Saturday, October 19, 2013

Book Review - The Bargain


Book one in the Plain City Peace series.

It's 1971, and Betsie Troyer's peaceful and predictable life is about to become anything but.

When their parents flee the Amish, nineteen-year-old Betsie and her seventeen-year-old sister Sadie are distraught. Under the dubious guidance of a doting aunt, the girls struggle to keep the secret, praying their parents will return before anyone learns the truth-a truth that may end all hopes of Betsie's marriage to Charley Yoder.


Stephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio, as she did for her previous books, "Across the Wide River" and "The Light Across the River."

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This book was unlike any other Amish book I've read. It takes place in the 1970's and was a really interesting story! 

Betsie and Sadie are young Amish women whose parents have left the Amish order and they are left floundering and embarrassed by their parents decision. They try to keep this a secret and live with their aunt. This causes no end of stress for both of them.
Add to this the fact that Betsie has made a bargain to do her cousin's job at the harness shop - something she has never done.

I lived through the 1970's and a lot of this brought back memories of that time. So much upheaval and changes in the American family. This story really captures that time quite well. I liked all the unusual characters in the book and how secrets can really tear a family up. It was a very complicated book - just like real life. In fact, this book was based on a real person, so that makes sense!

This book was so good. It was one of the most unusual I've ever read! I really liked it and highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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