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Katherine Mayfield, die nuwe eienaar van die Mayfield-landgoed, het haar lewe lank van ’n luukse lewe gedroom. Maar soos die jare verbygaan, mis sy haar Amish-gesin en dierbare vriendin Mary Stoltzfus. Verban uit die eenvoudige lewe wat sy eens geken het, vind Katherine troos in vrywillige diens aan terminaalsiekes, ’n diens van liefde wat sy hoop eer aan haar biologiese Katherine Mayfield, die nuwe eienaar van die Mayfield-landgoed, het haar lewe lank van ’n luukse lewe gedroom. Maar soos die jare verbygaan, mis sy haar Amish-gesin en dierbare vriendin Mary Stoltzfus. Verban uit die eenvoudige lewe wat sy eens geken het, vind Katherine troos in vrywillige diens aan terminaalsiekes, ’n diens van liefde wat sy hoop eer aan haar biologiese ma se herinnering sal bring. Sonder dat Katherine daarvan bewus is, probeer haar lang verlore liefde, Daniel Fisher, haar desperaat opspoor, net om telkens voor ’n toe deur te staan te kom. Intussen verlustig sy haar in die moderne wêreld en geniet die aandag van Justin Wirth, ’n aantreklike man wat om haar liefde meeding. Herinnerings aan haar kinderjare saam met Daniel leef in haar hart, en tog is haar huidige lewe ver verwyderd van die bekende Lancaster-distrik. Katherine bly verlang na opregte vrede en sy word gedwing om haar verlede nog een keer te trotseer.


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Katherine Mayfield, die nuwe eienaar van die Mayfield-landgoed, het haar lewe lank van ’n luukse lewe gedroom. Maar soos die jare verbygaan, mis sy haar Amish-gesin en dierbare vriendin Mary Stoltzfus. Verban uit die eenvoudige lewe wat sy eens geken het, vind Katherine troos in vrywillige diens aan terminaalsiekes, ’n diens van liefde wat sy hoop eer aan haar biologiese Katherine Mayfield, die nuwe eienaar van die Mayfield-landgoed, het haar lewe lank van ’n luukse lewe gedroom. Maar soos die jare verbygaan, mis sy haar Amish-gesin en dierbare vriendin Mary Stoltzfus. Verban uit die eenvoudige lewe wat sy eens geken het, vind Katherine troos in vrywillige diens aan terminaalsiekes, ’n diens van liefde wat sy hoop eer aan haar biologiese ma se herinnering sal bring. Sonder dat Katherine daarvan bewus is, probeer haar lang verlore liefde, Daniel Fisher, haar desperaat opspoor, net om telkens voor ’n toe deur te staan te kom. Intussen verlustig sy haar in die moderne wêreld en geniet die aandag van Justin Wirth, ’n aantreklike man wat om haar liefde meeding. Herinnerings aan haar kinderjare saam met Daniel leef in haar hart, en tog is haar huidige lewe ver verwyderd van die bekende Lancaster-distrik. Katherine bly verlang na opregte vrede en sy word gedwing om haar verlede nog een keer te trotseer.

30 review for The Reckoning

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Besides the unbelievable plot developments, the poor writing, the forced and cheesy dialogue, and the fact that this easily could have been one book instead of three, I think the thing that most drove me crazy about this series (particularly this last book) was the author's constant and redundant preaching of her own narrow view of Christianity. I consider myself to be a tolerant person when it comes to religion--I think everyone should find what works for them and stick with it--but I really Besides the unbelievable plot developments, the poor writing, the forced and cheesy dialogue, and the fact that this easily could have been one book instead of three, I think the thing that most drove me crazy about this series (particularly this last book) was the author's constant and redundant preaching of her own narrow view of Christianity. I consider myself to be a tolerant person when it comes to religion--I think everyone should find what works for them and stick with it--but I really hate it when people who belong to one religion make judgments about those from another. I don't know much about the Amish (the protagonist was raised Amish), but I do know that they consider themselves to be Christian: they believe in the Bible and in Jesus Christ. But the protagonist, as she "finds" Christianity, and "accepts" Jesus Christ as her "personal Lord and Savior," constantly says things like, "I've never learned about forgiveness or Jesus or grace before--all this is so foreign to me; I don't know what to think." Since she was raised Amish and had been to church at least once every week, of course she "knew Jesus"! Give me a break. Obviously this is a sore spot for me, but I think that if someone (or a group of people) believes in the Bible and in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world, they fall under the umbrella of Christianity. And just because one brand of Christianity is different than another, it doesn't mean that that person or those people who are "different" aren't Christian. In summary: even if you think Amish culture is interesting, don't read these books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sirena

