Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A New Author to Me!! Glad that I discovered her!!

"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.

I must say, that I was delighted to have in my hands, an Amish fiction book, by an author of whom I had never heard. New authors are always of interest- you just never know when you will find someone with outstanding, creative talent. Yes, sometimes, the books are a disappointment, but I am always willing to give someone a try! This book was a pleasure to read and review. NOT your typical Amish tale! No Englischer coming into the community to influence and fall in love with a naive Amish female! Yes, romance played a part, but the book involved so much more. The time frame of this story was also quite different from the norm- it took place during the Vietnam war. The intertwining twists and turns in the plot enhanced the already interesting story, keeping you wondering, guessing and yes, even  worrying, about what would happen next. My predictions were certainly not correct! The author did an excellent job of holding your attention compelling the reader to continue reading to the END of the book, in order to figure out all of the answers to questions that arise during the reading. The BEST part is, that this first book in the series, "Plain City Peace", although having a satisfying ending, leaves you wanting more!! Yes, I can hardly wait for Book Two!!  I still have questions! Hope that Stephanie read answers some of them in the next in the series.

The characters, all clearly described, had unique and sometimes slightly quirky personalities. They were easy to identify with, and realistic in their actions. When I have felt the emotions of at least one of the characters in a story, then, I know that it is a GOOD book!! My emotions went from high to low in a few chapters. There was just the correct amount of tension, worry, frustration, to make these people true to life.We all have these in our worlds, whether Amish or not!! Just because they are the Plain People, doesn't mean they experience a totally peaceful life, with no worries or problems. Reality strikes this family in a very big way. 

There is a very definite message in this book. But, I will keep you guessing!! It is evident that we need God in our lives and Stephanie makes us see this in a most unusual way - at least not typical of the Amish genre.

 A five star book!!!

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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        This book was provided by the author and Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

1 comment:

  1. Great review Karla! This book is on my wish list!

    Judy B