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There is something appealing to me about the more simple life the Amish live, without the trappings of modern society. When we lived in Maryland and would drive up through Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, I would sometimes find myself wondering how life would be different. Watching shows about Amish life or reading a book is the way I’ve found to explore that line of thought.
The Shunning, which is based on the novel by Beverly Lewis and aired on Hallmark Channel, provided a new glimpse into their life. In this story, a woman with a serious medical prognosis is on a quest to find a particular Amish woman. After stopping in numerous Amish communities, she finds an elderly Amish woman who whispers that she knows the Rebecca she seeks. At this point, a letter is passed for this woman to pass on to Rebecca.
What Rebecca and her husband find inside that envelope threatens to upset their family and standing in the community. The “english” woman is seeking to have contact with the daughter she gave up 20 years earlier to Rebecca and her husband. Finding out about her ‘adoption’, leads to actions by Katy that culminate in her own shunning from the community.
My Thoughts On The Shunning
I watched this title on my own the other night and relished the opportunity to partake of the film. The scenery brought back memories of my own time driving through that area of Pennsylvania. The acting was well done and the story was compelling without bells and whistles found in many mainstream selections. I also have to admit to enjoying the previews on this DVD and now have a few upcoming films I am anxious to see.
The Shunning on DVD hits stores today with a retail cost of $19.99, although prices may vary on on-line retailers.
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