Talk about a cliché! Lewis’ novel is chalked full of predictable characters, predictable plot turns, and predictable everything.
Katie Lapp looks nothing like her entire extended Amish family, but the idea that she could be adopted doesn’t dawn on her until her mother tells her that the baby dress she found in the attic belongs to her. She’s hurt — extremely hurt — and spurns her family and her religion at the news because, after all, since she wasn’t born Amish, she can’t be Amish. It is characters like these that drive me batty.
The Shunning, the first book in Lewis’ The Heritage of Lancaster County series, is supposed to be the novel that solidified Lewis as a bestselling novelist. She may have sold enough copies for The Shunning to be a bestseller, but I don’t know why anyone thought this book was so good. It’s not; it’s your typical plot just placed in an Amish setting.
- Lewis, Beverly. The Shunning. Grand Rapids, MI: Bethany House, 1997. Print. 282 pgs. ISBN: 9780764224737. Source: Library.