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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 Original edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595547200
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 1.5 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 thirteen novels and thirteen 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. Beth continued to spread her wings when she released The Promise in October 2014. Inspired by actual events, The Promise follows Beth's characters all the way to Pakistan. Beth was involved in the real-life rescue when her friend was held captive in Pakistan. Beth is currently working on book #2 in her new Amish Secrets series, tentatively titled Jacob's Ladder. Book #1--Her Brother's Keeper--recently released and was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Reviews Magazine.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. 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 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bethwiseman.

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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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"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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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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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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This is the second "Daughters of the Promise" novel that I've read and I enjoyed it as much or more. The plot is fairly simple: an Amish widow has a rental cottage that is rented by a rich man from California. They are attracted to each other, after a slightly rocky start, but feel that nothing can come of it, given their very different worlds. But then the story branches out as they each deal with problems they could not have foreseen. It's a well-written story and the characters are enjoyable and believable. It's always difficult, in Amish stories, to believe that someone from outside (an "Englisher") could end up converting to being Amish, leaving behind very nearly everything they've ever known. But Beth Wiseman makes it believable and manages to convey the Amish lovingly. There are some authors of Amish novels whose stories tend to be rather depressing, leaving you with the feeling that no one in the Amish world is really happy and everyone keeps secrets, but Wiseman avoids all that and shows a way of life that seems very inviting, while she also shows a strong faith in God. I also enjoyed the sidelines about Alzheimer's and Autism. A very enjoyable book.
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