    I liked the first book in the series but not the second book. This one I skimmed through alot. It felt like the author wasn't sure which direction she wanted the main character to go in. Alot of it made no sense to me. As a woman, if the love of my life whom I thought had died and turns up alive on my doorstep, I would not shove him away and be angry. Yes I would have questions but I would be grateful he didn't die. Isn't that what we all pray for? That a loved one who has passed would come I liked the first book in the series but not the second book. This one I skimmed through alot. It felt like the author wasn't sure which direction she wanted the main character to go in. Alot of it made no sense to me. As a woman, if the love of my life whom I thought had died and turns up alive on my doorstep, I would not shove him away and be angry. Yes I would have questions but I would be grateful he didn't die. Isn't that what we all pray for? That a loved one who has passed would come back? So that part just didn't resonate with me. Her romance with Justin seemed a little forced. Like she was just trying to replace Daniel and this man seems the most likely and fastest choice. I know many of the Amish books are categorized as Christian fiction but this book was way over the top with the religion and preaching. I am open minded when it comes to other religions but as a Spiritual person the "fire and brimstone" teachings that the main character was experiencing as she attended Christian churches was a bit much for me. Religion is like a penis. It's perfectly fine to have and take pride in but when you take it out and wave it in my face, then we have a problem.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    The Reckoning is the third book in Beverly Lewis' Heritage of Lancaster County series. While I loved the first book, and abhorred the second, I have mixed feelings about the third. The story starts with Katherine becoming accustomed to life at the mansion after her biological mother's death. Just as she is settling in and getting used to things, Daniel, an old boyfriend whom she thought dead shows up on her doorstep begging forgiveness. Its a little more than Katherine can handle and she send him The Reckoning is the third book in Beverly Lewis' Heritage of Lancaster County series. While I loved the first book, and abhorred the second, I have mixed feelings about the third. The story starts with Katherine becoming accustomed to life at the mansion after her biological mother's death. Just as she is settling in and getting used to things, Daniel, an old boyfriend whom she thought dead shows up on her doorstep begging forgiveness. Its a little more than Katherine can handle and she send him away. Meanwhile, to fill her time she dates the charming painter Justin and volunteers at a hospice where she makes friends with a young boy dying from terminal cancer. She also hosts a quilting class in her home with several friends and also some newer friends, local amish people. Something is missing from her life though and as the ban on her shunning is partially lifted she returns home to talk with her family and friends and somewhat misses the Amish even though she has found a new religious relationship. The ending came as quite a surprise for me. While I had a suspicion that it might end up the way it did, I never imagined the destination to be what it was. It was as if Lewis changed her mind literally between paragraphs to a different ending and followed through with it. While I was pleased to see the development of characters improve in this novel over the second, I have some reservations about the novel. There seemed to be a quite open agenda throughout the entire novel, a theme if you will. While I realize Beverly Lewis' writings are technically classified as Christian fiction, this book was so blatant about its proselytizing it was almost off-putting. While I love reading about the Amish and their culture, the constant references to being saved by Jesus in the Mennonite and regular Christian churches Catherine attends was heavy handed. Lewis still offers a lot of detail in her writing and a nice history of the Amish. While most of it is written in the 3rd person, the prologue and epilogue are written through Katherine's eyes. It brings a nice change and divide in the novel. The Reckoning Published in 1998 281 pages

