Leah's Choice (Pleasant Valley, #1)
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Leah's Choice (Pleasant Valley #1)

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The first of three Amish-set novels in which a woman?s faith must guide her through challenging times.

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 separate Amish community, and fewer still unmarried men. Daniel Glick is a widower with three young children to lo...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Berkley Trade (first published November 1st 2009)
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♥iDevourBooks♥ ☆Sonic~Obsessed☆
Was quite entertaining. I expected a little bit more, but also being a Beverly Lewis fan I'm going to end up expecting a lot from other Amish writers.
And this is my first Amish fiction book I've read that IS NOT from Beverly Lewis! Yay! *claps*

Leah is an ordinary schoolteacher. Daniel is a holy Amish man with a tragic backstory. When their lives intertwine, life may never be the same again for either of them.

Clean, and, of course, romance with a twist of mystery added to it. Excellent for young...more
Dawn Leonard
This is the first book in Marta Perry's Pleasant Valley series about Leah, a "old-maid" schoolteacher. She was jilted by her fiance Johnny when he decided to jump the fence to the English world. Johnny comes back to Pleasant Valley and wants Leah's help. Does he also want her back? Is the lure of being able to get more education and Johnny enough to make her jump the fence with him? As a teacher, Leah must help Daniel's children who have moved to Pleasant Valley deal with their secrets. Lots of...more
After Johnny Kile broke both their engagement and her heart, Amish school teacher Leah Beiler decided she'll never get married and has dedicated her life to her work and the children she teaches. Her close-knit Amish community, however, isn't convinced that Leah is meant to remain single and when widower Daniel Glick, who has three young children, moves to town, the entire community tries to play matchmaker. Leah is not sure of her feelings for Daniel, feelings which are further complicated when...more
When Leah’s first love left their Amish community for the English world, she thought she would never love again. Now, Johnny is back – researching genetic disease among the Amish – and he needs her help. Leah, now a teacher, is torn between her former feelings for Johnny, and her new feelings for Daniel, who is new to their community and comes with a lot of baggage (3 children from a former marriage, and little tolerance for the English way of life and Amish people who have contact with the outs...more
I am a lover of Amish-themed books. I am interested in their lifestyle, and one can learn of their beliefs and lifestyle while being entertained when they read Amish fiction.
Leah's Choice was a good book.
Leah is a school-teacher who never married, because her beau left the faith. She never go over that and was committed to living as a spinster. Things change when Daniel Glick and his family move to their community. She finds herself drawn to Glick, but her former boyfriend appears on the scene....more
I won't lie...I had the hardest time finishing this book. Literally, it sat on my nightstand for probably 6 months after I had read 100 pages, and couldn't go any further. I couldn't seem to relate to any of the characters, and the parts of the story I wanted to know more about (particularly the medical testing/genetics issues) were mentioned the least. But somehow, someway, I decided to pick it up and dust it off, and attempt to finish it.

Obviously, I reached the end or I wouldn't be writing th...more
Leah's Choice is the first book I've read that was written by Marta Perry, and I know that I will continue on with this series!

Leah has settled on the fact that she will never marry. She loves teaching the children of Pleasant Valley at the same Amish schoolhouse she attended as a child. Jolted by her fiance Johnny, Leah still lives at home with her parents and younger sister, Anna.

Daniel Glick wants an escape from Lancaster County and the memories that haunt him there. He moves to Paradise Vall...more
I greatly enjoyed this novel and the way in which the author portrayed the Amish way of life, beliefs, and struggles. I especially liked the characterization of the protagonist. Leah isn't a perfect saint, facing struggles and even temptations with uncertainty that I found to be true to life, but she is humble and kind, putting her trust in God. As trial upon trial is put upon her shoulders, with everyone expecting "Teacher Leah" to be able to solve things, she does not grow bitter or bemoan her...more
Leah is one of the meanest girls Marta has ever written about.

She is so rude to her former beau, who chooses to help find a cure for the sick Amish children. The illnesses coming from cousins marrying cousins.

She is rude to him from the beginning, to the last scene I read with them two in it. She blasts him at the research center for giving her praise for her work, which she finally decides to do. But through out the book, she praises her mother, sister, friend, the little daughter of the 'hero'...more
Marta Perry tells a delightful Amish tale of love and forgiveness. The plot was pretty good, at times predictable and at others completely unexpected (at least in my opinion). It was the kind of book that you can relax to, for me anyway. This book was a bit different from other Amish books that I have read because it wasn't exactly light and it wasn't extremely heavy reading either, (laced with deep emotions, and heart rending situations). So I guess this one was a happy medium :)

The main charac...more
A lovely tale about the Amish people, their way of life, and the inner conflict experienced by those who, on the one hand, love the communal nature of The Plain People lifestyle, who treasure the comraderie and togetherness, but who are drawn to the Outside World--the world of The English--for various reasons. This novel also relates the personal conflicts in the main character's experience over a lost love returned, a new man in the community who seems to want a relationship but is emotionally...more
Lisa Geiger
I have just recently discovered Marta Perry's books and I finished reading the first seven books in the Pleasant Valley series. I am from an area where there are Amish and Mennonite communities and I have many friends among them. I like reading books about Amish and Mennonites as well. I was very pleased that her books stay true to how I believe these communities really live. The stories have been very engaging with a great plot. Thanks so much!
Leah was left behind when the love of her life left the Amish community to live in the Englisch world. When he convinces her to assist in a nearby clinic, some members of the community suspect a rekindling romance. Other members try to play matchmaker between her and a widowed bachelor that has moved to the community with his children. Leah is torn between remembering her dreams, her attraction to Daniel and his children and her responsibilities as a teacher.
Book one in Pleasant Valley Series. Leah is the school teacher and has been for a good number of years. Her first love "jumped the fence" and is no longer a church member. She doesn't believe she will marry, but the matchmakers of Pleasant Valley have other ideas. Rachel is her best friend and the twin sister of John, her first love.
Amish schoolteacher Leah Beiler is content nurturing her young "scholars" and helping out on her large family's Pennsylvania farm in Pleasant Valley. She has long since recovered from the defection of her former fiance Johnny Kile, who left the Amish community several years ago. But now Johnny has returned.

