sadie asked.

Mamma looked up just then, her earnest blue eyes intent on her eldest. "Aw, Sadie, you know the reason," she said.

Sadie's apologetic smile looked forced, and she turned back to her work.

The subject of Jonas and his letters was dropped. Mamma's swift reprimand was followed by silence, and then Leah gave a long, audible sigh.

Yet Leah felt no animosity, what with Sadie seemingly miserable all the time. Sadie was never-ending blue and seemed as shriveled in her soul as the ground was parched. If only the practice of rumschpringe-the carefree, sometimes wild years before baptism-had been abolished by Bishop Bontrager years ago. A group of angry parents had wished to force his hand to call an end to the foolishness, but to no avail. Unchecked, Sadie had allowed a fancy English boy to steal her virtue. Poor, dear Sadie. If she could, Leah would cradle her sister's splintered soul and hand it over to the Mender of broken hearts, the Lord Jesus.

She offered a silent prayer for her sister and continued to work side by side with Mamma. Soon she found herself daydreaming about her wedding, thinking ahead to which sisters she might ask to be in her bridal party and whom she and Mamma would ask to be their kitchen helpers. Selecting the hostlers-the young men who would oversee the parking of buggies and the care of the horses-was the groom's decision.

Jonas had written that he wanted to talk over plans for their wedding day when he returned for baptism; he also wanted to spend a good part of that weekend with her, and her alone. But on the following Monday he must return to Ohio to complete his carpentry apprenticeship, "just till apple-pickin' time." His father's orchard was too enormous not to have Jonas's help, come October. And then it wouldn't be long after the harvest and they'd be married. Leah knew their wedding would fall on either a Tuesday or Thursday in November or early December, the official wedding season in Lancaster County. She and Mamma would be deciding fairly soon on the actual date, though since Jonas didn't know precisely when he'd be returning home for good, she had to wait to discuss it with him. Secretly she hoped he would agree to choose an earlier rather than a later date.

As for missing Jonas, the past months had been nearly unbearable. She drank in his letters and answered them quickly, doing the proper thing and waiting till he wrote to her each time. It was painful for her, knowing she'd rejected his idea to spend the summer in close proximity to him out in Holmes County-a way to avoid the dreaded long-distance courtship. But for Sadie's sake, Leah had stayed put in Gobbler's Knob, wanting to offer consolation after the birth and death of her sister's premature baby. In all truth, she had believed Sadie needed her more than Jonas.

But Jonas had been disappointed, and she knew it by the unmistakable sadness in his usually shining eyes. She had told him her mother needed help with the new baby, the main excuse she'd given. Dismayed, he pressed her repeatedly to reconsider. The hardest part was not being able to share her real reason with him. Had Jonas known the truth, he would have been soundly stunned. At least he might have understood why she felt she ought to stay behind, which had nothing to do with being too shy to live and work in a strange town, as she assumed he might think. Most of all, she hoped he hadn't mistakenly believed her father had talked her out of going.

Today Leah was most eager to continue writing her letter the minute she completed chores, hoping to slip away again to her bedroom for a bit of privacy. When she considered how awful hot the upstairs had been these days, she thought she might take herself off to the coolness of the woods, stationery and pen in hand. If not today, then tomorrow for sure.

No one knew it, but here lately she'd been writing to Jonas in the forest. Before her beau had left town, she would never have thought of venturing into the deepest part, only going as far as Aunt Lizzie's house. But she liked being alone with the trees, her pen on the paper, the soft breezes whispering her name ... and Jonas's.

Growing up, she'd heard the tales of folk becoming disoriented in the leafy maze of undergrowth and the dark burrow of trees. Still, she was determined to go, delighting in being surrounded by all of nature. There a place of solitude awaited her away from her sisters' prying eyes, as well as a place to dream of Jonas. She had sometimes wondered where Sadie and her worldly beau had run off to many times last year before Sadie sadly found herself with child. But when Leah searched the woods, she encountered only tangled brushwood and nearly impassable areas where black tree roots and thick shrubbery caused her bare feet to stumble.

Both she and Sadie had not forgotten what it felt like as little girls to scamper up to Aunt Lizzie's for a playful picnic in her secluded backyard. Thanks to her, they were shown dazzling violets amid sward and stone, demanding attention by the mere look on their floral faces ... and were given a friendly peep into a robin's comfy nest-"but not too close," Aunt Lizzie would whisper. All this and more during such daytime adventures.

But never had Lizzie recommended the girls explore the expanse of woods on their own. In fact, she'd turned ashen on at least one occasion when seven-year-old Leah wondered aloud concerning the things so oft repeated. "Ach, you mustn't think of wandering in there alone," Lizzie had replied quickly. Sadie, at the innocent age of nine, had trembled a bit, Leah recalled, her older sister's blue eyes turning a peculiar grayish green. And later Leah had vowed to Sadie she was content never to find out "what awful frightening things are hiding in them there wicked woods!"

Now Leah sometimes wondered if maybe Sadie truly had believed the scary tales and taken them to heart, she might not have ended up the ruined young woman she was. At the tender age of nineteen.

