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Thursday, March 10, 2011

review: plain proposal by Beth Wiseman

Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be. - Robert Browning


Plain Proposal
in the Old Order Amish community of Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,  Miriam Raber and Saul Fisher are in their rumschpringe - the running-around period when a teenager turns sixteen years old. they are allowed as much freedom as they can to experience Englisch or non-Amish life before they decide to be baptized.
ever since they can recall, they only have eyes for each other. Miriam knows that Saul would be her husband someday. Saul too loves Miriam but he has plans of leaving the community to pursue his dreams. one day, Miriam's Englisch cousin Shelby is sent to the Raber family by her divorced parents for the summer. she is welcomed by her relatives and finds everything strange yet calming to her troubled soul.
when Miriam finally learns of Saul's plans, she decides to leave with him. Shelby advises her to reconsider especially now that she herself finds the Amish life appealing.
this is the third book on the Amish i have read. honestly, i am beginning to get addicted. even though some of their beliefs and ways may be a little stern or unreasonable from an outsider's perspective, i still see men and women who:
  • live simple lives and enjoy simple pursuits
  • are prone to the same weaknesses or temptations as non-Amish people are
  • practice their faith and stand by it
i also could not help but notice that food and its preparation is a significant part of their daily life and the book mentions this a lot.
Beth Wiseman has written another beautiful story about her beloved Amish. her characters are real in the sense that she does not hide their "sins". she weaves scenarios for each of her characters to grapple with. all of them are faced with choices that would affect their future, their families and their community.
from the first page to the last, i was drawn by the author's brilliant storytelling. how Miriam, Saul, Shelby and the rest of our protagonists managed to resolve these challenges makes for a fast-paced read.
Plain Proposal is touching, poignant and uplifting. this is a must read for those who enjoy Amish fiction and a great introduction for those who are curious about it. a glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch terms and mouth-watering Amish recipes are included.
one more thing, there is nothing preachy about the book. for me, this makes it all the more compelling and available for everyone regardless of race or creed. 


*Plain Proposal is available at Thomas Nelson, Amazon and Christianbook.com 


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Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Plain Proposal from Thomas Nelson  through BookSneeze.com  book review bloggers program.i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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