A PLAIN LEAVING, The Sisters of Lancaster County, Book One, by Leslie Gould, Bethany House/Baker Publishing House


At age twenty, Jessica Bachman left her two beloved sisters and her Amish community after clashing with the new bishop about her role in the family and the future of their farm. She tried to convince Silas Kemp, who’d been courting her for two years, to join her, but when he said no, she fled anyway.

Three years later, she returns home for the first time since leaving Lancaster to attend her father’s funeral. Her arrival back revives all sorts of emotions–yearnings and sorrows alike. Jessica knows things will never return to how they were. But in seeing Silas again, she can’t help but wonder what might have been.

Struggling to decide where her next step should take her, she learns the story of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor that echoes her own choices. Will Jessica leave her family and community forever, or is there peace and healing and love yet to come?


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Protagonist, Jessica, reads like she’s far older than twenty. I love these historical fictions.  This story takes you on a journey of self-discovery by using two stories about Amish women who face life altering choices and their inner struggles with self, religion, family expectations and unexpected love.

I love both female characters in this book.  They are strong and honest and both adore their families in a way you don’t see anymore.  I enjoyed seeing in to a way of living that I’m not accustomed to.  We have Amish around here too and I’ve always been curious about their simplistic life choices.

The Amish in the book are situated in the States although they do discuss Canada and the colonies here. The era is during the civil wars. It was a great read! And if you enjoy such historical family fiction, then I highly recommend you pick up this book and give it a chance.

The plot is well paced, moving a bit slow at first, but you get a good feeling of the family dynamics, the author’s voice is smooth and transitions well from one setting to another, one perspective to another without jarring or jumping around. Tension is felt throughout the book building to a wonderful conclusion and resolution.

The setting is beautifully written to the point where you, as the reader, also get a sense of how astounding the landscape is and why the Protagonist just loves her home so much.

Overall, I’d say this book is a light, enjoyable read for those days when you don’t want too much complication to wrap your brain around.  It’s a great read for those who love family stories, but also love historical fiction.


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