I really like the narrator too. Her voice is pleasant and she does well with putting emotion into her reading. I recommend it to anyone who likes Amish fiction will love it. I also enjoyed the characters in this series. Jonas and Erma Rose tickled me! What a character Jonas is!!! Sign up for our newsletter! Receive weekly special offers exclusive to newsletter subscribers! She rolled up the green blinds in each of the four windows. The sun was just starting to rise, giving only a hint of light, just enough for her to attach price tags to some of the quilted pot holders she'd finished the night before.
Fridays were usually good sale days, even in the off-season. If she lived to be a hundred, she'd never understand why the Englisch found their way of life so interesting. With less farmland and bigger families, many in her community worked outside the home; it had become a way of life. She felt blessed not to have to travel farther than her own front yard. The bell on the front door chimed, and Sadie turned to see her friend Lillian walk in. Lillian's mother, Sarah Jane, followed behind her.
Lillian and her mother now shared a close relationship. But it hadn't always been that way. Sarah Jane had left the Amish community when she was a young girl of eighteen, and she had protested when Lillian left to come live with her grandparents. But after a few months, Sarah Jane surprised everyone, returning to Lancaster County and being baptized into the faith alongside her daughter. Then when Lillian married Samuel Stoltzfus, a widower in the community with a son named David, Sarah Jane had made her home with her father. Sadie ignored the question. She had a hunch the less they all knew about her mysterious guest, the better.
Lillian usually brought her daughter, a precious bundle who wasn't much over a year old. His personal assistant told me he's from Los Angeles. I reckon it's gut to have a renter this time of year. These harsh winters tend to keep people away. But that assistant lady asked me to stock the refrigerator with all kinds of strange foods every week. Some of them I couldn't even find at the market.
I reckon he'll have to wash his own towels and linens in the washing machine and dryer. That is odd," Lillian mused, still gazing toward the cottage and the fancy car in the barn. Kade stared at the TV screen and wondered if he could survive without basic cable for the next three months. The antique antenna provided a whopping four channels. No CNN or other national channels, only local news that was fuzzy at best. But this is what he wanted, he reminded himself—away from everything. He leaned back on the couch and propped his feet on the coffee table, trying to ward off his festering thoughts about Alicia.
It wasn't as if she'd broken his heart or anything, but once again he'd let himself be used and fooled by a member of the opposite sex. One shiny new car, a diamond bracelet—and pretty much anything else she'd asked for—and then she was gone. Story of his life. Young, attractive women interested in his money, nothing more. Kade glanced around at his modest accommodations. This was hardly what he had in mind when his friend Val had suggested he get out of Los Angeles to unwind.
Val had brought his ex-wife here and said the peacefulness would help Kade clear his head. Though it must not have worked for Val—he and his wife had divorced shortly after their trip. Val never wanted to talk about what had happened, and he seemed to be mending his soul with travel. Kade could rarely get hold of him these days. But Kade understood. Kade's soul could certainly use some mending as well. The roaring fire warmed the room, and his refrigerator and pantry were stocked, though he couldn't identify some of his host's offerings.
Amish food, he presumed. He wished it wasn't so cold outside, but he didn't feel the need to venture out anyway. That would mean interaction with others, and he wasn't up for that. Besides, he found the simple cottage to be quite cozy. He'd hole up here and try to heal himself of all that ailed him. It was a long list. For whatever reason, he thought of the Amish woman he was renting from. He couldn't remember her name. But he could recall her ivory skin, incredible blue eyes, and strands of wavy red hair spiraling against her cheek from beneath a cap on her head.
She was quite lovely, even without a stitch of makeup on her face and clothed in a baggy dress to her knees. And she was tall and slender. Like Alicia. Kade's brows narrowed as he grumbled in disgust.
Blasted woman. It was no reason to be rude to the Amish gal when he'd first arrived—demanding he park his car in the barn and hastily accepting the key before he retreated to his much-needed solitude. Perhaps he could have been a little kinder to the woman. Kade hadn't seen another soul on the property, except for a few women who entered the shop up front each day.
