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A Simple Singing

(The Sisters of Lancaster County #2)

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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  41 reviews
For years Marie Bachmann thought of herself as the "good" daughter. She was the most loving to their mother, the most dedicated to their Amish way of life. But when a Mennonite farmhand, Gordon Martin, shows interest in her she can't help but be flattered--until her mother sends her off to Florida. While there, Marie begins spending time with bad-boy Eli Jacob, the bishop' ...more
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Published July 31st 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
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Kristi
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I enjoyed both of the stories in this book! Leslie Gould is a master at dual timeline stories and each one I read from her is better than the last. This book with its modern day and Civil War-era stories is wonderfully written and if I had to use one word to describe it I would simply say perfect!

I really liked the way this book was set up. First, we get to meet Marie, the main character in the modern day story. She is likable and relatable. She is trying to be the perfect Amish daughter
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Rhonda
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Courting or marrying a Mennonite when you are a baptized member of the Amish faith will get you shunned by your Amish family and friends......but Marie is thinking of doing just that. But she has conflicting feelings when a young Amish man. that she is also attracted to. returns from Florida. He is not a baptized member of the Amish church yet and he may be a bit too wild. What will Marie do? Will she follow God's will or decide for herself what God desires for her life.
This book is wonderful!
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Maureen Timerman
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
What a great read from beginning to end, the author has us spanning decades, from current to civil war era.
We are shown from one century to the next how things are different and yet the same. People in need, slavery, injury from war, homeless, the list can go on, and what do you do, follow your faith and help or stay in your own little world?
In the past book, we saw what was going on with the farm in Lancaster, and in this book, we learn how the farm stayed in the family. The author also shows u
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Nancee
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Companion stories are beautifully interwoven throughout this very interesting novel. Amish life is portrayed both in Civil War time and modern day, with examples of what is acceptable and not, in both time frames. A bit of Mennonite life is interspersed throughout the stories to give a bit of comparison in traditions in both ways of life.

Well developed characterizations and descriptive depictions of the landscape and pictures of the ravages of war are highlights throughout this book. Relationsh
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Amy
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Simple Singing is the second instalment from The Sisters of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould. Even though it is book two of the series, I have not read the beginning, A Plain Leaving, and felt this one could be read as a stand alone. I love historical fiction, as well as, Amish Fiction. When the two combine, makes it a great read.
I enjoyed A Simple Singing, giving it four stars. I recommend it.
I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review
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Lori
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how Leslie Gould could weave past to present and then eventually tie it in altogether.
There are many delightful characters in this book.
I do agree with some other reviewers that Marie is kind of hard to warm up to. But, I do like how she is challenged because at first she knew what she wanted out of life. I liked some of the challenges that God sent her way.
Kind of like what I'm going through now. I think God has sent me a wake up call. But, gosh did He have to do it the hard way?
Ann
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Jul 13, 2018 added it
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A Simple Singing, releasing July 31, is the second book in the Sisters of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould. This is a time slip series, where both a modern day and a historical storyline are presented. It’s a series that shows how the lives of the present day Bachmann sisters are influenced by stories about their ancestors.

Marie Bachmann is an obedient Old Order Amish young woman. She’s always been the “good daughter”, something she’s been proud of, though pride is a sin and not the Ami
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Ann
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story that delves into the differences between the Amish and Mennonite faiths. The protagonist exemplifies our sometime struggles to listen to the Lord's leading when we have our own plans. I love Leslie Gould's honest stories about Amish life.
Kristina
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould is the second novel in The Sisters of Lancaster County series. It is December of 2013 and Marie just watched her sister, Jessica marry Silas. Marie Bachman is one for the following the rules and fully expects to be courted by a good Amish man, to settle down on a nearby farm and have a large family. When Bishop Jacobs son, Elijah visits from Florida, it seems like providence. Gordon Martin, their farmhand, likes to sing while he works which reminds Marie of her f ...more
Kay Garrett
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-read
“A SIMPLE SINGING” BY Leslie Gould is the second book in The Sisters of Lancaster County series.

A SIMPLE SINGING” is the story of an Amish woman coming to terms with herself and her faith. It’s a story of choices and listening to your heart.

