Sunday, November 12, 2017

Review - A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould

Bethany House; 352 pages; $15.99; Amazon

Now available from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is the Amish-fiction drama A Plain Leaving, book one in The Sister's of Lancaster County series, by Leslie Gould.

The novel centers on Jessica Bachmann, an Amish woman who had left her family and Amish community after clashing with her brother, Arden, and the bishop over the future of their family's farm. Three years later, she returns to Lancaster County after learning of her father's death.

They say that you can never go home again, and well, that's exactly what Jessica is thinking, as she returns home. While she grieves her father's passing, she must deal with the past, which includes her brother's decision to allow fracking on the family's land.

With all the emotional trauma, Jessica has to deal with, she must always come face to face with Silas Kemp, a man she once thought she had a future with.

Final Thoughts

Just by glancing at the cover art, A Plain Leaving looks like your typical Amish-romance novel. However, there's nothing typical about this book, as there's an emotional, intriguing story here. Warning Spoiler: There's a plot twist involving the main character, Jessica, learning about Ruby Bachmann, a Revolutionary War-era ancestor, who had to face similar situations that Jessica currently finds herself in.

Overall, I enjoyed reading A Plain Leaving. It's a wonderfully written novel is great characters, exciting dialogue, and lively descriptions.

*Note - I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Leslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and award-winning author of twenty-six novels, including the Courtship of Lancaster County and Neighbors of Lancaster County series. She holds an MFA in creative writing and teaches at the college level. She enjoys research trips, church history, and hiking, especially in the beautiful state of Oregon where she lives. She and here husband, Peter, are the parents of four children.

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