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It is my honor to host the amazing Leslie Gould. Here’s a brief summary of her new release:
A PLAIN LEAVING
At age twenty, Jessica Bachman left her two beloved sisters and her Amish community after clashing with the new bishop about her role in the family and the future of their farm. She tried to convince Silas Kemp, who’d been courting her for two years, to join her, but when he said no, she fled anyway.
Three years later, she returns home for the first time since leaving Lancaster to attend her father’s funeral. Her arrival back revives all sorts of emotions–yearnings and sorrows alike. Jessica knows things will never return to how they were. But in seeing Silas again, she can’t help but wonder what might have been.
Struggling to decide where her next step should take her, she learns the story of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor that echoes her own choices. Will Jessica leave her family and community forever, or is there peace and healing and love yet to come?
I asked Leslie to share a little bit about writing the story and this is what she had to say:
Creating a dual-time setting for A Plain Leaving:
Our ancestors often seem far removed from our modern times, but stories passed down through the generations can prove to add clarity to our own lives.
A Plain Leaving is a dual-time story (also referred to as time-slip and split time), with a historical thread that influences the contemporary story. The modern protagonist, Jessica Bachmann, gains insight into her own life after learning about ancestor Ruby Bachmann’s bravery during the Revolutionary War.
In the story, the Bachmann family comes to Lancaster County in 1752 to farm and freely practice their Amish faith. Their land is central to both stories. In the historical thread, the Patriots threaten to seize the property in 1777. Then, in the modern story, development and fracking endanger the farm.
There are many considerations in writing a dual-time story. For me, one of the biggies was the setting.
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Lancaster County
Because the same property is depicted in both threads, 236 years apart, I created landmarks to anchor both stories. The original cabin became the back porch of the sprawling Amish home in the modern thread. Just like the family, the home grew and changed over the years.
An Amish farm in Lancaster County
An old oak in the modern thread (shown on the book cover) was over two hundred years younger in the historical thread. It was essential to choose a tree that has a long life! The oak acts as a geographical marker to connect the two stories.
There’s also a woods at the edge of the property that acts as a property boundary in the two stories. And a spring and pond, introduced in the first thread, become an important part of the plot in the modern story too.
Photo credit: Taylor Gould
All of these landmarks are essential in both of the plot lines and also serve as symbols as the Bachmann family journeys through the centuries.
The plots and characters also connect the stories. But, it’s the setting—along with the Amish faith—that the two timelines truly share.
LESLIE GOULD is the bestselling and award-winning author of 25 novels. She loves church history and research trips, hiking in the Pacific Northwest and hanging out with her husband and four children. You can find her at www.lesliegould.com, www.facebook.com/lesliegouldauthor, and twitter.com/lesliejeangould.
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