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    In this concluding book of the trilogy, Katherine has embraced her English ancestry, but as much as she likes parts of it, she cannot be fully comfortable in her role as a woman of wealth. She desires a more friendly relationship with her servants than is normally accepted. And there are times she craves some of the plain life she left behind. Author Beverly Lewis has written quite an interesting novel, one in which she cleverly solves Katherine’s conflicts as well as the problems faced by her In this concluding book of the trilogy, Katherine has embraced her English ancestry, but as much as she likes parts of it, she cannot be fully comfortable in her role as a woman of wealth. She desires a more friendly relationship with her servants than is normally accepted. And there are times she craves some of the plain life she left behind. Author Beverly Lewis has written quite an interesting novel, one in which she cleverly solves Katherine’s conflicts as well as the problems faced by her best friend, Mary. This novel is well written and peopled with delightful characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    ‘The Reckoning’ concludes The Heritage of Lancaster County Trilogy, following ‘The Shunning’ and ‘The Confession’. I was very pleased with how this series was wrapped up after my slight disappointment in Katherine in book two. I wasn't disappointed in the writing but in the character herself as I tend to develop a relationship with the books I lose myself in. ‘The Reckoning’ starts out with a look into Katherine's life as the Mistress of the Mayfield Manor and her continual struggle to fit in, ‘The Reckoning’ concludes The Heritage of Lancaster County Trilogy, following ‘The Shunning’ and ‘The Confession’. I was very pleased with how this series was wrapped up after my slight disappointment in Katherine in book two. I wasn't disappointed in the writing but in the character herself as I tend to develop a relationship with the books I lose myself in. ‘The Reckoning’ starts out with a look into Katherine's life as the Mistress of the Mayfield Manor and her continual struggle to fit in, even in the society she thought she so wanted. There's just something missing in life for Miss Katherine and she has yet to put her finger on what that is. Partly due to Daniel, her old love that she had thought was dead, has shown back up in her life, claiming he is still in love with her and always has been. However, Katherine has herself a new beau, the aristocratic artist named Justin Wirth. Katherine's romance with Justin was frustrating for me to read. I didn't trust him or his intentions and I felt that he didn't have Katherine's best interests in his heart. Meanwhile, life in Hickory Hollow, Katherine's old Amish community,has continued to go on. Mary's romance with the Bishop has blossomed and she has settled in as his wife and a mama to his children. Rebecca seems to slowly be recovering from the immense loss she endured with losing Katie to the English world. Annie is coming to terms with her brother Daniel's betrayal and sadness over his shunning. Ella Mae, perhaps my favorite character in this book, has suffered a stroke and is nearing the end of her life. It is Ella who holds the key to Katherine's salvation and in finding her true purpose in life. Not as the fancy and worldly "Katherine" but as the sweet and humble "Katie Girl". I was thrilled with the conclusion to this story. I just never saw Katie returning completely to her Amish roots, I was actually happy that she didn't. But I also am glad that she didn't choose to stay and live out her life as an extravagant rich lady. I would have never been able to accept her as anything else but "Plain". It was truly the best compromise for her. A fantastic series and I look forward to reading more by Beverly Lewis.

  6. 4 out of 5

    kim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Don't read this review if you don't want to know the ending! The story itself wasn't that bad, but pretty much a typical romance formula. Young lovers run into problems, part, reunite... Of course this one had an Amish flavor, and I enjoyed reading the speech patterns. My main gripe with the series wasn't the story or it's predicatbility. It is that the story could have been told in a single book, or maybe 2, if the author had fleshed it out some. (Here's the 'spoiler' part; for those who don't Don't read this review if you don't want to know the ending! The story itself wasn't that bad, but pretty much a typical romance formula. Young lovers run into problems, part, reunite... Of course this one had an Amish flavor, and I enjoyed reading the speech patterns. My main gripe with the series wasn't the story or it's predicatbility. It is that the story could have been told in a single book, or maybe 2, if the author had fleshed it out some. (Here's the 'spoiler' part; for those who don't want to know the end...quit reading NOW!) Katie and Daniel do, of course, reunite, but it seemed the story dragged out forever before they got there! It seemed totally out of character for Katie to not see what was up with the stranger the first time the butler turned Daniel away. And for NO ONE to realize he was speaking of the REAL Katie Lapp, and not the imposter, was totally unbelievable! Then, when Katie finally DID meet Daniel, her reaction was NOT what I would expect from someone who'd been in love with his memory all those years. I'm not Amish, but Katie was, and I would think that at least some of the 'confession and forgiveness' thing would have rubbed off to the point that she could have accepted him as a friend, if not her mate. Getting past that, for a 3 book series, the author left way too many things unanswered. Forget that the stepfather and imposter daughter were not prosecuted in the 2nd book. But what about Justin Wirth. Many times the author hinted at the idea that he may have been more interested in Katherine's money than Katherine. We never find out if he really loved her, or if he wanted to marry into her wealth as her 'step'father had marreid her biological mother. How does Katherine turn down his proposal and how does he react? Katie's mother attended her wedding, but what about her 'dat' and her brothers? Is she able to maintain a friendship with Mary, and how does the Bishop react? As I said, the story itself wasn't really a BAD story...just incomplete, and way too long for the material covere

