I have read all of the books in the Daughters of the Promise series. Plain Peace is book six in the series. There is also another Amish series by Beth Wiseman that is connected to the Daughters of the Promise Series. It is the Land of Canaan Series. Each book in these two series can be read as a stand alone, but I really believe they are better enjoyed as a part of the whole set.
Plain Peace is not my favorite book in the series, but I did like it. There is quite a bit of tension created by a very strict bishop, who is unwilling to budge in his determination of the way his Amish community should be. This causes frustration throughout the community and particularly in the bishops family.
There are a few different story lines in the book, but the main one revolves around the bishops granddaughter, Anna, and her developing relationship with a newcomer named Jacob. I really felt for these two young people. I loved watching their love grow even amid the overbearing control of Annas grandfather.
Another very moving portion of the story involved Jacobs parents and delved into the way their family was handling grief. Although it was sometimes hard to read these sections due to the painful topic and situation these parents were in, this storyline in the book was really amazing.
I definitely recommend Plain Peace to fans of Amish fiction. It contains a wonderful romance, along with lessons in forgiveness, honesty, and grieving.
Anna's grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband.
Anna Byler should be enjoying her Rumspringa as allowed by her faith. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfatherâ€”the bishopâ€”the available suitors in town are afraid to court her. Even Anna's grandmother is keeping a big secret from Anna's grandfather in an effort to keep the peace. Under her grandfather's oppressive watch, Anna begins to feel her faith slipping and wonders if God has forsaken her.
Jacob Hostetler and his family have relocated to Lancaster County following a family tragedy in Ohio. As his family struggles to rebuild their lives, Jacob is forced to act as head of the household when his father is unable to cope with recent events. It's been a long time since Jacob has felt any joy. Until he meets Anna Byler. But will Anna's grandfather succeed at keeping them apart? And can Jacob put the past behind him and open his heart?
--Lots going on in this book. Marianne has big secrets in her little room in the basement. One that might give her husband a heart attack! Cora and her family are new to the community but they come with their hearts heavy, after losing their oldest daughter Leah, to a farming accident. Will they be able to heal? New love and lots more in this next part of the Daughters of the Promise novel..
Each of Beth Wiseman's books are always so good and so much thought goes into them, you just sit back for awhile and you never really get over them. You want to be a Daughter of the Promise. Let's make it a goal ladies. Be one, TODAY.
I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Read program in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anna Byler's is raised by her grandparents. In her opinion they are the best grandparents ever. Although to the young men that would like to invite her to the singing are give her a ride in their buggy her grandfather is unapproachable on the subject. Anna is totally ignorant of the young men's problem with her grandfather. That is until she overhears them talking about this very thing. She gave them a good tongue lashing and informed them they were wrong. To her disappointment they were right. On top of this other people in their Amish community had problems with her grandfather being so strict when it came to the Old Order Ways of the Amish. You see her grandfather is the Bishop for their Amish Community.
Anna even found out her grandmother was hiding things from her grandfather. So, why is he being so strict? Doesn't he know he is alienating himself from the community?
When Jacob Hosetler moves to Paradise he is determined to change the Bishop's mind and court Anna. With Anna, her grandmother and Jacob taking a stand to change the Bishop's strict ways they find they may have gotten in deeper than they ever expected. The Bishop is determined to stand his ground.
This was a fun read. So much love in this family but the author has managed to create in them a very dysfunctional family. She shows how seeds of deceit can tear not only a family apart but the whole community. A tender loving man yet hard as a rock when it came to Old Order Ways. The character of the grandmother was so sweet yet she had a compulsive disorder. The author has a wonderful and humorous imagination when it comes to creating her characters.
I wonder if we can see any of ourselves in any of these characters. Like the seamstress that hoards fabric or the person that is obsessed with shoes. I must admit I do see myself in that I can not have enough books. So you leave know wiggle room when it comes to the rules of house or church?
I gladly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Beth Wiseman has written a beautiful story about forgiveness and change. Anna and Jacob are in love and long to court, but Anna's grandfather, the Bishop refuses. He forbids many things from the community and won't allow them to see Dr. Noah for medical care. Jacob's family is in turmoil and the grief his father feels is cutting him off from the ones who love and need him most.
Then there is Lucy, the young woman with the Scarlet A, who longs for friendship and acceptance for her and her young son, Benjamin. Will she ever be accepted? Can she find forgiveness?
How will Jacob and Anna ever find peace to date when her grandfather remains unmovable.
You will find some delightful recipes from the story as a bonus to the incredible story.
This is a 5 Star ***** piece of work.
I received a pdf version of this book from booksneeze and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Last night I finished 'Plain Peace' and here are 5 reasons why I personally enjoyed the story....
1) This story teaches the Gospel of Forgiveness. As a Christian, I have been taught in my 31 years as a believer that forgiveness has to be a big part of our existence, for it is the core of our beliefs.
2) It really does show that the Amish are just as human as Englischers, (Non-Amish.) People in 'Plain Peace' like John Hostetler, who struggled w/ tremendous guilt. And Marianne, who has a illness that needs daily attention and hides things from her husband.
3) Humor. Beth never lets one of her novels go by without at least a little sense of humor. Ole Bishop Byler questioned at one point if sending stuff to Ebay to sell, meant sending stuff to the coast.
4) The characters used in Beth's previous Daughters of the Promise books were well spread out in 'Plain Peace' and all of them acted their same wonderful selves.
5) Prayer. So often the characters, from Lucy to Cora, expressed their dependence on the Lord, all prayer with an emphasis on healing and growing in their situation.
Thank you Beth Wiseman for once again successfully touching my heart deeply with this very creative read!