Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Reckoning

The Reckoning
Beverly Lewis
281 pages
Publisher: Bethany House

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

The Reckoning is the third and final book in the Heritage of Lancaster series and follows The Shunning and The Confession.  In this installment, we find Katherine the lady of the house after her biological mother has passed away and she is enjoying her time dating a local Englisher painter.  But when her Amish ex-boyfriend Dan "comes back from the dead" it causes her to start thinking about what she really wants.

As with The Confession, I really enjoyed the "Englisher" side of the story, but I was really intrigued as Katherine started taking on more Amish ways of life and introducing them to her friends and staff.  I thought the volunteer work she did was fantastic and I loved the way she started a quilting group and even invited some Amish neighbors to join in.

The characters were great in this book, though I did think it had a few too many subplots.  I was happy to see Katherine's friend Mary finally get married but other than that, I didn't care about any of the other character's plots.

All in all, I thought this was a good conclusion to the series, though The Confession remains my favorite book of all three.  What I wanted to have happen didn't, but I think the ending was a good compromise for the entire series.  I should also add that this is probably my favorite series I've read so far by Beverly Lewis.

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