A Simple Singing, The Sisters of Lancaster County, Book Two by Leslie Gould, 2018; $15.99; 359 pages; Bethany House, Minneapolis, MN; provided by the publisher in exchange for a review; 7/29/18-8/2/18

Why did I read this?  Because I think that Leslie is a great storyteller and I will read almost anything she writes.

Another fine time slip novel of two Amish families, one now and one during the civil war.  There are many parallels between the stories, unlikable characters and other characters who face moral, spiritual and ethical dilemmas.  There are a couple of very unlikable men in each time period, men who are tyrannical, overbearing and like to dominate the women in their lives.  One of the Amish leaders admonishes the main character that their traditions are what is most important not what the scriptures says.  The Civil War portion of the story is very evocative and well written and reminded me of James McPherson’s Hallowed Ground:A Walk at Gettysburg.  I was really impressed with the story and am looking forward to the third book in the series.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  The scenes set in the Civil War are very evocative and well written and took me to the time and place.