Plain Peace, Daughters of the Promise Series #6
A great series!
This is an awesome series that everyone should pick up. This series was the beginning of my love of Amish fiction. I love how the family evolves but each story is so touching and inspiring. At the end of the book you will find Amish recipes that are spoken of in the book. Something one might not realize is that this series ties in with her other series the Land of Canaan. It isnÃ¢ÂÂt vital or necessary to read both series, but they float back and forth as Beth Wiseman writes these 2 series together. People visit different people from the other town and some of the stories tie together. I love both series. This story is about a young girl raised by her strict grandfather who is the bishop of the area. His strictness brings forth the thoughts of deceiving family; even the bishopÃ¢ÂÂs wife isnÃ¢ÂÂt being totally truthful. This story brings forth once conscious of being truthful and to honor those in authority. Once again Beth Wiseman writes a great book that inspires. Thank you to the Booksneeze reading program for my honest review for this copy. Thank you also to Thomas Nelson for publishing and providing this book.
December 7, 2013
Marriage and Romance
Beth Wiseman in her new book Ã¢ÂÂPlain PeaceÃ¢ÂÂ Book Six in the Daughters of the Promise series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Anna Byler.
From the back cover: Anna loves the grandfather who raised her, but his strict adherence to the Ordnung is scaring away any boy who might be interested in herÃ¢ÂÂexcept newcomer Jacob.
In normal circumstances Anna Byler would have her choice of any of the young men in her Amish community. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather, the bishop, the available suitors are afraid to court her. Then handsome Jacob Hostetler moves to Paradise and decides Anna is worth the challenge.
Anna sees that the bishopÃ¢ÂÂs legalism is dividing the community and risking the lives of its membersÃ¢ÂÂbut her grandfather doesnÃ¢ÂÂt. When she is forced to deception in order to pursue her dream of marriage and family with Jacob, Anna feels her own faith slipping. If only she could get her grandmother to help her stand up to the bishop. But Mammi is keeping secrets of her own.
Anna wants to honor her grandparents, the two most important people in her life, but her heart is divided by the rules that guide their little Amish community and the growing love she has for Jacob. How can she be true to both?
Ã¢ÂÂPlain PeaceÃ¢ÂÂ is all about marriage. Anna wants to get married, her grandfather, the Bishop, has strict ideas on her marriage, how keeping secrets in a marriage is harmful and what happens in a marriage when there is the death of a child. There is also a focus on secretly hoarding and how that affects people. Then there is the romance. This is a book about what is important in life: family, faith and forgiveness. Ms. Wiseman knows how to create characters that live on the page and that we get to know and love. Get ready for an interesting read that will keep you emotionally involved.
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December 4, 2013
Plain Peace is the sixth book in the Daughters of the Promise series. I loved this story. The characters were interesting and had some real depth to them.
Anna Byler is the granddaughter of a very strict Old Order Amish bishop. Even though she knows he can be unreasonable she has seen his love and compassion and aches when others view him wrongly. When she meets and falls in love with Jacob Hostetler, everything seems perfect. But then out of a misunderstanding, her grandfather forbids her to see Jacob again. Anna is faced with going behind his back or obeying his wishes and possibly losing Jacob. She doesn't want to end up like her grandmother who is always keeping secrets, but she feels like she has no choice.
Jacob's family has moved to Paradise to escape from the constant sadness and memories of their home in Ohio. As they all struggle to come to terms with their oldest daughter/sister dying, they begin to find some hope amidst the grief except for Jacob's father who is so fraught with grief that he barely acknowledges anyone. Then Jacob meets Anna who is everything he has ever dreamed of. How can he convince the Bishop to let him court her?
This was a very good read. The best part of the story to me was the push toward forgiveness and how important and valuable it it to everyone involved. It's so much easier to forgive someone else that it is to forgive yourself, and the author portrayed the angst of the person very realistically.
I was given this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.
November 23, 2013
Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman
Anna Byler had never dated. For some reason none of the young Amish boys had never approached her and she felt inadequate. Jacob Hostetler was new in the community and Anna found herself drawn to him. When she overheard a few of the young men talking about her being unapproachable because of her strict grandfather, Bishop Byler, she was devastated. Was her grandfather really that strict? Hadn't he always had the best interests of the people in mind? Anna knew she had to do something to prove she was dateable so she asked Jacob out on a date and Anna was ecstatic when he agreed. But Anna hoped it would turn into more. She soon began to realize what others were saying. Her grandfather was all about strict rules and when she found out the magnitude of the secrets her grandmother was keeping from her grandfather she knew a change was needed. But what would it take for him to come to his senses? And would he ever agree to her seeing Jacob?
Jacob Hostetler was new to the community. His family left their old home to get a fresh start after the death of his sister, Leah. His father had withdrawn from his role of taking care of the family and kept to himself because he felt responsible and Jacob prayed this move would heal the wounds of his family and give them a new life as a family. Meeting Anna Byler was the beginning of Jacob's healing. She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and he could share his worries, hopes and dreams with her. He knew he wanted a life with Anna but with Bishop Byler forbidding him to see her he wasn't sure if they could ever be together. Can they change her grandfather's mind? And will his family ever be what they once were?
Plain Peace in the sixth book in the Daughters of the Promise series. While I haven't read all of the books in this series, I have read Plain Proposal and I can say, from my experience, the books only get better and better. The storyline was just great and covered a broad range of issues such as, the death of a child, diabetes and adultery. The plot was fully developed and came to a beautiful, complete ending. I felt satisfied after I finished. There were no loose ends leaving me feeling as if the story wasn't finished and I love that. I fell in love with the characters and I guarantee you will as well. This book can be read in order as a series but it can also be read as a stand alone novel. But, from what I have read so far, you will surely want to read the others and you "to be read" list will soon be growing. If you like Amish fiction with depth and a storyline that covers powerful issues you'll love this book.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone and I received no monetary compensation.
November 21, 2013