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Leah's Choice (Pleasant Valley, Bk 1)
Leah's Choice - Pleasant Valley, Bk 1
Author: Marta Perry
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 medic...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425230503
ISBN-10: 0425230503
Publication Date: 11/3/2009
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 47 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Leah's Choice (Pleasant Valley, Bk 1) on + 74 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
My first book to read by Marta Perry but it won't be my last. I am not a fan of ALL Amish novels, but Perry develops believable characters with believable faith choices. These combine for a good read.
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southernsassygirl avatar reviewed Leah's Choice (Pleasant Valley, Bk 1) on + 180 more book reviews
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 this review. :o) And believe it or not, it did get a little better. It took me a few pages before I could get back in the swing of things as I tried to remember all the characters and how they were related to one another. Once I got all that figured out, I had a great time with the last two-thirds of the book, and had it read in little more than a day.

Unfortunately, though, the ending left a lot to be desired. I suspected how the story would end, and was afraid that the ending would be rushed, and sure was. Yes, Leah had a "choice" in the end as to which proposal she'd accept, but neither proposal seemed to fit with the other serious events happening in her life.

I'd like to read some of Marta's other books, because while I like her story concepts, the Amish community seemed like it might have been too simplistic of a setting. I found myself craving more emotion, more descriptions, more life, and while a small spark of them seemed to appear toward the end, it just took too long to get to them. Those who enjoy simple stories with happy, tidy endings would probably enjoy this book as well as the others in the series.

3.5 Stars
thameslink avatar reviewed Leah's Choice (Pleasant Valley, Bk 1) on + 723 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book very much -- I was looking for a well-written, sweet, gentle tale and I certainly found it in this book! Plausible plotline, well defined, empathetic characters. A wonderful start to a series and looking forward to the following books!