The Bargain by Stephanie L. Reed | Blog tour and Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for The Bargain, (Kregel Books) the first book in Stephanie L. Reed’s new series, Plain City Peace. 

Stephanie and her publisher are hosting a Kindle Fire ‘Bargain Bundle’ giveaway! 

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One winner will receive a ‘Bargain Bundle’:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Bargain by Stephanie Reed

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 27th. Winner will be announced at the Litfuse blog on October 28th.

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{More about The Bargain}

Book one in the Plain City Peace series.

It’s 1971, and Betsie Troyer’s peaceful and predictable life is about to become anything but.

When their parents flee the Amish, nineteen-year-old Betsie and her seventeen-year-old sister Sadie are distraught. Under the dubious guidance of a doting aunt, the girls struggle to keep the secret, praying their parents will return before anyone learns the truth—a truth that may end all hopes of Betsie’s marriage to Charley Yoder.

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Stephanie’s website.

Stephanie Reed

{More About Stephanie Reed}

Stephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio, as she did for her previous books, “Across the Wide River” and “The Light Across the River.”

Find out more about Stephanie at https://www.facebook.com/StefReedBooks.

Reviews

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED

    I love Amish novels. I can’t explain what it is about them that draw me in. Maybe it’s the simple lifestyle that they offer. May it is the slower pace of life. Whatever it is, I gobble them up everytime a new one is presented to me.

    This one, however, was a bit different than the others I have read in the past. I really enjoyed the contrast between English life and Amish life as Betsie had to be in both of them. It was interesting to see her struggle and thoughts.

    One thing that really struck me is that the Amish look at theology different and that has not ever really been touched upon in the other books I have read. In this one — the book dealt with their issues with their theology and the fact that they don’t have any assurance of heaven.

    All in all this book was very enjoyable.

    Written by Jen’s Journey on November 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://jennifersikora.com/2013/11/bargain-stephanie-reed/

  • MINI REVIEW: THE BARGAIN

    This book was an excellent read! I tried to put myself in their shoes, being forced to choose between love, family, and religion, and I’m not sure I would have handled it the way they did. Unconditional love is something we must all strive for!

    Written by The Librarian’s Bookshelf on October 30, 2013 | e

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED + KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Betsie was a delightful character and her adventures couldn’t help but make me laugh.

    Written by Kerrific on October 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://kerrificonline.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed-kindle.html

  • HTTP://MYDEVOTIONALTHOUGHTS.NET/2013/10/LITFUSE-PUBLICITY-THE-BARGAIN-BY-STEPHANIE-REED-BOOK-REVIEW.HTML

    I have never read a historical Amish fiction book, but I think that is the best way to describe this. I was even more pleased to read that the author had loosely based this story on a real life person. There is nothing better than that! The story was well-written.

    Written by My Devotional Thoughts on October 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://mydevotionalthoughts.net/2013/10/litfuse-publicity-the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed-book-review.html

  • THE BARGAIN – STEPHANIE REED

    If my family left all that they believed and the way they and their parents had lived, would I blindly follow? As I read The Bargain I had to think on this.

    Written by Reviewing Novels Online on October 29, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.deepershopping.com/item/stephanie-reed/bargain-a-novel/5406799.html

  • GREAT, QUICK READ

    This was my first time reading one of Reed’s books, and I loved it! I finished it in 2 days because I couldn’t put it down. I loved the descriptions she used to describe the settings and could picture myself in the house or shop. I have recommend this book to others and can’t wait to read more from Reed!

    Written by A Slice of Mudpie on October 29, 2013 | e

  • This Amish book was a bit different from others I’ve read. There were several English characters in this one and it was set in the 70′s. A lot of 70′s references in the book, raggy jeans, tied dye shirts, the war and peace rallies. I really enjoyed this one. Stephanie Reed did a great job with the characters and I look forward to what happens in the next book.

    Written by Mommy Has to Work on October 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://mommyhastowork.com/2013/10/the-bargain-book-review/

  • THE BARGAIN REVIEW

    A story so gripping and touching. Stephanie Reed has done an excellent job in conveying the strong emotions felt by the main character.

