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At Home in Pleasant Valley by Marta Perry, 3 of the Pleasant Valley novels in one book
Leah’s Choice #1
Amish schoolteacher Leah Beiler is content nurturing her young "scholars" and helping out on her large family's Pennsylvania farm in Pleasant Valley. She has long since recovered from the defection of her former fianci Johnny Kile, who left the Amish community several years ago. But now Johnny has returned. Working at a local medical clinic on research into inherited diseases common among the Amish, he asks for Leah's help in circumventing his "shunned" status and reuniting him with his family, in particular with his twin, Rachel, who is also Leah's best friend. Johnny also encourages Leah to help out at the clinic, working as a liaison with the Amish community. Is Johnny secretly hoping to convince Leah to leave the community and join him in an "English" life together?
Rachel’s Garden #2
It has been almost a year since the Amish community of Pleasant Valley lost Ezra Brand to a tragic accident. Since then, his wife Rachel has struggled to raise their three children and run their dairy farm. Rachel has always believed that nothing happens without God's will, but in these tough times, she's finding it a challenge to discern His plan for her life. Rachel's friends and family have come forward to help-Rachel's friend Leah, who is now married and expecting a child; Ezra's brothers, who work on the farm; and Rachel's parents, who are no strangers to griefafter their only son, Johnny, left the Amish community. But all of their well-intentioned constant advice puts undue pressure on Rachel. When Gideon Zook, Ezra's best friend who survived the accident, asks her permission to build the greenhouse that Ezra had always promised her, she finds his presence too painful a reminder of the past.
Anna’s Return #3
When Anna Beiler returns to the Pleasant Valley Amish after three years in the English world, she doesn't come alone-she comes with a baby daughter. Despite people's assumption, the child is not Anna's biological child but was adopted by her after the real mother, Anna's friend, tragically died. So Anna returns not seeking the redemption her family assumes. Instead, she's hoping to hide herself among the Plain People from the baby's violent father until she feels it's safe to go back into the world again. She tells herself she can do anything to protect her baby, even lie to the people who love her most. So she moves in with her brother Joseph and his wife Myra. She reconnects with her father, sister Leah, and Leah's new family. And she begins to spend time with Joseph's partner in his machine shop, Samuel, whose steady patience and thoughtful responses, which made him seem "slow" when they were children, now suggest to her a deeper understanding that sometimes infuriates her and more often makes her feel safe.
Returning isn't as easy as Anna had hoped, because it forces her to face the consequences of her own irresponsible behavior that led her to leave in the first place, and the pain she caused those she left behind. True redemption, she finds, is not a simple matter of pretend humility, but a deep change of the heart that means she will never be the same again. She learns, too, that redemption comes with a renewed love and appreciation for all the people in her life, the tightly bonded community that will always nurture and protect her.
Number of Pages: 736
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Pleasant Valley
Settle in to the quiet corner of Pennsylvania known as Pleasant Valley in these three novels of love, family, and the Amish community...
All of Pleasant Valley seems to think the newcomer from Lancaster County is the perfect match for school teacher Leah Beiler. Daniel Glick is a widower with three childrenbut his past haunts him, and Leah has secrets of her own.
Rachel is struggling to raise her young children and run her farm after her husband's death. A new life and a new love may be on the horizon for herbut only if she can discover the courage to embrace them.
Anna has come back to Pleasant Valley with a baby girl...which will surely cause a stir, since she is unmarried. But this close-knit community doesnt know the truth about what Anna has done, and what she is running from...
"What a joy it is to read Marta Perry's novels!...everything a reader could wantstrong, well-defined characters, beautiful, realistic settings, and a thought-provoking plot. Readers of Amish fiction will surely be waiting anxiously for her next book."Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Heart series
"Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis."Library Journal
"A born storyteller."Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life
"Perry carefully balances the traditional life of the Amish with the contemporary world in an accessible, intriguing fashion."Publishers Weekly (starred review)