Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman (Review)

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 daugther she really is. And as only God can do, something more powerful and far more beautiful is forged within the Daugthers of the Promise community...hope.

My Review:
Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman is book four in the Daughters of the Promise series. The other books in this series are: Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, and Plain Promise.I really like the whole series and was excited to see this one published. It is great and possibly my favorite. The series does not have to be read in order but their are details mentioned about the characters in the previous books in the background of the story because they are family and members of the same Amish community. I enjoyed the follow up on the previous characters. This book focused on Josie and her trying to form a relationship with Linda the daughter she gave to an Amish couple to raise when she was a baby. Of course there was other details to the plot too like Josie and her faith issues. All of the characters and plot were developed and interesting. This is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. Recommended. :)

About the Author
When best-selling novelist Beth Wiseman was introduced to the Amish, she gained an appreciation for their simple way of life and began writing love stories featuring this beloved group of people. Her first novel was the best-selling Plain Perfect. Beth and her family live in Texas.

Thank you Thomas Nelson Publishers for my review copy as part of the Book Sneeze program.

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