Saturday, November 07, 2009

LEAH'S CHOICE - Marta Perry



Line: Berkley Books

Release Month: November

The S-Factor: Sweet and Sensitive


Pleasant Valley, Book one.

All of Pleasant Valley seems to think the newcomer from Lancaster County is the perfect match for Teacher Leah. After all, so few new families come to their secluded Amish community, and fewer still unmarried men. That Daniel Glick is a widower with three young children to look after while he manages his farm should make him even more open to the idea of marriage.

But Daniel’s past haunts him at every turn. Though he cannot miss the beauty in Leah’s bright eyes and patient ways, he also sees a reminder of the pain he came so far to escape.

And Leah has a burden on her heart that could daunt even someone as strong and steady as Daniel. Years ago she was engaged to Johnny Kile, a young man who became swept up in the outside world, leaving her behind, alone and heartbroken. Since then she has immersed herself in her love of the children she teaches, forgetting any hopes of having her own family. When Johnny returns, seeking reconciliation, Leah suddenly must decide between two pathways, either of which will change her life forever. . .

A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than thirty-five inspirational romance novels and lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse. Please visit her at

Review: ♥♥♥♥♥

Leah was torn. She loved her Amish way of life. She wanted to hang on to it with both hands. But she wanted more. How could she say no when the opportunity came along to work with a medical group that could improve the lives of the Amish children?

Daniel didn’t understand. He was still hurting from his wife’s desertion before her death. He was still trying to understand his children, and what they went through while they had been away from him.

When I started reading this book I did not know what to expect. I’ve never read anything about the Amish before. This book was an eye-opener for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the rest of the stories about Pleasant Valley.

Marta Perry’s use of the Amish “dialect” in this book definitely made the story more realistic. It was actually close enough to my own knowledge of German that I could follow along with only one or two references to the glossary in the back of the book. (though I do believe the words were originally Dutch, the two languages are very close)

An interesting and encouraging story of how to overcome hardships in life and make the right decisions, hard though they may seem at the time.

Hero Hotness Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Heroine Lovability Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Awww Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Stickability Factor (will it last) ♥♥♥♥♥
(in this case I’d like to give it double the 5 hearts because the Amish take their vows very seriously indeed, and there is no such thing as divorce)
Humor Factor ♥♥
Weepy Factor

Reviewed by: Donna B

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