30 review for The Confession

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I enjoyed the second book in this series, but I got pretty frustrated with the main character's willingness to forget her adoptive mother--her love, her sacrifices--ultimately the past 22 years of her life! She fell in love with the idea of her birthmother. Before she even met her, she convinced herself that she belonged in this new life and that so much had been taken from her. Right now, I'm sort of at a point in my life, where I feel like telling certain people to get over their difficulties I enjoyed the second book in this series, but I got pretty frustrated with the main character's willingness to forget her adoptive mother--her love, her sacrifices--ultimately the past 22 years of her life! She fell in love with the idea of her birthmother. Before she even met her, she convinced herself that she belonged in this new life and that so much had been taken from her. Right now, I'm sort of at a point in my life, where I feel like telling certain people to get over their difficulties and just deal with the life they are living, rather than focus on what should have or would have been. However, I really enjoy reading about the Amish lifestyle and imagine how different everything must be in their world.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanee

    Is this story never going to end? So convenient that her birth mom happens to be rich and is pretty nearly a perfect saint. Drove me crazy!! And the part about her long-lost boyfriend? This is like something I would have written in fourth grade.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    I enjoyed the first book so much that I immediately purchased the second book in the series The Confession by Beverly Lewis I had such a strong desire to find out what happened next that I stayed up quite late reading The Confession. *WARNING* SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SHUNNING!!! So, at the end of The Shunning we find out that after Katie has left to go find her birth mother and has assumed her new life as Katherine Mayfield, a fancy Englischer instead of Katie Lapp, who she was I enjoyed the first book so much that I immediately purchased the second book in the series The Confession by Beverly Lewis I had such a strong desire to find out what happened next that I stayed up quite late reading The Confession. *WARNING* SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SHUNNING!!! So, at the end of The Shunning we find out that after Katie has left to go find her birth mother and has assumed her new life as Katherine Mayfield, a fancy Englischer instead of Katie Lapp, who she was raised as, that Dan Fisher, her first love, is not, in fact, dead. The first book ends shortly after reading a letter from Dan to his sister confessing that he did not die drowning that day, but instead was sorrowful that he had chosen to let his family think that he had died, and wished to come back and confess to his family to let them know that he was not, in fact, dead for the past five years. The Confession primarily follows Katie as she goes to Canadadigua in New York to the Bennett Estate to meet her birth mother. However, when she arrives she finds that there is already an Amish girl, named Katie Lapp staying at the Bennett estate, claiming to be her mother's daughter. Katherine is baffled, who is this girl? Did she go to the wrong home? What is going on? But, out of luck she gets hired on at the Bennett estate to work as a housekeeper, and she uses the time to try to investigate further. In doing so, Katherine discovers that "Katie Lapp" is an impostor who clearly was never Amish and has some ulterior motive for tricking Katherine's mother into thinking that she is her daughter. With a little more time it becomes clear to Katherine that her mother's husband is behind hiring "Katie Lapp" in an effort to steal her estate from underneath her as her mother is quickly dying from M.S. Katherine needs to find a way to save her mother from being swindled by her own husband, Mr. Dylan Bennett. However, Mr. Bennett does NOT want this to happen and makes it extremely difficult for Katherine to have a chance to prove herself to her own mother. We also learn a lot more about Dan Fisher and where he has been during the past five years, and ultimately why he chose to let his family think he was dead. However, the story leaves off before he and Katherine reunite (assuming that they, in fact do) and I am guessing in the third book we find out if they come together and what happens... I though The Confession was a great follow-up to The Shunning. I was so pleased by my purchase, it was entirely worth it, no question. I think if you read and enjoyed The Shunning that you MUST read The Confession. It is heartwarming and keeps you reading and attentive the entire read. I look forward to when I can read the third book in the series! Five out of five stars!