Friday, December 12, 2014

The Bachelor: A Book Review

About The Book:

In this sequel to The Bargain, Betsie Troyer is back home in her Amish community where she knows she belongs, free from the confusing Englisher way of life. She and Charley Yoder have made promises to each other, and her life is back on track--until Gerald Sullivan shows up with his young daughter, asking for Betsie's help. He’s on his way to find his estranged wife, and begs Betsie to take young Sheila in.

When she agrees, Betsie's carefully planned life is shaken up again. Sheila's newfound faith is troubling to Charley--and his attraction to another girl is beginning to be a problem. But how can Betsie confront him when she is still trying to confront her own feelings about Sheila's brother, Michael? Keeping the peace between the Amish man she's always loved, a twelve-year-old Englisher girl, and a draft-dodging hippie is more than she ever thought she’d have to deal with in her simple, orderly life. Still, Betsie is convinced she can keep things from falling apart completely.

Then during her best friend's wedding, tragedy strikes and her world is upended. She has to make a decision: does she love Charley or Michael . . . or is she craving a deeper love that only God can give?

The compelling second novel of the Plain City Peace series, The Bachelor deftly weaves together the strands of a solid, simpler time with the turmoil of an era of change, revealing the strengths of both in its powerful narrative.

You can read an excerpt here, in PDF format

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. The Bachelor is the second book in the Plain City Peace series.

My Review:

This was the perfect sequel to an Amish novel I have read in a very long time. With sweet characters, a storyline that flowed nicely and a book that kept your attention throughout it is a book that all fans of Amish fiction will want to read. While it is part of a series, you could read it as a stand-alone novel as well, without becoming too confused. It was a delightful read that covered themes such as the fundamental difference between mainstream Christianity and the Amish lifestyle/beliefs, some romance, but also concentrated on the impact of leaving the Amish life. A great read and I cannot wait to see how Betsie and the Bishops stories continue in books that may follow. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
 

BUY IT: You can purchase The Bachelor online here, through Kregel Publications.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Kregel Publications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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