The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis is a story of heartbreak, friendship, and uncertainty. Annie is a young Amish girl torn between the life she knows and the art she loves.
Lewis takes the reader into a world that for many is unknown and mysterious. Annie’s family allows Louisa, an “English” girl, into their world, and Annie soon begins to grow and question everything she has ever been taught. There is a constant conflict between the outside world of the English and the small world of the People. The most unforgettable experience is when something is found and quickly covered up.
Annie Zook is the only daughter of the preacher, and she is a talented young artist. However, she must keep her talent a secret, for her art is forbidden by her Bishop. Louisa Stratford, Annie’s long time pen-pal, is a young art teacher, who longs for a simple life away from her materialistic family in Colorado. Louisa comes to visit Annie in Paradise, Pennsylvania, to get away from it all. Quickly, the two women become like sisters and find out who they really are.
Annie is a young girl who doesn’t know what she wants. She seems to want to join the church but she can’t have both the church and her art. However, Annie is eager readiness to teach her friend the ways of the Amish. Louisa knows what she wants and knows how to get it. She wants to be away from her wealthy, overbearing parents, so she goes to Amish country. Away from the complexities of her hurried life, she quickly adapts to a world where it’s quiet and far from distraction.
There are many twists and turns, and the reader is left pleasantly surprised at the end. Young women would like this book. There is a romance element, but it’s more about friendship than love per se. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever been a little indecisive about a big change. – Anna Herschell, Christian Book Previews.com
The Preacher's Daughter is first in a captivating new series, ANNIE'S PEOPLE, and introduces an Amish community in Paradise, Pennsylvania--a heavenly-sounding place, but one that has seen its share of heartache and mystery. A moving story of friendship, secrets, and love.
Annie Zook, the only daughter of an Old Order Amish preacher, wants to please her parents and her Plain community, but a hidden passion stands in the way. Creating art is strictly forbidden by Annie’s church district. Her secret has already cost her the affection of handsome Rudy Esh. She must choose between her art and the People…the only life she knows.
Louisa Stratford, Annie's longtime pen pal, is a modern Denverite who shares Annie's love of art. When Louisa escapes her own problems to go to Paradise for a taste of the simple life, will she nudge Annie closer to all she has known and loved....or tempt Annie to pursue her own dreams?