The Shunning DVD Review and Giveaway


About The Movie "The Shunning":

Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead. Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her.

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.

About the Author Beverly Lewis:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Lewis to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with "The Shunning," which has sold more than one million copies. In 2007, Lewis' "The Brethren" was honored with a Christy Award.

Lewis has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Lewis lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.

My Thoughts:  

I have not read the book, so I do not know if the movie closely follows the plot.  The movie keeps you wondering through the first half what secret Katie's family has been keeping from her.  It flows very well and the acting draws you into the story.   After watching this, I think I may go back and read the book!

I read on the Shunning website that this story was inspired by Beverly Lewis' grandmother, who was actually shunned for her choice to marry her husband.  The old order Amish way of life is so different from my own, that I find it very fascinating to learn more about their traditions and why they follow certain rules.

I also love the quality and family values of Hallmark movies!  The acting can be a little stilted sometimes, but this did not feel that way.  I think Danielle Panabaker is a wonderful actress; my only criticism is that her accent went in and out at times.   The other actors' accents appeared solid and authentic.    I also noticed that the Amish characters were wearing eye-liner and make-up that was a bit distracting, especially since Amish women do not wear make-up.  Perhaps they could use make-up that is more subtle to have the actors still appear well on film but not be as obvious and distracting.

I hope that they continue with the story and produce another movie!  The ending left me wondering what happens next, and since this is a series of books, I hope that this is popular enough to film the remainder of the series.  I really enjoyed getting to know the character of Katie and would like to see where her journey takes her next.


You can find out more on The Shunning website and follow on the official The Shunning Facebook page.

Where to Buy:  Available on Amazon.com 

Giveaway:  One of my readers will win The Shunning on DVD!

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8 comments on "The Shunning DVD Review and Giveaway"
  1. I learned Micheal Landon Jr. directed the movie. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

  2. What I liked from the link was how great this movie looks. About this girl and her life that was kept secret from her parents because she is adopted! I really want to see it. Hope I won :D amymccarty@hotmail.com

  3. Looking at the website made me want to read teh book more! Can't wait to see the movie!

  4. I did not know that this was a Hallmark channel movie. I was wondering why it never made it to the theater. I have read all of Beverly Lewis' books and I love them all! I can't wait to see the movie!

  5. Micheal Landon Jr. directed the movie!

  6. I learned that Danielle Panabaker is Katie on the shunning

  7. I would love to learn more about Amish culture beyond the written word. I do remember Sherry Stringfield from ER - she was my favorite cast member because of all the heart she put into her role

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  8. I learned that Danielle Panabaker stars in it


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