Plain Proposal is the 5th book in the Daughters of the Promise series, and I enjoyed it as much as the earlier books. Some of the characters were surprising, though: Miriam & Saul, an Amish couple considering leaving their community; Shelby, an Englischer coveting the Amish life; and Ivan, a shunned Amishman living with his English mistress. This eclectic mix of characters and plot twists which didn't go the way I expected, kept me up reading well into the wee hours of the morning over several nights. My only criticism is that everything wrapped up very neatly and very quickly at the end of the book, almost too perfectly to be believable. It also sounded like the end to the series, but I am hoping there will be more books in the Daughters of the Promise series, and that Beth just doesn't just switch over to the Land of Canaan series.
With thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson, for my free review copy.
In the fifth book in the Daughters of Promise series, Beth Wiseman gives us more people to love -- Miriam, Shelby, Jesse and Saul. Miriam, Rebecca & Aaron Raber's only daughter, could have her pick of a couple good-looking men in the community, Jesse and Saul. But ever since her first school days, Miriam has only had eyes for Saul. Shelby is Miriam's "Englisch" cousin from Texas who has been sent to live with the Raber's for the summer after Shelby gets into some trouble after her parents are divorced. Jesse is smitten with Miriam and would be a fine prospect for a husband, but Miriam wants Saul who has had his share of troubles for his young life.
Who winds up with whom and where in this wonderful tale of faith, courage, and strength is a wonderful journey. If you loved the other books in this series you won't be disappointed in "Plain Proposal." I have enjoyed all of Beth Wiseman's books and this one did not disappoint me.
Beth Wiseman transported me to a charming Old Order Amish community in her horse drawn buggy aka "Plain Promise", her new novel. I enjoyed every minute of my stay there. The people I met intrigued me and drew me into their lives. They told me their secrets, their hopes and their fears. I laughed, worried and cried with them.
Who are these folk? Well there's Miriam Raber, who's in love with Saul. But folk say he's been in trouble and there are rumors that he's leaving the community. Will he ask Miriam to go with him? And will she go if he does? And what about Jesse, the perfect suitor for Miriam's hand? He's showing great interest in Miriam.
Then there's Shelby, Miriam's Englisch (non-Amish) cousin. Her parents send her to stay with Miriam's family as a punishment when she gets caught up in the wrong crowd and shoplifts and does drugs. She's lost her connection with God and feels rejected and without hope. Rebecca, Miriam's mother, fears Shelby will be a bad influence on Miriam. There's Aaron, Miriam's brothers, Saul's family, the bishop . . . well you'll have to read the book to meet them all.
I loved the way Beth brought these characters and their relationships to life, all stitched together with a silken spiritual thread.
In her acknowledgments, the author thanks God for His Hand on her writing and hopes that her story both entertains and draws people closer to Him. "Plain Proposal" fulfils both these hopes and I strongly recommend this book which I give a five star rating.
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I absolutely love Beth Wiseman books, She is an amazing writer who really knows how to capture a story and present it in a way that makes the reader feel a part of it. Her book "Plain proposal" is no different, it's the story of Miriam Raber and her feelings for another individual within the Amish community. As she struggles to both honor her heritage and God, and still be with the man she loves.
I really enjoyed this book, once I started I couldn't put it down till I was done, it was that good! Like always, Wiseman did a fantastic job, and this book will be high on my shelf to be read again and again!