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I told myself I wouldn't finish this series, but since I already had the sequel to The Shunning checked out and I have this need to finish what I've started, I decided to continue on with Lewis' Heritage of Lancaster County series. What I found, though, was an absolute mess. The Confession is completely disjointed as we add five more characters to an already packed house, and the reader jumps inside a dozen people's heads. Conflicts arise and disappear with little to no resolutions. With a I told myself I wouldn't finish this series, but since I already had the sequel to The Shunning checked out and I have this need to finish what I've started, I decided to continue on with Lewis' Heritage of Lancaster County series. What I found, though, was an absolute mess. The Confession is completely disjointed as we add five more characters to an already packed house, and the reader jumps inside a dozen people's heads. Conflicts arise and disappear with little to no resolutions. With a predictable story line, the "woman she hopes to call Mother" is conveniently rich, but not rich enough to keep her daughter, and Katie's -- excuse me, Katherine's --attempts to get to know her mother are stopped after her evil stepfather, Dylan Bennett, finds out who she really is. He is, of course, after her mother's money. The whole long-lost boyfriend is very melodramatic, very middle school, Katherine continues to be a very annoying character, and the family that raises her continues to suffer.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    ‘The Confession’ is book two in the The Heritage of Lancaster County trilogy by Beverly Lewis. In The Shunning we met Katie Lapp, 22 year old Amish girl who feels as if she doesn't fit in. Upon learning that she was adopted she is less content to continue living her plain life. She ends up leaving the Amish Bishop at the altar, an act that ultimately leads to her shunning. In ‘The Confession’ we see Katie, who now calls herself Katherine as she tries to find her birth mother and embraces the ‘The Confession’ is book two in the The Heritage of Lancaster County trilogy by Beverly Lewis. In The Shunning we met Katie Lapp, 22 year old Amish girl who feels as if she doesn't fit in. Upon learning that she was adopted she is less content to continue living her plain life. She ends up leaving the Amish Bishop at the altar, an act that ultimately leads to her shunning. In ‘The Confession’ we see Katie, who now calls herself Katherine as she tries to find her birth mother and embraces the English way of life. I'm going to admit, I was fairly frustrated with "Katherine" in this book. She was all too willing to completely forget a mother and father who loved and raised her in her desperate attempt to find the woman who gave her up at birth. It's nice that her mother turned out to be a decent lady but I was very frustrated, nonetheless that Rebecca Lapp, the adoptive mother, has been cast aside with certain ingratitude. Overall I did enjoy the book. I am enjoying seeing a side to Amish culture that many other fiction writers of the genre will steer clear of. By learning more about their belief system and culture, I feel as if I have a better insight into their personal lives and their faith. She's very accurate in her descriptions which I find fascinating. For example, I found it interesting to learn that the Amish Ladies of Lancaster County do not use buttons. Why I find this fascinating is beyond me, but for the reader who enjoys learning authentic facts about the Amish and Mennonite, Beverly Lewis does an exceptionally accurate account of their culture, lifestyles and beliefs. I'm giving this book 4 of 5 stars simply because of the frustration I felt with "Katherine" and her obvious disregard for her adoptive mother. I sincerely hope that this issue resolves itself satisfactorily in the third book, ‘The Reckoning’.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    The sequel to The Shunning has more action, but is also more disjointed. We are inside a dozen different people's heads, and the result is a literary mess, in my opinion. The action is interesting, if somewhat predictable. The forshadowing is too obvious (same in the first book). And the lead character seems to be a bit stupid. I know she grew up Amish, but there's a difference between naivete and stupidity. The author clearly doesn't know it. But maybe I'm assuming too much, not being familiar The sequel to The Shunning has more action, but is also more disjointed. We are inside a dozen different people's heads, and the result is a literary mess, in my opinion. The action is interesting, if somewhat predictable. The forshadowing is too obvious (same in the first book). And the lead character seems to be a bit stupid. I know she grew up Amish, but there's a difference between naivete and stupidity. The author clearly doesn't know it. But maybe I'm assuming too much, not being familiar with Amish culture. I don't know how her upbringing would have affected her actions. Anyway. I may finish the series. I haven't decided yet.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura Potter

    I really enjoyed reading th confession it was a very good book and held my interest I enjoy reading books by Beverly Lewis

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sicily Yoder

    An awesome book. If you enjoyed The Shunning, you will love this book. As usual, Beverly Lewis has added some twists and turns along the way.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    I liked this story but it was predictable and Just a wee bit disappointed that her Amish mother was not given more credit for raising her. On the next book in series...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vin

