The Bargain by Stephanie Reed is not your typical Amish romance story. The heroine of the novel, Betsie Troyer, is indeed a young Amish woman, but the setting is primarily outside of the Amish community… and the time period is 1971 (during the Vietnam War) which adds some historical interest to the story. I loved getting to know the characters, and the plot was interesting. Betsie goes to work for a non-Amish family of four– a traditional dad, a non-traditional mom, a hippy older brother, and a lonely little girl. Seeing the interaction between the cultures and learning about a period of time I just barely remember was fascinating to me.
The Bargain did not end with “and they lived happily ever after…” because the story isn’t finished yet. This is the Book 1 in Stephanie Reed’s Plain City Peace series. I look forward to reading Betsie’s continuing story in Book 2, to find out what happens to the characters next. Thank you to LitFuse Publicity for sending me a review copy.