“A SIMPLE SIGNING” is the story of Marie Bachmann who has always lived by the Amish rule to the letter and being the “good” daughter. She’s always dreamed of marrying an Amish man well respected in the community with a farm close to her family farm and her Ma
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Anne Rightler
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould is the second offering in The Sisters of Lancaster series and it just might be even better than the first one that I really liked too. It is another wonderfully inspirational book by one of my favorite authors of Amish stories. This particular series follows three Bachmann sisters and A Simple Singing is about Marie. Marie is the 'good' sister, a rule follower--even to the extent of measuring hems and bonnet lengths, the sister with a tad of a judgmental spirit a ...more
Cristine
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For years Marie Bachmann thought of herself as the "good" daughter. She was the most loving to their mother, the most dedicated to their Amish way of life. But when a Mennonite farmhand, Gordon Martin, shows interest in her she can't help but be flattered--until her mother sends her off to Florida. While there, Marie begins spending time with bad-boy Eli Jacob, the bishop's son from back home.

When Gordon shows up in Florida to volunteer in a homeless shelter, her life becomes even more complica
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Edward Arrington
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What happens when a young Amish woman is of marrying age and everyone else has her already matched up with someone who apparently does not have any feelings for her nor any true appreciation of who she is as an individual? And what does an Amish person do who has some real talent in areas that are not acceptable to the Amish Ordnung? Marie has a beautiful singing voice but basically has been told by her Mamm to only sing in church and at the youth singings. Otherwise, she may become prideful of ...more
Cathy Cermele
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amish and Historical fiction with a dual time line! Why yes, I do love all three, especially when they’re as masterfully combined as they are in this novel. With the authors descriptive storytelling and her strong character development I quickly became caught up in the lives of Marie Bachmann in 2013 and Annie Bachmann in 1863.

Marie was difficult for me to like at first because I perceived her to be self-righteous but I soon realized that she wanted what other women her age and in her community
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Gail Hollingsworth
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a dual timeline novel with connections on both ends. (Marie 2013 and Annie 1863) They both lived in the same town and the same house but were separated by 150 years. Annie was Marie's great great great aunt and Marie learned a lot not only about Annie but about herself from hearing Annie's story from her Aunt Suz.
I didn't warm up to Marie at the beginning. She was self righteous and always pointing out others sins without examining her own life. She was strict Amish through and through
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Gail Hollingsworth
This was a dual timeline novel with connections on both ends. (Marie 2013 and Annie 1863) They both lived in the same town and the same house but were separated by 150 years. Annie was Marie's great great great aunt and Marie learned a lot not only about Annie but about herself from hearing Annie's story from her Aunt Suz.
I didn't warm up to Marie at the beginning. She was self righteous and always pointing out others sins without examining her own life. She was strict Amish through and through
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Cecilia
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould is book two of the Sisters of Lancaster County series. It is a time slip novel where we follow Marie Bachmann’s story in present day Lancaster and her ancestor, Annie which is set in the Civil-War era.
Marie thinks of herself as the “good” daughter and always follows the rules, she even plans on marrying a good Amish farmer. When bad-boy, Eli Jacob returns to town, she sees it as an opportunity to have the life she has dreamed about. Gordon Martin, the Mennonite
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Pam Pavkov
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Simple Singing is the second book in The Sisters of Lancaster County written by Leslie Gould. I enjoyed this story very much and learned a lot by reading it. The story flashes back and forth between present day to the Civil War era. This story moves along at a good pace to keep the reader wanting more. The descriptions the author has given sets you in both time periods.

