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  1. Plain Proposal, Daughters of the Promise Series #5
    Plain Proposal, Daughters of the Promise Series #5
    Beth Wiseman
    Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman -- Great conclusion
    March 13, 2011
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman is the 5th and last book in her Daughters of the Promise series, and what a great finish! Miriam Raber has her eyes on Saul Fisher, but Saul has somewhat of a "bad boy" reputation and is rumored to be planning to leave the community without being baptized into the church. Just as Miriam and Saul begin to make connection, Miriam's Englisch cousin Shelby is sent by her parents to spend the summer with the Rabers, and Miriam is not sure whether Shelby will be the sister she never had or an obstacle in her relationship with Saul. As the summer progresses, all the characters involved learn lessons about each other, about themselves, and about God's direction.

    Beth does a great job (as always) in developing characters with real joys and struggles. This story takes many twists and turns, and you can't be sure how everything will be resolved until the very end. You will find characters crossing over between this series and Beth's Land of Canaan books - and there seems to be a teaser into the next installment of that series.

    An important message comes out more than once in what it means to be a Daughter of the Promise: "You can take your faith anywhere with you." Although the main characters come from different backgrounds, have different dreams, and take different paths in the end, that message helps to see them through, in Amish or Englisch settings.

    I would definitely recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction or any good story about the love of God and family.

    (I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love Beth Wiseman!
    March 8, 2011
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Having just finished Seek Me With All Your Heart by Beth Wiseman, I was extremely excited to get Plain Proposal to review. I have the first four in this series and was so glad that I could grab this book!

    This book didn't fail to meet my expectations. It was a great story about Miriam and Saul. Miriam likes Saul, but Saul isn't planning on staying in the Old Order Amish community. He longs for the outside world and all of the things that have been forbidden in their community. However, Miriam is convinced that she is supposed to be with him, but that's completely out of the question if he leaves. Another guy, who is staying in the community for sure, is showing interest in her and wants to be with her. If Saul would only make his decision! Along with that, Miriam cousin comes to stay with them because of her troubles back home. As you can imagine, this could cause problems for Miriam and Saul. The real question is not only who ends up with who, but who ends up leaving the community and who stays and why.

    You don't have to have read any of the other books in order to enjoy this book. It's easy to figure out who is who and the roles they play in the storyline. If you like books on the Amish community, then you've got to read this one.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Plain Proposal from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    a compelling fast-paced read
    March 6, 2011
    aobibliophile
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    in the Old Order Amish community of Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Miriam Raber and Saul Fisher are in their rumschpringe - the running-around period when a teenager turns sixteen years old. they are allowed as much freedom as they can to experience Englisch or non-Amish life before they decide to be baptized.

    ever since they can recall, they only have eyes for each other. Miriam knows that Saul would be her husband someday. Saul too loves Miriam but he has plans of leaving the community to pursue his dreams. one day, Miriam's Englisch cousin Shelby is sent to the Raber family by her divorced parents for the summer. she is welcomed by her relatives and finds everything strange yet calming to her troubled soul.

    when Miriam finally learns of Saul's plans, she decides to leave with him. Shelby advises her to reconsider especially now that she herself finds the Amish life appealing.

    this is the third book on the Amish i have read. honestly, i am beginning to get addicted. even though some of their beliefs and ways may be a little stern or unreasonable from an outsider's perspective, i still see men and women who:

    - live simple lives and enjoy simple pursuits

    - are prone to the same weaknesses or temptations as non-Amish people are

    - practice their faith and stand by it

    i also could not help but notice that food and its preparation is a significant part of their daily life and the book mentions this a lot.

    Beth Wiseman has written another beautiful story about her beloved Amish. her characters are real in the sense that she does not hide their "sins". she weaves scenarios for each of her characters to grapple with. all of them are faced with choices that would affect their future, their families and their community.

    from the first page to the last, i was drawn by the author's brilliant storytelling. how Miriam, Saul, Shelby and the rest of our protagonists managed to resolve these challenges makes for a fast-paced read.

    Plain Proposal is touching, poignant and uplifting. this is a must read for those who enjoy Amish fiction and a great introduction for those who are curious about it. a glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch terms and mouth-watering Amish recipes are included.

    one more thing, there is nothing preachy about the book. for me, this makes it all the more compelling and available for everyone regardless of race or creed.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Plain Proposal from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another STELLAR Story by Beth Wiseman
    March 1, 2011
    Deb2588
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Beth has once again written another compelling story in the Daughters of the Promise series. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of her latest book and couldn't put it down. Her story kept me engaged from page one until the conclusion. Beth's writing of the Amish lifestyle, faith and love is incredible. It's as if you are right there with her characters. Once again we are brought into the lives that we have grown to love with some of our favorite characters coming back from Colorado. This story shows how the Amish are selfless and how they help each other out no matter what and put others in front of themselves. Their faith in God shows through in this story of trust, forgiveness, sacrifice and love. I truly enjoyed Shelby's journey as she found her place with God, the Amish lifestyle and community. It showed that no matter how far away from God we feel that He is always near and never leaves us. I vicariously lived through her wishing I had the opportunity to go live with Amish relatives where I could grow nearer to God and be surrounded by such warm loving people. There are twists and turns that you won't see coming in this story. It's definitely a page turner and I can't wait to see how the cliffhangers play out in future books.

    With every book I read I feel more like a part of their family and can't wait until the next book to see what exciting things are happening for them. Another fabulous job Beth!
  5. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Highly Recommended
    March 1, 2011
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed this book and finding out about old friends, but you do not need to have read the other books to read this one. This is the 6th book in the series including Seek Me With All Your Heart. This book is the story of Miriam Raber and Saul Fisher's romance. It is also the story of a lost girl, a distant cousin to the Raber family....Shelby Raber. I enjoyed the interaction and the closeness that Miriam and Shelby achieve. You can see God's hand in all that happens in the story. I loved the surprise ending! Forgiveness! I can't wait for more books in this series! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, I was not compensated in any way and was not expected to give a favorable review.
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