* * *

At the evening meal Dat sat at the head of the long kitchen table, with doting Mamma to his left. Fourteen-year-old Hannah noticed his brown hair was beginning to gray, bangs cropped straight across his forehead and rounded in a bowl shape around the ears and neck. He wore black work pants, a short-sleeved green shirt, and black suspenders, though his summer straw hat likely hung on a wooden peg in the screened-in porch.

Before eating they all bowed heads simultaneously as the memorized prayer was silently given by each Ebersol family member, except baby Lydiann, who was nestled in Mamma's pleasingly ample arms.

O Lord God heavenly Father, bless us and these thy gifts, which we shall accept from thy tender goodness and grace. Give us food and drink also for our souls unto life eternal, and make us partakers of thy heavenly table through Jesus Christ, thy Son. Amen.

Following the supper blessing, they silently prayed the Lord's Prayer.

Meanwhile, Hannah tried to imagine how the arranged seating pattern might look once Leah was married. She worried her twin also might not remain under Dat's roof much longer, not if she stayed true to her hope of higher education. How Mary Ruth would pull off such a thing, Hannah didn't know, especially now with Elias Stoltzfus making eyes at her.

She gazed at her sisters just now, from youngest to eldest. The table would look mighty bare with only five of them present, counting Dat, Mamma and baby, Sadie, and herself. It wouldn't be long till Lydiann could sit in a high chair scooted up close. That would help round things out a bit ... that and if Mamma were to have another baby or two. Anything was possible, she assumed, since Mamma was approaching forty-three. Not too terribly old for childbearing, because on the Brenneman side of the family, there were plenty of women in the family way clear into their late forties-some even into the early fifties. So who was to say just how many more Ebersol children the Lord God might see fit to send along? Honestly, she wouldn't mind if there were a few more little sisters or brothers, and Mary Ruth would be delighted, too; her twin was ever so fond of wee ones and all.

This made Hannah wonder how many children young and handsome Ezra Stoltzfus might want to have with his wife someday. She could only hope that, at nearly sixteen, he might find her as fetching as she thought he was. Here lately she was mighty sure he had taken more of a shine to her, which was right fine. Of course, now, he'd have to be the one to pursue her once she turned courting age. She wouldn't be flirting her way into a boy's heart like some girls. Besides, she wasn't interested in attracting a beau that way. She wanted a husband who appreciated her femininity, a man who would love her for herself, for who she was, not for attractiveness alone.

* * *

Hours after supper, alone in their bedroom, Leah offered to brush Sadie's waist-length hair. "I could make loose braids if you want," she said.

Sadie nodded halfheartedly, seemingly preoccupied. Leah tried not to stare as Sadie settled down on a chair near the mirrored dresser. Yet her sister looked strangely different. Sadie's flaxen locks tumbled down over her slender back and shoulders, and the glow from the single oil lamp atop the dresser cast an ivory hue on her normally pale cheeks, making them appear even more ashen. A shadow of herself.

Standing behind Sadie, she brushed out the tangles from the long workday, then finger combed through the silken hair, watching tenderly all the while in the mirror. Sadie's fragile throat and chin were silhouetted in the lamp's light, her downcast eyes giving her countenance an expression of pure grief.

Truly, Leah wanted to spend time with Sadie tonight, though it meant postponing the rest of her letter to Jonas. Tomorrow she would finish writing her long letter to him-head up to the woods to share her heart on paper.

She and Sadie had dressed for bed rather quickly, accompanied by their usual comments, speaking in quiet tones of the ordinary events of the day, of having especially enjoyed Mamma's supper of barbecued chicken, scalloped potatoes with cheese sauce, fried cucumbers, lima beans, and lemon bars with homemade ice cream for dessert.

But now this look of open despair on Sadie's face caused Leah to say softly, "I think about him, too."

"Who?" Sadie whispered, turning to look up at her.

"Your baby ... my own little nephew gone to heaven." Leah's throat tightened at the memory.

"You do, sister?"

"Oh, ever so much."

Neither of them spoke for a time, then Leah said, "What must it be like for you, Sadie? Ach, I can't imagine your grief."

Sadie was lost in her own world again. She moaned softly, leaning her head back for a moment. "I would've let him sleep right here, ya know, in a little cradle in this very room," she whispered.

Continues...


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  • Posted May 21, 2010

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    you can't put it down.

    There is something about this series that you can't stop thinking about. It isn't a hard read, nothing challenging or anything, but the way Beverly Lewis writes, you just get pulled in. In The Betrayal, this Amish family reminds me of the Roseannes (yes, the t.v. show). There is Ida and Ambram, your Dan and Roseanne. Their love is apparent, but they don't always show it. They run into their own issues between their daughters, and pick sides on what exactly to do. Yet, they always will love each other. Then, it's Sadie, their oldest daughter. Think of her as Darlene, the break away child. She has her own secrets to hide, with her problems for her recent Rumspringa, nothing but trouble follows her. She breaks away from the family, and decides to make a choice that could ultimately shunned. Leah, the secondest oldest, is your Becky. She doesn't always seem to fit into place, and has man troubles on her own...... I highly suggest you follow up with the series and read THE BETRAYAL, it's definitely a page turner, as you dig deeper into the Ebersol family.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Another compelling book

    This second installment of Abram's Daughters is another compellung book in the series! I especially like how even though the book is mostly about the 2 eldest girls, you get some storyline for the twins that shows you how THEIR story is fleshing out for the books to come.

