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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Plain Paradise...Review

About the book:
Linda's Amish life seemed like paradise. Until she found out her family had been hiding a secret since the day of her birth.

Josie was just a frightened teenager when she left her baby in the care of an Old Order Amish couple in Lancaster County. Since then, seventeen years have passed and while much has changed, one thing hasn't. Josie still longs to reconnect with her daughter Linda.

But Linda is unaware of Josie--and living an idyllic life within the Amish community. The bishop's grandson, Stephen, is courting her and she hopes that he will propose soon. When her birth mother comes to Paradise, Linda finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Josie's world. Meanwhile, her adoptive parents--and her Amish beau--are trying to understand how this interruption in Linda's life could possibly be God's will.

As new relationships begin and old ones are tested, no one's life will remain the same. In the process of losing and letting go--Linda realizes whose daughter she really is. And as only God can do, something more powerful and far more beautiful is forged within the Daughters of the Promise community...hope.

I haven't read Beth Wiseman before and this is the fourth installment in her Daughters of Promise series. While it can stand alone, I think it would be better for a reader to have read the previous books. There are many characters who are apparently recurring from the earlier books and their appearance would have more impact if one understood their significance to Linda and her family.

I normally enjoy Amish fiction, but there wasn't much about this book that stood out or was special. Even though it touches upon serious subjects like adoption and cancer, it was light reading. In short, if you've read Beth Wiseman before and liked her, you will most likely enjoy this book as well.

Thanks to the Thomas Nelson Book Blogger program for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about the book here.  You can purchase your own copy here.
Read 4/10

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2/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Last night I just started the first book in this series Plain Perfect. It is a nice light read after reading two very heavy emotional books. After reading your review, I'll be sure to read them in order if I read them all. I hope they are enjoyable when read together.