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4 Stars Out Of 5
Good Female Character
October 1, 2013
I enjoyed reading this book and gave it a 4/5 star rating. I liked the independence of the main female character, Joann. The way she speaks to others and especially to the other main character, Roman, makes her likeable. She comes across as intelligent and therefore you want to cheer for her to succeed. Roman was not as likeable but did help make the story entertaining. My favorite part of the book was the letter writing. You don't see that in many books anymore and it really added to the story! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Amish fiction and especially if you like a quick easy read!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
In Plain Admirer, author Patricia Davids sweeps the reader away to the Amish community of Hope Springs, Ohio---a seemingly idylllic, tranquil place to live, with fragrant flowers blooming in profusion, placid lakes, and lush trees. But underneath the guise of peace and perfection lies danger and a mystery that affects all those who dwell in the community.
Joann Yoder loves working at Miller Press as an assistant editor and office manager of the Amish owned publishing house. When she is told she has been fired to make way for her boss's brother, who has been injured in an accident, she is heartbroken and resentful. To add insult to injury she is told she must train the insufferable Roman Weaver. Roman carries alot of inward AND physical pain at the loss of the use of his arm as a result of a buggy accident, and suffers from flashbacks and anxiety attacks. Joann clearly rubs him the wrong way and he finds her stiff and rude, but intriguing as well.
Joann resigns herself to becoming an old maid as she finds herself too plain for anyone to want to marry, and comforts herself by spending time at the lake fishing. When she loses her new fishing pole in the water it is returned to her at the lake accompanied by an anonymous note. In spite of her better judgement, Joann in her loneliness reaches out to this stranger and begins secretly corresponding with him. Who is this anonymous letter writer who seems to be as miserable as she? Is it wise and dangerous to keep exchanging letters with him? And who is the vindictive person who is setting fires and destroying property in their community? Will Roman find that forgiveness towards the person who left him paralyzed is the only way to find healing for his sorrow?
Patricia Davids is such a fun, exciting author! I hurriedly flipped through the pages, waiting to see if the letter writers would be discovered and what the results would be if they were. What an immensely clever and imaginative storyline. My only problem, which is why I didn't give this book five stars, is that Joann was incredibly immature for a young woman of her age. Not so much in her thought processes but in the things she would blurt out and say. This didn't keep me from loving this story, however, and I can't wait to read Patricia's, Amish Christmas Joy coming out in November 2013!
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Joann has been living with her older brothers for 6 months at a time for years and wants to finally have a home of her own and she is close to reaching that dream when she loses her job to the bosses nephew and the worst part is she has to teach the new guy her job. As she struggles to get along with him she starts writing letters to a mystery fisherman down at the lake. Could she finally find love after all these years?
This is a long running series and the 2nd I have had a chance to read.
What I liked: I liked both Joann and Roman and I liked the idea of the letters. With so much technology in this day and age the idea of having a pen pal is not something as many people do and it made it fun to see how it would all play out.
What I did not like: Being a shorter book the ending seemed fast and I felt there was not a lot of time for the climax to develop.
Over all I enjoyed this book and like this series. It's a fast read perfect for the beach or a car ride. I definitely recommend it.