Oct 17

The Bargain by Stephanie Reed

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I received a copy of this book in order to provide a review. All thoughts are my own.


The Bargain by Stephanie Reed

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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My review:

The premise of an Amish novel set during the turmoil of the Vietnam War was intriguing to me, so I was glad for the chance to review The Bargain.  As usual, I enjoy Amish fiction and this book was no different.  I actually think seeing how an Amish girl interacted with the Englisch world that was on the cusp of change highlighted the differences more than it would be to juxtapose them against today’s world.

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.

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.”

Learn more at Stephanie’s website.

Win a ‘Bargain Bundle’ from Stephanie Reed!

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.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the Litfuse blog on the 28th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to their blog {enter your email in the blog sidebar} and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox)!


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