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Phillips

    The final book of the Heritage of Lancaster County series. A good read, very good. Katherine has moved from her Amish home to the home of her birth mother, who died in the hospital at the end of book 2. She is searching for her mother's journal. She is dating a guy, Justin, but her first love, Dan, turns up at the house. Katherine is furious that he pretended to be dead for so long. Can she forgive Dan? Will this change things with Justin? Will Katherine find the Lord??? Will Mary marry the The final book of the Heritage of Lancaster County series. A good read, very good. Katherine has moved from her Amish home to the home of her birth mother, who died in the hospital at the end of book 2. She is searching for her mother's journal. She is dating a guy, Justin, but her first love, Dan, turns up at the house. Katherine is furious that he pretended to be dead for so long. Can she forgive Dan? Will this change things with Justin? Will Katherine find the Lord??? Will Mary marry the bishop that Katherine was betrothed to and ran out on, on the day of their wedding?? Will Mary get that same bishop to allow her, and others, to correspond with Katherine? And what will happen with Willie, the little boy Katherine is ministering to at the hospice??? This was a great book. One of things lost and found. Love, God, belonging, friends, family, faith, and more. And what to do with the big mansion Katherine inherited from her rich mother??? I had a feeling part way through the book what would happen... but I won't answer the questions for you. You will have to read and find out. "'My search is over, Mamma. All the scraps and pieces of my life are a God-ordered design ... like one of your beautiful quilts. I was looking for fancy things and found a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. I was yearning for my roots and found a portion of heaven on earth' I patted the small white Bible I'd carried under my wedding roses. 'It's all right here, Mamma. I just didn't know it.'" (location 3515)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This author is writing from an evangelical Christian perspective -- while she has respect and understanding of the Amish community, in her mind the greatest good is being "saved" by Jesus. The evangelical slant diminished this series for me, as well as the fact that this is not the most skilled author. However, she told a story that got me interested, and made me care about the characters enough to want to finish it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    I enjoyed the first two books in this series better than this one. I was looking forward to reading The Reckoning, but was somewhat disappointed in parts of it. Katherine seemed wishy-washy to me and parts of the story just didn't seem that realistic. As is usual in most fiction books, the ending seemed rushed, with some details left out. Definitely not one of my favorites from this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    An excellent finish to the series! The story developed well, any questions I had during this story (and the preceding two) were answered by the last page. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys romance, Christian Fiction, or is looking for a new book to read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was alright, but I think because I have seen the film version it’s kind of ruined it for me. Mum and I bought the books on the premise of those films and there is such a change in the story which I think is why I’m having trouble with the plot in the book. Throughout the book Katie has been a Fabulous character , She has not been afraid to go out into the wider world and see life. The ending of the book to me was a bit rushed , And her going to Dan was so Impulsive & didn’t quite This book was alright, but I think because I have seen the film version it’s kind of ruined it for me. Mum and I bought the books on the premise of those films and there is such a change in the story which I think is why I’m having trouble with the plot in the book. Throughout the book Katie has been a Fabulous character , She has not been afraid to go out into the wider world and see life. The ending of the book to me was a bit rushed , And her going to Dan was so Impulsive & didn’t quite sit well with me. I’m glad that I have read all three in the book series but I Won’t be rushing to get any more books by this author, I just find her writing rather saccharine!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I read the first book in this series and had a hard time putting it down. I knew that something would happen with the young man that was Katie's first love, and didn't think she would marry the older Bishop with all the children. I bought the second book to see what would happen with her first love, but it didn't happen in that book. Then I had to buy the third book to see what happened with this first love. The got together, but I would have liked the story to have more story time in that area. I read the first book in this series and had a hard time putting it down. I knew that something would happen with the young man that was Katie's first love, and didn't think she would marry the older Bishop with all the children. I bought the second book to see what would happen with her first love, but it didn't happen in that book. Then I had to buy the third book to see what happened with this first love. The got together, but I would have liked the story to have more story time in that area. I enjoyed the story line about her volunteer work at the hospice, and how she decided to help them, by giving them her mother's huge house, when she decided to go back to her Amish home area. Katie changed, but still had many of the Amish ways in her life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    I finished this one in just a few hours and it was great. Sweet series with great characters. It tugged at my heart and rekindled my love for Amish books. Can’t wait to read more by this author soon

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Bartlett

    In two days I finished off the entire triology. I just had to know what happened to Katie! I'm honestly glad at the ending but I do wish she went back to being Amish with Daniel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaret

    I enjoy reading Amish stories because I enjoy learning about cultures different from my own. This author did not seem to truly appreciate the culture. She was very preachy about why their beliefs were wrong and they should all convert to "true" Christianity. The author seemed so focused on converting her main character, she forgot what else she wanted to to with her. This made the story seem very lost at times.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danae

