Anathema  -     By: Colleen Coble
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Anathema

Thomas Nelson / 2009 / Paperback

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Hannah Swartz is betrothed to Noah Whetstone, but her heart belongs to Reece O'Connor, an Englischer. After the death of her parents, she flees her Amish community with Reece, only to learn that he's not quite the man she believed him to be. After four years of marriage and the loss of her baby, Hannah leaves Reece to reinvent her life. She never gave up on finding her parents' murderer, and when her family members are threatened, she believes Reece will stop at nothing to get back at her for leaving him. He even claims that their daughter is still alive. Will Hannah be able to save her family and herself from the person who has held a grudge against them for decades?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 1595545646
ISBN-13: 9781595545640
Availability: In Stock

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When Hannah refuses to forgive a terrible sin she becomes anathema--shunned. But the real question is, can she forgive herself?

Visitors come to Parke County, Indiana to enjoy the lush farms, to buy the Amish quilts, and to experience the peaceful ways of the Amish families who live there. But when a double murder rocks this quiet community, the Amish residents resolve to forgive even this unfathomable offense.

Hannah, however, finds forgiveness out of reach--both for the murderer and for herself. She harbors a secret shame: while the crime was committed in her own home, she was out meeting with her forbidden love, her English beau, Reece.

The elders of the community insist that Hannah must forgive her family's killer or be shunned. When Hannah refuses, she runs away with Reece, leaving behind the only life she's ever known.

Years later, Hannah must journey back to the place she no longer calls home. Can she find the forgiveness and belonging she so desperately desires?

Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

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  1. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 22, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Anathema - eBook.
    Hannah Swartz is a faithful girl in her Amish community, at least until she meets Reece. One fateful night, her parents are killed and she finds herself letting Reece take her away from the only home she has ever known in Parke County, Indiana. Finding forgiveness for her parents' killer impossible, she believes Reece is her only chance of a happy life.

    But four years into her marriage, she leaves Reece in hopes she can do better for herself. Returning years later to her community, she sees a chance at redemption from her anathema. But will decades of hurt come back to destroy the few people left in her family? Or will bigger lies forever shatter any hope of return and acceptance?

    While I immensely enjoyed the storyline, I thought the author gave away an important element and key fact too soon into the book. It would have been nice to not have discovered the truth so soon. But the overall plot kept me guessing and wondering what else could possibly go wrong. The Amish community's reactions to the shunned Hannah reminded me too much of my own experiences when I left my own church, and I really sympathized with her plight. There are many rich word pictures and colorful depictions of Amish life, and as a reader I got a true sense of what it could be like to be in that life. I couldn't put the book down and I read it in a day. I would definitely recommend this book and author.
  2. Norway
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    exciting
    October 30, 2013
    Jean
    Norway
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I don't usually read mystery. This book I could not stop reading. It was thrilling all the way through.
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Double Murder, Love Forgiveness and Redemption
    July 22, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Colleen Coble in her new book "Anathema" published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Hannah Schwartz.

    From the back cover: When Hannah refuses to forgive a terrible sin she becomes "anathema"-shunned. But the real question is, can she forgive herself?

    Visitors come to Parke County, Indiana to enjoy the lush farms, to buy the Amish quilts, and to experience the peaceful ways of the Amish families who live there. But when a double murder rocks this quiet community, the Amish residents resolve to forgive even this unfathomable offense.

    Hannah, however, finds forgiveness out of reach-both for the murderer and for herself. She harbors a secret shame: while the crime was committed in her own home, she was out meeting with her forbidden love, her English beau, Reece.

    The elders of the community insist that Hannah must forgive her family's killer or be shunned. When Hannah refuses, she runs away with Reece, leaving behind the only life she's ever known.

    Years later, Hannah must journey back to the place she no longer calls home. Can she find the forgiveness and belonging she so desperately desires?

    A double murder, secrets, unforgiveness and bad choices are all ingredients in this new thriller by Colleen Coble. Hannah has made some really bad decisions and is trying to put all of that behind her. In order to finish her second book she needs to go home again but fears there will be no acceptance for her there. Ms. Coble has given us a story full of mystery, suspense, murder and betrayal. There are also the themes of love, forgiveness and redemption. This is a fast-paced read with surprising twists and turns that will keep you flipping pages to keep up with the story. Ms. Coble has done an outstanding job.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 1, 2012
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Hannah Swartz is a faithful girl in her Amish community, at least until she meets Reece. One fateful night, her parents are killed and she finds herself letting Reece take her away from the only home she has ever known in Parke County, Indiana. Finding forgiveness for her parents' killer impossible, she believes Reece is her only chance of a happy life.

    But four years into her marriage, she leaves Reece in hopes she can do better for herself. Returning years later to her community, she sees a chance at redemption from her anathema. But will decades of hurt come back to destroy the few people left in her family? Or will bigger lies forever shatter any hope of return and acceptance?

    While I immensely enjoyed the storyline, I thought the author gave away an important element and key fact too soon into the book. It would have been nice to not have discovered the truth so soon. But the overall plot kept me guessing and wondering what else could possibly go wrong. The Amish community's reactions to the shunned Hannah reminded me too much of my own experiences when I left my own church, and I really sympathized with her plight. There are many rich word pictures and colorful depictions of Amish life, and as a reader I got a true sense of what it could be like to be in that life. I couldn't put the book down and I read it in a day. I would definitely recommend this book and author.
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    It was like a yummy bowl of ice cream!
    May 31, 2011
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    I just finished reading this book and I loved it. It kept me interested and it was so hard to put down. I Told my husband I was sad I finished it because I wanted to keep reading, even when it was done. Like a yummy bowl of ice cream, you want more because it was just so good : )

    Interesting characters, great story line and written so I could picture it all.
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