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Rachel's Garden (Pleasant Valley Series #2)

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It has been almost a year since the Amish community of Pleasant Valley lost Ezra Brand to a tragic accident. Since then, his wife, Rachel, has struggled to raise their three children and run their dairy farm…

Rachel’s friends and family have come forward to help — Rachel’s friend Leah, who is now married and expecting a child; Ezra’s brothers, who work on the farm; and Rachel’s parents, who are no strangers to grief after their only son, Johnny, left the Amish community. But ...

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Overview

It has been almost a year since the Amish community of Pleasant Valley lost Ezra Brand to a tragic accident. Since then, his wife, Rachel, has struggled to raise their three children and run their dairy farm…

Rachel’s friends and family have come forward to help — Rachel’s friend Leah, who is now married and expecting a child; Ezra’s brothers, who work on the farm; and Rachel’s parents, who are no strangers to grief after their only son, Johnny, left the Amish community. But their constant advice, however well-intentioned, puts undue pressure on Rachel. And when Gideon Zook — Ezra’s best friend, who survived the accident — asks her permission to build the greenhouse that Ezra had always promised her, she finds his presence too painful a reminder of the past.

As spring turns to summer, and Rachel puts her heart into growing the flowers and plants that have always brought her joy, can she discover the courage to make her own choices…and embrace new beginnings?

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Following the death of her husband, Ezra, Rachel Brand raises her three young children in a close-knit Amish community. Ezra's best friend, Gideon, helps Rachel complete a garden that Ezra had planned to create. However, others begin to pressure Rachel to sell the land, and as she and Gideon begin to fall in love, they also wonder if something more sinister was at play in her husband's death. VERDICT This second novel in the series (after Leah's Choice) is more suspenseful than most Amish fiction, which tends to deal more with the individual's choice to remain within the community based on faith. While somewhat edgier, this is sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441808622
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: Pleasant Valley Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. Marta is the author of over thirty inspirational romance novels. She and her husband live in a century-old farmhouse and try to keep up with twenty-five acres of fields and woods. Active in their church and community, they are the parents of three children and the proud grandparents of six beautiful grandchildren.
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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    a charming second chance at love romance.

    In Pleasant Valley, Pennsylvania, Widow Rachel Brand has no time to grieve the death of her husband Ezra in an accident. Instead she has a farm to keep and three young children to raise by herself though she knows her Amish neighbors will offer help.

    Ezra's best friend Gideon Zook, who survived the accident, wants to honor his deceased buddy by completing a project he was going to do for his wife. Ezra intended to build a greenhouse for Rachel. However, her family pressures her to sell the farm instead of starting a nursery. However, questionable accidents leaves Gideon and Rachel to wonder if someone covets the land so much as to drive the widow away and to reconsider what happened to Ezra even as they fall in love.

    The second Pleasant Valley Amish romance (see Leah's Choice) is an interesting look at two people who lost their first cherished mates who are falling in love but are in denial about how they feel. The lead couples makes the tale as the ghosts of Ezra and Naomi stand in their way as Gideon is unable to move on; somewhat because he suffers from survivor guilt and somewhat from his disbelief that one can love twice. Fans will enjoy a trip to Lancaster County as Marta Perry provides a charming second chance at love romance.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2014

    This is the second book in Marta Perry's Pleasant Valley series

    This is the second book in Marta Perry's Pleasant Valley series about Rachel, a widow. She struggles to keep her farm and build her garden and its related business. Who is trying to sabotage her efforts? Good mystery to this book and a good story as well. Although this is part of the Pleasant Valley series, you can read one without reading the others. It was great to see Leah from the previous book in this as well and to see what has happened in her life since her book. To understand all of the characters better, you should read the other books. I like how Marta Perry introduces the next book's character in the previous book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Good Series

    This book was very enjoyable.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

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    Another excellent book from Marta Perry! Very readable, with sw

    Another excellent book from Marta Perry! Very readable, with sweet romance, tension, and a helpful lesson in forgiveness (not given with a heavy hand). I did not want to put this book down, so I highly recommend it, along with anything else Marta Perry writes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Amish struggles with grief

    Heartwarming story of grieving adults and their struggle to start living again through the restraints and the closed community of the Amish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Loved this series!

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting. I enjoy reading about the Amish life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    wonderful book

    I loved this book. The characters are true to life and inspirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Marta Perry, is a great writer. The story line was great, and the flow of the story was very good. As a hugh fan of Amish fiction, I highly recommend this book.

    Rachel's Garden, the second book in the Pleasant Valley series was very enjoyable. Rachel and Ezra were able to rise above extreme heartbreak to find a happy ending. The closeness and love that grow between Ezra and Rachel's children was very touching. Rachel, was faced with a number of decision's that were hard for an Amish widow. Though Rachel's faith in God, and the need to provide for her family Rachel, was able to over come these hardships.

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