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    Leslie Gould
    Bethany House / 2017 / ePub
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 26 Reviews
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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great novel
    April 25, 2018
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Plain Leaving #1.
    Jessica Bachmann has been on her own for three years. She has a job that she loves, and a boyfriend she cares for. Her life is good enough that she doesnt regret leaving her Amish community, despite the time it took to get over the pain of the separation.

    Now, after the death of her father, she must return for the funeral. She struggles through her grief, as well as the painful reunion with her family, most of whom are anything but welcoming. She must also deal with the resurfacing emotions toward Silas, the love she left behind.

    In the midst of it all, Jessicas aunt tells her the story of Ruby Bachmann, an ancestor from the time of the Revolutionary War. Ruby was faced with hardships and hard decisions. Will Rubys story guide Jessica back to her family? Or will it reinforce her decision to leave?

    This is the first Amish novel Ive ever read, and Im glad I gave it a chance. Its very well written, and Gould does a good job of weaving the two stories together. There were a couple of times where I lost track of whose story I was reading. I dont really fault the author for this. I think it was only in part due to the fact that the Amish community didnt change much between the times of Ruby and Jessica. But it wasnt a major confusion. It was more along the lines of oh, wait thats right, Jessica has a car.

    Other than that (which I blame mostly on my lack of concentration as of late), the book is wonderful. If youre looking for a clean, faith-inspiring read, this is it.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not so different lives of Amish family members from two eras
    January 25, 2018
    tammycookblogsbooks
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I can say that "Revolutionary War" and "Amish" were never two words that I put in the same sentence until reading A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould. I really didn't think about Amish being in that part of American history. In A Plain Leaving, Leslie has woven together the ups and downs, and not so different lives of Amish family members from two eras. Jessica Baughman is from the present time and Ruby Baughman is from the Revolutionary War period. I found myself, like Jessica, waiting to find out more about Ruby's life from the storytelling of Aenti Suz. I had no problem going between the two time periods, even with Jessica's part being told in the first person, which the author does well. I like that readers of A Plain Leaving will find themselves learning about life in 1777 and also about how the Amish live now. Leslie does this in a way that is more showing than telling. A Plain Leaving is book 1 in The Sisters of Lancaster County series and a great read!. I can't wait to start A Simple Singing, book 2 of the trilogy. I was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Two incredible, faith-filled stories twine together in a celebration of family, tradition and hope in the future.
    January 22, 2018
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Plain Leaving #1.
    An emotionally sucker-punch kind of read....and I so love it when I really feel a story! In this case -- two stories, because this is a dual timeline plot which I didn't realize when I started reading but was a delightful surprise! I honestly don't know whose story I enjoyed more -- Jessica's or Ruby's.

    Have to say I was consumed by righteous indignation over situations in Jessica's story. Living in relationship isn't easy and family dynamics are complicated but no matter how you look at it, Jessica was hard done by. Gah! Honestly, there were moments when I said some very unkind things to certain characters. I bet you will too when you meet Mamm, Marie and Arden. But there's so much grace and wisdom and growth too. Which made me feel guilty over being so harsh...in fact I was as harsh to them as they were to Jessica which is totally ironic. And yes, I know I'm talking about fictional characters but I still apologized to them...well not to Arden if I'm truthful and maybe a bit grudgingly to Marie. Sigh. Clearly I needed the message of faith and forgiveness that Gould included in this compelling story.

    And the American Revolution from the eyes of Jessica's Amish ancestors -- truly riveting. It's told by Jessica's Aenti Suz and that lady knows how to draw out a story with plenty of cliffhangers. A clever way to keep Jessica around longer than she planned. But both of us were clamoring for more every time Aenti Suz left off. I was as captivated by Ruby and her romantic dilemma as I was with Jessica's.

    Two incredible, faith-filled stories twine together in a celebration of family, tradition and hope in the future.

    Book provided courtesy of Baker Publication and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
  4. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Heartwarming Beginning to a New Series
    December 18, 2017
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Plain Leaving #1.
    Leslie Gould's A Plain Leaving is a heartwarming story that begins a new series, The Sisters of Lancaster County.

    Leslie crafted a story where the characters have to deal with some very complicated issues in their family relationships. Misunderstandings and poor communication provide realistic conflicts that keep the story flowing.

    A couple of elements make this story a little different from your average Amish story. One is that instead of a character struggling with the question of whether to leave their community -- a common thread in many stories -- Jessica is struggling with whether to return to her Amish community. Her strong pull to her family's farm and desire to understand family issues drew me in to her story. Another very interesting thread in the book is a historical thread that helps paint the picture of the family's heritage for several generations.

    This is a great story that I highly recommend to all fans of Amish fiction.

    Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Read
    December 18, 2017
    Bookish Bakes
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Plain Leaving #1.
    What first caught my attention about this book was the switching between time periods. Sometimes, switching between two main characters can be frustrating. If I tend to like one character over the other, I usually become bored with the book. However, in A Plain Leaving, the author did a wonderful job at keeping both main characters interesting and delightful. Ruby and Jessica both have a lot in common, even though they are from two different time periods. The author does a good job at drawing out their humanity through their actions and emotions as they both face hardships. As a reader, this was what really helped me connect with all the characters.

    I am a sucker for historical fiction, I will just admit it here and now. Recently, I have noticed more historical Amish fiction being released, and I simply love it! The switch between time periods gives us a glimpse at what it was like for not just the first colonists but the first Amish communities to live in early America. The American Revolution was a favorite of mine in history class so I latched on to all the details and story line as her family faces the hardships that come with war. This book would be very educational to a young adult reader.

    The relationships gave me mixed feelings. The way Jessica reacts to her family, when returning home, was written perfectly. In the past, I have read Amish fiction that just felt stale and unrealistic. In those books, the characters felt emotionless, and they would frustrate me to no end. I understand that in Amish culture they tend to be more respectful at times in who they are conversing with and not speak out of turn, but they are still human and still have thoughts and opinions. In 'A Plain Leaving', the author did what I have not seen as much in Amish fiction. She wrote bolder characters that actually spoke their feelings out and argued with family members. They shared feelings and talked out their differences that I commend her for doing. It really helped pull me into the story.

    Now that being said, some relationships did feel over dramatized for lack of better word. As in, they just felt too much like a day time drama, but this was not all the time so it did not overwhelm the book too much. Sometimes I expected more out of her closest relatives, if they really grew up with her. The relationship that bothered me the most though was the one between her and Tom. It just felt so unrealistic at times. I understand that sometimes relationships just don't work out. However, when Tom would be doing things with the men or groups of the church, she would always be lonely and left at home. Most churches nowadays, at least the modern ones, tend to have activities for men and women. I would have expected her as an ex-Amish woman to jump in with these new people. That was what bothered me the most. The relationship just did not set well with me almost as if the character was not allowing herself to bond with the new church. It just felt awkward.

    The ending did feel a little rushed, but I think the author was just trying to wrap things up. However, I was satisfied with the ending. Overall, I did enjoy the story line, and I think that Ruby's story was my favorite of the two. A Plain Leaving is the first book in The Sisters of Lancaster County series. I would love to read the second book someday, and I am happy to see that the author is continuing her theme of having the past mixed with modern characters. I would recommend this book to any Amish loving person that is looking for something different and new to read.

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