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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: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,697,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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
I will be reading book 2, "Judith's Place" next.
Elaine

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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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12 of 13 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robin prater on October 15, 2013
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If you enjoy Amish Fiction you will love spending an afternoon reading Diane Craver's newest gem, A Joyful Break. This is the first in her new series, Dreams of Plain Daughters. If your searching for a sweet Amish story to take you away for an afternoon this is for you.

First of all I love the cover. You see the main character walking along the beach in her English clothing and an Amish young man in a carriage. Two separate lives intertwine for Rachel. The death of her mother has rocked her to the core. She has begun to question her life. She doesn't want to end up like her mother. Rachel believes that it could have been the Amish way of life that brought her mother to an early death.

Rachel is engaged to to Samuel Weaver. A sweet and kind young man. He is certain of the life he wants. He has it planned out before him. It is a life that includes Rachel, but she is questioning everything in her life.

She accepts an invite to spend some time at the beach with her aunt. Her aunt who left the Amish life. This is where the story really begins to build. This is the sweet and uncharted journey of Rachel and Samuel. This was such a tender and easy read for me.

A life lesson I can take away from this book is that there are times in our lives we need a break. We need to stop and wait to hear from the Lord. Patience and peace come from learning to wait upon the Lord. We need to give ourselves time to pray and to uncover who we are created to be, not allowing anyone to push us into being someone we are not.

Diane Craver is a talented writer. I admire her greatly. Her works seem to flow at an easy pass for the reader. Although tender and sweet, this book shows us the turmoil that Rachel is facing. Decisions are not always easy.
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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.

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