A Faithful Gathering (The Sisters of Lancaster County Book #3)

A Faithful Gathering (The Sisters of Lancaster County Book #3)

by Leslie Gould

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Leisel Bachmann left her Amish roots and beloved sisters to pursue a career in medicine without a second thought. She has an Englisch boyfriend, Nick Jordan, and dreams of a new life--but those dreams come crashing down when her sister Marie is diagnosed with cancer.

Soon nothing is going as she planned--not her state boards, not her first nursing job, and certainly not her relationship with Nick. As she becomes increasingly discouraged, her aunt shares the story of Leisel's grandfather during World War II and the struggle he faced between returning to Lancaster or being with the woman he loved.

Peace and a vision for the future are difficult to find, and when Nick leaves Pennsylvania for a completely new life, Leisel is faced with impossible choices. Will she stay in Lancaster, close to her family and the traditions of her past? Or learn from her grandfather's story and embrace a life of love and service in an uncertain future?

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ISBN-13: 9781493417322
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Sisters of Lancaster County , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 50,838
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including multiple Lancaster Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her family in Oregon. Learn more at www.lesliegould.com.
Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including two Lancaster Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Oregon. Learn more at www.lesliegould.com.

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A Faithful Gathering 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
vics49548 16 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by author Leslie Gould. Not a typical Amish story it is still a compelling novel that is book three in The sisters of Lancaster County, I read it as a stand alone as I haven’t read the first two books in the series. I had no trouble following what was going on. The characters were well developed, life wasn’t all peaches and cream, and God was faithful. Even when questioning why things were happening, the main characters had strong faith during struggles while trying to stay true to who God made them to be. Sweet and clean, I highly recommend it.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 23 days ago
Leslie Gould finishes her Sisters of Lancaster County series with another enjoyable story in A Faithful Gathering. As in the previous books, the story highlights one of the Bachmann sisters but also involves details of other family members. The present-day decisions that must be made are impacted by the ongoing story of Bachmann relatives from generations past. The lives of characters from both time periods provide an engaging story filled with complex details. I highly recommend this book, as well as the entire series, to fans of great Amish fiction. The story could work as a stand alone but is more enjoyably read as a series conclusion Thanks to the author and her publisher for providing a copy of A Faithful Gathering. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 25 days ago
A Faithful Gathering is a compelling novel. While A Faithful Gathering can be read alone, I suggest you read the books in The Sisters of Lancaster County series in order. It will help you to understand the family dynamics. I thought A Faithful Gathering was well-written with relatable, yet complex characters and set in beautiful Lancaster County. We get Leisel’s story in A Faithful Gathering. She is on the cusp of fulfilling her dreams when her sister, Marie is diagnosed with cancer. When a series of events leave Leisel feeling discouraged and doubting her choices, her aunt shares the story of Leisel’s grandfather, Joe Bachmann. Joe’s draft number comes up in 1944 and, as a conscientious objector, enlisted in CPS (Civilian Public Service). It was interesting to learn about CPS plus AFS (American Field Service). I was not aware of these two divisions previously. The historical elements were beautifully incorporated into the story. I liked how the past and present flowed together. We see how fear comes in many different forms and it can hinder (even cripple) an individual. Prayer, faith and listening to God’s guidance are Christian elements in the story. We must pray to God for Him to lead us down the right path. If you have faith, you know God will provide. The Sisters of Lancaster County has a heartwarming ending. One of my favorite sayings in the book relates back to a woman who has one thing after another go wrong in her life and she believes God is punishing her. The phrase is “sometimes we’re tested, but that doesn’t mean we’ve done anything wrong”. We must remember that God will not give us more than we can handle. Leisel was being tested in A Faithful Gathering. It was nice to see Leisel develop as an individual and in her faith. A Faithful Gathering is clean, Christian novel with realistic characters and situations that will touch your heart.
tiggeruoSO 5 months ago
I really loved Aenti Suz hands down she was my favorite character in the book. I would say this book is geared toward young adults. I would say the characters still had a lot of learning to do and the author used the situations through out the book mature them for sure. I really enjoyed the story of LT. Shaw and Joe, when the story would move away from them the author had away of keeping your attention and leave you wanting more to find out what was going to happen next. While I did find Leisel a little immature some times I also found that what she was facing was forcing her to grow up and evaluate her life and her choice. This book is from a first person point of view Over all this book is a good clean read and suitable for all ages. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
Christa4 7 months ago
