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The Bargain (Plain City Peace Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Reed
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Book Description

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.

Worse still, Betsie must learn a trade while she boards with a dysfunctional Englisher family: Sheila, a twelve-year-old desperately searching for a friend and in dire need of her mother; the free-spirited mother, who runs off to "find herself" on the stage; the angry father whose structured life crumbles; and Michael, a troubled college dropout nearly killed in the Kent State Massacre.

Thrust into the English world, Betsie must grapple with the realities of war and miniskirts, pot parties and police brutality, protests and desertion. Can she help the Sullivan family and find peace in her new surroundings, or must she forget the bargain she made and seek refuge back in Plain City with protective and reliable Charley?

Editorial Reviews


"This was an interesting read that left me wanting to know more about the Amish, and each character's search for Go inspired me to strengthen my own relationship with Him." (Jennifer Fleming CBA Retailers and Resources 2013-10-01)

“An exciting, involving novel, sensitively rendered. . . . This is clearly the first novel in a series and not all the plot strings are tied up at the end. Readers are left wanting to know more about these people we’ve come to care about.” (E. E. Kennedy, author of Irregardless of Murder and Death Dangles a Participle 2013-07-01)

"Stephanie Reed does a superb job of sprinkling humor throughout a story with a serious theme. Best of all? This is Book 1, with more to follow. Hurray! " (Susan Marlow, author of Circle C. Adventures 2013-07-01)

“The Bargain examines a troubled time in American history—the year following the Kent State massacre—through the eyes of a young Amish girl. With deep character portrayals and a masterful plot, this life-affirming book raises as many questions as it answers. Well done!” (Janalyn Voigt, literary judge and author of Tales of Faeraven series 2013-07-01)

About the Author

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. The Bachelor is the second book in the Plain City Peace series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1021 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (September 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different than Other Amish Novels October 16, 2013
By Tiffany
Format:Kindle Edition
So this is yet again another Amish novel. They are like my guilty little pleasure. They are normally so cheesy and predictable but I love them just the same. This one, however, was a bit different than the others. I really enjoyed the contrast between English life and Amish life as Betsie had to be in both of them. It was interesting to see her struggle and thoughts. I also really appreciated the fact that the issues with their theology and the fact that they don't have any assurance of heaven was brought out. I think sometimes we think of them as just like us except off the grid but they aren't and they need the Savoir. All in all this book was very enjoyable and I look forward to the others in the series.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent non-typical Amish novel!! December 6, 2014
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Stephanie Reed has begun a winning new series, Plain City Peace, with The Bargain. It is not the typical Amish novel, for sure! I was surprised with many things not previously read about - it was a very worthwhile read.

As the 70's brought many changes to the US, it also rocked some of the Amish world. A few were drafted and served in non-combat positions, such as Betsie Troyer's cousin. The bargain included that Betsie would learn to work in and care for her cousin's harness shop until he returned from his tour of duty. She was taught the trade by the English man whose family had originally served the Amish for many years through this shop. His son, Michael, a troubled young man struggling to find his place in the brave new world of 1970's America. His sister Sheila also struggled as a young adult trying to find her way as a teen after here mother left the family to "find herself".

Betsie always knew that she would return home - home where her parents had left to seek - well, that will be a pleasant surprise for you! And she was probably going to return to the comfortable friendship with Charlie, who always looked out for her, she believed.

Characters are fully-developed, likable people who were each trying to find their way in an era where values changed dramatically through the hippie culture, Woodstock ideals, various peace and civil rights movements, and murders on college campuses horrified the first generation that would have such things brought into their homes on TV's nightly news. I truly enjoyed Betsie, Michael, and Sheila. I am probably most like Betsie, for whom any kind of change is difficult at best and try to continue to live in a yesterday that doesn't accept today's changes, good or not-so-good.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring. March 25, 2014
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I usually love Amish books. I love the simplicity of their lives and their devotion to each other and their ways. This book had none of that. It was scattered and not really about the Amish at all. I couldn't finish it. I moved on to another book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read March 19, 2014
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Unusual viewpoint for the averate reader. Well written and a nice clean cut book. Enjoyed reading this book. Good book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 star August 18, 2014
By Susan
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The story was good but I was surprised by the ending. It left you hanging by the abrupt ending! I was shocked when I turned the page & it was over!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bargain is a Must Read !! August 19, 2014
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The Bargain was my first book that I read that was written by Stephanie Reed. I truly loved it. Stephanie Reed had me on the edge of my seat with her page turning book, that you want to read it straight through to the end.

Can Betsie Troyer stay faithful to her Amish roots as she is to learn the trade of the harness shop that is own by an Englisher?

I am not going to say no more, for you have to read the book, and find out for yourself.

I plan to read the second book in the series once it is released
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A side of the Amish I’d never “seen” before… December 10, 2014
WOW! Stephanie Reed is an AMAZING writer!

Reading The Bargain, It feels as if I’ve been transported to the 70s!

Since I was born in 1979, I didn’t really have the chance to experience them. Thanks to movies and television, I’ve had a glimpse but there’s something different about reading a book written about the era. It gives you an immersion that movies simply can not accomplish.

And this book shows the Amish as I have never seen them – as many readers of popular Amish fiction probably have not. Why – because most Amish fiction is written about the plain people of today…

Even the few historical books written about the plain people, up to now, have focused on the time they put down roots in this country or even when they were on their way here from across the ocean.

Stephanie Reed gives us a glimpse into an era of our country that marked great change for everyone – from a perspective that has certainly not been covered before (to my knowledge anyway).

I applaud her skill – it’s clear she did her research! I am in awe of her writing – not only is an incredibly difficult subject to tackle, but she’s done it from an angle that offers little or no precedence. And I am in love with her characters! Betsie and Sheila and Michael and Charley… Oh if get started, I’ll never stop! They’re wonderful! Just read it!

And how exciting that the 2nd book is out as well! I’m so thrilled I don’t have to wait to read it.

Of course I’ll have to wait for the third book so… if you hear a wail of agony in a day or so… that’s just me – I’ve finished the second one and I’m lamenting the long wait until The Bride – book 3 in the Plain City Peace series – coming winter 2016!  

By the way... I did NOT receive this book free for an honest review - I bought it. 
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
The book was so good. Well written. I could not wait to find out what the ending would be. Thanks
Published 5 days ago by Marjorie McBride
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great book
Published 1 month ago by christine seaholtz
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A delightfully different perspective, filled with the peace God so freely gives.
Published 1 month ago by Cori J. Dahmen
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Great FREE Kindle book
Published 1 month ago by angeltoes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A little different from the other Amish books I've read. It ended very abruptly, many questions unanswered. Hopefully they will be answered in the next book.
Published 1 month ago by walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good story
I guess this is part of a series because the ending was left open. But I am interested in the next part. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dabeast
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this book.
Published 2 months ago by giraffesgalore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good; kept my interest
Published 2 months ago by sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bargain
This story is about broken families, hearts and lives that are going in different directions as one of the families is English and the other is an Amish family. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lighthouse88
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Amish Fiction
I have always been a fan of Amish fiction, and when I read that The Bargain was set in 1971 (the year that I was born) I was intrigued. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rhonda J. Cason
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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 for her books Across the Wide River, The Light Across the River, The Bargain, and The Bachelor. Like her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter to keep in touch:

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