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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 Original edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595547200
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman


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Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published twelve novels and nine novellas to date.

As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary--Need You Now--released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary--The House that Love Built--which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed.

In a daring new novel, Beth jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish Country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, Beth believes this is the book she's been working toward for a long time.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs, two cats, and two potbellied pigs. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers or visit bethwiseman.com to learn more about Beth and her books.

Customer Reviews

An Amish story, that is well written, with believable characters and a wonderful story line.
Cindy Loven
I am sure this must have been explained in the first two books, and a lot of the stories and relationships would have made more sense if I had read the whole series.
Laura Bilbrey
I love learning about the ways of the Amish and even though their lives are filled with hard work, they are also filled with the love of family and community.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Bohn on October 27, 2009
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Beth Wiseman has done it again! I've read and loved the first two books in this series and this book was no different. Beth always keeps the plot in motion, creating a page turner. I love how characters from the first two books are revisited in this book. There was only one scenario in the entire book that I found to be totally cheesy and didn't enjoy. It was when Lizzy went to help Jonas when he fell. Other than that, I enjoyed the book very much. The book is a work of fiction and I enjoyed it as such.

As with the other books in this series, the book contains a helpful Pennsylvania Dutch glossary at the beginning, as well as a reading guide and Amish recipes at the end of the book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alex S TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 7, 2009
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I have enjoyed Amish stories and romances for quite some time, and looked forward to reading and reviewing this one.

There are two areas I struggled with as I read this story of Sadie and her struggle between two men.

First - early in the book, I felt that the book portrayed the Amish life incorrectly. The Ordnung was portrayed as burdensome, the Bishop was seen as a punitive father figure rather than an adviser and counselor, and the shunning was viewed as a punishment instead of a method of calling someone back into fellowship. Sadie even worried about being "spied upon" by her friends and deliberately misled them. There was a sense that the Amish life was rule-driven rather than protected by the boundaries of simplicity. This is not the Amish life I know.

Second, while most Amish novels are conversation driven, this particular novel is action driven. This is particularly true in her relationship - the strong physical connection she feels is primary, and the love and respect only happens secondarily. One area that makes this particular novel different is that Sadie does not have any family with which to connect, and even though she is portrayed as having friends, we do not hear the conversations between Sadie and the friends who love and support her. As a result, you never feel totally connected to the reasons for Sadie's struggles.

Without giving away the storyline, I do want to mention that I found portions of the story sounded forced, and once again I longed for a deeper glimpse into Sadie's soul as she made certain choices, wishing that the story and conversation supported those choices. This disconnect made the story feel unrealistic at times.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CJ-MO VINE VOICE on November 1, 2009
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"Plain Promise" is the third book in Beth Wiseman's "Daughters of the Promise" Amish series. I have read the prior two books in the series, but this could be read as a stand alone book.

Although there were portions of the book I liked, it is my least favorite so far in this series. The story of the friendship between the young widow Sadie and outsider Kade is sweet, but not believable. I did enjoy seeing how Sadie and the rest of the Amish community related to Kade's autistic son Tyler. These were some of the best parts of the story.

Since Kade is not Amish, he questions Sadie about some of the Amish practices that are confusing to him. Sadie seems to agree with some of the opinions expressed by Kade, but she doesn't explain her beliefs wholeheartedly, but then these doubts are not addressed again which is disappointing. In addition, I found the side story of the romance between Jonas and Lizzie to be distracting from the main story and I found myself skimming through those pages.

Overall, I found the book to be okay, but not great. The ending is upbeat even though I didn't think it was realistic. Readers that are able to suspend disbelief may enjoy the book more than I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael VINE VOICE on March 25, 2010
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I do enjoy this genre of fiction. I have read other authors who write inspirational novels that are set in and around Lancaster, PA and involve the Amish community. I had hoped that this read would be as enjoyable as those. Unfortunately it was not. The writing tends to be awkward, not free flowing, which stunts the experience for the reader. The plot is generally predictable except in cases where twists are forced. I got that chalkboard feeling that comes from ridiculous things happening in the story just to make it less predictable. The inspirational or possibly Christian elements in the story are odd and seem to come out as a 'feeling' the main character has that things should be one way or another.
That being said, this is certainly not the most poorly written book I have ever read. I was able to read the whole thing and it was somewhat enjoyable. . . just left a lot to be desired. I would not pay money for the experience though.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lannie on October 9, 2009
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I will attempt to be objective in this review and not forget its overall literary quality. I have yet to finish this book. I have read Amish fiction for a number of years but this may be my last go at it. After reading through Chapter 17, I got a sinking feeling that this book was going to go the way of so many Amish fiction books and did something I haven't done in years. I skipped to the end and my suspicions were confirmed. I really expected something more unique and fresh from this author and her other books have met that expectation. I read both of the earlier books in this series and enjoyed them very much. I liked Sadie immensely in both of them and looked forward to getting to know her better as her character developed. She is strong emotionally & has a sassy but godly confident way about her in the first two books but she seemed to second guess herself too much as the book progressed. I was intrigued with the sincere questions Kade asked Sadie about the reasons of some of the Amish rules which coincidently (or not) were echoing in Sadie's thoughts. Those questions were valid but didn't seem to have any impact. Maybe if I decide to finish this book, there will be conclusions drawn but I'm thinking that they will have the trite repetitious reasoning of "The Amish say so". To further disappoint me, Kade started out believable and amazing and showed such promise at getting his life in order but doesn't discern the many ways that God has blessed him right where God has put him in his 'Englisher' world and instead, becomes attracted to the Plain existence of the Old Order. I was hoping the 'Englisher' world wouldn't be presented as something Kade should leave to find happiness and a deep personal relationship with the Lord. We can't all be Amish.Read more ›
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