A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould is the third book in the Sisters of Lancaster County series. I was first introduced to dual-time novels in Leslie Gould's writing and have fallen in love with these books. I have greatly enjoyed reading this beautiful series. Leisel Bachmann grew up in an Amish community, but decided that she wanted to pursue her love of helping people and becoming a nurse. After graduating from nursing school and before taking her boards, Leisel finds out that her sister was diagnosed with cancer. Her English boyfriend, Nick Jordan also shared with her that he was planning to join the military, which is against her Anabaptist beliefs. With these and many more challenges heading her way, she questions what her future holds. Could God be leading her back to her Amish roots? You will definitely want to read A Faithful Gathering to find out the rest of Leisel's story and the encouragement she receives from her Aunt who shares Leisel's grandparents' story with her. This book and the entire series is one you will want to reread over and over again! A beautiful treasure! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and publisher and have given my honest opinion.
Barb00 7 months ago
A Faithful Gathering is a marvelous book. I am in awed how the author wrote this plot in different timelines so smoothly and it makes a difference in the characters. It's written so smoothly, it's exciting to read A Faithful Gathering. I definitely recommend reading this book by Author Leslie Gould. This is Book #3 of The Sisters of Lancaster County. I received a copy from the publisher, but was not required to review it. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
LucyMR1 7 months ago
Why have I never read this author before? This is the third book in The Sisters Of Lancaster Series, but I had no problem reading it as a stand-alone. I just want to read the previous books as this was so good. I loved the way she tackled an Amish woman whose love for medicine caused her to leave to pursue a nursing career and how it is tied together with her grandfather. Aunt Suz is a delight and her masterful storytelling as she recounts her fathers story is what keeps you staying up all night to finish. This author handled time slip with precision like a fine choreographed dance. Definitely should add this to your must read list. I won a copy of this book. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Lorraine Alexander 8 months ago
In this third book of The Sister’s of Lancaster County we again find a mix of Amish and Military. Gould does an excellent job of writing both into her stories. Leisel left her Amish home to pursue a nursing career. She didn’t leave her Amish faith however. While waiting to take her state boards, Leisel receives news that her sister Marie has cancer. Family is everything to her so she packs up her study material and goes back home to help with Marie’s care. Leisel’s English boyfriend, Nick, had mentioned to her the idea of joining the military to pay off his student loans. Of course, having been raised Amish, she wasn’t happy with that idea and wouldn’t really discuss it with him. When she finds out Nick enlisted, she broke up with him even though it broke her heart. She just couldn’t be with someone in the military. Whenever there was time, her Aunt told Leisel stories about her grandparents. Her grandfather was an Amish man who drove ambulances during the war. Her grandmother was an army nurse. How did they work things out? Did he leave his family and community? Did she become Amish? Does their story help Leisel? Pick up a copy of this book and read Leisel’s story. You’ll thoroughly enjoy it!
PinkGranny 8 months ago
I recently read A Faithful Gathering, book three in the Sisters of Lancaster Series by Leslie Gould. I enjoy Leslie's books not only for the good story but also for the characters, each one unique and complex. Leisel is no exception. She courageously left her Amish faith and comforts of home to study nursing, a field she felt God called her to enter. For an Amish woman with an eighth grade education that is no small fete. When you open this book you will find she has accomplished all that hard work and she is ready to take her board examinations. With her future full of opportunity, her life around her shifts and she suddenly finds herself on new ground and nothing is going to be what she planned. Her mother does not support her leaving the faith and becoming a nurse. Her sister Marie is on shaky ground with a cancer diagnosis. The farm is at a point where some changes need to be made to keep it productive. Nick is planning a change in his career that will alter the life they planned together. The calm in this port of storm is her beloved aunt relating the wonderful story of her grandfather. His story is like the balm she needs to see things in a new perspective.
GrandaddyA 8 months ago
You don’t have to read the books in this series in order but I think you will enjoy it more to start at the beginning. I enjoyed Leisel’s story. The manner in which her grandfather Joe Bachmann’s story is woven in makes hers more interesting as she seems to be faced with some similar situations as he was. Notice I said similar situations, not identical. He lived during World War II and had passed on before she was born. It wasn’t until she set aside her dreams and plans to pursue a nursing career in order to come home to care for her sister who was battling cancer that she started spending time with her father’s maiden sister and began to learn about her grandfather. I believe the author reinforces the truth that we need to know where we came from in order to be able to face the future with greater confidence. The book takes some interesting twists and turns as the author brings together a few loose ends from the first two books in the series. Throughout much of the book, Leisel is quick to avoid confrontation, much to the consternation of those who love her and want the best for her. Will she get past that tendency? If she does, what does life hold in store for her? Will she ever figure out what she really wants in life and then go after it? I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Nicole_C 9 months ago
A Faithful Gathering is the third book in the The Sisters of Lancaster County series. I haven't read the other two books in the series, but I felt that this could easily be read as a stand alone novel. This was such an enjoyable novel to read, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was a dual timeline story. I love dual timelines, but I had never read a dual timeline story in an Amish novel before. The author tells the story of Liesel who left her Amish community to become a nurse and plans to have a future with her Englisch boyfriend Nick. When health issues in her family arise, she is needed to return to the community where she grew up to offer assistance. The historical storyline of her grandfather's World War II service was a great addition to the novel. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Cynthia181 10 months ago
