The Bargain – Book Review
If you love Amish fiction but are looking for a unique story within the genre, The Bargain by Stephanie Reed – Book One in the new Plain City Peace Series – should rank high on your reading list.
Are you ready to whet your appetite?
The year is 1971. It’s a time of global and civil unrest. It seems that everywhere you look, lives are falling apart. No one is exempt from the turmoil – not even sweet, sheltered Amish girls.
One moment, 19-year old Betsie Troyer and her 17-year-old sister, Sadie, are living normal, peaceful lives. The next moment, their parents are leaving the Amish community and their daughters behind – and in the blink-of-an-eye, turning Betsie’s and Sadie’s world upside down.
The girls are distraught. Why would their parents do such a terrible thing? Surely their parents will see the light, come to their senses, and return. They decide to keep their parent’s departure a secret for several reasons.
Betsie hopes her parents will return before the man she hopes to marry – Charlie Yoder – discovers her terrible secret. She also stays behind because she has struck a bargain with her cousin, who has been drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. She has agreed to serve as an apprentice in a harness shop and to live with the Sullivan family – an English family – during this time. Needless to say, Betsie is not thrilled by this prospect, especially in light of the situation with her parents.
Ultimately, Betsie’s apprenticeship leads to exposure to new ideas, new people, and an inevitable clash of cultures. It also provides insight into some of the key historical events of that era, punctuated by some humorous moments.
The Bargain by Stephanie Reed is an exciting and enjoyable story that provides a unique perspective into both the Vietnam era and the Amish culture. This is a fabulous book club choice with engaging discussion questions and a few not-to-be-missed recipes at the end of the book! Although the story is fiction, it is loosely based on the real-life story of an Amish woman.
Rating – 4/5 Stars
About Stephanie Reed
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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The Bargain with Kindle Fire Giveaway
Welcome to the blog tour for The Bargain from Kregel Books, the first book in Stephanie L. Reed’s new series, Plain City Peace.
Stephanie and her publisher are hosting 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 27, 2013. The winner will be announced at the Litfuse Blog on October 28th.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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