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Product Details

  • Series: Dreams of Plain Daughters
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479372722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479372720
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,302,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As the youngest in the family, growing up on a farm in Findlay, Ohio, Diane often acted out characters from her own stories in the backyard. In high school she was the student sitting in class with a novel hidden in front of her propped up textbook. Before starting on her writing career, Diane was a schoolteacher and play director.

She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage, and they married three years later. While raising their six children in southwestern Ohio, Diane started writing non-fiction. Later, she decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction plus keep sane with a full and noisy household.

Several non-fiction articles of Diane's have been published in Woman's World Weekly, The Catholic Telegraph, Virtue, Down Syndrome Today, WritersWeekly.com, and several other publications. Her book, The Christmas of 1957, was reissued under the title A Christmas Gift. It placed second in the 2010 Preditors & Editors Poll (novel category) and received 5 stars from the Midwest Book Review. The latest title is A GIFT FOREVER. She writes Amish fiction, contemporary romance, inspirational mainstream, chick-lit mystery, and non-fiction books. Her novels have received great reviews from readers and reviewers.

Diane has published through a variety of houses, including Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery, Samhain Publishing, Whimsical Publications, Victory Tales Press and Booklocker.com. She writes fun and inspiring stories filled with memorable characters. Diane gives thanks to God daily for all her wonderful blessings.

Recently, Diane has enjoyed publishing her Amish romances, A JOYFUL BREAK, Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One, JUDITH'S PLACE, Book Two and FLEETING HOPE, Book Three. She also wrote a short title AN AMISH STARRY CHRISTMAS NIGHT. Diane has recently reissued several of her books that were previously published. They have new covers with some new material added to them.

Learn more about Diane and her books at http://www.dianecraver.com

Important Note: A GIFT FOREVER was titled A Christmas Gift and was published by Whimsical Publications. When Diane decided to get her rights back, she changed the title to A GIFT FOREVER and had a new cover made for it.

Customer Reviews

This story was well thought out and very well written.
Working Mom
Good look into the Amish custom of Rumschpringe, where young Amish try out the ways of the (English or non-Amish) world.
miki57
It was a sweet story that kept me wanting to know what happened.
Rachel

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rebaka on November 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've found a new author to read. Thank you Diane Craver for this wonderful book. A Joyful Break is not just a love story, but a story of a young amish women, Rachel, wh has so much going on in her life that she feels overwhelmed with it all. Her mother passed away over a year ago, from when the story started, so she has been everything to her family, although since her father is in his own grief he is not aware of this. She is to be married to Samuel, which she has been courting for two years, but since she has not joined the amish church is has decided to get away and reflect on her life. Her aunt has invited her to the beach, in the secular world, and she has decided to go in hopes of having time to reflect on many things. In the secular world she does clear her head and really sees things in a different view.

Diane Craver shows us that whatever world that we are in, things do happen. Sometimes we have to just take a step back and learn from them. Even though I love amish fiction she is so careful to explain the differences in their faith. Hope to hear more from this author.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BookLover55 on June 14, 2013
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I wanted to love this book. The concept of the Amish rumschpringe has always fascinated me, so I loved the premise. However, the execution was sadly lacking. It was worth reading simply because of the price (FREE) but I would have been quite upset had I wasted money on it.

While the premise was good, the author simply did not have enough plot for a novel-length story and resorted to rehashing over and over. Things happened, then they told one another, then they told one another again. That might be realistic in real life, but isn't what I want to read in a book. The author doesn't have to hear the same plot points over and over again as the characters relate the events of their day to their friends. It was extremely redundent and redundent. :)

Also, the prose just seemed rough, like a first draft. I know that the credits mention an editor, but it still needs more editing, both in content and copy edits. A good editor would not only catch the numerous comma and tense issues and awkward phrasing, but would also help with the pacing.

Another thing that bothered me was that the big story question that was keeping Rachel from joining the church ended up basically being a misunderstanding that had the characters talked about it would have been resolved in a single conversation. It made her trip to the beach unnecessary. I'm glad she went to the beach because she needed to experience what she did, but I hate when authors make the big conflict something that easily resolved.

Finally, much of the book read like the author was quite proud of her research on the Amish way of life. Instead of trickling little tidbits throughout the story, she info-dumped, almost like she was writing a newspaper article.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SD Mom on September 6, 2013
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The book was enjoyable in a happy-go-lucky sort of way if you're not looking to sink your teeth into anything. The storyline and writing are rather simplistic. In some ways the story itself is refreshing, but I credit that mostly to the three more intense and complex books I read prior to this one. In regards to learning about or being exposed to Amish culture in literature, there are many others that are written stronger both in plot and stylistically. Even though I finished reading it, mostly skimming at the end, nothing in the story really compelled me to want to read it. I just wanted to get to the end and was a little disappointed that every little detail wrapped up too nicely. A little more depth in character and storyline would have been nice. I downloaded this to my Kindle because it was free and sounded interesting and light. I definitely would not have paid for the book though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Biggie on June 5, 2013
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I love to read about the Amish. Their life is rich in simplicity. This is about a young woman who chooses
to to experience the life of the "English". Such a rich experience in valuing what we have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pam Andress on May 20, 2013
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Nice story about a confused girl. She takes a much needed break from her home life and comes back even stronger then before. Her faith in God keeps her going.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rising Star Reviews on October 13, 2012
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A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters)
A Joyful Break is a sweet, very well written story about an Amish young lady and her time in the English world, away from the simple life she has always known. Stories revolving around the Amish communities can be difficult in portraying the daily life in the citizens of a community. Not everyone can relate the actual ways in which they live. But Ms. Craver has done a wonderful job of writing about Rachel Hershberger who leaves her home in Fields Corner, Ohio, kissing her intended, Samuel, good-bye, and visiting her English aunt who also was once Amish.
I saw this as a great way to set up the world Rachel would move into for a time. Her aunt had been Amish, just as she, but her aunt met an Englisher, fell in love, and moved into that world. However, the aunt has retained much of the emotional and spiritual depth she held as an Amish woman. This gives Rachel a good perspective. Plus, Rachel meets a man in this world who makes her stop and think.
The major conflict, in my view, is Rachel's desire to understand the modern world, even though her heart remains Amish. She ultimately must makes a decision that will satisfy herself, the man in her life, Samuel, and the reader.
I highly recommend this novel, even if you don't read Amish novels, because you will come away with a new sense of the real meaning of love--spiritual or human.
Ms. Craver has set up a world of the Amish, a community of individuals in Fields Corner who most likely we will meet once again in another story.
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