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The preacher's daughter
Beverly Lewis
Adult Fiction LEWIS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

One of Christian fiction's most beloved authors of the gentle read offers a new series called Annie's People, set in Paradise, Pa. It dishes up the same sort of faith-filled story line and Plain People characters Lewis's fans have come to expect. At age 20, Annie Zook is a budding artist, but her conservative Amish community forbids its members to draw or paint pictures. How will she choose between family and vocation? The disappearance of a small child years ago has left scars on various characters, and new developments in the case threaten to open old wounds. Annie's best friend in the community, Esther Hochstetler, finds that her marriage to an abusive man has become a nightmare, while Annie's pen pal, the wealthy Colorado "Englisher" Louisa Stratford (conveniently an art teacher) visits Annie in Paradise to heal from a broken engagement. Both women explore the possibilities of change. Romance, of course, is always waiting in the wings, especially in the character of handsome "Englisher" Ben Martin. Culinary details, glimpses into the workings of Amish life and strong character development help readers stay with the story's multiple changes of perspective. Plot hints in the final pages will keep Lewis's loyal fans eagerly anticipating the next installment. 300,000 first printing. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Starred Review. In this winning first volume of a new series set in Paradise, PA, Lewis once again focuses on Amish life (see also the Abram's Daughters and Heritage of Lancaster County series). Creating art has always been a passion for Annie Zook, but it is forbidden in her Old Order Amish community. Her turmoil over it has already delayed her final commitment to the church and caused her to lose the man she loves. The only person whom Annie feels free to share her troubled heart with is her pen pal in California, Louisa Stratford. Although her life is as different from Annie's as day from night, the two young women share a love of art. Louisa is planning to get married herself, but after finding out some unsavory information about her fiancé, she decides to take refuge with her Amish friend. Lewis's well-developed characters and absorbing plot will have fans looking forward to the next installment. Highly recommended for all collections. Raised in Pennsylvania's Amish country, Lewis now resides in Colorado. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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main characters Annie Zook
Age: 20
Her conservative family forbids her to draw or paint; wants to be an artist.

Esther Hochstetler
Annie's best friend; husband abuses her.

Louisa Stratford
Annie's pen pal; recovering from a broken engagement; art teacher.

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