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When Mary Schrock aims to convince her best friend Rachel Troyer to leave their Amish community and move to the city, will a simple quarrel spell the end of their friendship?


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When Mary Schrock tries to convince her best friend Rachel Troyer to leave their Amish community and move to the big city, will their quarrel spell the end of their friendship? And what about Jacob Yoder, who’s obsessive love for Mary risks all three of their lives and futures? An Amish Country Quarrel is a whirlwind read of friendship, obsession and betrayal that will keep you turning pages and leave your heart warmed. This Amish long short story is meant to be enjoyed over the course of an evening. It is a complete story and will definitely leave you satisfied.

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Sun bathed the light green stalks of the Rachel Troyer’s family cornfield, making the bright red paint of their barn seem almost like an Englischer photograph in its vivid color. The late June air had begun to take on some of the heavy humidity of summer as best friends Rachel Troyer and Mary Schrock stood outside on the porch outside the kitchen.

It was Thursday, and the two girls were baking together as had become their habit after reaching the age of their Rumspringa a year and a half ago. Now, with two loaves in the oven and two more sets of dough rising on the counter, the girls felt they had earned a break from the growing heat. They stood, leaning against the porch railing, twin glasses of lemonade cupped in their hands.

“So, what I’m thinking, Rachel,” Mary said, rocking a bit on her heels, “is when we leave Hope Crossing we’ll move to Philadelphia.”

“Ya,” Rachel agreed. Her best friend Mary was always making plans. Usually, Rachel didn’t mind. Mary would chatter, her hands waving with excitement as she barreled onto one thing and then the next, but eventually she would wind down until she saw sense. Like with this leaving Hope’s Crossing for her Rumspringa. She’d been talking about it for over a year, but it had been nothing more than talk and Rachel figured her friend would settle down once she found someone to court with. Someone besides Jacob who followed Mary with puppy dog eyes that glittered with something else. Not that Rachel would speak ill of Jacob. They had all known each other since they were children, it was just…Jacob had always had a way of focusing on Mary that was downright disturbing to watch.

Rachel’s thoughts were cut short when she heard her best friend’s next words, “Really! Gutt! I thought you’d try and talk me out of it. Soledad said she has a spare room in her apartment so as long as we can pay her for the first month—“

Rachel blinked. What had Mary been saying? Moving to Philadelphia! With a coworker they barely knew! “Wait—“

But Mary was off, her speech and hands picking up speed like a whirlwind. “I’ve saved up enough at the hospital, and I know you never spend anything, so we should have enough for a few months at least. We’ll have to share the bed at first, but I don’t mind. You don’t mind, do you?”

“Sharing a bed?”

“Ya! We’ll live in the city as Englischers. Go to concerts. Dances! Throw away these boring clothes—“

“I like my clothes.”

“I’m not saying you can’t wear them. We’ll need something for Christmas and to see our friend’s weddings when we come home.”

“It’s not going to be that easy, you know.”

“They can’t shun us if we don’t take our Kneeling Vows. We’ll be able to visit.”

Rachel nodded. That was true, but that didn’t mean it would be easy to leave. Her older brother, Jebediah had left and when he’d come back the first time for Second Christmas, he’d been like a different person. Not just the hair, or the fact that he had a tattoo, but the way he talked. He said he’d imitated people on Englischer television to lose his accent, said it just made things easier. And then the following year, he’d brought an Englischer woman along who had kept smiling and telling Rachel’s family how charming everything was: their home, their outfits, the popcorn garlands over the windows — even the stupid chickens had been charming, though the Englischer woman had been less charmed when the rooster tried to take a good peck out of her shin.

Jeb had only stayed a couple of hours the next year, a different woman on his arm this time, who had looked over everything without saying much.

Rachel had been relieved when they’d left, a guilty feeling she’d kept only between herself and God.

The truth was, Rachel wasn’t sure she wanted to live with Englischers. She certainly didn’t want to become an Englischer. They weren’t bad people, but even Soledad looked at her as though she needed fixing.

Rachel tried to explain, “I’m happy here. I’m helping my mamm and daed with my baking, and we sell it to the Englischer tourists. I don’t want to leave! You know your brother Thomas and I have begun seeing each other!”

“Well, I assumed you would be as ready as I am to shake loose the shackles of being Plain.” Mary appeared incredulous, and Rachel’s stomach sank. Mary couldn’t possibly be serious! Their life was hard sometimes yes, but they didn’t live in shackles. Rachel stood and started pacing away from the table they shared, more to calm her sudden anger and confusion and to physically separate herself from Mary’s suggestion. “I know you’ve always had a restless spirit, but I didn’t think you were just going to abandon us? Abandon everything that we believe in!”

“I’m not abandoning our faith! I just want to live a bigger life. You agreed with me. And Jacob’s also coming. He says he’s saved up enough to find a place in the city too.”