    Update 7/23/2018: This book.....I'm 100 pages in and I have many many opinions. Katie is a very good protagonist but at the same time: TELL HER ALREADY! Just don't pretend to be a housemaid. Speaking of which, Laura is killing me. of course she is a living saint. Her husband though: Katie's parents haven't changed but yet at the end of the prior book they were like "here is cash". Ok Her Mennonite cousin annoyed me too. But the kicker has to be Daniel. My general reaction to him still is this Update 7/23/2018: This book.....I'm 100 pages in and I have many many opinions. Katie is a very good protagonist but at the same time: TELL HER ALREADY! Just don't pretend to be a housemaid. Speaking of which, Laura is killing me. of course she is a living saint. Her husband though: Katie's parents haven't changed but yet at the end of the prior book they were like "here is cash". Ok Her Mennonite cousin annoyed me too. But the kicker has to be Daniel. My general reaction to him still is this though: He is just annoying me the most. I get he faked his death and wants to go see his family and his Katie again (he is in for a shock) but he is just as annoying as I expected him to be at this point. I hope he isn't one of these when he finds out: Update 7/24/2018: I love how obviously fake the fake Katie is and nobody is calling her out on it yet. Kinda hysterical actually. Katie's mother (Rebecca) is the most realistic thus far. But Mary needs to take a cold shower. She is pining away for the man who shunned her best friend, was her best friend's future husband, oh and just so happens to be the BISHOP and has kids already but wants her best friend back in the worst way. Mary sure is something. This is pretty accurately portraying her thus far: And Daniel....oh dumb dumb Daniel. Can't wait for the band aid to be ripped off. Update 7/25/2018: This book made me laugh towards the end. She gets fired by Laura's husband after she basically reveals who she is then remembers the dress as proof? Could have waltzed in there with it from the get go and then they could have done a DNA test Katie! Then the fake one cracks and out goes Dylan as well without much of a resolution. Jail? Private account in the Switzerland or something? But Katie and her mom are back together so yay. Speaking of Katie, let's just address her Amish family. Her parents redeemed themselves. They easily could have said "No". Mary kinda redeemed herself but still is the gif previously posted in my opinion. Daniel.....she spotted him and didn't recognize him. He still annoys me though. Also, Katie and the artist must be a thing in the third one I assume. Overall, I liked this one better than it's predecessor. But it was equally as all over the place as the first one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    Whew, and I thought the first book was confusing. The story continues where it left off in "The Shunning" (so don't read any further if you haven't read that one yet). Katherine is off to find her mother, and the whole world she's left behind falls apart in her wake. SOOOOOO many point of view characters that it's near impossible to keep track of everyone, and a strange little storyline about her first love make this an odd book that reads like a something written by a beginning writer. I'm not Whew, and I thought the first book was confusing. The story continues where it left off in "The Shunning" (so don't read any further if you haven't read that one yet). Katherine is off to find her mother, and the whole world she's left behind falls apart in her wake. SOOOOOO many point of view characters that it's near impossible to keep track of everyone, and a strange little storyline about her first love make this an odd book that reads like a something written by a beginning writer. I'm not trying to be mean here. This feels like an early novel (and from the date I'm guessing it is?). My first novels had way too many characters, a whole lot of head-hopping, and storylines lifted from soap operas. Somewhere along the way Beverly Lewis does learn to write. I can say this because I've seen it. I'm going to carry through and hope that we see a better plotline and weeding out of the unnecessary on book three. Also, I'd kind of like to know how the whole thing comes out despite myself. I really do wish I could give this book a better review, but I really can't. There was a lot of potential here...it just never quite panned out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    C. J. Scurria

    Young Katie Lapp is now on a journey of fulfillment, seeking out family and finding herself at the Bennett household. But little does she realize she will face her greatest challenge yet, one where knowing oneself and trying to find a purpose will be overtaken by deception and claims by an evil party. What can Katie Lapp do now with even her own identity at stake? I felt this book was a huge improvement over the first one. Yes like the first it has many parts where the characters probably would Young Katie Lapp is now on a journey of fulfillment, seeking out family and finding herself at the Bennett household. But little does she realize she will face her greatest challenge yet, one where knowing oneself and trying to find a purpose will be overtaken by deception and claims by an evil party. What can Katie Lapp do now with even her own identity at stake? I felt this book was a huge improvement over the first one. Yes like the first it has many parts where the characters probably would have had their conflicts and problems resolved just by saying out loud to the people what they were toiling on about (seriously, there is a lot of that. It's almost frustrating!) but the plot to this one definitely is an improvement. I was drawn to this one as there was people conspiring with a plan that was yes cliché or like something a Hollywood movie would do but it was still great. Definitely read this one if you liked some stuff about the first book. I think you will like this one more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Flew through the second book in this series and was sad to see it come to an end before all my questions were answered and everything was neat and tidy. The story picked up right where the first stopped and I still enjoyed the characters as much as the first book. I got a little teared up when Rebecca began to slip and continued to go downhill. I am going to start the 3rd book tonight and I am anxious to see how it turns out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who questioned the strict rules of her upbringing and even her own identity, has been shunned from her Amish community. Katie--now known as Katherine Mayfield--sets out to find her birth mother, and a life, she has never known.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Bartlett