    Written by A Simple Life,really?! on October 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2013/10/litfuse-review-bargain-bystephanie-reed.html

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED

    Stephanie Reed is a new author to me so I wasn’t certain what to expect. I have to admit that I’m partial to certain authors when it comes to Amish fiction, so I’m more hesitant to like new authors in this genre. I really liked this book, though! It was written in an era that isn’t typically written about with Amish fiction, which I think helped to set it apart from the other authors.

    The Vietnam War meant that the Amish were being called up to be drafted for the war. The Amish were being directly affected by the war, as was the rest of America.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on October 28, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/082544215X/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

  • I WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS BOOK IF GIVEN A PROPER COPY TO READ!

    I loved that the writer went out of the box with this one and wrote quite the unique tale of the uncertainness that the Amish, especially the Troyer sisters, faced during the 70′s / Vietnam war. I will definitely be checking out book two when it comes!

    Written by Home of OHM on October 28, 2013 | e

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED ~ LITFUSE GROUP TOUR & GIVEAWAY

    The author has written a heartbreaking reality tale of love and war within oneself. She also writes of how the Amish perceive the Englishers religion and visa versa.

    I was not ready for the book to end wanting to know more about the characters. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

    Written by It’s Time To Read Mamaw on October 28, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://my.barnesandnoble.com/reviews-ratings-Its_Time_Mamaw/id/5383370/ https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/623501471 http://www.amazon.com/review/RZL15RAB0GYBK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • THE BARGAIN

    There were so many interesting things going on with this plot that really kept it moving along. I was surprised at some of the things the Bishop allowed but honestly that’s what made this story unique, it really doesn’t stay inside the “Amish” box instead it took my imagination on a fresh path. Overall, I found each of the main characters easily wormed their way into my heart and left me thinking about them long after I turned the last page in this book. While this is my first time reading anything by Stephanie Reed I certainly hope it won’t be my last. I look forward to reading the next book in The Plain City Peace series!

    Written by WV Stitcher on October 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2BA93YZ51EFVC/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=082544215X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • THE BARGAIN

    An Amish woman working in and English harness shop, and living in an English home. It’s incredible that the bishop actually allowed it.

    I’m really looking forward to the next book in the Plain City Peace series. Thank you Ms Reed.

    Written by sunny island breezes on October 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R32FF3IRS13GDE/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=082544215X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • Setting it in the 70′s gave it a unique twist, with the Vietnam War and the hippie lifestyle quite at odds with the Amish one. Betsie is trying to learn leather working for her cousin’s new business so she’s staying at an Englisher’s house during the week and at her Amish one on the weekend, so you really see the differences between the lifestyles. It was amusing to see her trying to learn new words and discovering new ways of doing things at the English house.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on October 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/ROXEF75ZGQF1T

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED | KINDLE FIRE ‘BARGAIN BUNDLE’ #GIVEAWAY @LITFUSE

    Stephanie Reed has brought a new perspective to Amish fiction. The 1970s setting was a fresh approach, with the Amish protagonist encountering the outside world for the first time. Watching as Betsie is confused by Michael, the first hippie she has ever seen, and his vocabulary offers more entertainment and humor than usually found in this genre. While the emphasis on Kent State and Vietnam seemed a bit heavy-handed at times, this was still a great start to a new series.

    Written by THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK on October 26, 2013 | e

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED~~A LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP BOOK REVIEW, BLOG TOUR AND KINDLE GIVEAWAY

    I found myself drawn into the story, and didn’t want to put it down. The reality of what the early 1970′s were like was clear…the America of the 1950′s, and early 1960′s had disappeared. The Vietnam War both tore families apart and drew them together, as parents and their children navigated through those turbulent times.

    Written by Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage on October 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/743232771

  • CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!

    I really enjoyed this book! It gradually brought me in and I ended up really into the characters and storylines. I like how it just didn’t stay in the Amish world. It went into the English world in the middle of the Vietnam war.