Trying to Follow Her Heart I received a copy of this book from the author, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was the third in this series and also about the third daughter/sister. Leisel was the baby sister who decided to follow her dreams and become a nurse and had not joined the church yet. Her older sister Jessica was married and a mom and had joined the church, her sister Marie married a Mennonite and was a mom and very happy and now Leisel was was almost done with school and getting ready to take her boards. Her friend/boyfriend Nick was already working at the hospital as a nurse and was trying to figure out how he was going to payoff his loans and was thinking of joining the Air Force, but Leisel did not agree with that. Then Marie got sick with stomach cancer and Leisel went home to help take care of her, but in doing so but a lot of things into question. But she learned about the history of her grandparents and what they went through during WWII, this is a wonderful story of following both your heart and your faith. Thank you for another wonderful book Leslie.
KMorgan73 10 months ago
I think dual timeline stories would be very difficult as an author to write. They not only have to get the reader interested in one story but two, then keep that interest throughout both stories and ultimately tie the two stories together in a believable way. But that's exactly what Leslie Gould has done in A Faithful Gathering. Two wonderfully written stories that connect in a very realistic way and with characters you'll find yourself cheering on. I was hooked from the very beginning of this story. There's a lot going on in the story as far as Liesel. She's about to become a nurse and begin her life with boyfriend Nick, who is also a nurse. But things change when her sister fails to show up for her graduation and Nick makes a surprising revelation. Liesel has a lot to think about and a story her Aenti Suz tells about her grandpa Joe may put things back in perspective. Joe's story, which takes place during WWII, is very compelling, and I found myself just as interested in it as I was Liesel's story. Leslie Gould is a master at dual timeline stories. Just when one character's story is at a pivotal point she switches to the other story and back and forth this goes throughout the book keeping me involved in both stories and making the book a quick read. Add to that her wonderful way of telling a story that makes me quit seeing words on a page but instead the images she is describing, well, it's no wonder she's one of my favorite authors. I'm pretty sure she could write a math textbook I would be interested in but then again, let's not get too crazy. : ) I definitely recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction or those who like a combination of contemporary and historical fiction. While this book is the third in the series it could easily be read as a standalone. I do recommend reading the other two books in the series though because they are just as wonderfully written as this one and you don't want to miss out on a Leslie Gould story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
annelr 10 months ago
A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould is the third and last book in The Sisters of Lancaster series and it just might be even better than the first two. It is another wonderfully inspirational book by one of my favorite authors of Amish stories. This particular series follows three Bachmann sisters and A Faithful Gathering tells Leisel's story. Leisel has pursued a nursing career and is suddenly drawn back to her family with a medical emergency. Because she steers clear of conflict, she has often given up dreams. Would she ever get them back? Will she have to give up her dream to become a nurse? What about the man that she loves? Will their relationship be derailed as well? The Bachman family that has been slightly fractured by the choices the individuals have made. Watching how God mends and strengthens these relationships is delightfully inspiring. I love the characters in Gould's stories. She portrays them realistically and the reader is easily drawn into their lives. I really liked Aenti Suz; she is practical and fearless and introduces Leisel to her grandfather's story which she never heard before. This second story embedded into Leisel's story takes the readers back to World War II and is just as compelling as Leisel's. The author does a marvelous job of stopping at just the right point in one story to pick up in the other. Strong themes of family and faith are woven throughout the book as the author portrays vibrant and realistic characters who deal with the nonresistant lifestyle of the Amish, learning what it means to care for those who are suffering and understanding the true meaning of grace, God's grace and love. Leisel has lived a life in fear that God would punish her at every turn. Is life really black and white? The author has expertly written a captivating story that will remind readers that God is in the hard times of our lives, molding us, making us stronger and we can trust Him to give us the desires of our hearts as we learn to delight in Him alone. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski 10 months ago
This final installment of The Sisters of Lancaster County is captivating! Leisel's entire future is toppled when unforeseen circumstances place her in a very vulnerable position. Her story continues in tandem with her aenti's revelations regarding her grandfather's experiences during World War II. Leisel's future becomes unclear as events surrounding her cause her to question her choices. Characterizations are well portrayed throughout this thought provoking novel. The story moved at a fast pace, and with a high degree of diversity. This is unlike the usual mainstream Amish fiction. It goes beyond the traditional Amish community daily living experiences. I found it to be very refreshing as well as educational. Relationships are strong points throughout this book. Family ties are important, although many times strained. Working through differences of opinion and belief systems are points of contention at times, but Leisel's faith is strengthened through adversity. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and learned some interesting information regarding the ways that Amish men have participated in wartime activities. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All expressed opinions are my own.
