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The Bargain: A Novel (Plain City Peace) Paperback – September 19, 2013
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"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.
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When Betsie Troyer strikes a bargain with her cousin, the owner of a leather shop, and her bishop she finds her self living with a somewhat different family than what she is use to. There is a workaholic father with a short temper, a mother who believes she is the next top actress, a hippie son who has problems related to the Kent State shootings, and a young girl who seems to be the most normal of all of them.
While Betsie spends the week days at the Englisher home so she can learn all she can about the harness shop she also helps out with the chores of the household. This is where Betsie befriends Sheila and starts teaching her how to do chores and cook. Betsie also befriends the hippie, Michael and he finds it funny to try to teach her how to use English phrases which gets her some strange looks. As this story progresses you will learn about the difficulties Betsie endures to make good on her bargain with her cousin. There is alot of laughs through out the story but there is sadness and a mystery going on too!
I was not given a complimentary copy of this book for review! I am submitting my honest review for a wonderful story written in a different way involving the Amish. If you're looking for a different story line but love the Amish genre then this is definitely the book for you! I have rated this book with five stars for a wonderful story that reminded me of my past. Congratulations on a great start to the series and I will be reading book 2 next.
Yet most of this novel is about a daughter who begins working for an English family who feels her parents have gone the wrong way. And she still feels she will marry & remain in the Amish religion - yet even she has some doubts.
Poor Betsie never seems to get a break. She really doesn't want to go work at the saddle shop for her cousin Nelson, but really feels she should. This exposes her to Michael Sullivan, who is probably one of the most perplexing Englisch person she could possibly come across. It's also interesting that I come across another character in an Amish novel that suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in such a short amount of time.
I liked reading about how even the "regular" world was different than ours is now. Adding in Betsie's Amish ways and her interaction with new-to-her appliances added a bit of humor to the book. One can only imagine how we would have reacted in her place.
I always am captivated when Amish novels have characters that go against the usual way of the plain people and turn to Christianity. It must take a lot of guts and belief that Christianity is the way for them to break away from the strict way of life and worship that is ingrained in them. I admire Betsie for going to the revival meeting even though it reminded her of how her parents left to go find Jesus. It gave her some doubts but I never really thought at any point in the book that she would leave the life that she was used to and follow her parents. I imagine we'll find out more in the next book in the Plain City Peace series, which I'll be sure to read.
I received a copy of this book in order to provide a review.