Monday, October 28, 2013


About the book: 

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.

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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."

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  Stephanie L. Reed is celebrating the release of The Bargain, the first book in her new series, Plain City Peace, with a Kindle Fire 'Bargain Bundle' giveaway!

  One winner will receive a 'Bargain Bundle':
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Bargain by Stephanie Reed
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 27th. Winner will be announced at the Litfuse blog on October 28th.

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My Thoughts:

Betsie is overwhelmed by the changes in her life.  Her parents have decided to leave the Amish community and she is to start training for a new job.  On top of all of this, in the current year of 1971 the country is at war in Vietnam and are drafting young men even from the Amish community.  The sorrow of being alone without her parents is breaking her heart. Thankfully her sister is still living at home and they will continue run the farm along with the help of heir and love of her heart Charley Yoder. 

The stress of the war was enough to keep one stressed out I could not imagine my parents not being around to give me a since of security at such a time. The character Betsie was a strong young women taking on the sorrows and problems of the world around her.  She may not have gone to war but she battled a war on the home front trying to keep her family together and also an English family she had come to care for. 

The author has written a heartbreaking reality tale of love and war within oneself. She also writes of how the Amish perceive the Englishers religion and visa versa.  

I was not ready for the book to end wanting to know more about the characters.  Looking forward to reading more from this author.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publishing/Litfuse Publicity Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my honest opinion.

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