    I finished this story and the first one in the series off in one night! Now I just have to get the third!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessika

    This one ranged between a 4 and a 3 for me. The ending was definitely a 4, but for most of the book, I kept thinking about how I liked the first book better, so I'm going to stick with the 3. Once again, this isn't a literary masterpiece of a book, but I did enjoy it. Beverly Lewis tells the sweet kind of story that you would see on Lifetime or Hallmark (I'm on a roll with these books lately), so even though they're not very deep, they're enough to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Once again, I This one ranged between a 4 and a 3 for me. The ending was definitely a 4, but for most of the book, I kept thinking about how I liked the first book better, so I'm going to stick with the 3. Once again, this isn't a literary masterpiece of a book, but I did enjoy it. Beverly Lewis tells the sweet kind of story that you would see on Lifetime or Hallmark (I'm on a roll with these books lately), so even though they're not very deep, they're enough to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Once again, I enjoyed the characters, and I enjoyed following Katie's story. I said that I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, but that is only because there is less of the Amish culture in this one versus The Shunning. Sure, many of the characters from Hickory Hollow are still here, but the story is less focused on them and moreso on Katie's trip to New York. (A side note on the characters: did Rebecca bother anyone else in this book? I wasn't really sure how to take the whole "losing her mind" thing. It didn't seem to go very well with the story.) The plot in this installment seemed to take longer to flesh out. Most of the book is spent caught up in the deception (don't want to spoil it), and Katie doesn't actually meet her mother until the end of the story. It was fun to read along and see if they would figure out who the impostor was, but after so long, I was surprised that no one had figured out the obvious yet. I didn't dwell on that too much though because I knew this would be a predictable story, and knowing that going into it helped make it that much more enjoyable. To be honest, I didn't even think that I would continue on with the last book until the last 30 or so pages. I'm dying to finish Katie's story and see what happens next. While not the most literary stories I've read, I've enjoyed them and they've been just the amount of fluff that I've been needing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary O'Brien

    **Warning this is book 2 out of 3. If you have not read the first one in the series, The Shunning; you may not want to continue reading** The end of The Shunning brought about a few surprises. Katie Lapp leaves her Amish life, the only life she has ever known to find her English mother. Annie, Katie's sister in law, receives a letter from Dan Fisher; her brother that is suppose to be dead and Katie's one true love. In The Confession, Katie Lapp leaves home in search of her dying mother in the **Warning this is book 2 out of 3. If you have not read the first one in the series, The Shunning; you may not want to continue reading** The end of The Shunning brought about a few surprises. Katie Lapp leaves her Amish life, the only life she has ever known to find her English mother. Annie, Katie's sister in law, receives a letter from Dan Fisher; her brother that is suppose to be dead and Katie's one true love. In The Confession, Katie Lapp leaves home in search of her dying mother in the hopes of finding her before it's too late. Katie's search ends up in Canadadigua, New York; her mother's estate. Finding herself on the Bennett's door step ready to confront her mother, she realizes that there is a woman trying to impersonate the real "Katie Lapp". Hoping she has time to figure out this web of lies and deceit before it's too late and become reunited with her mother once and for all, Katie vows to find out what is going on and who this other woman is. We also get a better look at Dan Fisher and what he has been doing for the past few years. Why did he let his family think he was dead? What has he been doing all these years? What will he do when he finds out his one true love has been shunned by the people she loves? Will Katie reunite with her mother before it's too late? Why would someone be impersonating Katie? Will Katie find out that her one true love isn't really dead? To find out the answers to these questions and more, read The Confession. I stayed up late many nights reading this page turning book! After reading The Shunning, I knew the next book in the series would be just as good; if not better. I am very curious to find out if Dan and Katie reunite. This book has some heart wrenching parts that brought tears to my eyes. I can't wait to start the final book in this series! I rate this book 5/5!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Phillips

