A Simple Singing

A Simple Singing

by Leslie Gould


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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 complicated. At the same time her aunt begins telling her of a Civil War-era ancestor and the woman's uncommon bravery . . . a story that begins to work at Marie's heart.

Marie hopes returning home may simplify life, but Eli soon follows. As Marie grapples with whether she should court Eli or leave the church for Gordon, the story of Annie Bachmann shines a light on what God has for Marie's future.

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ISBN-13: 9780764219702
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Sisters of Lancaster County Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 202,748
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Leslie Gould (www.lesliegould.com) is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including two Lancaster Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Oregon.

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A Simple Singing 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
Good read...as always I am not a lover of Amish fiction. That being said, I have to say that Leslie Gould has the knack for writing about the Amish that doesn't feel “time consuming” to me. Most authors who pen Amish stories, in my opinion, totally bore me. I am happy to say that this author has not only caught my reading interest, but helps me to envision the life of these people in a whole new light. And the covers of her books are gorgeous. This story, like others before it, is a tale of faith, love and self-discovery. I highly recommend this book and all others by this author.
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
“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 Mamm and maybe just maybe one that would share her love of singing. Gordon Martin works on her folk’s farm. He’s dependable, hard-working, has a love of his fellow man. Although a good friend, he’s Mennonite not Amish. On the other hand, her Mamm and Bishop Jacobs would love to see her married to the Bishop’s son, Elijah. In hopes that Marie’s influence would settle Elijah’s worldly ways and bring him back to join the church, settle down and take over farming his Daed’s farm, Marie is sent off with her Aenti Suz to Pinecraft, Florida where Elijah just happens to be working. Excited to spend time with Elijah, who she feels is her future spouse, and fearful to leave the farm, leave Marie with a mix of emotions. She finds out that Gordon too will be traveling to Pinecraft during her time there for some mission work. It’s during their journey to Pinecraft that Aenti Suz starts to share the story of one of their Civil War ancestors, Anne Buchmann. It’s through this story that Marie begins to realize that there is more to being faithful than the length of a hemline or following the Amish rule to the letter. She also realizes that servitude and selflessness are also a big part of it. She does a lot of looking at herself and seeing how she has fallen short. It’s while spending time with both Elijah and Gorton that she see the heart of both men. Has all the time she has been francizing about dream life with Elijah been just that a fantasy? What would become of her dream life if it was with a faithful but Mennonite man? I highly recommend “A SIMPLE SINGING”. It can definitely be read as a standalone book. However, if like me, once you see who well it’s written and the wonderful story it tells, you will be definitely be looking not only for the other book in this series and anticipating the next book in the series, but also checking out this author’s other books.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
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 her singing ability. This is a question for the reader: does God give a person talents and expect them to hide those talents to avoid the sin of pride? In the story Aenti Suz shares with Marie about their ancestor, Annie, it appears Annie has some God-given abilities when it comes to ministering to the needs of the sick and wounded but her family tried to keep her from doing what God has obviously gifted her to do. In her case, Annie would be treating wounded soldiers fighting in the Civil Wars. As pacifists, many of the Amish did not believe they should help the soldiers in any way, including providing food, medical treatment, or other humane acts because they saw it as showing support for fighting. Did Aenti Suz merely share the story with Marie to fill in the gaps of their past or was there another motive in the telling? No matter whether Annie or Marie married, and no matter what they chose to do with their lives, their stories give us powerful examples of what happens when people choose to put God first. The crucial question is whether we should listen to our elders and the leaders of our church, or should we seek to know the true will of God as it applies in our individual situations? In other words, does a church have the final authority or does God? I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
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 anymore. Author Leslie Gould weaves a beautiful masterpiece in this story. There is much research that went into this fascinating novel. The characters experience circumstances that we can all relate to including grief, self-reflection, empathy, faith and love. A definite must-read! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and publisher and have given my honest opinion.
Lorraine Alexander More than 1 year ago
