Monday, January 22, 2018

A Plain Leaving

GIVEAWAY
GOULD, LESLIE
A PLAIN LEAVING

Leaving was the hardest thing she'd ever done...until she had to return

Three years ago, Jessica Bachmann walked away from everything:  her family, their beloved farm, her Amish community, and Silas Kemp. After clashing with the new bishop and her brother about her role in her family and the future of the family farm, anger and restlessness wouldn't allow her to stay.

When she is forced to return home because of her beloved father's death, her arrival stirs up all kinds of emotions -- sorrow, grief, and yearning alike. Jessica knows things can't regret to the way they were, but, especially upon seeing Silas again, she can't help wonder what might have been -- and what still could be. The stakes grow higher when she learns that her brother, Arden, is still pursuing potentially hazardous fracking on the family's land.

As Jessica wrestles with her next step, she learns the cautionary tale of Ruby Bachmann, a Revolutionary War-era ancestor who faced similar struggles. Will Ruby's decisions motivate Jessica to leave her family, the land, and her community forever? Or is there healing, love, and belonging yet to come for her in Lancaster County?

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Plain Leaving, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 20 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck. 

27 comments:

  1. Wow, Kav! I am intrigued by this one. Sounds like one I really need to read. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a wonderful dual timeline story. Think this might be the first Amish one I've ever read. Good luck, Melanie.

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  2. **Wonderful review, Kav, as always! Please don't enter me...just wanted to let the entrants (who have a Kindle) know that this book is on sale now for $1.59. I'm not certain how long this sale will last, however.**

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    1. Wow -- that's a great deal!!!!! I still don't understand how they can afford to do that with new releases. Thanks for sharing, Diana.

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  3. Neither do I. You're quite welcome!

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  4. I would Love to enter
    Thanks for the chance
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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  5. EBook was on sale for 1.60 so I got a copy.

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    1. Yes, that was what Diana was saying. Hope you enjoy it, Kim. Happy reading!

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  6. Love Leslie Gould books. Love Amish stories. Lovedual timeline stories. From your review, I know I'd love "A PLAIN LEAVING". Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. lol -- then this is definitely the book for you, Kay! It's awesomesauce all the way round. Good luck.

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  7. I love Leslie Gould books too. Looking forward to reading this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Doesn't she tell a fantastic tale? Good luck, rubynreba.

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  8. Sounds like a "must read" book. I'd love to win.
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It definitely is! Good luck, Susan.

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  9. Her books are really good. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck.

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  10. Another new-to-me author who I've heard a lot of good stuff about! It's Amish to book :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Bwahahaha -- books on the brain, Trixi? Good luck.

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  11. I am looking forward to reading this one especially after reading your review! Thanks for your review and giveaway.
    d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  12. Sounds great!
    Karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Smiling at the fact that you're talking to the fictional characters...I do the same thing.

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    1. And they never listen! Gah! Good luck, Dianna.

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