    A lovely book. A wonderful early writing by Beverly Lewis. The second book in the Heritage of Lancaster County series. This book had mystery and lies, intrigue and illness, and things and people lost and found again. It was wonderful. A great second book. I can't wait to read the third and last in the series. I want to find out what happens to Katherine. I loved the protectiveness of the house servants over Laura, in her illness. I hated her scum of a husband. I loved Katherine (Katie) and her A lovely book. A wonderful early writing by Beverly Lewis. The second book in the Heritage of Lancaster County series. This book had mystery and lies, intrigue and illness, and things and people lost and found again. It was wonderful. A great second book. I can't wait to read the third and last in the series. I want to find out what happens to Katherine. I loved the protectiveness of the house servants over Laura, in her illness. I hated her scum of a husband. I loved Katherine (Katie) and her search for her true self as well as her search for her birth mother. Her fierce protectiveness when she found her mother may be being lied to and swindled. It was very sad, however, to see how her Amish 'family' was dealing with things back home; especially the mother. And, since I have been having troubles at home with my own adult children it hit me much the harder. I can't imagine having a child turn from the way you raised them and never being allowed to talk to them again. So sad, so very, very sad. I will never have to go through something like that because my children know they could NEVER do anything that would stop me from loving and accepting them... just as they are, no matter what they may do. If they chose to leave our home and go their own way they have only to show up back at my door and they would be accepted back into the family, loved, cherished. But then, I don't have the strict Amish bishop telling me how to live... and I am thankful for that. I pray that never happens though. I pray my children never away wander from the Lord, or from their family. Yes, this book really touched my mother's heart.

  19. 5 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!

  20. 5 out of 5

    AudioBookFans

    I recently finished up the second book in the Beverly Lewis triology, “The Heritage of Lancaster County”. The book is called “The Confession” and once again, it fascinated me. The integrity, truth and honor that the Amish people carry throughout their lives is amazing and this book, along with her others, reveal the thoughts and happenings of Amish folk. This book continues to follow the life of Katie Lapp. Katie, who has left her Amish community after being shunned for disobeying the Bishop, I recently finished up the second book in the Beverly Lewis triology, “The Heritage of Lancaster County”. The book is called “The Confession” and once again, it fascinated me. The integrity, truth and honor that the Amish people carry throughout their lives is amazing and this book, along with her others, reveal the thoughts and happenings of Amish folk. This book continues to follow the life of Katie Lapp. Katie, who has left her Amish community after being shunned for disobeying the Bishop, travels in search of her birth mother. When Katie travels to the home of her birth mother, Laura and her husband, Katie’s dreams begin to crumble. As Laura struggles for her life, Katie struggles to reveal her true identity and derail the plan that Laura’s husband has laid. Overall, I loved this book. Beverly Lewis’ writing captivates me. I never thought I’d enjoy reading a book that is plotted around a young Amish woman. So far, Lewis’ books are far from boring. Originally posted on our blog at