He wondered if she took care of this whole place on her own. He opened the refrigerator and took out the plastic bowl of tapioca pudding. Best pudding he'd ever had in his life. He grabbed a spoon from the drawer and finished the last little bit in the large container, then tossed the empty bowl in the sink, along with the past three days of dirty dishes.
The story is compelling, and the characters are likeable and believable.
Plain Peace book. Read 80 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Anna's grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa and an. Plain Peace (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) [Beth Wiseman] on rapyzure.tk . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Anna loves the grandfather who raised.
I want to seek out the other five books in the series because it is so well-written. Although this book is Christian fiction, it was not preachy or overly saturated with religiosity. Being Jewish, I appreciate that. It does, however, exude a warm love of G-d an "Plain Peace" is part of the "Daughters of the Promise" series, but you need not have read any of the previous books to enjoy this one.
It does, however, exude a warm love of G-d and shows how these Amish people express their faith. In several difficult situations their perspectives reflected the events as being G-d's will, and it was that attitude which helped resolve the issues. The story revolves around a young Amish woman, Anna, who is the granddaughter of the Bishop, and a newcomer to the community, Jacob, whose family was recovering from the tragic. Anna's parents died when she was quite young so she lived with her grandparents.
The Bishop was very strict and unyielding about Anna and Jacob seeing each other. Anna's grandmother hid many things from her husband. It would not be giving away the plot to say that much of the tension in the story revolves around the Bishop and his attitudes. The other major story revolves around Jacob's parents who are still grieving the loss of their daughter. His father is depressed and absenting himself making the family quite dysfunctional.
A third interesting plot element is the friendship between a non-Amish woman, Lucy, with both Anna's grandmother and Jacob's mother. Lucy's storyline involves her out of wedlock child she conceived with a married Amish man. I would recommend this book for most secular teen girls. Sadly,Is not appropriate, however, for Orthodox Jewish girls because the storylines involve discussions about adultery, there are scenes with Anna and Jacob kissing, and direct references to marital intimacy.
While not graphic, it exceeds modest boundaries. That is why I only gave the book 4 stars. I am grateful to Good Reads for having sent me this book after winning the drawing. Oct 29, Patricia Kemp Blackmon rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-fiction , amish , christian , booksneeze-for-review. Anna Byler's is raised by her grandparents. In her opinion they are the best grandparents ever. Although to the young men that would like to invite her to the singing are give her a ride in their buggy her grandfather is unapproachable on the subject.
Anna is totally ignorant of the young men's problem with her grandfather.
That is until she overhears them talking about this very thing. She gave them a good tongue lashing and informed them they were wrong. To her disappointment they were right.
Then handsome Jacob Hostetler moves to Paradise and decides Anna is worth the challenge. The painting was presented at a White House reception on February 4, , that was hosted by Lady Bird Johnson and attended by more than invited guests. Super quick easy reading, and despite everything I have mentioned, I found these books inspiring, uplifting, and satisfying. ERC emphasizes international understanding, including proficiency in a foreign language and a regional specialization. Chapter Five. Can they change her grandfather's mind? Adam and Eve had explained to them the gospel of Jesus Christ.
On top of this other people in their Amish community had problems with her grandfather being so strict when it came to the Old Order Ways of the Amish. You see her grandfather is the Bishop for their Amish Community. Anna even found out her grandmother was hiding things from her grandfather. So, why is he being so strict? Doesn't he know he is alienating himself from the community? With Anna, her grandmother and Jacob taking a stand to change the Bishop's strict ways they find they may have gotten in deeper than they ever expected.
The Bishop is determined to stand his ground. This was a fun read. So much love in this family but the author has managed to create in them a very dysfunctional family. She shows how seeds of deceit can tear not only a family apart but the whole community. A tender loving man yet hard as a rock when it came to Old Order Ways. The character of the grandmother was so sweet yet she had a compulsive disorder. The author has a wonderful and humorous imagination when it comes to creating her characters.
I wonder if we can see any of ourselves in any of these characters. Like the seamstress that hoards fabric or the person that is obsessed with shoes. I must admit I do see myself in that I can not have enough books. So you leave know wiggle room when it comes to the rules of house or church? I gladly recommend this book. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion. Nov 12, Tonya rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads , reads. Marianne has big secrets in her little room in the basement.
