The film is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis. Stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.
MY REVIEW-Overall this was a good film. There was one part I especially did not care for and I will tell you about that later. But the overall message of the film was good. Katie is a beautiful young Amish woman who does not know that she was adopted. And in all reality she is an "Englischer."
I love the play of emotions in this film. Twice I was almost in tears but most of the film was a light-hearted movie. The scenery is beautiful and the Amish are well portrayed. I am not sure how I felt about Katie's parents keeping her past a secret. Yes she grew up thinking of them are her parents but at the same time, I would want to know if I was adopted. And you find out in the end something that was really different with this "adoption" but I don't want to spoil anything for you. This is a well done film and the acting was up to par. A good family movie.
Now, I didn't really want to bring this up but I felt that I had to. To me it was a somewhat doctrinal issue. In the film Katie sins by playing guitar and singing "Englisch" songs. Personally I know this is not right but that is how the Amish feel about this. But that is not the part I felt uncomfortable with. Katie is then told to go to the Bishop and confess her sin. At that point, he tells her that so long as she has repented, then her faith is restored. I don't know about you, but that sounds like he can give her salvation back to her. I just did not like that part at all. I am not sure if that is how the Amish do things but I will be looking this up.
If you like a tear jerker, this is your type of film. A coming of age story that is sweet and yet heart rending. You really feel for the whole family, along with her birth mother. Finding out about a young man in her past as well puts a new light on the story. If you want to see the trailer for the film, please go here.
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