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Beverly Lewis was born in Pennsylvania Amish country, is an accomplished musician, and was previously a schoolteacher. Now an award-winning author, her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times. She and her husband, David, live in Monument, Colorado.
In this second book in Lewis's latest series, "Annie's People," Annie is still struggling with her need to paint in direct opposition to the dictates of the Amish faith and desires of her father, Preacher Zook. She is also strongly attracted to the "Englisher" Ben Martin. Her father seems willing to tolerate his sons' desire to explore the outside world before they settle down, but Annie's behavior is completely unacceptable to him. Esther Hochstetler, a childhood friend of Annie's, is married to emotionally disturbed Zeke, who abuses Esther and her children. Her story makes a dark thread running through the entire book. This tale deals with the life of Amish women, from the happy and contented to those struggling with their customs. Lewis is able to bring this community to life and make one really care about the women who live there. Stina Nielsen is extremely adept at differentiating between the Amish speech and English. There is a subtle change in the cadence and accent that makes it very clear who is speaking. Highly recommended, especially for those libraries that purchased The Preacher's Daughter.-Nancy Reed, Immanuel Baptist Church Lib., Paducah, KY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.