Thursday, January 24, 2019

Engaging Amish Story -- A Simple Singing

A Simple Singing, the second book in Leslie Gould's Sisters of Lancaster County series, is another really good Amish story.

There are some of the typical elements in an Amish romance -- a young Amish girl struggling with her feelings about more than one young man and how to make a decision that might involve her leaving the church. But this story is much more complex than that, including a story from Marie's family's past that may be of great help in her deciding what direction her future should take.

I highly recommend this engaging story to fans of great Amish fiction.

Thanks to the author and her publisher for providing a copy of A Simple Singing. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.

About the Book:

How Will She Choose Between the Life She's Always Envisioned and One She Never Imagined?  

For years, Marie Bachmann thought of herself as the "good" daughter. She was the most loving to their mother and the most dedicated to their Amish way of life. But when a Mennonite farmhand, Gordon Martin, shows interest in her, she can't help but be flattered--until her mother sends her off to Florida. While there, Marie begins spending time with rebellious Elijah Jacobs, the bishop's son from back home.

When Gordon shows up in Florida to volunteer at a homeless shelter, her life becomes even more complicated. At the same time, her aunt begins telling her about the uncommon bravery of one of Marie's Civil War-era ancestors . . . a story that begins to work at Marie's heart.

Marie hopes returning home may simplify life, but Elijah soon follows. As she grapples with whether she should court Elijah or leave the church for Gordon, the story of Annie Bachmann shines a light on what God has for Marie's future.

About the Author:

Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including two Lancaster Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Oregon. Learn more at

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