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was so confident I had read this book years ago, but nothing from it seemed at all familiar, so, for whatever reason, I must have stopped at the second book... I will say I was disappointed by this one. For one thing, I hated how there was so much confusion over Daniel calling Katherine "Katie". I don't know why the butler wouldn't have any concept of the possibility that someone from Katherine's old life might try to contact her. Why would he assume Daniel was referring to the impostor? It was I was so confident I had read this book years ago, but nothing from it seemed at all familiar, so, for whatever reason, I must have stopped at the second book... I will say I was disappointed by this one. For one thing, I hated how there was so much confusion over Daniel calling Katherine "Katie". I don't know why the butler wouldn't have any concept of the possibility that someone from Katherine's old life might try to contact her. Why would he assume Daniel was referring to the impostor? It was too obviously just a way for Daniel to come frustratingly close to Katherine without a reunion actually taking place. I also was very unsatisfied with the ending. Katherine is perfectly happy living in the mansion and using her wealth to help others until she suddenly turns around and decides she's not happy living that way, so she ditches the mansion and becomes Mennonite instead. It was so abrupt. And I felt like the book was claiming that it's wrong to be rich or to enjoy nice things. I would have bought her happy medium if she had found herself becoming obsessed with her riches, but that didn't ever seem to be a concern. I thought there would be more of a love triangle, but it was clear that Justin was never a contender. There wasn't really much substance to their relationship at all. It makes sense to me, though. As if dating Justin was just a part of testing out this new life she has. This isn't really a complaint. I don't mind love triangles, but they are a bit over-used these days. Combining the last two points, maybe it would have made more sense if Katherine's faith in God wavered and dating Justin was part of that, considering he was so apathetic toward religion. That would have achieved the same end, and been more believable and satisfying, I think.

  17. 4 out of 5

    AudioBookFans

    This review refers to the audiobook version The Reckoning not only brought this series to an end, it proved a stern point. Amish fiction is far from boring and Beverly Lewis depicted a wonderful story. Katherine Mayfield, the main character in this series, is adjusting well to her new, “fancy” life and becoming more of an “Englisher” than she ever thought possible. Katherine struggles with her old love, Daniel, and her new love, Justin and what she really wants in her life. Even though she misses This review refers to the audiobook version The Reckoning not only brought this series to an end, it proved a stern point. Amish fiction is far from boring and Beverly Lewis depicted a wonderful story. Katherine Mayfield, the main character in this series, is adjusting well to her new, “fancy” life and becoming more of an “Englisher” than she ever thought possible. Katherine struggles with her old love, Daniel, and her new love, Justin and what she really wants in her life. Even though she misses her life in Hickory Hollow, she also loves the fancy things she has always dreamed of having. She misses her adoptive mother, Rebecca and her best friend, Mary among other simple life things. The narrator of this audiobook series, Marguerite Gavin, is wonderful. Gavin uses a very believable Amish dialect when she speaks the phrases of the characters and also has a very captivating voice. I’m thankful that Blackstone Audio used the same narrator throughout the series, it makes the story flow better from book to book. I was glad that so many things were concluded in this book. I really feel that Lewis left no stone unturned and that I was satisfied with the ending. I don’t like to be left hanging; wondering what happened to a certain character or relationship. Overall, the Heritage of Lancaster County Series is wonderful and captivating. I truly enjoyed all three books, especially The Reckoning because it tied together every loose end. I will be listening to more Amish fiction soon, these stories really keep my attention. Originally posted on our blog at http://www.audiobookfans.com/2010/07/audiobook-review-of-the-reckoning/

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    This review it for all three of the books in the The Heritage of Lancaster County series. You really can't read one without wanting to read the other, and the books flowed so nicely after the other that it really felt like it was one whole book. I normally don't read books about the Amish, but I saw the movie for "The Shunning" and "The Confession". I really loved the movies, and the ending of "The Confession" was left hanging for the next movie. I was so upset at having to wait till the next This review it for all three of the books in the The Heritage of Lancaster County series. You really can't read one without wanting to read the other, and the books flowed so nicely after the other that it really felt like it was one whole book. I normally don't read books about the Amish, but I saw the movie for "The Shunning" and "The Confession". I really loved the movies, and the ending of "The Confession" was left hanging for the next movie. I was so upset at having to wait till the next movie to find out, so I read the series. I'd say the books were definitely better than the movie. Books always take you deeper into the characters feelings. Both the first two books are left cliffhanging for the next book, so it's kinda hard not to read the whole series. I loved how the author was writing from other character's view point, not just Katie's/Katherine's. It was neat to see how each character had a story of there own, not just Katie. I'm so glad to finally be done with this series. I really enjoyed reading them and I can't wait till the movie for the Reckoning finally come's out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Arianne

    This series has to be one of my favorites by Beverly Lewis. I think it's the first series from her that I read. This story deals with a young Amish woman finding out she was adopted, and trying to decide between her Amish family and Englischer family, or between her average life and fairy tale life. I like books by Beverly Lewis because they are a pleasant read. Lewis often writes books set in Amish country. I used to live close to several Amish settlements, so I had a little window into Amish This series has to be one of my favorites by Beverly Lewis. I think it's the first series from her that I read. This story deals with a young Amish woman finding out she was adopted, and trying to decide between her Amish family and Englischer family, or between her average life and fairy tale life. I like books by Beverly Lewis because they are a pleasant read. Lewis often writes books set in Amish country. I used to live close to several Amish settlements, so I had a little window into Amish life. I also enjoy her usage of Pennsylvania Dutch, which I like to pretend I understand, because it's derived from German, which I do understand. Lewis addresses modern topics in her stories, such as cancer, "Englischers" discovering the bounties that Amish life has to offer children born out of wedlock, etc. Her characters are interesting, although I have to say after a while, they tend to blend together after a while. The characters are either firm in their faith, or wavering. If they waver, they predictably become Mennonites. They find love and satisfaction in their lives, and the people are always pretty in their own way. It gets kinda old. But, again, it's a pleasant read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mom

