The Bachelor, Plain City Peace Series #2   -     By: Stephanie Reed
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Kregel Publications / 2014 / Paperback

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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?Z"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?Z"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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825442168
ISBN-13: 9780825442162
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  1. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Which bachelor will she choose?
    December 22, 2014
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is book 2 in the Plain City Peace series. I have not read the first book and could keep up with what was going on in this one, however I would definitely recommend reading the first book (The Bargain) before this one. I feel there would be more meaning in this one with the history of the first. This is definitely a series, you will want the next book out soon to find out what happens.

    Betsie Troyer is forced to become mother and father to her family farm. When she is also asked to watch an 'English' girl her life is turned upside down. While she knows she should be thankful for Charley and his ever present help and opinion on her farm she can't quit thinking about the 'English' man Michael. Will she be able to find what her heart truly wants or will she do only what is expected even if they clash. Can she convince her parents to return to the Amish life? Betsie must face some hard circumstances, strict people, a loving little girl and hold to the Amish ways.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading good clean amish christian fiction (series). I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org (The Book Club Network) for my honest opinion.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A unique Amish tale!
    December 15, 2014
    Britney Adams
    The Bachelor is the second book in Stephanie Reeds Plain City Peace series. There were several references to events detailed in the first book, The Bargain, which I have not read. However, enough information was given, and I was able to follow the story. For a better understanding of the characters and storyline, I would recommend reading this series in order.

    Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1970s, The Bachelor is a unique Amish tale. Betsie Troyer is a complex character and faces many challenges in her life. I felt compassion for this young woman and especially enjoyed her relationship with a young English girl left in her care. The romantic threads in this story were also interesting and I am eager to know where Betsies feelings will lead her. At the end of The Bachelor, unanswered questions linger and leave the reader in anticipation of the next book, The Bride.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book two in Stephanie Reed's Plain City Peace Series
    December 14, 2014
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Bachelor is the 2nd book in Stephanie Reeds Plain City Peace series.

    In book 1 The Bargain, we were introduced to the characters and their complex situations.

    In book 2 weve taken the next step in that relationship and we become even more involved with these beloved characters.

    The Bargain introduced to us the idea that the Amish way is not the only path to heaven and at the time it was a radical idea that really shook up our main character.

    In book 2, we explore this subject even deeper and it brings so many questions to bear questions that can probably never be answered to our satisfaction

    Betsie is facing confusion, not only about her parents but about her feelings about two certain young men.

    Such confusion certainly explains why the plain people work so hard to limit their exposure to the outside world.

    Since that wasnt exactly an option for Betsie, she is left with her confusion and frustration and some pretty big decisions that may forever change the course of her life and perhaps even the lives around her.

    Stephanie Reed will capture your attention and have you positively desperate for the final installment of this trilogy.

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    HARD TO PUT DOWN!
    December 12, 2014
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Seventeen old Betsie Troyer, and her teenage brother and sister, Abijah and Sadie, are left to fend for themselves when their parents leave the Amish faith and move away. They are faced with the shame of their parents shunning because they accepted Christ as their Savior. The children pray fervently that their parents will see the error of their ways and return. In the mean time they must carry on with Betsy trying to be both father and mother to her siblings. The pressure she faces is incredible.

    Charley, Betsies intended beau since childhood, comes frequently to assist with the chores and repairs that require a man. He seems sincerely devoted in helping her, but is he? Michael, an Englisher friend of many years who has moved away continues to write her. She treasures his friendship, as he truly understands her.

    To add to her already heavy load, a man she has worked for in the past leaves his 12 year old daughter Shelia to stay with the Troyers. He is leaving town to try and bring his wife back that has left them. This creates conflict not only with her siblings, but also with her church and Charley. A shocking tragedy reveals who really has Betsies best interest at heart.

    Just when I thought no one could come up with an Amish novel with a unique storyline, Ms. Reed has managed to! Most of the time it is the youth leaving the church for the world, but this time it is the parents. I was shocked and upset with her parents for abandoning their children. Especially with all the responsibilities that are a part of an Amish household.

    The story was made even more interesting by all the details of the situations the author so vividly describes. So much so in fact, I felt pressure with all Betsie was dealing with! She was a brave and dedicated young woman, but there were so many decisions that she needed her parents wisdom for. All in all, she does an incredible job.

    The characters were interesting. I enjoyed Shelia. Her youthful innocence, candidness and strong, childlike Christian faith unaffected by others, was delightful! Psalm 8:2, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength . . . aptly describes this little lady!

    As the story progresses, the integrity and motives of each individual was gradually revealed. I liked this because it added suspense, and excitement to the plot. I was inspired by Betsies taking every problem and decision to the Lord in prayer. She continued trusting and asking even though circumstances seemed unchanged. Through her trials she begins making her own choices separate from the opinions of other and the rules of her culture.

    I did not read the previous book but I feel this one stood alone. I look forward to reading it and the 3rd sequel to come in 2016. Well written, entertaining and hard to put down!

    I received this book free from the publisher through Kregel Publications which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  5. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Being With Betsie
    December 8, 2014
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Batchelor is set in the 1970s and the setting is a failing Amish Community known as Plain City, and as we are reunited with Betsie, we are reminded that her parents have left her and her and her brother and sister. Through out the story, Betsie is on bended knee prayer her folks will return and give up their ideas of being saved.

    The author has provided a lot of information if you havent read The Bargain, but it is an awesome book, and I would highly recommend reading it. We met the Sullivan family in The Bargain, and now Betsie is faced with a problem when she is begged to temporarily give Shelia Sullivan, a twelve year old, a home. She does so knowing her Community will not like the Englisher staying in her house. Even her siblings give her a hard time, but Charlie Yoder, who is now coming to court her, is really upset that Shelia is here.

    There is more tension when Michael begins writing, and Charlie finds out. Betsie also begins to relive the attack that was made on her while at the Sullivans, and you have to wonder if it is Michael or Charlie she fears. I also found Charlies mother to be a person I sure would avoid, not a very pleasant personality here, and Betsie better be careful when she marries Charlie.

    What an up and down story your about to experience, some chuckles, and some heart ache, come and immerse yourself in this great read. See whom Betsie belongs with!

    I received this book through Kregel Publications, and was not required to give a positive review
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