Years of secrecy bind the tiny community of Gobbler’s Knob together more than the present inhabitants know, and the Plain folk who farm the land rarely interact with the fancy locals. So when Sadie is beguiled by a dark-haired English boy, it is Sadie’s younger sister, Leah, who suffers from her sister’s shameful loss of innocence. And what of Leah’s sweetheart, Jonas Mast, sent to Ohio under the Bishop’s command? Drawn into an incomprehensible pact with her older sister, Leah finds her dreams spinning out of control, even as she clings desperately to the promises of God. The Covenant begins a powerful Lancaster portrait of the power of family and the miracle of hope.
The story centres around one Amish family who have four daughters. Sadie is in the middle of deciding whether or not she wants to join the church. She sneaks off at night to meet an “English” boy, who you know from the start is going to break her heart.
Leah is the other main character in the story. She is just coming into the age of courting and has her heart set on Jonas Mast. However, her dad has other plans and wants her to begin courting their neighbour (and his best friends son) Gideon. Both boys are smitten over Leah and Leah has to choose between the two of them.
The youngest daughters are twins Mary Ruth and Hannah. They don’t feature an awful lot in this book but you can tell they will have their own stories in the books to come as Mary Ruth wants to become a school teacher (which the Amish don’t believe in) whereas Hannah is a worrier and quite shy.
It took me a little while to get used to the writing style, but once I did I was absolutely hooked. There was some great storylines in this book and some that will no doubt carry on into the second book.
I’m looking forward to reading the next one soon.