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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Plain Change...Review

About the book:
Amanda Beiler could never have imagined the course her life would take when she happened to meet Alejandro Diaz. After catching the eye of the Cuban superstar, she hesitantly decides to leave her small Amish community in order to save it from the relentless attention of the paparazzi. Away from her close-knit family and the familiar rituals of her faith for the first time, Amanda goes on tour with the famous singer, and as she begins to see the world under Alejandro’s care, she starts to appreciate life beyond the boundaries of home. Meanwhile, Alejandro is changing, too, and remembering what it feels like to be with someone who wants him despite—not because of—his celebrity.

As their connection grows stronger and their differences shrink, Amanda will have to make a difficult choice: Return to her old life among the Plain, or stay in the limelight with the man she loves?

In book 2 of the Plain Fame series, Amanda Beiler is forced to leave her Amish community because the invasive press attention. Being on tour with Alejandro and married to him opens up her world to a new and unfamiliar perspective. Amanda appreciates much of it, but also misses her home and family and the more simple ways of life.

The cultural differences are intense and are heightened by Amanda's flashbacks to life and experiences back home. When her father becomes ill and she returns home to help them, those differences are even more extreme.

I felt like Amanda abandoned her plainness very easily. There were times too where I felt like Alejandro was not respectful of her. He took away her choices and forced her into the spotlight and into his lifestyle, regardless of what she wanted or what she was comfortable with. The idea that celebrities don't have any control over their own lives is misleading.

The story has a sensuality to it that is not often found in Amish or Christian novels and it was refreshing and appreciated rather than tawdry or improper. Like the first one, I enjoyed the story and was compelled to finish it. And, like the previous book, this one doesn't have a resolved ending and instead you must read the third one to find out what happens with Amanda and Alejandro.

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Sarah Price here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 9/15

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3/5 Stars

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