Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Book Review: Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman

Book title: Plain Proposal
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 987-1-59554-850-4

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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