theskett 11 months ago
A Faithful Gathering tells the story of Liesel, the third Bachmann sister. Ms. Gould did a good job tying the whole series together in this book. With Liesel’s story, we see how each sister views the others and observe their interactions. This book completes Mamm’s story as well as Aenti Suz’s. The time slip element adds important depth to the story, as does Suz and Liesel’s experiences volunteering and serving for emergency relief. I’m not sure it matters in which order one reads these books, but readers will definitely want to read all three to enjoy the story of the Bachmann sisters. I received this book from the publisher but all opinions are my own.
MKWD52 11 months ago
A Faithful Gathering is book 3 in the Sisters of Lancaster Series and my favorite. I loved the relationship all three sisters had with each other. I loved how supportive of the sisters were when one of them came down with cancer. It has been four years since the death of her father and when Liesel left home and the Amish way to go to nursing school. She fully embraced the English life and even had a very supportive English boyfriend. Her life is turned upside down when she returns home to care for Marie. I loved Aunt Suz, the storyteller in all three of the books and she had a story to tell Liesel which was the story of her father who was Liesel's grandfather. I enjoyed both stories and kept turning the pages to find out what happened. Would Liesel get frustrated and return to the plain life or would she continue her dreams as a nurse? What about Gus and his involvement with an army nurse? And what about the relationship the sisters had with their sour puss mother?I could not put this book down until I found the answers and I was satisfied with the ending. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This book is due for release on February 5, 2019
GailHollingsworth 11 months ago
This was a story close to my heart in several ways. The nursing aspect (my son is an RN), WWII (my father-in-law served in the military during that time), the cancer diagnosis (I was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago), the end of life Hospice care (I went through that with my mother) and the difference in beliefs within a family. An unusual career choice for a woman brought up in the Amish faith, Leisel attends and graduates from nursing school. She feels God has called her into this profession. Not having joined the church yet she is not shunned but there is a strong resistance from her mother. She also meets Nick, who is already working as a nurse. They form a friendship and a bond as they work to achieve their dreams even though they are of different faiths and beliefs. Leisel comes back home from the big city when she finds out that her sister has been diagnosed with cancer. As she begins helping her sister, her maiden aunt Suz begins telling her about her grandparents and their courtship and struggles. He was Amish and she was an army nurse. This was during WWII. It was interesting to me reading this present day about Leisel and Nick and the past about the grandparents and how their struggles were similar in that their upbringings were so different. There is real community conflict when an Amish person turns to the English world. I shed a few tears and got choked up a time or two when reading of the struggles some of the characters faced. My main takeaway was to pass on the stories of our families and their lives so that they live in the hearts of future generations. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the author but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
LizD1 11 months ago
A Faithful Gathering ( The Sisters of Lancaster County - Book 3 ) By: Leslie Gould A Faithful Gathering is book three in The sisters of Lancaster County Series. I love the story and the characters , both were well written and realistic. This is Leisel’s story. She is a very caring lady and puts others before herself. She is faces with some difficult choices to make. The story is like reading two stories in one. It deals with the past and the present . The story also deals with some subjects that goes against the Amish. How do they handle them? I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST 11 months ago
This is the third book in this series that I have enjoyed, again we back at the farm and with the Bachmann family. This is mainly Liesel’s story, but really the sister’s and maybe Aunt Suz, as she tells some of the family history. Wow, we are in the present and so involved with what is going on, and then we become engrossed in Gus’s life, he is Suz’s brother and the girl’s father. The saying that history repeats itself is prevalent in a way that makes them realize what is important and to grab what is being offered. I didn’t want to leave, and have loved getting to know this family and how their community began and continuing. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
armcgraw 11 months ago
A Faithful Gathering In this 3rd book in Leslie Gould’s series, The Sisters of Lancaster County, we learn about Leisel, the youngest of the Bachmann sisters. Encouraged by the medical interests of her loving father, Leisel feels her calling into nursing. She goes against the wishes of her legalistic mother and her church to first become a CNA and then go to nursing school. She is about to reach that goal as she graduates, takes her nursing boards, and begins a future with Nick, her longtime friend and now romantic interest. A decision Nick makes and an unexpected call from her sister, Marie, changes everything. When Marie is diagnosed with cancer, Leisel puts her life on hold to help Marie manage her health and care for her young son. Because of several life circumstances, and being around her cold mother, Leisel begins to question God’s call on her life into medicine, the choices she has made about the church, and who she will marry. As she ponders these questions, Leisel’s Aunt Suz tells her a true WWII story about her grandparents that died before Leisel was born. Gould masterfully intertwines these two stories as Leisel confronts her doubts and fears. I literally read this book in one day because the story was so compelling that I couldn’t put it down. Don’t miss this book!