  21. 4 out of 5

    Edward Arrington

    I have seen the movie but I wanted to read the book to fill in gaps that the movies never include. I was definitely not disappointed. The story is exceptionally well written. Beverly Lewis has well-developed characters who are real and not artificial. I particularly enjoyed the staff at the Bennett estate. They worked hard but they enjoyed their work. Katherine was such a special young lady who worked her way into the hearts of everyone she met without making a conscious effort to do so. She fit I have seen the movie but I wanted to read the book to fill in gaps that the movies never include. I was definitely not disappointed. The story is exceptionally well written. Beverly Lewis has well-developed characters who are real and not artificial. I particularly enjoyed the staff at the Bennett estate. They worked hard but they enjoyed their work. Katherine was such a special young lady who worked her way into the hearts of everyone she met without making a conscious effort to do so. She fit in so beautifully with the staff at the estate as she was seeking to find and meet her birth mother. She was thrown a real twister upon her arrival there with the presence of the other young woman who was introduced as the daughter of the mistress of the estate. This was another of those books that I simply had to finish regardless of the early morning hour as I neared the end. I recommend this to all lovers of great Amish fiction.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    If there's one thing I hate, it's unnecessary drama - and this book is full of it! The story could have been more moving and poignant without all the Amish soap opera the author felt the need to add in. The thing is, I like the characters. The writing and general plots are not so great, but I do like the characters and I do care about what happens to them. So, Lewis gets good marks for me with character development, but mediocre ones in writing and plot. It's possible to skim this book and still If there's one thing I hate, it's unnecessary drama - and this book is full of it! The story could have been more moving and poignant without all the Amish soap opera the author felt the need to add in. The thing is, I like the characters. The writing and general plots are not so great, but I do like the characters and I do care about what happens to them. So, Lewis gets good marks for me with character development, but mediocre ones in writing and plot. It's possible to skim this book and still have an excellent idea of what is going on, especially with the Kindle edition. I finished it in about an hour. So, if you're looking for some quick reads and want to explore the genre, I recommend this trilogy - I do believe this is where it all started. But, prepare to be frustrated with unnecessary drama and detail!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first book in the series was better. The author is getting a bit too predictable and I didn't care for the way the main character basically threw out her adoptive family to find some woman who was dying who was her birth mother. It was as if the first 20+ years of her life were thrown away as she followed some fantasy to meet up with a birth mother who just happened to be incredibly rich. Reads like a fairy tale. I found the plot a bit too predictable and inane. I'll probably read book three The first book in the series was better. The author is getting a bit too predictable and I didn't care for the way the main character basically threw out her adoptive family to find some woman who was dying who was her birth mother. It was as if the first 20+ years of her life were thrown away as she followed some fantasy to meet up with a birth mother who just happened to be incredibly rich. Reads like a fairy tale. I found the plot a bit too predictable and inane. I'll probably read book three just to find out what happens between her and her first love who faked his death at the end of book one, but I am tiring of this author's writings.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first in the series. It seemed to drag on at times with unnecessary characters. I was hoping for a bit more depth in Katie Lapp. She seemed all consumed with her birth mother while completely forgetting about the family that raised her. I'm not sure that's how one would truly be. I'll read the last book in this series to see how it all ends up and am hoping it will leave me with a better taste.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book was a little too predictable for me. So far the series has had it's charm, so I will continue with the third book, but I liked the first one much better. I already figured out a few chapters into the book what was going to happen, and found myself rushing through the last few chapters so I can say that I've read it and move on to another book. Decent book, but again, not as good as the first. I hope the 3rd one is better.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This has been an easy read, just like the book before it, the story was told gently. In some ways the story isn’t that convincing. The impostor Katie was too contrived, and that made the book a little bit lacking compared to the first one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    The three books in the series should have been condensed into one book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Tooley

    This book did not fascinate me as much as the first one. But this was still a good and clean read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I liked the first one better:-) But will continue w/series 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 (view spoiler)[So, at the end of The Shunning we find out that after Katie has left to go find her birth mother and has assumed her new life as Katherine Mayfield, a fancy Englischer instead of Katie Lapp, who she was raised as, that Dan Fisher, her first I liked the first one better:-) But will continue w/series 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 (view spoiler)[So, at the end of The Shunning we find out that after Katie has left to go find her birth mother and has assumed her new life as Katherine Mayfield, a fancy Englischer instead of Katie Lapp, who she was raised as, that Dan Fisher, her first love, is not, in fact, dead. The first book ends shortly after reading a letter from Dan to his sister confessing that he did not die drowning that day, but instead was sorrowful that he had chosen to let his family think that he had died, and wished to come back and confess to his family to let them know that he was not, in fact, dead for the past five years. The Confession primarily follows Katie as she goes to Canadadigua in New York to the Bennett Estate to meet her birth mother. However, when she arrives she finds that there is already an Amish girl, named Katie Lapp staying at the Bennett estate, claiming to be her mother's daughter. Katherine is baffled, who is this girl? Did she go to the wrong home? What is going on? But, out of luck she gets hired on at the Bennett estate to work as a housekeeper, and she uses the time to try to investigate further. In doing so, Katherine discovers that "Katie Lapp" is an impostor who clearly was never Amish and has some ulterior motive for tricking Katherine's mother into thinking that she is her daughter. With a little more time it becomes clear to Katherine that her mother's husband is behind hiring "Katie Lapp" in an effort to steal her estate from underneath her as her mother is quickly dying from M.S. Katherine needs to find a way to save her mother from being swindled by her own husband, Mr. Dylan Bennett. However, Mr. Bennett does NOT want this to happen and makes it extremely difficult for Katherine to have a chance to prove herself to her own mother. We also learn a lot more about Dan Fisher and where he has been during the past five years, and ultimately why he chose to let his family think he was dead. However, the story leaves off before he and Katherine reunite (assuming that they, in fact do) and I am guessing in the third book we find out if they come together and what happens... (hide spoiler)] *** In ‘The Confession’ we see Katie, who now calls herself Katherine as she tries to find her birth mother and embraces the English way of life. I'm going to admit, I was fairly frustrated with "Katherine" in this book. She was all too willing to completely forget a mother and father who loved and raised her in her desperate attempt to find the woman who gave her up at birth. It's nice that her mother turned out to be a decent lady but I was very frustrated, nonetheless that Rebecca Lapp, the adoptive mother, has been cast aside with certain ingratitude. ** Katie Lapp's story continues in this sequel. Now she goes by Katherine, her birth name, and begins a search for her birth mother. Eventually she finds herself in New York, where her mother, Laura Mayfield-Bennet, lives. Once she's there she discovers much deceit going on. (view spoiler)[Laura's husband, Dylan D. Bennet, a wicked swindler, had hired a young New Yorkian woman to play the part of Laura's long-lost daughter. The girl did not play her part very well, but Laura was still deceived. Her servants weren't, though. Eventually, the impostor herself confessed, and Laura got to meet Katherine herself. Unfortunately, though, Laura died soon after. (hide spoiler)] Meanwhile, her community in Lancaster County is grieving her loss, and interesting things are happening. (view spoiler)[Rebecca, Katie's mom, is going crazy without her daughter. Mary, her best friend, is falling for the Bishop that Katie almost married. Daniel, Katie's love, is now looking for her. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anne Marie

