Plain Jayne, Plain and Simple Series #1   -     By: Hillary Manton Lodge
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Harvest House Publishers / 2010 / Paperback

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Jayne Tate loves her life as it is-living in a big city, working as a reporter for a fast-paced newspaper, and dating a guy who knows nothing about her past. When her father passes away though, she's forced to take another look at what she wants out of life. After losing out on the big career opportunity she was hoping, for she decides to escape to Oregon Amish country, seeking solace and maybe a big story.

Even in this land of buggies and bonnets, Jayne finds life more complicated than she expected. Can she persuade herself that her growing friendship with the mysterious and handsome Levi Burkholder is just about research? And what's a latte-drinking, laptop-using, motorcycle-riding reporter to do when this new life starts to change her?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780736926980
Availability: In Stock
Series: Plain and Simple

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Publisher's Description

Talented new author Hillary Manton Lodge brings a new twist to the popular Amish novel.

Jayne Tate loves her life as it is--living in a big city, working as a reporter for a fast-paced newspaper, and dating a guy who knows nothing about her past.  When her father passes away though, she's forced to take another look at what she wants out of life.  After losing out on the big career opportunity she was hoping for, she decides to escape to Oregon Amish country, seeking solace and maybe a big story.

Even in this land of buggies and bonnets, Jayne finds life more complicated than she expected.  Can she persuade herself that her growing friendship with the mysterious and handsome Levi Burkholder is just about research?  And what's a latte-drinking, laptop-using, motorcycle-riding reporter to do when this new life starts to change her?

With humor, faith, and unexpected romance, Plain Jayne will delight readers.

Author Bio

Hillary Manton Lodge is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and is the author of Plain Jayne and Simply Sara. When not working on her next novel, Hillary enjoys photography, art films, and discovering new restaurants. She and her husband, Danny, live in the Pacific Northwest.

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Hillary Manton Lodge uses her book, Plain Jayne, to contrast the quaint life of the Amish with fast-paced city life. The main character, Jayne Tate, finds she is conflicted when she begins to appreciate the simplistic world of an Amish family, the Burkholders. Their lifestyle challenges Tate to reconnect with her estranged family and with God. Lodge depicts the Amish life by describing the Burkholders’ everyday chores and conversations. The book is written in first person, seen through the eyes of Tate, an investigative reporter.

At the beginning of the book, Tate’s boss forces her to take a vacation by asserting she is a workaholic. Secretly, Tate uses this vacation to live with an Amish family, in hopes that a possible story will surface. During this time, Tate meets Levi Burkholder, who already left the Amish way of life for a better education and a career. Tate’s attractions for Levi and the Amish culture continue to intensify throughout the book.

The book lacks suspense and forward motion, however, this is to be expected since the author wants to portray the Amish lifestyle accurately. Lodge uses subtle humor effectively, and develops believable characters.

Plain Jayne is characteristic of most Amish fiction. The message of salvation is woven delicately at the end of the book, and value is given toward family bonding and a strong work ethic. The reader gains respect for the Proverbs 31 wife. Personally, I thought the book was too sentimental, but if you are looking for a relaxing, feel-good book, Plain Jayne is the story to read. – Tamara Peachy, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

Debut fiction author Lodge, a freelance photographer with a background in journalism, enters the popular arena of “plain people” fiction with a surprisingly funny, refreshing and strong story line. Lodge creates the lovable and always acerbic protagonist Jayne Tate, reporter for Portland's Oregonian. Forced by her employer to take time off to regain her edge, Jayne goes hunting for a feature in Oregon's Amish country. What this independent and thoroughly modern journalist finds is an alternative lifestyle that keeps her slightly off-balance even while, in good reporter form, Jayne tries to remain coolly objective. Enter Levi Burkholder, formerly Amish, presently a carpenter, and Jayne's heart goes off kilter as well. Jayne joins the household of Levi's estranged parents for some real Amish experiences, learning to respect the hardworking family. Smart, fast-paced and chock-full of endearing characters, Lodge's entry into inspirational fiction is a keeper, plain and simple. (Jan.)Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. LinDawn
    Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 12, 2012
    LinDawn
    Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    I enjoy amish novels. This one is also very enjoyable. Jayne takes leave of her job and goes to find a story among the Amish. Great stories.

  2. raybo
    Oregon
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great read with wit and charm.
    February 4, 2011
    raybo
    Oregon
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Once again, Hillary delivers a book filled with life issues and genuine characters. I didn't mind learning a little about fashion and cuisine because the story moves right along and the issues demand resolution and satisfaction. Hillary delivers both. Any body who wants a wholesome, fun and encouraging experience that will bring laughter and tears would benefit from this book.

  3. Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Funny, romantic, and entertaining.
    November 20, 2010
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female

    Review by Jill Williamson

    Jayne Tate’s father just passed away. But she’s fine. They weren’t all that close. Her boss disagrees and forces her to take a leave of absence from the newspaper. Jayne decides to make good use of her leave and come up with a brilliant article. She rides her motorcycle down to Amish country, hoping to get an inside look on how the Amish live.

    Jayne meets carpenter Levi Burkholder, who helps her find an Amish family to board with. Sure, Levi is cute, but Jayne has a boyfriend back in Portland. But the more Jayne gets to know her new Amish friends, the more she longs to simplify her own life. But how? Making peace with her mother and sister is one thing. But what should she do about her boyfriend and Levi. Something has got to give. But what?

    I had the privilege of hearing Hillary Manton Lodge read an excerpt of this at the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference. It was a scene in which Jayne attempts to remove a pie from an over. What’s the big deal about that, you might ask? Jayne is petrified of ovens. It’s that kind of humor that adds a wonderful quirk to a charming story. I loved this book. Read it in two days. If you like romance and humor and the Amish, pick up a copy of Plain Jayne. You won’t regret it.

  4. Valerie Schad
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 19, 2010
    Valerie Schad

    I'm four chapters into this book and it's so good, it was hard to put down. It's well written and I feel like I'm in the story. Jayne is a reporter on a three week vacation that her newspaper editor boss urges her to take. Where I'm reading, she's doing a free-lancing story on the a New York Amish community. She meets a carpenter, Levi Burkholder who has never joined the Amish faith so is estranged from his father. Jayne wanted to stay with an Amish family during her vacation, so the story will be from her perspective of that experience. So far, this is the perfect Amish story. I'm enjoying it and you had better go and purchase this, you'll like it too!

  5. Gail
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    August 14, 2010
    Gail

    Didn't like this book at all. There's something too flippant, superficial and breezy about Jayne. And it seems even though she was attempting to renew her relationship with God that it was a very shallow relationship.

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