The Atonement

The Atonement

by Beverly Lewis
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The Atonement 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neverly Lewis never disappoints. She's written a compelling story of an Amish families losses. And the struggle to deal with thoses losses, and up coming changes, each one faces. Ones struggles with secsecrets kept, and her faith in God. There are twists and turns and a host of characters. But the author weaves them together seamlessly. Each one is a needed thread. Just like an Amish quilt is sewn together, by many quilters, at a "Quilting Bee".
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a moving story! Beverly Lewis has written a gripping story about the struggles of a young Amish woman who made some bad choices in the past and appears to be unable to move past the consequences of those choices. Almost every relationship she has is affected by her inability to get past her past. Only three family members know what happened and most of her time and energy is spent trying to earn her way back into the good graces of God and to keep everything hidden from everyone else. She is not trying to deceive anyone but yet she is deceiving herself. If I say any more, I may give away the story but you need to read it to get the full impact of the message in the book. I highly recommend it.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I have been reading and enjoying novels by Beverly Lewis for years now. In all this time she has stuck to the Amish and Mennonite fiction genre. You would think that after writing about the same group of people for so long that her stories would have become stale or repetitive. With Beverly Lewis that is just not the case. Beverly continues to delight me with her new story lines. She digs deep and shows the frailty of the human condition from the perspective of a simple life. In The Atonement she looks at the effect of one person's wrong doings and how it tends to be a ripple effect striking and drawing in others with unintended results. Lucy Flaud made a grievous mistake many years ago. Only a few people know about it but the weight is heavy on those people. Lucy has spent almost every waking moment trying in some way to atone for this past indiscretion but the guilt just won't go away. I would love to discuss on here the ending because it is a beautiful redemption story. But I'd rather you read and experience it for yourself. If you are looking for a story that reminds you that there is hope even in the midst of overwhelming circumstances then this is the book for you. By the way . . . if you are part of a book club there are Discussion Questions available to download for your group. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Lucy Flaud is old by Amish standards. She is twenty-five already. When she doesn't know what to do with her life she decides to volunteer. She works very hard but always wants to do more. To her surprise her father becomes friends with an Englischer. But, Lucy has a secret that she is hiding. Before she realizes it she has refused the courtship of her longtime Amish friend. What would he or her father's friend think if they knew her secret? No one could ever love or want her. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
The Atonement Beverly Lewis Book Summary: he mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, who years ago stopped attending the activities for courting-age young people in her hometown of Bird-in-Hand. Now twenty-five and solidly past the age of Amish courtship, Lucy has given up any hope of marriage, instead focusing her efforts on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard Lucy strives, she feels uncertain that she'll ever find redemption. Dale Wyeth has a deep mistrust of modern-day "advances" and the dependency they create. The young Englisher's interest in living off the grid is fueled further when he meets Christian Flaud, Lucy's father. Dale appreciates the self-sufficient ways of the Old Order Amish, and Christian invites him to learn more about them by staying at the family farm. As Christian and Dale grow closer, developing a father-son rapport, Lucy begins to question what Dale's being there might mean for her. Could God be testing her? Or is it possible that even the most unworthy heart--and two people from very different walks of life--can somehow find a new beginning? Review: I love Beverly Lewis and her books. I liked Lucy and felt great empathy for her. She had a multitude of reasons to be lost. Even though there were problems within the family with decisions and communication I found that all were tolerable to really likable. The tension about families moving to Colorado and those staying was unique. I find that the story flowed smoothly from beginning to end. I enjoyed the secondary characters, although I would have liked Tobe to have been in the story more. While his character was forth right, he was so likable and well written. Not perfect, but a true gem of a character. I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
The Atonement is a stand alone novel based in the Amish Community in Lancaster County. The story follows Lucy as she does everything she can to help everyone around her. Keeping busy gives her less time to think about the past and what might have been. She loves seeing the joy on others faces. Helping those in need not only fills her time, but also distracts her from the hole in her heart. Lucy has made mistakes, and is no stranger to tragedy. The Amish community has eyes everywhere, and being friends with an Englischer is making the community question some of her motives. There is so much I wish I could talk to you about, but don’t want to risk spoiling the story. I really enjoyed the family dynamics, and seeing broken relationships mended. Lewis kept my interest, and I had no clue what Lucy was going to do next. Faith was woven through in a way that we all can understand. God is always right there waiting for us to let Him in so He can help us. He has the best plan for our lives if we can only trust Him enough to wait for His leading. