Thursday, April 21, 2011

Plain Proposal

Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-850-4
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Miriam Raber’s cousin Shelby’s parents are going through a divorce, and Shelby has been sent to live with Miriam and her family for awhile. Shelby is confused and hurting, and Miriam longs to reach out to her—but that the same time, Saul Fisher has finally asked Miriam out. Saul is the man that Miriam has loved ever since they were little.

Saul feels guilty about dating Miriam as she is a solid Amish woman and he is planning on leaving the Amish behind and pursuing his dream to be a chef. But he’s dreamed of dating Miriam, and wants to enjoy her being his girl for the summer.

Miriam has heard the rumors that Saul is leaving, but she doesn’t really believe it. After all, usually a man will stay Amish when he falls in love with an Amish woman. But—what if he doesn’t? Will she be willing to leave with him? Or will he stay true to his faith and stay for Miriam?

PLAIN PROPOSAL is the fifth book in Ms. Wiseman’s A Daughter of the Promise series, but it easily stands alone. I enjoyed getting to know Miriam as well as Saul. My heart really broke for Saul, his life is truly hard. There is also a secondary romance in the story.

PLAIN PROPOSAL isn’t my favorite of Ms. Wiseman’s books. There were many things about this book that I didn’t like. But the story is well written, and I really did like Saul and Miriam. I also liked Shelby and another secondary Amish character, Jesse. Recipes, discussion questions, and an excerpt from Seek Me With All Your Heart (which was a great book) is included at the end. $14.99. 296 pages.

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