At twenty-one Marie Bachmann had her life all planned out. She was going to marry a good Amish man, the Bishop’s son Elijah to be exact, and they were going to farm. Gordon Martin, a young Mennonite man, worked on the Bachmann farm since the death of Marie’s father. Gordon had a heart for helping others and volunteered in the homeless shelter. Marie thought being homeless was someone’s own doing. Surely, they had family to live with! Marie’s trip to Pinecraft with her Aenti Suz brought about some changes in her. She saw how self-centered Elijah really was. She was able to sing, something she loved to do, although it was forbidden. And, most of all, she did some soul searching and saw a person she wasn’t very fond of. Marie was self-centered, self-righteous and judgmental of others. While singing in church, she felt a closeness to God she’d never felt in her church services back home in Lancaster. Does Marie learn to give up her will for God’s? Does she marry Elijah because that’s always been her plan? What of her friendship with Gordon? Does it grow? He’s Mennonite, she’s Amish. That’s a problem. Leslie Gould has given us another wonderful read….be sure to pick up a copy!!
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
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 Fiction Guild- Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
annelr More than 1 year ago
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 and yet one who truly desires to follow God and to understand Him, a young woman who has music in her soul and just wants her dream of a perfect future as an Amish farmwife to come true. Following her journey to love is a treat as the author has added plenty of tension to the story with Marie being presented with two young men who are involved in her life. I love the characters in Gould's stories. She portrays them realistically and the reader is easily drawn into their lives. Another treat with this book is a second story embedded into Marie's and it takes the readers back to the Civil War where readers meet Marie's great-great-great aunt. Annie's story is just as compelling as Marie's and the author does a marvelous job of stopping at just the right point in one story to pick up in the other. Gould gives interesting historical background on the Civil War time period, with a glimpse of the horrors of war and slavery and nursing during that time. Being an RN and grandmother to a young Civil War drummer boy reenactor, I really enjoyed reading Annie's story. Strong themes of family and faith are woven throughout the book as the author portrays vibrant and realistic characters who deal with the nonresistant lifestyle of the Amish, learning what it means to care for those who are suffering and understanding the true meaning of grace, God's grace and love exhibited through individuals serving others. The author has expertly written a captivating story that will remind readers that God is in the hard times of our lives, molding us, making us stronger and we can trust Him to give us the desires of our hearts as we learn to delight in Him alone. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.
jewelrydiva More than 1 year ago
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 under no obligation to leave a review. This is my honest opinion.
armcgraw More than 1 year ago
A Simple Singing is about us, really. About those of us who think we know who God is and what He requires of us. We are really sure about those things until life confronts us through circumstances and other people and helps us realize that God wants, oh, so much more from us and for us than we imagined. Marie Bachman is sure she is following all the rules that God wants of her, and she does her best to make sure others do, as well, even when it means alienating those she loves. She has a plan for her life, which includes marrying an Amish man, having a family, and doing things the right way. The problems start when the Amish man she thought was the ticket to her dreams turns out to be different than she had planned for him to be. And a Mennonite man (unthinkable, really) has so many qualities that touch her musical heartstrings. As she ponders these happenings in her life, her Aunt Suz tells her a true story about a civil war era ancestor of hers. In many ways, Annie’s story is similar to Marie’s. As Annie’s story unfolds, Marie’s heart unfolds, too, and guides her as she makes a difficult decision. Marie has extraordinary musical gifts that also play a part in her discovery of her life purpose. Your heart will sing with hers as you read this delightful book.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
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 Lancaster County series. I encourage you to read this novel. I received a copy from the publisher, but was not required to review it. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
