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The Tomato Patch (The Amish of Ephrata Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Price
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Book 1 of the The Amish of Ephrata Series.

Priscilla Smucker finds herself receiving unwanted attention in the community over an upcoming charity event at the local Mennonite church. When jealousy turns to bullying, how will she ever begin to handle it?

This Amish novella is a perfect read for young adults and adult readers who love Amish or Christian fiction. Includes discussion questions for book clubs or just private reflection.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area's first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years. Twenty-five years later, she now splits her time between her husband and children in the NYC Metro area and a home that she shares with an Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she retreats to reflect and write. As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers and as a homage to her ancestors.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Sarah Price has done it again . This is a should read book . Reminded me of a young friend that went through a lot of Bulling .

Sarah Price has in all her books given us an insight into the Amish life of joys , sadness , hardships and good times . Through forgiveness their faith has brought them through .

I hope to read more Sarah Price books soon .
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tomato Patch July 25, 2012
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This gifted author shows such talent as she presents a story I enjoyed from beginning to end. As I read The Tomato Patch I could see and feel the peaceful lifestyle she so beautifully shares as she creates a story filled with heart and purpose. The story carries the reader into the world and life of the Amish and the beautiful simplicity that can become complicated even in a way that all can relate to as the story developes. The deep emotions and feelings the characters experience are vividly portrayed as choices and decisions must be made resulting in consequences they will live with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening August 2, 2012
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Sarah has decided to do a series of "morality" novellas that target both Young Adults & Adults. All keeping with the Amish theme that she is noted for.

In this particular book, Priscilla Smucker finds herself receiving unwanted attention in the community over an upcoming charity event at the local Mennonite church. When jealousy turns to bullying, Priscilla and her friends find themselves in some tough situations. In today's world, there is a large focusing on bullying. Most of that focus is on bullying via the internet. Sarah brings to light that bullying can happen anywhere. Even among the Amish.

I've read Sarah's other books and consider her among the best of the Amish fiction authors. I am always anxious at the news of an upcoming new novel she has written. When Sarah approached me to provide book discussion questions for this book, I was honored. After reading the book, the material and content of it made compiling the questions an easy task for me. Her knowledge of the amish way, her compassion in caring for those who are bullied, and her flare for romance is all wrapped up in this small book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Sarah Price's books are so full of first-hand Amish experieces and it shows. If you follow her blog or postings on Facebook, you'll see pictures of the places she stays in Lancaster, hear about her Amish friends, etc. I can't say enough "wunderbar gut" things about Sarah Price.

And now she's at it again with novellas on morality, something really needed. Not many have the time to read full-length books, but novellas, books approx. 70 pages long, are an easy read for a busy person. And the subject of bullying needs to be addressed in all genres.

Thank you Sarah for another great read!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underdeveloped Plot and Characterization October 14, 2012
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Sarah, you had the makings of a good book - the timely subject of bullying and the research necessary to present a convincing portrait of Amish life, but the novelette did not live up to the promise of the first two chapters! In a situation where bullying exists you have the bully, the target of the bully, and witnesses. A writer works with the formula to make a powerful statement about fear, loneliness, rejection, forgiveness, and redemption. The author reveals through the craft of character development and plot how the figures evolve and change through the course of the story. Then, in effect, we change as well.

The bully, Susie, is the catalyst but aside from the actual moments of bullying, you never take the time to delve into her story. Why does she do what she does? Why is she seeking friendship? Why is she jealous? Why did she choose Priscilla as a target? You never opened the door to help the reader understand her potentially complex character. Therefore, she comes out rather one-dimensional and unexplained. And you missed the opportunity for her to evolve and most importantly for the reader to evolve in our understanding of what was behind it.

Priscilla is not allowed to truly resolve what happened to her. Why was she the target? She was able to move on passed the incident from her own sheer determination and Christian values. Sadly you missed a poignant moment when the two characters have a meeting of the minds. Perhaps that would have been a good time for the bishop to mediate as what would have most likely happened in an Amish community.

And what of the witnesses? What part did they play? I like how certain characters explained their thinking, like how Stephen and Polly did with Priscilla. That was stepping in the right direction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the tomato patch October 16, 2012
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this book was very good. prisscilla helps her friends to understand the actions of susie byler.and tht she was being jealous and that good christan people do not act that way.i also liked how bishop zook brought this matter to the pepole without bringing up susie's name.it was a great book everyone should read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but too short. October 24, 2012
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This book was good, but would have liked to see the story lines expanded more. I felt like this book left you hanging. I have
ordered the second book in the series. Maybe it will be a continuation of the first books storylines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tomato Patch (Amish story) October 24, 2012
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I enjoyed the book and it was a quick read. I like anything about the Amish, and this did not disappoint me. I guess the one girl in the story who had the real jealous heart happens even in the Amish world. I liked Stephen alot. Nice young man. A good family story. I would recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really like Sarah Price books. They are very hrart warming.
Published 6 days ago by J. Bollinger
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
This was a really great story about bullying. And also people not believing you. Great story love these books by Sarah Price
Published 28 days ago by Renee Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, story
Very well written, love the plot of the story. There is way to much bullying going on today, then what the bishop' s sermon was about, if people would do more of helping people... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dale Passwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A quick and easy read.
Published 1 month ago by Deanna
3.0 out of 5 stars An Amish bully
This was a good story with plenty of conflict as Priscilla deals with a bully. I liked Priscilla and Stephen, but I thought there could have been more development of their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Levine "Nancy"
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really a very great read & Loved the way it turned out
Published 1 month ago by Ward Reamer
5.0 out of 5 stars read the whole series and loved it. Good author
Was fascinated with this book about the Amish. read the whole series and loved it. Good author.
Published 1 month ago by aveline stees
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story!
I gave this book a four star because the story is a great example of how destructive jealousy can be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jan Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This series is probably best for younger people but the values are life lessons for everyone.
Published 1 month ago by JAG
4.0 out of 5 stars love this book
love this book. it makes for a good story and good clean reading. I will read more by this author.
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More About the Author

ECPA Christian Fiction Bestseller (June 2014, July 2014)
Amazon Top 100 Author for Books & eBooks ( December 2012, January 2013, February 2013, April 2013, May 2013, August 2013, September 2013)
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The author of over 25 novels, Sarah Price brings her Anabaptist roots and over 25 years experience with the Amish to her books, many of which have been Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers (Plain Fame, Plain Change, Amish Faith, & others).

Initially, she published as an Indie author, but now publishes Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book for Realms, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014 and debuted in the ECPA Christian Fiction Top 25 Bestseller List in June 2014.

The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area's first wave of Mennonite families. The name later changed to Price. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.

Twenty-five years later, she now splits her time between her husband and children in the NYC Metro area and a home that she shares with an Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she retreats to reflect and write. As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years.


Visit the author's website and blog at http://www.sarahpriceauthor.com.
Like her Facebook page at http://facebook.com/fansofsarahprice.
Follow her on Twitter @SarahPriceAmish and Instagram @SarahPriceAuthor.

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