    I disagree with Weeze's review comparing this family to the Conners in the show Roseanne -- The family (especially the parents Ida & Abram) dont fight nearly as much as Dan & Rosanne; also Wheeze compared Sadie to Darlene, & Leah to Becky ... but Leah is NOT like either! Also it was the eldest, Becky who ran away (not Darlene), so Becky is more like Sadie in my opinion!

    This book is more melancholy than the first, but that is to be expected in a book titled "The Betrayal"! I was even angry at a few of the characters, and ached for the others. I was surprized to be so upset at the actions Abram, the father. Im hoping for a lot of healing to take place inthe upcomming books!

    Finally, I am very pleased the the problem with the first book's formatting (at least in the e-book) has been absent in this book!!! Now when a change of scene or character occurs, there is a larger division between those paragraphs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    The Betrayal

    Wonderful, Moving, Really shows the dynamics within the Amish Family and how they relate to the Community.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

    The Best Sequel You Could Hope For

    After finishing The Covenant, I was left on a cliffhanger and tried to find this one. To my disappointment, there were no copies of it in my library district, and waited for a few weeks until Christmas, when I received it as a gift. This book was excellent although I'm not sure which man I want Leah to end up with. I also almost cried when Sadie betrayed Leah with the letter because it reminded me of a situation I was once in. I would definitely recommend The Betrayal to anyone looking for a 'Can't Put It Down' book. Note: If you enjoyed The Covenant, go out and buy the whole series up to date. Each book leaves you on a cliff-hanger.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    I CAN'T GET OVER THIS BOOK!

    OMGOSH!!! I lovvvve this book! I cried and cried! I finshed the covenent and the betrayal in one day! I couldn't put it down! I really hope Jonas and Leah end up together...they HAVE to! Even though they probably won't...haha. Beverly Lewis is such a talented writer...this book made me cry three times!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Good, clean read.

    A good, clean read. Enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Amish fiction is great

    Seeing Amish every day as I do, I love these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Great story; you will love the twists and turns of this family

    I am in the 3rd series of Abram's Daughters. Can't put it down! Beverly Lewis has a way of keeping your interest the entire time. Excellent read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    What others do will impact their loved ones.

    This story focuses on two sisters. The trama of one sister causes her to be petty and vindictive. Her totally innocent and supportive sister is impacted and her life is turned upside down. Sad but true; our lives our affected by the mistakes of those we love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Great series

    This Abrams Daughters Series is an interesting and informative look into the Amish life. The story line is great and captivating. Once I finished one book, I couldn't wait to get the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I love Beverly Lewis's books this one is up yo great standards

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Awesome

    Beverly Lewis has a way of drawing you right into the Amish culture

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    great series, loved them all

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    Good Read

    I read all five books. As usual, Beverly Lewis wrote an interesting, captivative series that one cannot stop, but must finish all the books in the series to find out what happens. I find the Amish culture very interesting which adds to my desire to read Lewis's books. I would recomend.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I couldn't put this one down. The whole series is a delight.

    I couldn't put this one down. The whole series is a delight.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    A series worth reading

    An enjoyable series.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2005

    A terrific story!

    I could not put this book down. I finished it as I was going to bed and all I could do was think about Leah and how awful her dad and sister were to her. I kept waking up all night and thinking about them. It was if I knew them and wanted to help them get things right. I must get the next book tomorrow. I can't wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    I LOVED IT!

    I loved this book! I just finished it, not 10 minutes ago. It was so good, and so real. You could just feel Leah's pain, it was like the same thing had happened to me. But I loved every page of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Wonderful-gut!

    The Betrayal was an improvement from the first book, The Covenant. Lewis has a way of drawing the reader in, making me feel what the character was feeling! At the end of the book, I felt . . . betrayed! The only reason I didn't give it the full five stars was that the book ends on a cliffhanger. Actually, each of the Abram's Daughters books ends that way, which is very frustrating since the fifth book doesn't come out until Summer of 2005. Overall, though, a very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    Twist of Events

    Leah and Jonas are very happy together and are planning their wedding when Jonas comes back to Lancaster for a visit. While there, he is told by Abram that Leah isn't actually his daughter- she is Aunt Lizzie's daughter that Lizzie had had during her rumspringe. Jonas still wants to marry Leah. When he's back in Ohio, he gets a letter from his sister telling him that Leah was being courted by Gideon Peachy, her long time friend. He asks Leah if it's true, but her response is thrown out by Sadie, who has feelings for Jonas and is jealous. Jonas and Leah stop communicating, and the wedding is off. After all of the sadness, Leah is told whose daughter she truly is, and couldn't be happier.

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