“Are you sure Jacob isn’t just going to be with you?”

“I know he likes me, but we’re not like that! He wants to find his own place in the larger world too.”

Rachel pressed her lips together. She’d warned Mary about Jacob before, how he seemed too attached to Mary, and Mary hadn’t listened. As little actual interest as Mary had in Jacob, she liked the attention.

“Stop worrying about Jacob,” Mary said as though Rachel’s thoughts were written on her face. Which they probably were at least to Mary who had been Rachel’s best friend since they were six-years-old. “The bigger question is why can’t we have Englischer technology? We don’t have to bake through the summer like rolls in the oven. We don’t have to hire a driver when we want to go more than a few miles from our home. We can learn to drive ourselves! Lead our own lives.”

“But what if I like my life here?”

Mary sighed, her lips tightening for a moment, then she said, her voice trailing off, “It’s Thomas, isn’t it? Maybe Thomas will want to come with us…”

Thomas was apprenticed with the Deacon’s brother, a master carpenter, and showed all signs of wanting to continue in the business. He’d also made hints to Rachel about them possibly starting a home together as soon as this November, though Rachel wasn’t sure she wanted to marry so quickly.

Rachel opened her mouth to try and put some of these thoughts into words, but Mary was talking again, “Let me talk to Thomas. It can’t hurt to at least try, don’t you think? And Rumspringa is about making a choice, but how do you make a choice if you don’t know what you’re giving up?”

That made sense. Too much sense. Rachel said, “Ya, you’re right. But doesn’t that mean you have to give our life a chance too? Maybe if you found someone to court with? Besides Jacob.”

“I told you, I’m not courting with Jacob.” Mary gave a dismissive snort, “I don’t want to court with anyone here. We’ve known them all since we were kinner.”

“Well, we could go to a neighboring district.”

“I don’t–”

“If you want me to uproot my whole life and run with you to Philadelphia, you could at least give me a chance to see if you can stay.”

“You’re being unreasonable!”

Rachel was being unreasonable? “I’m the only one being reasonable in this conversation!” Rachel said, her temper igniting in its usual slow burn. “How can you ask me to do something you won’t even consider yourself?”

“Because you don’t understand what you’re asking.”

“I think you should leave,” Rachel said.

Mary’s eyes widened. “We weren’t even finished talking,” she said in a small voice.

“You weren’t finished talking,” Rachel said. “Until you are willing to listen, even a little, I don’t see any point to continuing this.”

Mary took a deep breath. “Fine,” she agreed, placing the half-finished glass of lemonade onto the railing with a nod. But there was a stubborn set to her jaw that made it clear to Rachel that her friend was far from convinced. Worse, before she turned away, she had that gleam in her brown eyes that said she was planning something…

(This is the first half of Chapter One, so don’t skip to chapter 2 when you download the free book.)


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Product Details

  • File Size: 2151 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Global Grafx Press (February 13, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 13, 2015
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews


 on November 21, 2016
By Kindle Customer
Mary wanted to leave the Amish community and wanted Rachel to go with her. Jacob wanted whatever Mary wanted. But Rachel loved Mary’s brother, Thomas, and did no want to leave. Short story about whether to go or stay, things the young people face even as they grow up.

Good read

 on September 25, 2017
By nanette ladd
I that the store was interesting and we’ll written. I could see were it could happen when you as a young person guesting how you have been raised, but it is nice to have a friend who can question your thinking.

Review of book 1 and 2 of the Amish quarrel series

 on August 4, 2016
By RoryLynn Lemond
I thought the samples of both of this series was very good and I am interested in reading both book 1 and book 2.i loved that the damp,Es made me want to read the entire series…I thought the samples were written with a flourish that makes you want more.

An Amish Country Quarrel

 on September 19, 2017
By Jan Hamman
Another sweet Amish story with a conflict between two friends. Will the conflict be resolved and the people remain friends? You will have to read it to find out.

Think hard before making a big decision

One person found this helpful.
 on April 10, 2015
By Linda Knott
Making big decisions without thinking them through can be dangerous to yourself and to others. This short story is very well put. Two best friends are opposite in wants to leave for the big city and live. They argue and split. The one who plans to leave is going to go with a male friend (not a boyfriend). When she tells him the other girl refuses to go, he decides to take her by force. It all falls apart from there.

Too Short

 on May 6, 2016
By Kindle Customer
A very short story about two childhood Amish friends who plan to go to Philadelphia. But a complication arises as a crime is planned by a boyfriend.

Four Stars

 on September 7, 2017
By MIMI 2 7
I enjoy Amish stories. This was pretty good.

Five Stars

 on October 10, 2017
By Mamma
Wonderful book

Five Stars

 on July 31, 2017
By Gerald E. Freeman
Enjoyed the book. Thanks

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