Sunday, November 17, 2013

Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman ~review

  • Series: A Daughters of the Promise Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401685943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401685942

This book is also available as an ebook.

Book Description

Anna loves the grandfather who raised her, but his strict adherence to the Ordnung is scaring away any boy who might be interested in her—except newcomer Jacob.
In normal circumstances Anna Byler would have her choice of any of the young men in her Amish community. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather, the bishop, the available suitors are afraid to court her. Then handsome Jacob Hostetler moves to Paradise and decides Anna is worth the challenge.
Anna sees that the bishop’s legalism is dividing the community and risking the lives of its members—but her grandfather doesn’t. When she is forced to deception in order to pursue her dream of marriage and family with Jacob, Anna feels her own faith slipping. If only she could get her grandmother to help her stand up to the bishop. But Mammi is keeping secrets of her own.
Anna wants to honor her grandparents, the two most important people in her life, but her heart is divided by the rules that guide their little Amish community and the growing love she has for Jacob. How can she be true to both?

My take on this book:
I have enjoyed reading Beth Wiseman's writing for quite some time. I am never disappointed in her ability to allow me to relate to the characters sge creates. They are real to life dealing with issues that often face Amish and English alike. With "Plain Peace" we get the story of Anna Byler, who at the age of 18 longs to have a life of her own, thing is because her grandfather is the Bishop none of the young men will even approach her. Things change when a new   family moves to town and she meets Jacob, and she decides to do the asking. When Jacob agrees to go to a singing with her it seems things might change, that is until her grandfather decides that he doesn't want Anna seeing Jacob. Will Anna listen to her grandfather, or follow her heart?
"Plain Peace" allows the reader to see that the Amish life isn't always smooth sailing, instead there is turmoil just like Englishers face.I could totally relate to Anna, she truly loved her grandparents but at eighteen she longs to start her own family. Her grandfather, who just happened to be the Bishop was pretty strict,which caused several people in his community to feel as if they needed to keep secrets from him. While I was pretty sure of how things would work out for Anna it was so nice to read the journey this story took me on. This book is the sixth in the Daughters of Promise series, but can easily be read as a stand alone work. There were a few characters from former stories that appear in this one, but the author does a great job of filling in what the reader needs to know. Fans of Amish fiction are going to want to read this one, but anyone who is looking for an clean interesting story that also provides a few yummy recipes will want to check this one out as well. 
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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