The BARGAIN: A Novel by Stephanie ReedThe BARGAIN: A Novel by Stephanie Reed

The BARGAIN: A Novel

byStephanie Reed

Paperback | October 25, 2013

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It's 1971, and Betsie Troyer's peaceful and predictable life is about to become anything but. When her parents decide to leave the Amish, nineteenyear- old Betsie and her seventeen-year-old sister Sally feel abandoned. Left to fend for themselves under the dubious guidance of a nearly deaf aunt, the girls keep their parents' secret as long as possible, hoping they'll return before anyone learns the truth-a truth that will end all hopes of Betsie's marriage to Charley Yoder. Worse still, Betsie must spend part of each week with the dysfunctional Englisher family she boards with: Michael, the college dropout hippie and his angry father; Sheila, a twelveyear- old desperately searching for a friend and in need of her mother; and the fl amboyant mother, who runs off to 'fi nd herself' on the stage. Th rust into the English world, Betsie must grapple with the insolent realities of war and miniskirts, pot parties and police brutality, prejudice and desertion. Can she fi nd peace in her new surroundings or must she abandon her commitment and seek
Title:The BARGAIN: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.27 inPublished:October 25, 2013Publisher:Kregel PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:082544215X

ISBN - 13:9780825442155


Rated 5 out of 5 by from a different tone of Amish novel What would you be willing to risk in order to follow your convictions? In the past and even today, people have left behind home and family, friends, employment for a better life. Or, if my family left all that they believed and the way they and their parents had lived, would I blindly follow? As I read The Bargain I had to think on this. This is a very different type of Amish story than most of those I have read, coming at it from the daughters whose parents left the Amish way of life. Although I have never been in this situation, nor has anyone that I know, Stephanie was able to make this personal and instead of telling me the story, she somehow managed to involve me as surely as if it was my own family. This also explains the difference in the Amish lifestyle that goes beyond the dress the very obvious things we see such as mode of travel and lack of electricity and electronics. Those who find that most books on the shelves these days are about the Amish and are looking for a change will find this refreshing, and those who love those same novels will be happy to add this to their collection. I received this book as an advance reading copy from Amy at Litfuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publishers in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. These opinions are my own.
Date published: 2013-09-22