Beverly Lewis does an amazing job to snag a reader’s attention and keep them engaged just enough that the reader can’t seem to put the book down. The characters slowly and gently enter the reader’s heart. In particular, the Annie’s People trilogy is wonderful-good at placing an Englisher reader into the middle of the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish.
When I was little, my parents took me on many trips to the continental US. During one of those trips, we visited an Amish community, likely similar to that of the Annie’s People trilogy. I remember getting a tour of their lifestyle and my father being absolutely amazed at how it was like the little town of Kohala, where he grew up. He laughed at how he didn’t have power and had to do similar tasks as the Amish.
Ever since being in that community, I’ve been fascinated with the Amish lifestyle. As an adult, reading about the Amish in the Annie’s People trilogy brought me into what feels likens different time and space. It is so easy to read that I couldn’t put each book down!
The Preacher’s Daughter, The Brethren, and The Englisher are fantastically written books that so gently bring you into the world of the Amish as Annie invites her English friend to live with her while the reader slowly immerses into Amish culture in the eyes of an Englisher. So many events occur during the trilogy that simply keeps you at the edge of your seat. There’s no putting these books down once you get started! Be prepared to read all three books as close together as you possibly can!
I found this series at the Hawaii State Public Libraries, particularly the Aiea and Pearl City libraries. In order to get all three books, I had to go to different libraries. The Hawaii State Public Libraries offer library card holders to reserve books and pick up at a specific library. But, I wanted to get to the next book so quickly that I drove to the next library to get it!!
As I was able to get my hands on this series for free using the resources available, I wanted to review this trilogy as well. Annie’s People is a series totally worth starting and encourages me to check out more Beverly Lewis books! Which Amish series should I read next?