Tuesday, December 9, 2014

{Kregel Book Tour} The Bachelor, Plain City Peace (Book Two) by Stephanie Reed

Book Description:  In this sequel to The Bargain, Betsie Troyer is back home in her Amish community where she knows she belongs, free from the confusing Englisher way of life. She and Charley Yoder have made promises to each other, and her life is back on track--until Gerald Sullivan shows up with his young daughter, asking for Betsie's help. He’s on his way to find his estranged wife, and begs Betsie to take young Sheila in.
When she agrees, Betsie's carefully planned life is shaken up again. Sheila's newfound faith is troubling to Charley--and his attraction to another girl is beginning to be a problem. But how can Betsie confront him when she is still trying to confront her own feelings about Sheila's brother, Michael? Keeping the peace between the Amish man she's always loved, a twelve-year-old Englisher girl, and a draft-dodging hippie is more than she ever thought she’d have to deal with in her simple, orderly life. Still, Betsie is convinced she can keep things from falling apart completely.
Then during her best friend's wedding, tragedy strikes and her world is upended. She has to make a decision: does she love Charley or Michael . . . or is she craving a deeper love that only God can give?
My Thoughts:  The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed is the second book in the Plain City Peace series.  I missed book oneThe Bargain, but as I began reading The Bachelor, the story of Betsie Troyer, I was caught up in her Amish lifestyle.
It seems that Betsie has been gone (assuming this took place in book one) but she now knows she belongs at home in her Amish community because being with the Englischers was quite confusing to her way of thinking.  Ah! No place like home!
It seems that Betsie just wants a simple life but as others call on her for help...Gerald Sullivan asks her, well actually begs her, to take care of his daughter while he searches for his estranged wife.  And then she and Charley seem to have made promises they can't keep...does she truly love Charley when she thinks about Michael?  The quote at the top of page 133, "A woman is perturbed by what a man forgets, a man by what a woman remembers" is one of my favorite quotes out of the book...sort of/kind of sums up this read. 
Even though I didn't read book one I found this the story of Betsie and Charley interesting.  
This is a great read for all those Amish fans but you may want to read book one first just to get the whole story!

*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*

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  • Series: Plain City Peace (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (October 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825442168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825442162

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