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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This was a very interesting book. I enjoyed reading about Betsie and her experience living with the
"English". She strikes up a friendship with Michael, the son, of the English family. There is a lot of drama with the family. The year is 1971 and Michael fears the draft. He has quit college after a traumatic experience and he and his father don't see eye to eye. It is a stressful situation for Betsie, besides having to deal with her parents deciding to leave the Amish Faith because they realized the true gospel message of being saved by the blood of Jesus. Betsie decides to stay Amish, because that is all she has ever known, and she fears that she won't get to Heaven if she leaves the Amish Faith. I find books about the Amish fascinating, but it is also confusing in a way. This book had a lot going on and my mind is still reeling for it, this book and the characters will stay with me for a while. Stephanie Reed did such a good job writing this book, that I feel that I know the characters personally and I find myself kind of worrying about them like I would a friend. Great job Stephanie. This book also left me wondering what happens next and I can't wait for the next in Plain City Peace series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
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: http://www.stephanielreed.com/
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