    Written by Where the green grass grows on October 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://wherethegreengrassgrows84.blogspot.com/2013/10/book-reviewthe-bargain-by-stephanie-reed.html

  • REVIEW: THE BARGAIN

    In The Bargain, Stephanie Reed has written a different type of Amish fiction, one where the main character is placed in the English world, living with a dysfunctional family and working in a harness shop. Opposites in both character personalities and cultures make for an interesting read.

    The story is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam years. Having been a graduate school student in 1971, I can vividly recall the unrest, tension and heartbreak of that era and I think Stephanie did an excellent job creating a realistic feel of the time.

    Written by The Power of Words on October 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RO2BDLSLM8CAF

  • THE BARGAIN

    Stephanie Reed’s The Bargain (Kregel Publications, 2013) has its heroine Betsie involved in two potentially explosive plot lines.

    Written by The Zen of Motherhood on October 26, 2013 | e

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED A LITFUSE BOOK REVIEW

    You see an Amish character on the cover and you think you know the kind of story you’re in for. Not so with new Amish author Stephanie Reed.

    The Bargain is a different entertaining sort of Amish story. The outcome? You don’t know. This not your typical love story type theme.

    Written by Homemaking Organized Blog on October 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://homemakingorganized.com/blog/?p=8460

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED/ KINDLE FIRE “BARGAIN BUNDLE” GIVEWAY

    Betsie Traynor has just had her world turned upside down. She is totally shocked when her parents decide to run away from the Amish, and her.

    Written by Dear Sharing Aunt on October 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed-kindle.html

  • FUNNY, DEEP, AND THOUGHTFUL

    This book is like a teenage girl, moody and full of uncertainty. There’s a fair amount of tears involved in The Bargain, too. I really didn’t know how to take it at first, because the setting isn’t in an Amish community the way that the typical Amish novel starts. Instead, author Stephanie Reed puts her main character right in the thick of a dysfunctional 70′s family. This book was unpredictable and different from other Amish novels.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on October 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/the-bargain-by-stephanie-l-reed/

  • The Bargain was a great story, with a few aspects I’ve not read before in other Amish fiction, like Betsie’s parents leaving the Faith and leaving them behind was, as well as Betsie living with a modern, Englisch family. Stephanie Reed is a talented author, and the story flowed well and kept my attention through to the end. The characters were interesting, especially the Sullivan family and Michael. I look forward to reading more in the Plain City Peace series!

    Written by The Loose Screw on October 24, 2013 | e

  • LITFUSE PRESENTS….THE BARGIN BY STEPHANIE REED…PLUS KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

    The Bargin is not just another Amish Fiction! It is an Amish fiction with a twist like I haven’t read before, the setting being in the Vietnam War. I loved the history weaved into the book about this era, and especially since I was old enough during that time to remember a lot about the war and the friends I had who fought in it. Betsy’s story was interesting, with her family living as Englisch. This story brought back a lot of memories of when I was growing up, and that I did enjoy very much! It was so interesting because back then, we did really live plain, or so it seems like that now. I really did love the setting, and the story.

    Written by splashesofjoy on October 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/litfuse-presents-the-bargin-by-stephanie-reed-plus-kindle-fire-giveaway/

  • A WONDERFUL AMISH READ!!!

    Secrets…Betsie and Sadie have them….
    If they only knew where their secrets will lead them, how difficult things will become, the book will keep you turning pages as the web of hidden truths gets bigger and bigger!

    Written by Knits Reads and Reviews on October 23, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bargain.html

  • THE BARGAIN

    I’m not usually a huge fan of Amish books because I think they are all a lot alike. What I liked about this book was that it was set in 1971, so it was a different time period.

    This is the first book in the Plain City Peace series and I look forward to read the next book!!

    Written by The Cutting Back Kitchen on October 23, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2013/10/23/the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed-book-review/

  • THE BARGAIN

    Reading The Bargain was such a treat . . . The book is not your typical Amish tale but it does not disappoint. Stephanie Reed is an amazing wordsmith and knows her material. Her handling of the Amish, Vietnam War, leather working, and the all the other events that took place during the 1970′s is remarkable. This novel had me from the Introduction and I found myself doing without sleep because I simply could not put it down. From the moment I began the book I found myself a character among the book and totally immersed. The characters seem real because they are not perfect and they lead normal lives. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Amish and Historical Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on October 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://amazon.com

  • GREAT BOOK

    The Bargain by Stephanie Reed was an okay book. I have to say that this book wasn’t the easiest for me to get through. I am not sure why I had a hard time getting through it but I did. I liked the story and the characters.

    Written by The World As I See It on October 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://bit.ly/17H190A

  • FASCINATING STORY

    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.

    Written by Ramblin’ Roads on October 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1R8LG1OY0PZZS

  • AN AMISH WOMEN MEETS THAT 70’S SHOW WHEN SHE GETS MORE THAN SHE BARGAINED FOR!

    Imagine a novel where an Amish woman makes a bargain with her cousin and winds up experiencing what life is like for an English family in the 1970′s. That is just the premise for the latest novel by author Stephanie Reed, The Bargain. What ensues along the way is a blending of two very different cultures and two very different types of people. There are some great humorous scenes like Betsie watching an episode of Gilligan’s Island and isn’t sure why a “good buddy” is being hit with a hat by another man all the time, or why Michael seems upset when Betsie fixes his blue jeans and removes all his patches to make him look less like a scarecrow and more like a respectable man. This is truly an example of an Amish woman who finds her way into That 70′s Show! LOVED it!

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on October 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R6YS9XWHNZ25D

  • REVIEW – THE BARGAIN

    Typically, an Amish book is set in the 1800s, WWII, or in modern times, but this is the first one I have read that has been set in the 70s with the plot mentioning the Vietnam War and the Kent State Massacre. Overall, The Bargain is a well written Amish fiction with a blend of romance and drama that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on October 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2013/10/review-bargain.html

  • THE BARGAIN

    This was a very interesting book. I enjoyed reading about Betsie and her experience living with the
    “English”. She strikes up a friendship with Michael, the son, of the English family. There is a lot of drama with the family. The year is 1971 and Michael fears the draft. He has quit college after a traumatic experience and he and his father don’t see eye to eye. It is a stressful situation for Betsie, besides having to deal with her parents deciding to leave the Amish Faith because they realized the true gospel message of being saved by the blood of Jesus. Betsie decides to stay Amish, because that is all she has ever known, and she fears that she won’t get to Heaven if she leaves the Amish Faith.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on October 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bargain-Plain-City-Peace-ebook/product-reviews/B00FFBG1PM/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R20ULK3N7NN98

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED WITH KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

    If you love Amish fiction but are looking for a unique story within the genre, The Bargain by Stephanie Reed – Book One in the new Plain City Peace Series – should rank high on your reading list.

    This is the story of two Amish girls whose lives are forever changed when their parents become Christians and leave them behind in their Amish community in 1971 – during the height of the Vietnam War.

    The girls try to keep this terrible event a secret, even as a bargain between the eldest daughter and a cousin drafted into the war thrusts them face to face with the outside world.

    This book – the first in a new series – provides insight into some of the key historical events of the era, punctuated by some humorous moments.

    A satisfying read and a great book club choice!

    Written by Create With Joy on October 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.create-with-joy.com/2013/10/the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed-with-kindle-fire-giveaway.html

  • WIN A ‘BARGAIN BUNDLE’ FROM STEPHANIE REED! AND BOOK REVIEW – “THE BARGAIN”

    Set in the 1970′s and in the midst of so much turmoil, politics and war; this is not just merely the setting or backdrop, it is all so much a part of the story and characters’ lives. Betsie and Sadie are shocked at the changes in their lives and the secret they are guarding. As their lives completely change, they learn more about themselves and grow and really try to find their place in their community and the world. I really enjoyed this book and it is an excellent start to this new series!

    Written by Moments on October 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://kristie-moments.blogspot.com/2013/10/win-bargain-bundle-from-stephanie-reed.html

  • UNUSUAL, GREAT BOOK!

    I lived through the 1970′s and a lot of this brought back memories of that time. So much upheaval and changes in the American family. This story really captures that time quite well. I liked all the unusual characters in the book and how secrets can really tear a family up. It was a very complicated book – just like real life. In fact, this book was based on a real person, so that makes sense!

    Written by Julie @ More Of Him on October 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2013/10/book-review-bargain.html

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED

    I felt so terrible for Betsie at the start of this book, watching her parents leave like they did. They did want she and her sister to come with them but watching them ‘sneak away’ was horrible. I did like the plan for her to stay apart from the English family she was to live with. I didn’t get a few of the references, but they were 1970s so I chalked it up to not living through that era. The story was enjoyable and I really liked Betsie and want to know more about her!

    Written by AShley’s Bookshelf on October 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bargain-Plain-City-Peace-ebook/product-reviews/B00FFBG1PM/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

  • GREAT NEW SERIES

    As those who read my blog know, I LOVE Amish fiction and historical fiction. The Bargain is both. The Bargain explores life for both the Amish and English during 1971, the war, and its affects on both cultures. Stephanie Reed writes with authority on the Amish, Vietnam War, leather working, and the events taking place during the 1970′s. This novel grabbed me from the description and I couldn’t put it down. I found myself immersed in this world Stephanie Reed created with fact and fiction. The characters are flawed and real, their lives messy and not wrapped up in 300+ pages. I truly cannot wait to read the rest of this series. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Amish and Historical Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I give this novel 4.5 Stars!

    Written by For The Love of Books on October 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/082544215X/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_img_sol_0

  • I always am captivated when Amish novels have characters that go against the usual way of the plain people and turn to Christianity. It must take a lot of guts and belief that Christianity is the way for them to break away from the strict way of life and worship that is ingrained in them. I admire Betsie for going to the revival meeting even though it reminded her of how her parents left to go find Jesus. It gave her some doubts but I never really thought at any point in the book that she would leave the life that she was used to and follow her parents. I imagine we’ll find out more in the next book in the Plain City Peace series, which I’ll be sure to read.

    Written by Literary Winner on October 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://literarywinner.com/2013/10/bargain-stephanie-reed/

  • ASTRANGED FAMILIES

    The Bargain, it is between Betsie and her cousin Nelson. He is acquiring a harness shop, but with the Vietnam War on is drafted and is station at a Chicago hospital for two years. They are both Amish, and now she is stepping outside the box and learning a male trade to help her cousin. He bought the business from Mr Sullivan, and she will be living with some English during the week.
    Yes, this is a very unusual story, but according to the Author, it is loosely based on a real person. We are in the midst of the civil unrest that hit this country during this war.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on October 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RM05J147VA99L/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ANOTHER AMISH NOVEL

    So this is yet again another Amish novel. They are like my guilty little pleasure. They are normally so cheesy and predictable but I love them just the same. This one, however, was a bit different than the others. I really enjoyed the contrast between English life and Amish life as Betsie had to be in both of them. It was interesting to see her struggle and thoughts. I also really appreciated the fact that the issues with their theology and the fact that they don’t have any assurance of heaven was brought out. I think sometimes we think of them as just like us except off the grid but they aren’t and they need the Savoir. All in all this book was very enjoyable and I look forward to the others in the series.

    Written by The Crafty Home on October 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://thecraftyhome.net/2013/10/the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed-review-and-tour/

  • THE BARGAIN

    I just don’t know what to say. This book definitely wasn’t your typical Amish book. It is more like a reality show, set in the 70’s – if there is such a thing. “70’s meet the Amish”? I don’t know. It had some really funny moments, and like I said, the writing is good. I would read another book by Ms. Reed. I want to know what happens with Michael. I am just really mixed on this book. I had problems with the plausibility of some of the early events in the book. I’m giving THE BARGAIN 4 stars. It is unique, new, and different, and great writing. Fans of reality shows would love it. Fans of Amish fiction who want to “experience Amish life” vicariously, would not.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on October 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com

  • A NEW AUTHOR TO ME!! GLAD I DISCOVERED HER!!

    I must say, that I was delighted to have in my hands, an Amish fiction book, by an author of whom I had never heard. New authors are always of interest- you just never know when you will find someone with outstanding, creative talent. Yes, sometimes, the books are a disappointment, but I am always willing to give someone a try! This book was a pleasure to read and review. NOT your typical Amish tale! No Englischer coming into the community to influence and fall in love with a naive Amish female! Yes, romance played a part, but the book involved so much more. The time frame of this story was also quite different from the norm- it took place during the Vietnam war. The intertwining twists and turns in the plot enhanced the already interesting story, keeping you wondering, guessing and yes, even worrying, about what would happen next. My predictions were certainly not correct! The author did an excellent job of holding your attention compelling the reader to continue reading to the END of the book, in order to figure out all of the answers to questions that arise during the reading. The BEST part is, that this first book in the series, “Plain City Peace”, although having a satisfying ending, leaves you wanting more!! Yes, I can hardly wait for Book Two!! I still have questions! Hope that Stephanie read answers some of them in the next in the series.

    Written by Quiet Quilter on October 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.ca/2013/10/a-new-author-to-me-glad-that-i.html

  • LIFE IN THE 70’S

    I am a big fan of Stephanie Reed so was thrilled to get an advance copy of her newest book. The book was not what I expected. It was true to life events in the 70′s and shared personal struggles as Betsy and her sister navigate life with a very unusual family facing many trials. There is much uncertainty for Betsy and her desired love. I can’t wait for Book Two. Another great book by Stephanie Reed!

    Written by Happy Four on October 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://happyfour.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed.html

  • AMISH WITH A DIFFERENT VIEW

    This book was different than most Amish books that I have read. It was set in 1971 which made for an interesting back drop for the story. The blending of both the Amish and English culture was interesting to read about. I enjoyed reading about Betsie and the trials that she had to go through after her parents life the Amish community. If you are looking for a new author, an Amish book that is not your typical Amish book then this is the one for you. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on October 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/741344198

  • UNIQUE AMISH FICTION

    I loved the character development for Michael & the setting details are fascinating. Where most Amish fiction seems to be a bit on the typical & predictable side, I’m actually not sure what is coming in future books. And I’m curious to see where the story goes next.

    Written by Happy Little Homemaker on October 14, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p12sag-2ZX

  • I am so excited that this book is part of a series! I can’t wait for the next ones to be released. This book’s story line was quite different from other Amish books I have read and it definitely was engaging. Being set in 1971 was also different from most other Amish stories and it added a little spin from the normal. I have not read other books by Stephanie Reed and will look out for more of her books now.

    Written by All Meant To Shine on October 13, 2013 | e

  • *THE BARGAIN*

    The Bargain, book one in The Plain City Peace Series is now a serious competitor for my Favorite Fall Read of 2013.
    Our leading lady, Amish girl Betsie, views the upheaval of the 1970′s with wise-beyond-her-years eyes.
    She is the perfect protagonist for us to examine the big themes through her perspective, and her religion, set in contrast with what appeared to be an “anything goes” 70′s culture, raises a ton of questions.
    Then there is Michael. I found myself really liking this kid.
    He’s comical one moment and dead serious the next.
    A wounded rebel, Michael wants to stand for something in a world that is falling for everything. He is the epitome of a young man trying to find himself, set adrift in a sea of philosophies that the world is offering him, seeking the Northern Star of Truth.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on October 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://foundachristianbyhisgrace.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bargain.html

  • A BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW

    I absolutely enjoyed this novel, one because its my current favorite genre to read, and two because the author takes the genre on a very different turn. The book jumps into action from the first pages.

    I have to say that the inclusion of a theme that includes war, alongside an Amish Fiction novel is the first thing that caught my attention regarding The Bargain.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on October 11, 2013 | e

  • WIN A “BARGAIN BUNDLE” FROM STEPHANIE REED AND BOOK REVIEW

    My Review: I have always enjoyed reading Amish books but I have to say this one is great- I loved the cover and especially the storyline written in 70′s era. The story is about 2 sisters and how they are trying to keep a secret about their parents faith or lack of. The trials they go through especially Betsie and her love for Charley. This is a wonderful. captivating book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It contains alot about faith, trust and love. It is like no other Amish book that I have read so it was very refreshing. I give it 5/5 stars.

    I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review

    Written by Always Walk In Love on October 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://alwayswalkinlove.blogspot.com/2013/10/win-bargain-bundle-from-stephanie-reed.html

  • ACTION PACKED LOVE STORY

    Wow, this story is full of action! First Betsie & Sadie are left behind when their parent’s decide to leave the Amish faith and to be Christians instead. Then there is the Vietnam war going on and men are being drafted left and right. Betsie went to work in her cousin’s place when he got drafted and was on his way there also. She was learning how to work with leather.

    This is a great story and you won’t be bored one bit because there is so much going on with all the characters. This is just the first book in this series so it doesn’t conclude or tell you yet what happens to Betsie and her sister Sadie along with Charley. It will be interesting to see where their lives end up when all of this is over.

    Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on October 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com/2013/10/the-bargain-book-tour-giveaway.html

  • THE BARGAIN

    These days, it seems that Amish books are a dime a dozen. So what makes Stephanie Reed’s new novel stand out from the crowd? Two things: first, the novel is set during the Vietnam War. Never before have I read an Amish novel set during that time period. Second, the novel begins with Betsie’s parents leaving the Amish because they have found Christ. Those two aspects made this novel very intriguing to me.

    The Bargain is book one in the Plain City Peace series, and it ends rather abruptly … making me anxious for the release of the second book! If you’re looking for a book that isn’t your typical Amish romance, The Bargain is the book for you!

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on October 11, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GWIX1K9V5F3R/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=082544215X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • THE BARGAIN

    This book was an absolute disaster for the characters! Reed takes a train wreck of a bargain and makes it a heck of a good story. The best way to describe this story is That 70′s Show meets the Amish. I felt so bad for Betsie throughout the story, especially with how heartbroken she was when her parents bailed on the only life she knew. And when it came down to either marry the man she was supposed to wed, or forever live a life she was never meant to have, she has no idea which one is the right choice. A well written novel that reads like nothing else out there in the genre, colorful, vibrant, and a dynamic piece of fiction.

    Written by Book Reviews by Deb on October 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://booksreviewedbydeb.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bargain.html

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED

    Nice Addition to the Amish Fiction Genre. Nice to see the 70′s through the eyes of the Amish.

    Written by A Room Without Books is Empty on October 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://detweilermom.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed.html

  • “THE BARGAIN” BY STEPHANIE REED

    This is, hands-down, the most unique Amish book I have ever met. I’ve heard of historical-fiction Amish books, but this one certainly takes the cake. Author Stephanie Reed paints the 70s era with a vivid brush while portraying the uncertainty and confusion of Betsie Troyer clearly.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on October 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/737299487

  • {REVIEW} {GIVEAWAY} THE BARGAIN WIN A ‘BARGAIN BUNDLE’ FROM STEPHANIE REED

    Feeling betrayed by your parents is hard. But, that is just what Betsie feels when her parents decide to leave the Amish Church. Her parents give her and her sister the chance to go with them but choosing to stay is their choice. This author does a great job of showing us Betsie’s choice to stay is because of the future she might have with Charlie. Having to keep a secret that your parents is gone is very hard for her. Although, she doesnt have time to dwell as she is assigned to take care of her cousin’s story. I love that there are discussion questions at the end of the book. Its makes this one great for bookclubs. She has also included a recipe for Mashed Potato Donuts which we have tried out hand at and LOVE THEM!

    Written by Crossroad Reviews on October 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.crossroadreviews.com/2013/10/review-giveaway-bargain-win-bargain.html

  • THE BARGAIN BY STEPHANIE REED BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

    This is a story about 2 sisters, Betsie and Sadie Troyer, with without warning are taken away from the life they knew and forced to live in the English world. She has to learn to make decisions for herself. Will she have the faith and courage?

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on October 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-bargain-by-stephanie-reed-book.html