The characters are very likeable and realistic. I could identify with several of the characters but really liked Marie and Ann
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Mary
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Sisters of Lancaster series can certainly alone. I read the first so long ago I don’t remember much of the story, but it didn’t matter. Marie Bachmann is a strong character, with whom I could identify. She follows the rules and tries to keep others in line too. Yet she longs to marry Elijah, the bishop’s wayward son. She plans to stay Amish, unlike her sister and some others she knows. Could her family’s Mennonite farmhand, Gordon, change her mind? Marie accompanies her m ...more
Jessie Young
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could. The depth of personal reflection and evaluation on the part of the main character were outstanding. The author writes the characters thoughts and feelings, struggles and victories, and inward transformation in such a way that makes you want to evaluate yourself. It’s genuine and real. The stream of thoughts throughout the book are so cohesive and well written. Loved the redemption, forgiveness, grace and mercy. Loved the transformation from legalism t ...more
Christa
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dual-time stories have become my favorite kind of stories to read! I was first introduced to dual-time stories in Leslie Gould's writing. Her most recent novel, A Simple Singing, is a beautifully written dual-time story.
Marie Bachmann has grown up always following the rules in her Amish Community. One day she will make an Amish man the perfect wife. After her Aunt shares with her a story about one of her ancestors that lived during the Civil War, things change, and Marie's future isn't as clear
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Elizabeth
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Simple Singing ( The Sisters 0f Lancaster County-Book 2 )
By: Leslie Gould
A Simple Singing is book two in The Sisters of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould. This is a great story from beginning to the end. It is almost like reading two stories in one. You cant wait to find out what happened in each one. It is like a time story, both where we follow ancestors and the modern day time. We read about slavery, and the homeless in this story. We have both the Amish and the Mennonites. I enjoyed
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Julie Surface
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Leslie Gould writes a story about the Amish, she delivers so much more than a captivating tale. In addition to giving the reader likeable characters caught up in interesting plot lines, she engages our minds. In this book, I learned distinctions between Amish and Mennonite communities and was challenged to consider contemporary issues such as immigration in light of past issues such as the Civil War. Gould's main character was forced to recognize her own prideful religious legalism juxtapos ...more
Pam Burke
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
A Simple Singing, the second book in Leslie Gould's Sisters of Lancaster County series, is another really good Amish story.

There are some of the typical elements in an Amish romance -- a young Amish girl struggling with her feelings about more than one young man and how to make a decision that might involve her leaving the church. But this story is much more complex than that, including a story from Marie's family's past that may be of great help in her deciding what direction her future should
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Patti Whitson Stephenson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this sweet story of Miriam’s journey to love and faith. Leslie Gould has written a compelling story of how God can use disappointing circumstances to draw us to Himself and reveal things about our own character that we may never have seen before. This is a “split time” story shared with Annie, a young woman who also struggled with difficult circumstances caused by the Civil War. As Miriam learns more of Annie’s story, she begins to look at herself, her Amish life, and her beliefs in ...more
Barbara Thompson
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-books
A Simple Singing by Author Leslie Could is an awesome book. I probably could not write one word that someone else hasn't already written, so I will try to explain what this book means to me. This plot is intense with superb writing. I was awed by the characters seeming so real and how the author makes the transition between era's without you feeling anything was lost of any part of the book. To me, this is by far one of this author's greatest books. A Simple Singing is Book Two in The Sisters of ...more
Melissa
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved this book what will tell you little about if how will Marie Bachmann choose between the life she's always envisioned and the one she never imagined.. she spends time with Elijah Jacobs the bishops son from back home then Gorden shows up from Florida to volunteer at the homeless shelter, her life becomes even more complicated! at the same time her aunt begins telling her the story about the uncommon bravery of one of Marie's civil war-era ancestors...a story that begins to work at Marie's h ...more
Dana Michael
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really did enjoy reading this second book in the Sister of Lancaster County. This book focused on the middle daughter Marie, and featured two stories. One is current, and the other is during the Civil War. I love history so this was definitely a plus for me. I love the writing style of Ms. Gould as well. I just wish there was just a bit more romance. Overall, this is a wonderful story and I highly recommend to all Amish fiction readers.
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, and was
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Ellen White
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two stories intertwined finding love and life in today and in the civil war era.
Marie, the perfect Amish daughter, following everything to the ordinance, unhappy even though she does have a suitor. He follows her to Florida, and now enters another suitor. With her aunt telling of life in the civil war, slavery, Lincoln,and how life was. It spans from, Marie at 2013 to Anne in 1863, being in the same house. A touch of love, history, and decisions, will she have made when she returns. Given ARC by
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Cynthia
I received a copy of this book from the author, I was not required to give a favorable review. This is the second in this series and such a wonderful read. It gives a bit of history of the family and the tough choices that each woman in their time had to make. I have read many books by Leslie and am never surprised that she draws you into each of the characters and how they deal with the choices they have to make in their lives. It was interesting to see the thoughts of someone raised in such st ...more
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Leslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award-winning author of thirty novels. She received her MFA from Portland State University and teaches writing at Warner Pacific University. Leslie enjoys traveling, hiking, and history. She and her husband, Peter, are the revolving-door parents of four children and two cats. Visit her at http://www.lesliegould.com/.

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