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When, at age fifteen, Hannah Miller goes to work “on the Outside” of her Old Order Amish community in Pennsylvania, she promises her parents that she will not be tempted by the fancy lifestyle of “der Englischer.” Two years later, she has kept that promise, but she is now admitting to herself that it is not the English lifestyle that draws her. It is her love for her employer, Abram Goodman. Though she holds her love for Goodman as a secret in her heart, Hannah's fantasy world collapses when Goodman takes a wife. Hannah seeks a way to pay him back for the imagined infidelity of which she accuses him. Her actions set forth a ripple effect that touches not just Abram and his wife but Hannah's family and others in her Amish community. The Bond Woman is not the typical "Amish novel," in that it does not present the Amish in a pristine, idyllic lifestyle where the greatest transgressions might be coveting a piece of lace or loving music from "the Outside." Nor is this is this a predictable love story; rather, it is a complex psychological drama that deals with Hannah's dual conversion -- both inward and outward. Like an irresistible light, the story line of The Bond Woman draws Hannah and the reader in unpredictable directions.
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Janice Dembosky lives with her husband, Everett, on their farm in rural Pennsylvania. Their three children are adults with families of their own, and Janice has retired from her profession as an English teacher. In between (and even during) traveling adventures, she enjoys her favorite pastime -- writing. She has published magazine articles, but The Bond Woman is her first novel. She explains, "My mother was terminally ill and complained to me that she had always hoped that I would publish a book before she died. To appease her, I began writing The Bond Woman, reading her chapters each time I came to sit with her on weekends. She found the story fascinating but did not hesitate to offer suggestions, many of which I carried out. This is why I call her my first encourager and editor. After my mother died, I put the manuscript away and didn't resurrect it until the time for grieving and honing my creative writing skills through coursework had passed. I dedicate this, my first novel, to my mother, Anna R. Socol Bonacci." Janice is already working on a sequel to The Bond Woman.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1508540365
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 506 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.27 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1508540365