“Beverly Lewis’ The Confession,” the sequel to “The Shunning,” premiered on Hallmark Channel on May 11, 2013. The Hallmark Original Movie about Amish life stars Sherry Stringfield and Katie Leclerc.
Three-time Emmy® and two-time Golden Globe® nominee Sherry Stringfield (“ER”) and Katie Leclerc (“Switched at Birth”) star in the dramatic story about the Amish culture and family.
“Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning,” which first premiered in 2011, is based on the second novel of The Heritage of Lancaster County Books from New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis. The series is based on some of the heartbreaking experiences of Lewis’ maternal grandmother, who was born into the Old Order Mennonite Church, which became the genesis of Lewis’ fascination with her Plain heritage, according to a press release from Hallmark Channel.
In “The Shunning,” Katie Lapp (Leclerc), learned that her loving Amish parents, Rebecca and Samuel, were not her birth parents. Her birth mother Laura Mayfield-Bennett (Stringfield), left a note for Rebecca and Katie found the note. The information about her birth mother left Katie feeling confused and betrayed. When her doubts led to her turning away from the way of life that her parents had planned she was shunned by the small Lancaster community that had raised her. The Shunning a Hallmark Movie about Amish culture
As the story continues, in “The Confession,” Katie searches for her birth mother, a wealthy woman who is tragically dying of cancer. Her birth mother, Laura, is now married to Dylan (Adrian Paul, “Highland”) a greedy gambling addict. Dylan learns that he will inherit next to nothing from his wife and hires an out-of-work actress, Alyson (Julia Whelan, “Once and Again”), to pretend to be Laura’s long-lost Amish daughter, in the hope Laura will take the bait and leave her entire estate to her only child.
Katie finds her mother’s mansion and appears at the front door, only to find that an impostor is posing as Laura’s daughter. Katie is mistaken for a new maid and goes to go to work in the household, where she gets to know her birth mother anonymously. She decides that exposing the truth might endanger her mother’s already fragile health, so she works as a maid, involving herself in the web of deception.
Meanwhile, Katie’s former boyfriend Daniel, who had supposedly died in a drowning accident, visits Rebecca and Samuel because he wants to reestablish contact with Katie and apologize for deceiving the community.
Will the truth come out about Katie’s identity so her mother can spend her remaining days with her true daughter?