Working at a local medical clinic on research into inherited diseases common among the Amish, he asks for Leah's help in circumventing his "shunned" status and reuniting him with his family, i...more
Janet C.
Really enjoyed this book. Leah is the school teacher and has decided never to marry. She had been in love as young woman but Johnny left the Amish to live the English life right before they were to be married. Ten years later, Johnny returns as professional at the Amish Center to do research on birth defects in Amish families. Daniel Glick, a widower, who's first wife left him before she died in an accident, to live the English life moves into to her church district with his 3 children. I liked...more
Carissa Anne
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It was a treat to read this first book in the Pleasant Valley series. This small community is made up of people who quickly endear themselves to you. I read the books out of order and this is one of the last ones that I read so it was good to understand the foundation of how the series began. Leah is such a positive, caring person who unselfishly gives of herself to others. She meets a newcomer to the community who has some serious baggage, but has delightful children who quickly steal Leah's he...more
Ruth Ann
Leah's Choice is simply a love story. Amish teacher agrees to marry Amish man, who "jumps the fence," meaning he left the Amish Community. Enter Amish widower with three children. Re-enter the guy who jumped the fence. In the end it has a happy ending. The love story wasn't nearly as interesting to me as the Pennsylvania Dutch words that peppered the entire book. Like Befuddled (mixed up); Ferhoodled (upset or distracted); Meddaagesse (lunch). There's a glossary in the back of the book to help w...more
Great book! Well written. The sub stories complimented the main story line fantastically. The author's portrayal of the characters, religion, and struggles were well detailed, east to relate to, and gave a good insight into the Amish culture. The only negative comment about this book is I wish it would have explored genetic testing a little more.I think the genetic testing was just an excuse to introduce one of the characters, but it would have been interesting to learn about. I just picked up t...more
Leah former boyfriend, Johnny shows up 10 years after he left to become English and Teacher Leah didn't go with him. Leah's sister, Anna is running around with Englishers. A new family moves to their district.The 3 children are troubled and everyone is pushing Leah towards the father, Daniel. Leah wants to help Daniel's children. Johnny persuades her to volunteer to find out the family trees of Amish with genetic diseases to help with his work at a clinic. Leah feels pushed and pulled by family...more
Carolyn E
Nov 02, 2011 Carolyn E rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I loved Leah's Choice by Marta Perry. Marta Perry is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. This is a great story, and I plan to read Rachel's Garden next (Book #2 in this series).
Easy, simple read. The characters were interesting, though I wish more had been explored regarding Leah's tugging toward the English world. This never really seemed resolved. The romance seemed a bit sudden and forced. At first I though it wasn't going to be obvious who she was going to end up with, but something gave it away pretty early on.

This type of fiction still makes me want to simplify life and learn to spend more time listening to God. That's always a good reminder.
Jun 27, 2013 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys reading novels about the Amish
Recommended to Nancy by: Amazon.com recommended it when I was looking for more books by Beverly Lewis.
I really like the author, Marta Perry. She doesn't follow the typical storyline of Amish boy-meets-Amish girl,they fall in love, and get married. Her plots are more involved which means I can't always assume the ending will result in marriage. The characters are very interesting, and I enjoy Ms. Perry's writing style. Definitely an author I would recommend if you like reading novels about the Amish!
This book is nothing that will sweep you away, but it is interesting to be exposed to the Amish culture and learn about some of their theology. Gives a Christian some things to think about. Also, it is a good book about children who fall away from their Christian faith.
Julie Dalle
It was simple, okay. Almost better for a pre-teen to read. In the back, it has a note from the author and if you write to her, you get a bookmark! I thought that was cute. I like reading about the Amish though, that culture is interesting. I learned some vocab.
Joan Lovemore-hope
Looking forward to spending my idle moments reading the whole series. This was a bit of a drag but not as bad as some other Amish themed novels. At least the remaining books will hopefully build on the characters already established.
I am surprised I liked this book as much as I did. I picked it off the shelf from our local library and it turned out it was a great read. I liked learning more about the Amish culture and the story line carried the book until the end.
Kendra Neal
Marta Perry is another "first time read" author! I truly enjoyed this book. I finished it in less then 24hrs, as it was a "can't put it down" book. It is a book that really speaks to the heart about family and faith!
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I like Amish stories and this one kept my interest till the end. I'm going to try more of her books.
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Marta Perry is a Pennsylvania-based author of over 35 novels, many of them inspirational romances. She uses her rural Pennsylvania life and her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage in writing her books, especially in her Pleasant Valley Amish series for Berkley Books and her new Amish-set suspense series for HQN Books.

Marta and her husband live in a centuries-old farmhouse in a quiet central Pennsylvania v...more
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