The only disappointment is that the 2 nd book called "Simply Sara" Is no longer available! I called and it's out of print! That doesn't seem right when enjoyed this one and can't read the 2 nd in series. You will still like this one!
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.
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.
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!