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?
In the first novel set in the Amish community of Pleasant Valley, a teacher must rely on her faith to guide her heart through challenging times.
All of Pleasant Valley seems to think the newcomer from Lancaster County is the perfect match for schoolteacher Leah Beiler. After all, so few new families come to their secluded Amish community, and even fewer unmarried men. Daniel Glick is a widower with three young children to look afterclearly he's in need of a wife.
But Daniels past haunts him at every turn. Though he cannot miss the beauty in Leahs bright eyes and patient ways, he also sees a reminder of the pain he came so far to escape. Leah, too, has a burden on her heart. Years ago she was engaged to Johnny Kile, and was heartbroken when he decided to leave the Amish community. Since then she has immersed herself in her love of the children she teaches, forgetting any hopes of having her own family.
When Johnny returns, seeking reconciliation, Leah must decide between two pathways, either of which will change her life forever...
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Pleasant Valley series and the Keepers of the Promise trilogy. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.
Leah's Choice takes us into the heart of Amish country and the Pennsylvania Dutch and shows us the struggles of the Amish community as the outside world continues to clash with the Plain ways. This is a story of grace and servitude as well as a story of difficult choices and heartbreaking realities. It touched my heart. I think the world of Amish fiction has found a new champion."- Lenora Worth, author of CODE OF HONOR
What a joy it is to read Marta Perrys novels! Leahs Choice has 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, author of the Sisters of the Heart series
"Leah's Choice, by Martha Perry, is a knowing and careful look into Amish culture and faith. A truly enjoyable reading experience." - Angela Hunt, author of THE FACE
"I was moved and challenged by Leahs honest questioning, her difficult choices, and most of all by the strength of her love and faith. Leahs Choice is a lovely book. Simply lovely. - Linda Goodnight, author of
anthology MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS
Leah's Choice is a wonderful, fresh addition to the growing collection of novels about the Amish life. Marta Perry has created characters that I came to care for deeply and a plot that kept me guessing at every turn. Un-
put-down-able!" - Deborah Raney, author of ABOVE ALL THINGS and the Hanover Falls novels
"Leah's Choice captured me on the first page--complex characters, unexpected conflicts, and deep emotion. Make the right choice. Savor this special book." - Lyn Cote, author of Texas Star of Destiny series
Praise for the Novels of Marta Perry
"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
"A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in this heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness."Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life
"Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis."Library Journal
"Perry carefully balances the traditional life of the Amish with the contemporary world in an accessible, intriguing fashion."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Perry crafts characters with compassion, yet with insecurities that make them relatable."RT Book Reviews
"[Perry] has once again captured my heart with the gentle wisdom and heartfelt faith of the Amish community."Fresh Fiction