One that might give her husband a heart attack! Cora and her family are new to the community but they come with their hearts heavy, after losing their oldest daughter Leah, to a farming accident. Will they be able to heal? New love and lots more in this next part of the Daughters of the Promise novel.. Each of Beth Wiseman's books are always so good and so much thought goes into them, you just sit back for awhile and you never really get over them.
You want to be a Daughter of the Promise. Let's make it a goal ladies. I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Read program in exchange for my honest opinion. Dec 23, Faye rated it really liked it. Anna's grandfather is the strictest bishop the district has ever had, and that strictness begins at home. Jacob's family has just moved from their home district to get away from any lingering memories that remind them of their loss. Anna likes Jacob right away, but she overhears the other young men of the community warning him off, and telling him that Anna is "undateable" because of her overbearing grandfather.
Anna is determined to change that perception, so she asks Jacob to the next singing, Anna's grandfather is the strictest bishop the district has ever had, and that strictness begins at home. Anna is determined to change that perception, so she asks Jacob to the next singing, but because of unforeseen circumstances they never quite make it to the singing, and as a result Anna is forbidden from ever seeing Jacob again. Plain Peace brings back many familiar faces and introduces us to new ones as well, I liked Marianne, Anna's grandmother who has the kindest of hearts, and more than a few secrets as well.
This book has mystery, and romance with many intertwining plotlines that join and pull apart, weaving a rich tale of depth and community. The setting is realistic, and the dialogue brings that characters to life! Overall, this was a heartwarming read that brings the message of forgiveness and the great gift of God's forgiveness. A terrific book! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Sep 28, Eva rated it really liked it. It is not always easy to be a bishops granddaughter. Especially it the said bishop is the infamously strict Isaac Byler and you are an orphan brought up in his house.
Anna Byler loves and respects her Daadi, but she finds her prospects of courship ruined by young mens unwillingness to have to deal with the feared bishop. Jacob Hostetler, whose family has just moved to the district, doesnt mind, but the bishop doesnt trust him and forbides Anna to meet him. All these characters are slowly learning to bring their burdens to God, to confide in Him, find peace in their lives and become true daughters of the promise. Plain Peace is definitely a Christian book; but Beth Wiseman delivers her message without becoming too preachy, None of her characters is a perfect person without any weaknesses and that makes them very relatable.
While Plain Peace is a part of the Daughters of the Promise series, it works very well as a stand-alone novel. Still, many of the interesting secondary characters make you wonder about their stories and reach for the previous books of the series. I have received my copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I don't read a lot of Amish fiction, as it is not one of my favorite genres, but every once in a while it's nice to take a break from my favorite genres and read a book that isn't my normal cup of tea.
I didn't feel lost, just that I would have been more connected to certain characters had I read their stories. I still really liked the characters, though, and the story of forgiveness in Plain Peace. I really liked all the layers to Plain Peace. The story wasn't just about Jacob and Anna and their romance, there were several subplots as well. Overall, I really liked this Amish novel. I recommend it to fans of Amish fiction.
All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. View 1 comment. Nov 23, Maria rated it really liked it. Plain Peace is the sixth book in the Daughters of the Promise series. I loved this story. The characters were interesting and had some real depth to them.
Anna Byler is the granddaughter of a very strict Old Order Amish bishop. Even though she knows he can be unreasonable she has seen his love and compassion and aches when others view him wrongly. When she meets and falls in love with Jacob Hostetler, everything seems perfect. But then out of a misunderstanding, her grandfather forbids her to see Plain Peace is the sixth book in the Daughters of the Promise series.
But then out of a misunderstanding, her grandfather forbids her to see Jacob again. Anna is faced with going behind his back or obeying his wishes and possibly losing Jacob. She doesn't want to end up like her grandmother who is always keeping secrets, but she feels like she has no choice. Jacob's family has moved to Paradise to escape from the constant sadness and memories of their home in Ohio. Then Jacob meets Anna who is everything he has ever dreamed of.