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Forgot to add this to my list when I first started it so it took me longer than a day to read this. What a life Katherine had in the English world. Sometimes I think it would be nice to have servants and be able to do whatever you wanted because everyone did things for you. But it would get old with so much time on your hands. The book kept your interest because I wondered what choice Katherine would eventually make - to stay English or go be with Daniel. But all along I deep down thought that Forgot to add this to my list when I first started it so it took me longer than a day to read this. What a life Katherine had in the English world. Sometimes I think it would be nice to have servants and be able to do whatever you wanted because everyone did things for you. But it would get old with so much time on your hands. The book kept your interest because I wondered what choice Katherine would eventually make - to stay English or go be with Daniel. But all along I deep down thought that Katherine would go back to her first love - Daniel. That she did - but not until the very last few pages. Would have liked a little more romance in how she chooses to go back but it ended on a good note.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Even worse than the first two...and she didn't wrap up the relationship with suitor #2 at all before going back to her first love in a contrived, super-fast, "o-whoops-I-have-to-end-the-book-and-they're-not-together-yet" sort of way. But at least I figured out the ending, although it wasn't at all what I hoped for. Also--the FIRST book's realism was not present in the last two at all. I could identify with her in the first one. The rest--I thought she was insincere, shallow, and easily swayed. Even worse than the first two...and she didn't wrap up the relationship with suitor #2 at all before going back to her first love in a contrived, super-fast, "o-whoops-I-have-to-end-the-book-and-they're-not-together-yet" sort of way. But at least I figured out the ending, although it wasn't at all what I hoped for. Also--the FIRST book's realism was not present in the last two at all. I could identify with her in the first one. The rest--I thought she was insincere, shallow, and easily swayed. Anyway. I think I'm done with Beverly Lewis books. :P

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Well, I'm glad to be done with this 3-book series. This last book, was probably my least favorite due to the fact that the ending (which was what I was really looking forward too) was forced and kind of came out of nowhere. Also, the religious messages throughout the book were overbearing and just silly after a while. I feel like the word "Jesus" was in every line. I'm glad the love story ended how I wanted it to, but i wanted it to happen a little more realistically. They made a movie of this Well, I'm glad to be done with this 3-book series. This last book, was probably my least favorite due to the fact that the ending (which was what I was really looking forward too) was forced and kind of came out of nowhere. Also, the religious messages throughout the book were overbearing and just silly after a while. I feel like the word "Jesus" was in every line. I'm glad the love story ended how I wanted it to, but i wanted it to happen a little more realistically. They made a movie of this series on hallmark channel, I may watch it just to see if it's any better.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Clevenger

    Katy Laab was born Katherine Mayfield, by a young, scared English seventeen year old girl. Her family gave her to an Amish couple to raise as their own. Katy discovered the existence of her birth mother, and she left to seek her out. Shunned by the Amish, and after the death of her mother, she met a nice English man, and thought marriage was in the air. Daniel, her childhood love, thought dead, contacted her and upset her new life. Another wonderful story of faith and hope in Jesus Christ.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    An entirely predictable ending to the trilogy. Ah well, at least (view spoiler)[she ended up with Daniel (hide spoiler)] .

