I have been a fan of Amish fiction for many years. I like reading about the simple life, and am interested in learning about the Amish faith. Most of the Amish fiction I've read has a romantic element as well, and I'm a sucker for a sweet romance. I enjoyed the romantic storyline in Plain Pursuit. However, this book doesn't provide much insight into the Amish faith except for their practice of shunning. I also found the Daughters of Promise theme to be very weakly developed and the development of Carley's faith was not very deep or inspirational. Overall, the book was a nice, cozy read for a rainy day, but nothing that left me very interested in reading more about these characters.Thomas Nelson sent me a copy of Plain Pursuit to review as a member of the Book Sneeze Blogger program.
Amish romance has hit the Christian culture like the Twilight series has hit the secular worldlike a nuclear bomb. Authors like Beverly Lewis have colored the Amish in a rosy glow, and Beth Wiseman is no different.When you first open the book, she lists a few Pennsylvania Dutch words and their definitions. I work with a family whose roots are from Pennsylvania Dutch country and find the language quaint. The story comes from the points of view of Carley (a woman who lost her mother and has an overprotective brother), Lillian (formerly a city-girl who fell in love with an Amish farmer, Samuel, and became baptized into the Amish religion), and Noah (the shunned brother of Samuel). Carley is still struggling with the unexpected death of her mother. The accident stole her mother and her ability to have children.To read more go to: http://www.thehahnhuntinglodge.comunder MY JOURNAL. Great book!
Wow. For me, this book was a real tear-jerker. I cried so much! I was really touched by this story, and I love it. I really liked how this book shows that God works out everything for our good and that if we will let Him, the results of our bad choices can be turned into something great. These characters will start to grow on you, and they certainly did with me. I was so into this book that I couldnt put it down. Looking forward to the next books in this series!
This is yet another Amish-Englisch romance which serves to contrast various differences that exist between the two vastly diverse worlds, while showing how they are sometimes compelled to intertwine. Matters of the heart often conflict with the rigid rules of the Ordnung. Carley Marek, a journalist for a Houston newspaper, travels to Lancaster County to "vacation" at the home of her recently re-converted Amish friend, Lillian. Instantly, Carley is caught up in helping with the medical crisis that suddenly arises for Lillian and her husband, Samuel. The need for an emergency kidney transplant weighs against the observance of shunning and the question of its rightness in this particular situation. Samuel's brother, Noah, who followed his calling to become a doctor, has been shunned by his Amish community for many years. Despite this, Noah continually strives to help his people as he longs for their forgiveness and understanding. Both Carley and he seek to overcome the obstacles they meet as the two ways of life intersect. Plain Pursuit, from the Daughters of the Promise series, is a story of the inner healing which takes place in the lives of both the Englisch and Amish characters involved in its telling. As both groups reach out to one another in love and compassion, wonderful changes are enabled to unfold. Acceptance and forgiveness allow them to share a common ground amidst the two divergent paths.~~Thomas Nelson Publisher~~