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Monday, October 19, 2015

Plain Fame...Review

About the book:
While traveling through Manhattan on the way back to her Amish community, young Amanda Beiler is struck by a limousine. The limo’s passenger, Cuban-born superstar Alejandro Diaz, takes responsibility for her injuries and vows to oversee her recovery. Leaving the fame circuit behind, Alejandro returns Amanda to her family in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Desperate for a break from the stress of the spotlight, the famous singer offers to stay on the family farm for a week to help—an offer guardedly accepted by the deeply religious kin who surround and protect Amanda. As different as they are, she and Alejandro find that a genuine friendship begins to blossom, along with the realization that it might be something more. But if the paparazzi get wind of the superstar’s whereabouts, will they threaten the peace of the faithful community for a sensational story? And in the glare of an unwelcome spotlight, and with the unexpected feelings between them, can this couple build a lasting bridge between their vastly different worlds?

I enjoy Amish books but I wasn't familiar with Sarah Price as an author prior to reading Amish Fame. The premise of the book is certainly different: a famous musician falling for an Amish girl. If you accept a willful suspension of disbelief, then the story is plausible.

The culture clash was dramatic and extreme. I liked the story. I liked Amanda and Alejandro. I have never understood the Amish way of shunning and I never will and the idea that Amanda's parents practically encouraged her to leave because the press was hounding their community was a little far-fetched for me.  Still the story has its heartwarming parts and was compelling enough that I was anxious to finish it.

The story is written with an unresolved ending and you must read the next one in the series to find any closure. This is a serious pet peeve of mine, but something I am finding all too common in these days of digital publishing.

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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