Friday, March 5, 2010

Plain Pursuit


Title: PLAIN PURSUIT
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
April 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59554-719-4
Genre: Inspirational/Contemporary/Amish

Carley Marek is on enforced leave from her journalistic job, so she decides to take her unwanted four week vacation and head to Pennsylvania to visit her friend, Lillian, in Amish Country. She hopes to do some freelance writing about the Amish while she is in the area.

But soon after Carley’s arrival, Lillian’s step-son, David, falls ill. Carley rushes the family to the E.R, and there, the E.R. doctor seems to be someone that Lillian’s husband, Samuel knows—and dislikes. He refuses to have the doctor run tests on David and instead takes David back home.

But the doctor—Samuel’s shunned brother, Noah, runs the tests anyway, and diagnoses David with a fatal disease. Noah talks to Carley, hoping she can influence her friends to get David into a professional, to hopefully save David’s life. What will it take for a shunned man to get through to a stubborn Amish family?

PLAIN PURSUIT is the second book in Ms. Wiseman’s Daughters of the Promise series. I had the privilege of reading book one, Plain Perfect, and recommend that readers of PLAIN PURSUIT read book one first so they know Lillian’s and Samuel’s history. But, if they can’t then they should be able to understand what exactly is happening in PLAIN PURSUIT.

I enjoyed getting reacquainted with Lillian, Samuel, and David, and getting to know Carley and Noah. There are a few unexpected twists in this story that keep the pages turning. Discussion questions and some authentic Amish recipes are included at the end of the book. $14.99. 336 pages.

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