How can he convince the Bishop to let him court her? This was a very good read. The best part of the story to me was the push toward forgiveness and how important and valuable it it to everyone involved. It's so much easier to forgive someone else that it is to forgive yourself, and the author portrayed the angst of the person very realistically. I was given this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. Anna Byler is the granddaughter of the districts bishop. Anna was raised by her grandparents due to the death of her parents when she was a baby.
At a singing she notices a very handsome Jacob Hostetler. She was on the way to the barn at a singing to tell the boys that the food was ready. She hears them gossiping about her grandfather. This upsets Anna to hear he horrible things they are saying about her beloved Daadi. She also finds out why none of the boys had ever asked her to a singing or Anna Byler is the granddaughter of the districts bishop. She also finds out why none of the boys had ever asked her to a singing or a buggy ride. She keeps hopping that her Mammi would help her to have a little more freedom.
After all her Mammi has her own secrets and is eccentric. When she isn't allowed to be courted by Jacob she starts slipping out. Neither Anna nor Jacob feel right about seeing each other without permission. Beth Wiseman's characters become like your friends. You come to love the characters, laugh with them, cry with them I always a tissues around when I read her books and love their flaws and all. Beth brings her love for Christ into her books. Even though I have never met Beth, I have learned through her books that she is very devoted to God, her family and her faith shines through her books.
Her gentle sense of humor shines through. Someone recommended one of her books to me about three years ago. Since then I have read all of her books and she is one o my very favorite authors. It was provided to me through the BookSneeze program and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I had already read some of the books in this series, but not all of them. I can see how reading all of the books in the series could add to the enjoyment of reading Plain Peace but not reading all of them certainly doesn't take away or make the reader lost or confused while reading.
Beth Wiseman does a great job of making the reader feel like this is a stand alone book. The family trees at the beginning help as well. Anna Byler, the bishop's granddaughter, is the main character in Plain Peace. Because of her strict grandfather, Anna faces difficulties in trying to date. As in, no young man is willing to approach the bishop to ask permission to date his granddaughter.
When a new family moves to town, their oldest son isn't quite as intimated - at first. But that isn't all that is going on in this quick-to-read-book.
There are plenty of hurting people, all trying to figure out where they fit in with family and friends. I love Anna's grandmother's quote about family: "Family is a gathering of people who love and accept each other for who they are, whether related or placed together by God for His own good purposes.
Nov 13, Judy rated it it was amazing. Having read all the books in A Daughters of the Promise series I could not wait to read this book. The author did not let me down. I love that the author chose to write about problems that are real; not only in the Amish communities but in the English world too.
Sometimes people have a hard time giving up control and Bishop Byler is a perfect example. I found it both funny and sad how his wife Marianne handled her controlling husband. A death in a family can be devastating. Some people have a hard time coming to grips with it and shut out those who love them. The results can be heart breaking and pure agony for all involved. This story is a perfect example. Can deep hurt and wounds heal? We follow the lives of several families in this story.
We learn that it is only through our faith in God that we can heal from bitterness, unforgiveness, and unwilling to forgive ourselves. How seeking the Lord through prayer and sharing our hurts with loving friends can bring us into a right relationship with God and give us plain peace. I highly recommend this book to those reading this review. You will love it! Plain Peace for me started nicely, fast paced, and then really got rolling! It is SO much more than what the book description says it is.
Filled with great messages of healing, forgiveness, and honesty! The story just got better and better with the introduction of every new character. I absolutely fell in love with the characters as I followed them through there dilemmas. Some of the scenes where hilarious and I laughed so hard while others where so touching. The only thing that I didn't like and depressed me was that I read a review copy from Net Galley and it didn't have the Amish recipes in the back and some of the things in the book sounded amazing!
But those of you that follow my reviews know how crazy I am about recipes! A Must Read and a heartwarming book all the way around! I really enjoyed the story of Anna in Plain Peace and love the appropriateness of the title, a Daughters of the Promise Novel. No matter how simple your lifestyle, relationships can be tricky and Anna seems to have her hands full with these!
However, she is thrown b I really enjoyed the story of Anna in Plain Peace and love the appropriateness of the title, a Daughters of the Promise Novel. However, she is thrown by the mixed signals that often come in the beginning of relationships. To further complicate the matter, her Grandfather that raised her is also the Bishop in the town.