The Bargain: A Novel

The Bargain: A Novel

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by Stephanie Reed
     
 

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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

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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 Plain City with protective and reliable Charley?

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Editorial Reviews

CBA Retailers and Resources - Jennifer Fleming
"This was an interesting read that left me wanting to know more about the Amish, and each character's search for Go inspired me to strengthen my own relationship with Him."
E. E. Kennedy
“An exciting, involving novel, sensitively rendered. . . . This is clearly the first novel in a series and not all the plot strings are tied up at the end. Readers are left wanting to know more about these people we’ve come to care about.”
Susan Marlow
"Stephanie Reed does a superb job of sprinkling humor throughout a story with a serious theme. Best of all? This is Book 1, with more to follow. Hurray! "
Janalyn Voigt
“The Bargain examines a troubled time in American history—the year following the Kent State massacre—through the eyes of a young Amish girl. With deep character portrayals and a masterful plot, this life-affirming book raises as many questions as it answers. Well done!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825442155
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Plain City Peace
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
289,882
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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