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Monday, March 7, 2016

Plain Choice...Review

About the book:
Amanda’s husband, Cuban pop star Alejandro, believed he was doing right by his wife when he left her on her parents’ farm in the familiar shelter of Lancaster’s Amish community. Amanda, however, has other ideas. Unwilling to sit idly by and hide from the paparazzi, she follows her husband to Europe for the start of his world tour to find out if their marriage can be saved once and for all.

When the two reunite, it’s plain to see that their love is stronger than their differences. But as they travel together, Amanda is surprised to discover that her own fame is beginning to match her husband’s. Now she must struggle to bridge her Amish upbringing and a new, unasked-for role in the public eye. As other unexpected tensions challenge their bond, can Amanda and Alejandro keep their promises and make space for her faith, his fame, and a growing love?

As with the first four books in this series, this one picks up immediately where the last one ended. It is a series you must read in order. And while I have liked this series well enough, it wasn't until this last book that I truly enjoyed it.

Believing that the touring wasn't good for his recently acquired daughter Isadora, Alejandro has Amanda return to her family's farm with her young stepdaughter. However, Amanda is finding her backbone and refuses to be separated from Alejandro and watch the tabloids speculate on the end of her marriage. Amanda leaves Isadora with her sister and returns to Europe, surprising Alejandro.

Thrust back into the spotlight, Amanda soon learns that her fame equals that of her husband. His fans are enamored of the Amish girl turned famous. Amanda loves being with her husband but struggles with finding a public role, when all she wants is to be a wife and mother.

Throughout each book I have wondered why Alejandro kept himself surrounded by such selfish, mean people. I don't care who you are or what your fame. You are responsible for yourself and there were multiple times over this first year of marriage where he could have said, "No, I'm not going to do that" or "My family is important". He was selfish and self-centered and it took him a year and 5 bloody books to finally learn what was important in life and that was to have his family reunited.

And while I loved that Alejandro finally woke up and took control of his life and career, what I really appreciated was Amanda coming into her own and realizing that she didn't have to put up with demanding schedules and publicists. She could express her opinions and she could talk to fans in her own way and, by doing so, could touch them and teach by her own example. Bravo.

This book is also the most sensual of the series. But, it was actually refreshing to see a married Christian couple passionate about each other, which is something you don't normally find in Amish or even Christian fiction.

Easily my favorite of the series.

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 2/16

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4/5 Stars

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