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The Rebel #3, in the Keepers of the Promise series, by Marta Perry
In the present day, Barbie Lapp has been mingling with the Englisch. Minister Benuel Kauffman does not approve of her choices but recognizes the positive influence she is on his younger teenage sister. Barbie finds keepsakes left in her grandmother, Elizabeth’s dower chest and struggles with embracing the Amish or Englisch way of life.
In 1960, Elizabeth Lapp’s husband Reuben wants to move north for better farming. She is afraid to leave her family and friends.
Two women of the same family decades apart face the same dilemmas.
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.13 (inches)|
Series: Keepers of the Promise
Central Pennsylvania, current day. Restless and adventurous, Amish Barbie Lapp has been stepping out among the Englisch. Minister Benuel Kauffman doesnt approve of her choices, but he cant deny the positive influence Barbie has on his wayward teenage sister. As Barbie is drawn to the kindness beneath Benuels gruff exterior, the mementos she finds in a dower chest given to her by her grandmother, Elizabeth, provide the insight she needs to decide whether to fully embrace the Amish way of life or leave it behind for forever.
Lancaster County, 1960. As working farms for the Amish become more scarce, Elizabeth Lapps husband, Reuben, tries to persuade her that they would be better off moving north. But the prospect of leaving her close-knit community of family and friends frightens Elizabeth. Can she muster enough love and faith to leap into a new life?
Two women from one family, separated by decades, both find that the ultimate adventure takes place in the heart.
"A tender novel of second chances, endearing characters, and a cant-put-it-down story."Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of The Revealing
"A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in this heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness."Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life
"Ms. Perrys storytelling is tender, touching, and full of gentle wisdom...a terrific new series."Linda Goodnight, New York Times bestselling author of The Buchanons series
"Perry carefully balances the traditional life of the Amish with the contemporary world in an accessible, intriguing fasion…Strong characters are lovingly brought to life, illuminated with simplistic elegance."Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Annie5 Stars Out Of 5Journey Through GenerstionsSeptember 25, 2016AnnieQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Elizabeth is passing on her stories, and her granddaughter Barbie Lapp is living her own. In this Keepers Of The Promise Series book, Barbie is struggling with which side of the fence she wants to stay on. "Am I Amish?", is the common. thread that runs through this well written book that travels from Elizabeth's youth to Barbie's. This story gives you great insight to the struggles a young woman faces to become her own person while still respecting the heritage and submission she has been taught since childhood. Will a chance encounter with Ben, her minister, change
the direction Barbie has been traveling, and can his wounded heart be mended enough to make room for laughter and joy once again? Who is the mysterious letter writer, and is Barbie being cautioned or threatened by the letters? Find out in The Rebel by Marta Perry. It is well written, entertaining, and has sereral twists and turns to keep you. turning the pages.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Third and final book in series!May 9, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Rebel by Marta Perry is the third book in Keepers of the Promise series. Barbie Lapp is twenty-four years old. She is still unmarried and has not yet been baptized into the Amish faith. Barbie has been feeling restless with her life and would like to experience a little adventure. A co-worker takes her to a bar where she encounters sixteen-year-old, Mary Kauffman. Mary is quite drunk and about to be taken advantage of when Barbie rescues her. Barbie is in Englisch clothes, but she has to take Mary home. Unfortunately for Barbie, Mary lives with the minister, Benuel Kauffman (older brother). Mary has been a little out of control since the passing of her mother. Her father and brother are having trouble understanding and helping her. Barbie seems to understand Mary, and the two of them start spending time together (though Benuel has his reservations). Barbie needs to decide where she wants to spend her life. Does she wish to be baptized and stay Amish? Or does Barbie wish to join her brother, James, in the Englisch world? Barbie finds help in a dower chest given to Barbie by her grandmother. It takes her back to 1960 with Elizabeth Lapp. A woman who also had to make a decision. What path will Barbie pick? Will Benuel Kauffman influence Barbies decision?
The Rebel is a good story with a great ending (to the book and series). You do not have to read the other books in the series in order to enjoy The Rebel (it would be helpful and you will want to read them). I give The Rebel 4 out of 5 stars. I liked the characters in the book and the beautiful setting. I liked how Barbie was guided in her decision. The Rebel shows how the past can help people in the present. The novel is predictable (you know how it will end), but it did not stop my enjoyment of the novel. The book has a good moral or life lesson. The Rebel is a sweet, heartwarming novel that can be enjoyed by readers from 14 to 94 (or, hopefully, much older). I will be reading more books by Marta Perry in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of The Rebel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Living Your FaithApril 6, 2016MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Rebel the final book in the Keepers of the Promise series has us following Barbie Lapp, the granddaughter of Elizabeth and the last of the three to receive her secrets and a gift.
Barbi is having problems as the book opens dealing with her love of being Amish and worrying that she might be like her brother and ready to leave the fold. Will her grandmothers wisdom be the catalyst to having her remain in her gamy? Or will it be her big heart and her love for people is the reason she leaves.
Barbi puts her faith on the line more than once in this story, is she playing with dynamite or is she embracing what God would want her to do?
We also have Minister Ben who has been grieving over the loss of his wife, and also his mother, and has had his sister Mary helping keep the family together with his children and his father. Mary ends up being one of the reasons that Barbi may have to go English.
Another great read by Marta Perry, and loved the story of Barbis grandmothers life changing decision.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Berkley, and was not required to give a positive review