THE SACRIFICE

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Lewis returns to the 1940s Amish community of Gobbler's Knob, Pennsylvania, in the third installment of her Abram's Daughters series. Abandoned by her fiancé and betrayed by Sadie, her nearest and dearest sister, Leah Ebersol determines to move on with her life. She entertains hope of a new beau, and at the same time wonders if she is meant to be the wife of Smithy Gid, her father's choice.

Twins Mary Ruth and Hannah enter their courting years with different aspirations; one wants to make her church vows right away, the other hungers for more than religious tradition. Fateful decisions threaten to tear the sisters apart. Then fresh tragedy strikes the Ebersols, and everyone—especially Leah—must search their hearts for God's will.

Themes of family unity and forgiveness abound in this moving episode, set in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. This book doesn't quite live up to the promise of its predecessor, The Betrayal, but it's winsome and full of fascinating cultural detail. (May, 320 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson