The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed is the second book in the Plain City Peace series. The first book in this series is The Bargain and the 3rd book in this series, The Bride will be released in 2016.
The Bachelor opens with Betsy Troyer living in her Amish community during the stormy 1970s. After boarding with an Englisher family for a time, she has returned home to resume her life within the Amish community and to care for her siblings. Her parents have been shunned and are no longer able to live at home.
While Betsy grieves for her parents, struggles to keep a home for her siblings she also accepts the responsibility of caring for the daughter of the Englisher family she used to board with.
As she works through these many challenges, she finds herself at a crossroad regarding her way of life, her faith and the two men she loves.
Will Betsy listen as God guides tries to show her His plan for her?
Will she choose to follow her heart?
The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed was an enjoyable read and one that engaged me from start to finish. The story was compelling, the characters engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!
While The Bachelor can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone story, I recommend reading the whole series. I believe I would have enjoyed the story even more if I had had a better understanding of the history leading up to the events that occurred in this book. I can't wait to read the other books!
Many thanks to Kregel Publishing and Ms. Reed for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest reflection of my thoughts and feelings regarding this book.