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 father who taught her to sing while they worked in the barn. Gordon has a kind nature and a generous heart, but he is a Mennonite. Mrs. Bachman informs Marie that she will be going to Pinecraft, Florida with her Aunt Suz for a vacation. Marie is surprised at how the Englisch, Amish and Mennonite mingle in the community. She enjoys attending services in a church, the opportunity to sing with others, and to spend time with Elijah. Their second week in Pinecraft, Gordon arrives on a mission trip and Marie gets to know him better. While on the trip, Aunt Suz tells Marie the story of their ancestor, Annie Bachmann and the struggles she faced during the Civil War. Back at home, Marie wrestles with her conscience on her life choices. As Aunt Suz finishes telling her the story of Annie, it helps Marie make a decision about her future. A Simple Singing may be the second book in The Sisters of Lancaster County series, but it can be read alone. I thought the novel was well-written with two interesting, interconnected stories. It did take me a little while to get into the book. Once I did, though, I was engaged. I was happy to see the pacing improve (it starts out a little slow). There are smooth transitions as it switches from Marie to Annie. I actually enjoyed Annie’s story more than Marie’s. I found it more captivating and wish it had been a book on its own. Gordon volunteers at homeless shelters in Lancaster County and in Florida. Ms. Gould handles the subject adroitly as she does the issue of slavery in Annie’s timeline. It was lovely to watch Marie grow as an individual throughout the story. The author is a descriptive writer which helps brings the book to life for me because I can visualize the scenes thanks to her writing. Christian themes present in A Simple Singing are prayer, having faith, and the importance of following the path God has laid out for you (not your own). Ms. Gould did her research for the Civil War scenes especially the Battle of Gettysburg. I like how she included President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. I found A Simple Singing to be a heartwarming Amish novel and I am eager to read Liesel’s story in A Faithful Gathering.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
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. She had her life planned out which included Elijah, an Amish man that hadn't settled down and joined the church. Her vision was to marry him, be a good wife while he farmed his parent's land. She just hadn't consulted God, one of her downfalls. Annie was living through the Civil War and although Amish, she was called on to leave her home and family and help nurse wounded soldiers. A big step for her and very hard at the beginning. Interestingly they both had expected matches for marriage, and also close male friends from other religions. I loved reading about their thoughts and observing how slowly God was working on their hearts. I enjoyed reading the history included. President Abraham Lincoln giving his Gettysburg address, the skirmishes between the North and South, and bits and pieces about the Underground Railroad. The family ties, the romances and the telling of everyday life all added to the beauty of the story. It will remain with me for a long time. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher but was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.
Goldilocks More than 1 year ago
I’m concerned that I will not be able to find the words to adequately describe the brilliance of Leslie Gould’s writing. Readers will pick up A Simple Singing, Book Two in The Sisters of Lancaster County series, and think they are purchasing a nice, simple Amish novel. Oh no, readers, you are getting much more. Leslie Gould has given her readers a beautifully written, thought provoking, nuanced current day and historical romantic novel. The characters are not your cookie cutter Amish. The main character is Marie. Her two suitors, Elijah and Gordon are forcing Marie into a decision. Does she live the life she assumed she should want or does she leave her comfort zone and reach out for something more? Intertwined is a fascinating story of Marie’s ancestor Annie who grew and stretched herself during the Civil War by nursing the soldiers at the Gettysburg battle. The story is rich in detail and full of God’s love for his children. After reading A Simple Singing, I felt enriched, both spiritually and intellectually. This book left my imagination singing. A Simple Singing was published July 31, 2018.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful 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 strong Amish belief to have to find her direction after so much time.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
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. Relationships and fellowship with those unlike ourselves are highlighted through the use of homelessness, slavery and differences in culture, demonstrating selflessness in a world of selfishness. Spiritual growth and maturation are highlights in both the main characters throughout this novel. The Civil War was well researched for this book, as tales of the Battles of Gettysburg are well defined and accurate. I loved this book, and look forward to the next in the series. This author has a talent for bringing to life the miseries we share, and the beauty of redemption. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. All expressed opinions in this review are my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
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 learning more about the Mennonites. A young woman who has always been good and she has her life already mapped out like she thinks it will go. Does things always go the way we plan? I enjoyed A Simple Singing and cannot wait for book three in this series. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers , but was not told that I had to give positive review. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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 us how in this family the way that the Amish and Mennonites are connected. So many decisions that have to be made that will completely change the way these people live, and you won’t know until the end how everything works out. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.