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Costella

    All I can say is it kept me on my toes and reading every chance I got!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    2.5 + THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY Mild spoilers The Reckoning’ starts out with a look into Katherine's life as the Mistress of the Mayfield Manor and her continual struggle to fit in, even in the society she thought she so wanted. There's just something missing in life for Miss Katherine and she has yet to put her finger on what that is. 2.5 + THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY Mild spoilers The Reckoning’ starts out with a look into Katherine's life as the Mistress of the Mayfield Manor and her continual struggle to fit in, even in the society she thought she so wanted. There's just something missing in life for Miss Katherine and she has yet to put her finger on what that is. Partly due to Daniel, her old love that she had thought was dead, has shown back up in her life, claiming he is still in love with her and always has been. However, Katherine has herself a new beau, the aristocratic artist named Justin Wirth. Katherine's romance with Justin was frustrating for me to read. I didn't trust him or his intentions and I felt that he didn't have Katherine's best interests in his heart. Meanwhile, life in Hickory Hollow, Katherine's old Amish community,has continued to go on. Mary's romance with the Bishop has blossomed and she has settled in as his wife and a mama to his children. Rebecca seems to slowly be recovering from the immense loss she endured with losing Katie to the English world. Annie is coming to terms with her brother Daniel's betrayal and sadness over his shunning. Ella Mae, perhaps my favorite character in this book, has suffered a stroke and is nearing the end of her life. It is Ella who holds the key to Katherine's salvation and in finding her true purpose in life. Not as the fancy and worldly "Katherine" but as the sweet and humble "Katie Girl". I was thrilled with the conclusion to this story. I just never saw Katie returning completely to her Amish roots, I was actually happy that she didn't. But I also am glad that she didn't choose to stay and live out her life as an extravagant rich lady. I would have never been able to accept her as anything else but "Plain". It was truly the best compromise for her. ** The story starts with Katherine becoming accustomed to life at the mansion after her biological mother's death. Just as she is settling in and getting used to things, Daniel, an old boyfriend whom she thought dead shows up on her doorstep begging forgiveness. Its a little more than Katherine can handle and she send him away. Meanwhile, to fill her time she dates the charming painter Justin and volunteers at a hospice where she makes friends with a young boy dying from terminal cancer. She also hosts a quilting class in her home with several friends and also some newer friends, local amish people. Something is missing from her life though and as the ban on her shunning is partially lifted she returns home to talk with her family and friends and somewhat misses the Amish even though she has found a new religious relationship. The ending came as quite a surprise for me. While I had a suspicion that it might end up the way it did, I never imagined the destination to be what it was. It was as if Lewis changed her mind literally between paragraphs to a different ending and followed through with it. ** I liked the first book in the series but not the second book as much and this one even less. It felt like the author wasn't sure which direction she wanted the main character to go in. Alot of it made no sense to me. As a woman, if the love of my life whom I thought had died and turns up alive on my doorstep, I would not shove him away and be angry. Yes I would have questions but I would be grateful he didn't die. Isn't that what we all pray for? That a loved one who has passed would come back? So that part just didn't resonate with me. Her romance with Justin seemed a little forced. Like she was just trying to replace Daniel and this man seems the most likely and fastest choice.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anne Marie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This last book of the series focuses on Katie Lapp, now Katherine Mansfield, trying to figure out the English life and who she wants to spend the rest of her life with. Katherine is now the owner of the mansion where her mother lived. I can understand a big place like this needs a lot of upkeep, but does Katherine, one person, need all this help? She must have inherited a ton of money in order to keep all these people employed. Katherine tries to keep herself occupied so she volunteers at a This last book of the series focuses on Katie Lapp, now Katherine Mansfield, trying to figure out the English life and who she wants to spend the rest of her life with. Katherine is now the owner of the mansion where her mother lived. I can understand a big place like this needs a lot of upkeep, but does Katherine, one person, need all this help? She must have inherited a ton of money in order to keep all these people employed. Katherine tries to keep herself occupied so she volunteers at a hospice, gets a quilting group together, and helps in the kitchen. Daniel, Katherine’s first love, is alive and well. He gets up the courage to go to Katherine’s home but the butler sends him away at first, thinking he’s looking for the actress that pretended to be Katie Lapp. When Daniel realizes Katie changed her name, he comes to the mansion again and actually gets to see Katherine....except unbelievably Katherine isn’t even happy to see him!! She sends him away!! He even writes her a letter but Katherine still doesn’t want anything to do with him. She’s confused with his new religious beliefs and why he didn’t tell anyone he was alive for five years. Back in Hickory Hollow, Mary Stoltzfus, Katherine’s best friend, is getting to know Bishop John better and eventually becomes his new wife and mother to his five children. She asks John if he could lesson the ban on Katie and he does, allowing people to speak and write to her. Ella Mae, the wise Amish woman, suffers a stroke, but she makes sure Katherine visits her one last time to let her know she found Jesus and know she is saved. While Katherine visits her special places around Hickory Hollow, Daniel happens to be visiting too, probably in response to Ella Mae telling him to come visit her too! This visit still doesn’t seem to move Katherine back to Daniel. In fact, she’s waiting for her beau back in New York, Justin, to propose to her! But when he does, Katherine keeps thinking about what her birth mother’s diary said. That she wanted her daughter to live a plain life. Her birth mother thought that being rich had its cons, and wanted her daughter to live simply and be free. Katherine slowly realizes what she enjoys best with her English life; not the glamour, but her volunteering at the hospice and friendship with some Amish women who help with her quilting. So when Justin proposes, she realizes who she truly loves, where she wants to be, and what she should do with her mansion. The hospice needs a bigger place, she misses home, and finally she goes to the man who had always loved her and now shares her love and new Mennonite beliefs for Jesus.