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 their peace and healing and love yet to come?
My review (5-stars)
There is something so unique about the Bachman family that I really liked. Perhaps it is the different approach the author took on an Amish woman leaving her community without the usual cliché. Obviously, Jessica has been shunned, but her choice to leave is something she feels confident about. She has new friends, a new relationship and a job she really loves.
What I liked in this story is the subject of fracking on an Amish farm and a contaminated well. That is a something that I have not read before in an Amish fiction novel, but something I find very interesting. The story is much more than that, it’s a story of family conflict, the death of a parent and lost love. It’s a story of healing past hurts and new beginnings.
It’s also a dual time line story and that is something that Leslie Gould does so well in my opinion. For some reason, I’m always drawn to the characters in the past. I find their stories to be so fascinating and the author blends them perfectly with her present day characters. In this book, I enjoyed both storylines equally.
I really did not want this book to end! I do find solace in knowing there will be more books in this series and I am so anxious to read them because I already miss the characters, especially Aenti Suze!
If you’re looking for a well written and interesting book, I recommend A Plain Leaving.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.