Linda is a 17 year old Amish girl growing up in Lancaster County. When a strange "English" woman shows up and upsets her parents, Linda is curious who this woman is. Linda receives the most shocking news when she finds out that she was adopted and the "English" woman, Josephine, is her biological mother. Josie was 17 when she gave up her baby for adoption to an Amish family. She returns to Lancaster County to hopefully have a relationship with her daughter.Plain Paradise covers the sensitive subject of adoption and the effect on both families. Linda's parents, Abe and Mary Ellen, struggle with the fear that a relationship with Josie could effect their relationship with Linda. They are also concerned that Josie could influence Linda to leave the Amish community. As Linda's "mom", Mary Ellen struggles with having to share her daughter. This has to be tough on an adopted mother and the author really goes into the inner struggle that Mary Ellen faces.Josie is dealing with all the feelings of giving a baby up for adoption, reconnecting with her daughter, and also fighting a terminal illness. Linda is having to balance having a relationship with her parents and now with Josie. She is also having to deal with the possibility of losing Josie now that Josie is a part of her life.While this is a book #4 in the Daughters of Promise series, it can be read without having read the previous books. I really like this about the author. I haven't read the other books, but was able to really enjoy this book and not feel like I was missing anything.
it was a wonderful book! it showed how true miracles can happen -- how birth parents and adopted parents can exist peacefully! to experience some of these things in real life as Beth did, made the story even more personal! great job, Beth!
Beth Wiseman draws her readers into her stories. I love reading Amish stories and their way of life. In her Daughters of Promise series Wiseman has brought many Englischers into her stories. Seems Wiseman's Amish community that she portrays isn't as strict to the Old Ways as some of the other Amish fiction books that I've read are. You gotta love Jonas who has been one of the characters in and thought out this series. Very well developed plot. The message of seeking God is woven though-out the story. Only one thing that disappoints me in Wiseman's book is that there are curse words used. Wiseman includes some recipes and a study guide in this book also. It is evident that she writes from her heart.A copy of this book was provided for this review by Thomas Nelson Publishing
Josephine will discover more than she bargained for as her world collides with the Plain people of Lancaster County.Josephine Dronberger was a scared teenager when she left her baby in the care of an Old Order Amish couple. But seventeen years have passed and Josie longs to reconnect with her daughter.Lindaas the couple named the childis promised to Stephen Ebersol, the bishops grandson. They plan to marry in the fall. When her birth mother comes to Paradise, Linda is drawn to a world shes never known. Will the direction shes been heading since birth be suddenly derailed, and who will stand by her convictionsmother or daughter?I find that when I read a book that is based around a different culture or different beliefs than my own I have a hard time enjoying the story. I can't relate well to whats happening and I usually can't manage to finish the book. I expected that Plain Paradise might end up one of those books, but it turned out to be an excellent read.I found the dutch to be a little awkward at first because it stuck out, but after a few chapters I didn't notice it anymore. The book was very easy to follow and the story flowed nicely. The characters are both likable and believable. I felt like I always knew what was coming, but it didn't ruin the story. I was still eager to find out how everything was going to play out.Plain Paradise ended up being one of those books I read at the stove while I cooked diner, and soaked in the tub with before bed. Any extra time I had I grabbed the book to get a little further. I was delighted with the little extras the author includes. There is a community tree, a dutch glossary, and a few small recipes which sound pretty good. (especially the barbecued string beans. I never know what to do with our veggies except leave them plain and blah). It was a great story of faith, hope and love and I'm definitely going to check out the rest of the Daughters of the Promise novels!
I am quickly becoming an avid fan of Beth Wisman's books, I love the daughters of promise series (i've read two of the books now). Like usual Wisman draws the reader into the story with the very believeable and likeable characters, and takes us (the readers) on a journey with these characters that leaves us hungry to know more about Lancaster county and its inhabitants.The story here focuses around three main characters; Linda a young amish woman/girl (she's 17) who finds out that her family has kept a Huge secret from her. Josie, Linda's birth mother who gave her up for adoption when she was 17, And Mary Ellen, Linda's mother.Out of all the characters in the story i found myself really drawn in by Mary Ellen, as a parent of an adopted child, i really could understand her fear and heartache. I really feel like Wiseman hit the feelings she would have right on the nose!The whole book was just a really fantastic read, I love these series and look forward to reading many more by her!