I read the first book in the "Daughters of the Promise" series, but this is the 4th book.It's a good read, but I guess I am no longer that surprised by the plot.What I do like is the Amish feel and the love for simple things. The author is doing a good job at describing the lifestyle, the feelings and the decisions that have to be made, especially when coming in contact with people from outside the Amish community, as is the case in this book.The book tells the story of a young woman, about to be married, but who finds out a thing in that she hasn't been told, and so now her life is about to drastically change. The fact that Linda was adopted turns things upside down for her, but she is surrounded by people who love her and, more important, by God.From a christian perspective, the book is a great reminder for all of God's love and that He gives us all the hope we all so much need.Honestly, it's not a book I would read again, but the thing I really like is the Amish setting, and since I am interested in Amish culture, I think this series gives a great opportunity to find out more.
I absolutely LOVED this series. It keep me not wanting to put it down and I actually hated to see it end. It kept you wondering until the very end. It just showed a person the loving and caring and forgiving that the Amish people have for one another and for the English girl Josephine. It also showed me that sometimes the Amish can have a bit of ill feeling toward the English as the Amish lady who was the adoped girls "mother" had toward Josie. I simply loved the entire story and there is a lesson to be taught in the book for all of us as to how we can cooperate with each other and live in the same world and not have the same beliefs. I love Beth Wiseman's writing!!! I would not hesitate to read anything written by her but I particially like Amish Fiction. My Great Grandmother was Amish although never knew that until recently.
Seventeen years ago, Josephine gave up her baby to an Amish couple at the urging of her family. Now, having been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor, she longs to find the daughter she has never know before it is too late.Linda, as her Amish parents named her, is seventeen years old and promised to her true love Stephen Ebersol, the bishops grandson. Her life is turned upside down when she learns that she was adopted as a baby. When her birth mother arrives at her family's farm, she is drawn to the world she has never known. Will she stay true to the convictions she has held since childhood, or will she change her path?I have read several books in the Amish genre, and this one was quite different from the normal. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. While this was the forth in the Daughters of Promise series, I didn't feel a bit lost having not read the first three novels, and there were just enough allusions to some of the characters and their stories to make me want to read the rest of the novels.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
I have thoroughly enjoyed all 4 of the books in this series. I love to read most anything about the amish. I love the way the storylines are all connected. I really love the way the amish all help one another. The rest of us in this world could really learn from this group of people. I can't wait for the next chapter in this storyline. Beth Wiseman you rock. May God continue to give you these awesome stories. There is allways a good lesson in your stories. Thank you so much for allowing God to work through you.
In Plain Paradise, by Beth Wiseman, Josephine Dronberger is attempting to reconnect with her daughter, Linda. Seventeen years ago, Josie had been forced to put her baby up for adoption; and, ever since, Linda had been raised by a loving Amish couple. Plain Paradise focuses on the struggles encountered by Linda and Josie. Shortly after being reunited with her birth mother, Linda faces fears of being separated from her newfound friend. As the story progresses, the characters doubts slowly turn to faith in an omnipotent God.Although Beth Wiseman seems familiar with the ways of the Amish and portrays the Plain lifestyle accurately, the characters dialect is not extremely natural or convincing. In addition, the book portrays the rumschpringe as a harmless tradition and fails to openly condemn the rebellious running-around period. Everything considered, Plain Paradise is an endearing tale full of realistic characters and encouraging messages.I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.