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction. Beverly Lewis kept me interested, and I was constantly trying to figure out what happened in Lucy’s past. I loved that this was a stand alone novel so there weren’t any open ends. Lewis tied everything together in a nice novel sized package. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Heart Mender Meet Lucy Flaud, an Amish woman living in Lancaster County who is considered past the courting age, in Beverly Lewis' newest novel, "The Atonement". Everyday is filled with volunteering in the Amish community and the English community. Her life is so busy even her twin sisters complain about not getting to spend time together. Filling everyday affords Lucy the luxery of not thinking about her past so she believes. Her father is concerned that after three years their relationship is still strained. He decides to attend a bereavement support group thinking it may help. There he meets a young English man who would like to learn more about living off the grid. Mr. Flaud invites him to his farm but what he doesn't count on is the friendship that developes between him and Lucy. This is a wonderful story about forgiving ourselves and grace. We can not earn grace by working, it's a gift. Follow along with Lucy and her dad as they share their story and learn how God is in the business of being a heart mender. I received this book free to review for Bethany House publishers.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE ATONEMENT is Ms. Lewis' latest. Not really a romance (despite the back cover copy), this is more women's fiction. The romance is very back burner. Written in many different points of view, it includes Lucy's, her married sister's, Marty's, her father, Christian's, and others. Some parts of the story were very confusing and I went back and read them twice, three times, sometimes not understanding anyway. I couldn't relate to these characters. Very slow, this is not the Beverly Lewis book of years gone by. Seems she's lost her edge. It also seems Ms. Lewis was trying to mimic other Amish authors with some of the themes included.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
At first, I was disappointed with this book. I found it extremely hard to connect with Lucy, the main character. Lucy lives with a secret from her past and it is revealed slowly throughout the first half of the book and I would have rather had all the information at the beginning. With the way the secret was revealed I felt like I was missing out on something and felt a bit lost at times. Also, I found it hard to connect with her family, especially her father, who has a major role in the book. Once Lucy's secret is revealed completely I felt the story take a different turn and found myself enjoying the story and not wanting to put the book down. I then realized that every character in the book plays a role in Lucy letting go of the past and being able to concentrate on the future and also to forgive herself. Overall I found the book enjoyable and was a little sad to see the story end. I had finally found the connection to Lucy and found her to be a flawed, yet likable, person. I thought at the beginning this might be the beginning of a new series but it is a standalone as all of the character's lives are tidied up at the end and no storyline is left unfinished. Diehard fans of Beverly Lewis are sure to like this book. I also think it is an enjoyable read for fans of Amish fiction or those looking for a good read for a lazy day or weekend. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE ATONEMENT by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I am not sure if this will be the start of a new series, or a stand alone. I love Amish fiction, and all the Amish books I read, I later share with my mother. We make yearly trips to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, and I was excited that this book takes place near there. However, I never got a strong sense of the landscape or people. There were parts of the story I liked, and parts I didn’t. I did like how it portrayed the simplistic, religious lifestyle of the Amish. It is a feel-good book, and many of the characters receive a sweet, happy ending. I also liked how the book showed a growing relationship between an Amish family and an Englisher, and how it showed an Amish family going to grief-counselling. I really enjoyed reading about the grief-counseling group, as my mother and I are still struggling my grandmother’s passing. I didn’t like that the story dragged. It seemed longer than it should have been. All of the characters felt a little flat to me. They did have personalities, but I felt as though I never got a strong sense of what made any of them tick. I think the biggest issue for me was that, despite the grief-counseling, the book didn’t feel all that different from other Amish books that I have read. Overall, I do recommend this to lovers of Amish fiction as it does transport you into that world.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The Atonement is about a young Amish woman who feels she will never be worthy of Gods love, she is unable to forgive herself for past mistakes. Because Lucy Flaud won’t let go of her sins, and ask God and herself for forgiveness she is unable to move forward. We meet a Christian man who takes an interest in Lucy when he meets her father at bereavement sessions. Lucy’s father Christian invites the young man to come over to his home and shows him around, as Dale is interested in becoming more plain. Will his growing interest in Lucy lead her astray again, or will Dale embrace the Amish life. There is also a long time friend, Toby whom wants to make Lucy his wife, and she turns him down. Lucy spends a lot of her time helping her family and helping mankind, with soup kitchens and going to the nursing home. You are going to love her, and hope that she is able to move on from what has happened in her past. I loved her selflessness, and how her nieces and nephews adored her, your going to enjoy walking in her shoes for a while. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.