From USA Today bestselling author Laura Bradford comes a poignant, uplifting novel about an investigative reporter who will do anything to nail a story—until her world comes crashing down—landing her on assignment in Pennsylvania’s Amish country, where she’s forced to re-think her priorities, and her life.
Tess Baker thought she had the perfect everything—until her best friend, and (now ex) husband, betrayed her, leaving her with nothing, except her career as an investigative reporter. In her work for a leading magazine, Tess can lose herself in whatever story she’s chasing. So she’s devastated when her next assignment is far from the exciting location or action-packed quest she anticipated.
Thanks to a recent misstep, Tess is handed a bus ticket to Pennsylvania—to Amish country. The story? Write about living in the past in a modern-day world. Determined to prove herself by coming up with something juicier than a run-of-the-mill human-interest piece, Tess makes her way through this strange place, digging for dirt . . .
Yet no matter where she turns, scandal eludes her. Instead, Tess encounters kindness and grace, even striking up unexpected friendships with women who bear a wisdom and capacity for forgiveness she can’t imagine. It’s only when she meets eighty-something Miss Lottie, beloved by the community even after decades away, that Tess realizes she may have hit upon the story she was looking for. But can she betray the people who have opened their arms—and their hearts—for the sake of a scoop?
Praise for Laura Bradford
“Laura Bradford is a master storyteller; this book will stay with you for a long, long time.”
—New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander
“Engaging characters and a tender storyline will please fans of Amish fiction, especially readers of Amy Clipston.”
The Unwanted Assignment
Laura Bradford has knocked it out of the ball park with this winning novel. The story seemed so real with characters that leapt off the pages! I appreciated that readers were updated on characters from past books in the series. Tess and Jack were new to the series with Tess being the main character. The point of the story was the importance of forgiveness and learning to trust others again. I thought the book was entertaining , original and well written.
This is Women’s Fiction about a reporter who has been handed her first assignment. Anticipating something exciting and maybe even to be sent out of the country Tess is handed her first assignment. She tears open the envelope and finds bus tickets to Pennsylvania! This is the last thing Tess wants! After all what could she write about the Amish that could capture the readers attention. Perhaps a juicy scandal that people would remember long after they read her article. Something they could gossip about during their coffee breaks. This definitely isn’t her dream assignment but the Amish give her a story she will never forget.
Readers of Amish Fiction and Women’s Fiction will enjoy this book. It’s part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. It’s scheduled to be released on August 31st of this year.
I received a complimentary advanced reader copy from the Author and Publisher through NetGalley. A favorable review was not requested. All opinions expressed here in this review are my own.