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The Bargain: A Novel (Plain City Peace) Paperback – September 19, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.
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
Betsie works to learn a job in the leather store until her cousin Nathan returns from his time in the service while during the week Betsie is allowed to live with the family. There she learns a trade she doesn’t really embrace and sees firsthand how an English family is torn apart due to seeking satisfaction of self. When the mother leaves to fulfill her dreams, it rips apart the very heart of the family. Betsie feels compelled to stay if only for the benefit of the young daughter, Sadie, who is broken hearted. Matthew, her older brother, has some deep heart issues and while he tries to push away all attempts of friendship by Betsie, a letter comes in the mail for Matthew that further tears up the hearts of the father, Shelia and Betsie.
This is a very compelling story of various characters with broken hearts and lives, seeking to find peace in the midst of deep pain. Sadie’s character draws very close to Betsie and in time becomes a Christian, which bothers Betsie something fierce.Read more ›
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I really liked this book. The sexual content may offend some people, but i liked it from beginning to end.Published 6 days ago by Anna Bish
I liked the questions at the end, which makes you think about what you have read. Lots of lessons to be gleaned from this book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really liked this book. This was a different take on the Amish. This is the first book I have read where the Amish parents leave the church and not the children. Read morePublished 13 months ago by virginia winfield
The author brings in the hippie era with the Amish story.It has some really funny parts!It wasn't the mushy stuff that is being written lately.Published 14 months ago by C. E. Shelton
I love Reading and enjoy all the different slants in time.Published 15 months ago by Jo Ann Johnson
The Bargain is part one of a trilogy, and therefore ends without the story actually concluding. Suffice it to say that I have no intention of reading any further, nor have I... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Adeland