A Plain Leaving

(The Sisters of Lancaster County #1)

by Leslie Gould

Book Cover: A Plain Leaving
Part of the The Sisters of Lancaster County series:
  • A Plain Leaving
ISBN: B0727S1B9L
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780764219696
Pages: 352

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 return 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?

"The first book in Gould's The Sisters of Lancaster County series is a heartwarming story that demonstrates that family homecomings aren't always picture perfect, but can be awkward and complicated. The relationships feel realistic, the family dynamics are interesting and the romance is sweet. As always, Gould gives readers wonderful insights into the Amish community and traditions, and her books always have important life lessons in them. "--RT Book Reviews


About the Author

Leslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award winning author of twenty novels. She enjoys Church history, traveling, and any kind of research. She received her MFA from Portland State University in 2009 and teaches writing on the college level.

Leslie knew she wanted to write fiction by the time she was in the sixth grade, but as she grew older she pursued other things instead, such as majoring in history and communications, working as a museum curator, a public relations specialist, and as a magazine editor. Once she finally started writing fiction, it was another ten years until she sold her first novel. By that time Leslie had been married for nearly 20 years and had four children of her own to read to.

In the decade since her first contract Leslie has written nineteen novels, from Beyond the Blue, a story about international adoption set in Vietnam, to Courting Cate, a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

No matter what she writes, Leslie aims to reveal truths about God’s love, beauty, and redemptive work in our lives. Her goal is to connect more deeply to God, family, and friends through her writing. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to deepen their own connections too. Leslie and her husband, Peter, have four children and live in Portland, Oregon.

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