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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Stephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio, as for her previous books, Across the Wide River and The Light Across the River. Like her Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StefReedBooks / and follow her on Twitter to keep in touch: https://twitter.com/StefReedBooks
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As most of you know that have joined my blog and follow my reviews I am a huge Amish Fiction fan. I was so excited to see a new Amish author. I wanted to love this book because I was so ready for a new voice in Amish fiction.
I could not get into the story for some reason. The writing was very good, it was the story that did not work for me, yes I know you are sitting there saying to yourself it is fiction, but the story has to believable for me to get into it and hold my attention.
I will have to wait and read the next book in this series to make-up my mind about the author.
I gave this book 3 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review