This is the second book in the Daughters Of Promise series. Carley Marek is a journalist who is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her mother after a tragic car accident in which Carley survives. She is struggling with her survival and the loss of her mother. She is forced to take a much needed vacation from work and ends up going to visit her Amish friend Lillian in Pennsylvania. While Carley is there, Lillian's stepson, David is discovered to need a kidney transplant. Dr. Noah, who first treats David is actually a shunned member of Lillian's new family. This brings many questions to Carly's mind about God's role in her life as well as the lives of others and forgiveness. This series is very pleasant to read. I am enjoying meeting the various families and getting to know them. I like how Beth Wiseman gives us an honest look into the lives of the Amish. I could see and understand the story from both points of views, the Englishers and the Amish. This book leaves you with a feeling of hope at the end. As a bonus there are a few Amish recipes in the back of the book.
This book has a very simple story line where tragedy happens and Carley Marek is forced to take a holiday. She heads to stay with an Amish friend. Then another tragedy occurs. This is where Carley meets Dr Noah and soon they fall in love. It is quite predictable and in line with what youd expect from classic romance novels.What got me was how Beth Wiseman drew me in. I was completely absorbed by the book until I turned the last page! There were many ups and downs that I didnt see coming which intrigued me and had me turning the pages with expectation.I found some of the thoughts and language used for the men a little unrealistic, although I have never met an Amish man so I could be very wrong in thinking that.There is a thread in the book about a letter that Dr Noah sent to his brother. This thread was beautifully woven in and out of the story line and only revealed right at the end with great effect. This book has a great message about slowing things down a little and following your heart. A good romance novel that wasnt too sappy. [This book was provided for me to read and review by Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze]
Another great Amish fiction book! This book is the second in a series, but stands on its own. There is no necessity to read the first, although it is just as good. I highly recommend this book. It was very enjoyable, and an easy read. Everything flowed well and kept you interested the whole time. This book is up there with my other favorites by popular Amish writing authors.It follows the life of Carley Marek who is holding on to the pains of her past after the death of her mother and physical impairments to herself, but is forced to go on a month long vacation in order to rediscover herself. Carley journeys to Amish country to visit a friend who recently joined the Amish faith. While visiting Lillian, Lillian's son becomes deathly ill and finds his source of healing from an unmentioned family member. Carley realizes that she loves the quiet and peaceful lifestyle her friend lives, as well as the love of family and community. She must decide whether she wants to let go of her past and move forward or stay in the miserable state she was in before her 'vacation'.I received the wonderful opportunity to read this book courtesy of Thomas Nelson.
Plain Pursuit, A Daughters of the Promise Novel is the first by Beth Wiseman that I have read - it is unlikely that it will be the last. I love a good Amish story and this one certainly met the standard of a "good Amish story". Although somewhat predictable in places, which I guess happens after reading too many Amish works of fiction, it brought pleasant mix of modern day life and old time Amish ways and wove them seamlessly into an enjoyable read. There were a few unexpected twists and turns which always earn extra points on my scorecard ;-) The characters are real and believable. I found myself cheering them on and celebrating their victories as well. This book is the second in the series but stood alone well enough that I did not feel I was missing anything critical not having read the first in the series.An easy, enjoyable read, I would recommended this book for when you just want to read something to enjoy that does not require a whole lot of effort on the part of the reader. And of course if you like a "good Amish story" all the better!!
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not really into historical or amish novels, but once I began reading this, I could not put it down. At the end of the book, I was so engrossed with the characters that I cried - always a sign of a good book!Beth Wiseman, author, did a wonderful job painting a picture of Amish living. Carley is a non-Amish woman that is integrated into the community. I loved seeing the Amish community from Carley's perspective. How she wonders if a simpler way of life might be a better way to live. Life without television, computers, telephones, cell phones, electricity . . . hmm the Amish do have a point!I enjoyed how Beth deepened the characters with every chapter. Each scene and chapter ended with a lingering question--making this a page turner!