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October 17, 2017

PLAIN LEAVING by Leslie Gould

Sisters of Lancaster County
Book 1
Leslie Gould 

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Gould Offers a New Amish Series in Idyllic Lancaster County
At age twenty, Jessica Bachman left her two beloved sisters and her Amish community after clashing with the new bishop about her role in the family and the future of their farm. She tried to convince Silas Kemp, who'd been courting her for two years, to join her, but when he said no, she fled anyway.

Three years later, she returns home for the first time since leaving Lancaster to attend her father's funeral. Her arrival back revives all sorts of emotions--yearnings and sorrows alike. Jessica knows things will never return to how they were. But in seeing Silas again, she can't help but wonder what might have been.

Struggling to decide where her next step should take her, she learns the story of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor that echoes her own choices. Will Jessica leave her family and community forever, or is there peace and healing and love yet to come?   AMAZON BUY LINK

  • File Size: 9150 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 3, 2017)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0727S1B9L
 Leslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award winning author of twenty-two novels. She received her MFA from Portland State University and teaches writing at Warner Pacific College. Leslie enjoys traveling, hiking, and history. She and her husband, Peter, are the revolving-door parents of four children and three cats. Visit her at

Jessica Bachman had different ideas and views from her Amish community.    She had family, friends, a man who was courting her, but will it be worth  it to leave it all, because your views are different?    In the Amish community, things appear to be simple, easy and everyone got along.  But Jessica saw things differently and went against the new bishop.   She was twenty years old and time to marry and have boppli.   Silas Kemp had been courting her for two years.  Jessica decided to leave her community but Silas said he couldn't go with her.  She left anyway.  She stood on her principles for three years.   She stayed away from Lancaster and everyone and everything she knew.  But when her father died, she returned.  Along with returning to Lancaster, emotions erupted that were mixed.   When she sees Silas after those three years, she begins to wonder what would have happened if she had stayed.   But with that length of time gone, could things return to the way they were?   She isn't sure what to do.   She learns about an ancestor who was of the Revolutionary War era.   This ancestor was much like her in that, choices that went against other's beliefs were a part of the ancestor and Jessica.   Will this change the way Jessica has felt for three years?   Will she be able to rebuild what has been lost?   Will Jessica find a place again in the Lancaster community?  Feelings have been hurt, love has been lost for three years and there is so much healing to take place.  Will Jessica be able to find her faith in God and start the healing process?  Or will she, leave again, this time for good? 

The author gives us the community of Lancaster where everything is supposedly perfect.  But she also shows us that the Amish just like the Englisch communities are never perfect.  There will always be disagreements, different ideas and different ways of dealing with those feelings.  The book shows how faith in God along with looking at other's ideas, can bring about peace.   It makes you stop and think about what is really important.  Being right or having peace?    Very well written and leaves the reader with a lot to think about.  Your emotions may be torn in different directions.   

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Book Reviewers Program and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  5  STARS. 


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