Title: THE BARGAIN
Author: Stephanie Reed
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.
Worse still, Betsie must learn a trade while she boards with a dysfunctional Englisher family: Sheila, a twelve-year-old desperately searching for a friend and in dire need of her mother; the free-spirited mother, who runs off to "find herself" on the stage; the angry father whose structured life crumbles; and Michael, a troubled college dropout nearly killed in the Kent State Massacre.
Thrust into the English world, Betsie must grapple with the realities of war and miniskirts, pot parties and police brutality, protests and desertion. Can she help the Sullivan family and find peace in her new surroundings, or must she forget the bargain she made and seek refuge back in
with protective and reliable Charley? Plain City
THE BARGAIN is the first book in the Plain City Peace series by Ms. Reed. The story is very well written and is—as it says above—about an Amish girl thrust entirely out of her element to work in a saddle shop in place of her cousin who was drafted. Okay, the language was a bit over the top. I understand that in the sixties and early seventies people might have talked like that, but it was just… weird… and additionally, instead of Betsie working in the saddle shop, she mostly worked as a servant/housekeeper for the family. Though I did find it funny how she kept “mending” Michael’s “ripped” clothes when his look was supposed to be “ratty.”
I just don’t know what to say. This book definitely wasn’t your typical Amish book. It is more like a reality show, set in the 70’s – if there is such a thing. “70’s meet the Amish”? I don’t know. It had some really funny moments, and like I said, the writing is good. I would read another book by Ms. Reed. I want to know what happens with Michael. I am just really mixed on this book. I had problems with the plausibility of some of the early events in the book. I’m giving THE BARGAIN 4 stars. It is unique, new, and different, and great writing. Fans of reality shows would love it. Fans of Amish fiction who want to “experience Amish life" vicariously, would not. $14.99. 306 pages.
|About the book: 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.
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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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