    This second book of the Heritage of Lancaster County focused on Katie, now Katherine, trying to find her birth mother. Now that Katherine is shunned, she is living with her Mennonite cousins, Peter and Lydia. She is able to use their phone to call possible matches of her birth mother, Laura Bennett. She is able to get in touch with a Dylan Bennett who happens to be Laura’s husband. Unfortunately, he married Laura only for her money and never wanted children. When Dylan finds out that Laura not This second book of the Heritage of Lancaster County focused on Katie, now Katherine, trying to find her birth mother. Now that Katherine is shunned, she is living with her Mennonite cousins, Peter and Lydia. She is able to use their phone to call possible matches of her birth mother, Laura Bennett. She is able to get in touch with a Dylan Bennett who happens to be Laura’s husband. Unfortunately, he married Laura only for her money and never wanted children. When Dylan finds out that Laura not only has a long lost daughter, but will be giving her the entire estate, Dylan decides to give his dying wife a Christmas surprise...her long lost daughter! This “daughter” though is actually a hired actress playing an Amish girl. While “Katie” is getting acquainted with her “mother”, Katherine is on her way to the Bennett estate. When she arrives, the staff thinks she is there for the new housemaid position. A stroke of luck happens when she has to be sent away due to no references. But when two other employees put her to work in the kitchen and they see how well she can bake and do housework, the references are forgotten. Katherine is devastated when she learns an imposter is pretending to be Laura’s long lost daughter. The staff have their suspicions too. Katherine is careful not to intrude or speak out of turn in the house, but when Dylan realizes Katherine is more than a housemaid, he quickly fires her and sends her off to a motel. The only thing that can prove Katherine is Laura’s daughter is the satin baby dress. So she calls Lydia and asks if she can talk to her mother and borrow the dress. Unfortunately, Rebecca misses Katie so much she’s going out of her mind, hearing a baby crying and keeping the satin baby dress hidden in her pillow. Lydia, then Mary Stoltzfus, Katie’s best friend, have no luck trying to get Rebecca to give up the baby dress. Only the wise woman, Ella Mae, can get the dress. Lydia immediately sends the dress to Katherine. Katherine is able to get to the Bennett estate and to her mother who is now in the hospital, near death, with the dress. Dylan, thankfully, is nowhere to be found since the imposter Amish actress admitted who she was. Katherine is able to give Laura the baby dress. For a few precious days Katherine and Laura are able to meet and talk to one another. When Laura passes away, everything is passed on to Katherine. Dan, Katherine’s first love, has gone to Hickory Hollow, confessing to his parents about having the community believing he was dead from a drowning accident. He can’t stay or he would be shunned. But before he leaves his sister Annie tells him about what happened with Katie. Justin Wirth, an artist who painted Laura’s and Katherine’s portrait, is getting close to Katherine. Does he truly like her or is he after her inheritance? Dan is searching for Katie. Katie sees a “suspicious man” with a map walking when she’s on the way for coffee with Justin. We’ll have to see what happens with this in the next book!

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