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    I am glad to see the end of this book. Why in the world I kept going after disliking the second book in this series so much, I'll never know. There's a certain stubborness to me, that keeps me pressing on. I blame it on the autism. In this third book, Katherine is adjusting to life in the mansion, has more men thrown at her than she can handle, she is well-loved by every person she meets, including those that are shunning her, and is given the choice of every dream/fantasy a girl could have. What I am glad to see the end of this book. Why in the world I kept going after disliking the second book in this series so much, I'll never know. There's a certain stubborness to me, that keeps me pressing on. I blame it on the autism. In this third book, Katherine is adjusting to life in the mansion, has more men thrown at her than she can handle, she is well-loved by every person she meets, including those that are shunning her, and is given the choice of every dream/fantasy a girl could have. What more can I say? This is every teen girl's wild daydream I suspect, with more Mary Sue factors than a person can count. And yet people love these books. I truly do not know why. I finally was getting all the characters sorted out by this book. Wow, it gets hard. We have everyone from the previous books, and then started adding in some new folks. There's some heartstrings being tugged, but with volunteering in a HOSPICE can't we expect heartbreak???? I kept wanting to shout at Katherine and tell her, "You know why they're there, right?" The ending was rushed and awkward. I had an idea that it would go that way, and was sorely disappointed when it did. Not because she wound up with the wrong person, but (view spoiler)[she wound up with a person that we never saw for more than a dozen pages in the entire book, and that we knew nothing about, nor were we given a chance to watch their relationship grow (hide spoiler)] . Overall I would NOT recommend this series. The only reason I gave this two stars instead of one is because I kept reading despite everything in me telling me not to finish. ARGH. I really hate to say this, but I will hesitate a long time before touching anything by this author again. I really hope she improved over time...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    This was simply not a satisfactory conclusion to Katie/Katherine's story. I felt like the romance between Katherine and Justin was shoved aside and left up in the air just so she could end up with Dan--despite the fact that she was not in love with Dan anymore and was even angry with him for a while and rightly so. You're telling me that she suddenly fell back in love with him? For what reason? It didn't make sense to me and felt rushed and forced. And there was also Katherine's random decision This was simply not a satisfactory conclusion to Katie/Katherine's story. I felt like the romance between Katherine and Justin was shoved aside and left up in the air just so she could end up with Dan--despite the fact that she was not in love with Dan anymore and was even angry with him for a while and rightly so. You're telling me that she suddenly fell back in love with him? For what reason? It didn't make sense to me and felt rushed and forced. And there was also Katherine's random decision to become plain again. I felt like that, in addition to her cluelessness in this book, was very uncharacteristic of the smart, determined Katie of the first two books. That's not all. Mary and the Bishop's romance was so strange and kind of unbelievable. Annoyingly, the POV kept switching back to them and their creepy rendezvous. The writing was pretty redundant. Not to mention the whole beginning where so much importance was centered on finding Laura's diary. Katherine searched and searched only to suddenly forget about it until the last couple of chapters when it unexpectedly fell into her lap. I had almost completely forgotten she had ever been interested in finding the diary! So that was an insignificant subplot. Overall, I feel like the series would have been better had it finished after book two. This one seemed to drag on unnecessarily only to end abruptly with lots of loose ends and forced happiness. The whole series was predictable, and I'll admit I was kind of hoping that the author would surprise me for once with the ending here. But no. Sadly, I knew before the end of book two how book three would end, which was disappointing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ramona Mead

    Oh what a huge letdown! I skimmed the last third because I wanted to know how Katie's story ended, but I couldn't stand the cheese writing any more. Then, I was utterly disappointed with her choices and where she ended up in the end. She completely contradicted her own wishes and actions that drove her through the first two books! This trilogy could easily have been one book if it was executed better. The premise, a young Amish woman discovers she was adopted at birth and longs to meet her with Oh what a huge letdown! I skimmed the last third because I wanted to know how Katie's story ended, but I couldn't stand the cheese writing any more. Then, I was utterly disappointed with her choices and where she ended up in the end. She completely contradicted her own wishes and actions that drove her through the first two books! This trilogy could easily have been one book if it was executed better. The premise, a young Amish woman discovers she was adopted at birth and longs to meet her with birth mother and live a non-Amish life, is fascinating and at first Katie was a compelling character. But, things were drawn out way too long, and the writing seemed to get worse with each book. Also, I expected religion and Christian values to appear in Amish fiction, and it was low level until the second half of this last book, then it was overwhelming and didn't fit with the rest of the plot. This series is my first venture into this author's books and the Amish fiction genre. I will definitely try another of Lewis' and some other authors before I give up on the genre all together.

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