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Plain Promise (Daughters of the Promise, No. 3) Paperback – September 28, 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
This review is from: Plain Paradise (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) (Paperback)
This book is so bad I don't know where to begin, so let me begin by saying that this book is an insult to anyone who has ever loved an autistic child. I seriously regret having to say that because, on so many levels it is obvious that the author is either very close to an autistic child or has done her research well. However, I am a nurse and I have a (severely) autistic grandchild very similar to Tyler so I know a few things about this subject. On the good side Ms. Wiseman has very accurately portrayed a child with Tyler's level of autism which is very similar to my grandson. Her descriptions of his behaviors and reactions are right on and I had to laugh about the box of letters. When he was about 3, my grandson removed the plastic letters from my refrigerator and was never without them for many years, and just about everything else is presented with great accuracy and sensitivity. However, I have two really serious problems with her depictions of Tyler. First, Tyler NEVER, EVER said he "loves" anyone and meant it in the way she would have us believe. Children with Tyler's level of autism are simply incapable of experiencing love as we do and they certainly DO NOT express feeling love. To have him doing so is so horribly inaccurate and just plain wrong! And, because autistic children tend to be narcissistic and live in their own worlds there is just NO WAY Tyler would have observed that "Val loves Mommy", let alone verbalize it. He is totally incapable of interpreting anything he might have seen going on between Mommy and Val.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sadie Fisher is a young, widowed Amish woman who fears loneliness and a life without a family of her own are her future. She is dedicated to her Amish faith. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Baird-Greene
Ach! Such a beautiful story!
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This was a multiple romance story, with even more to it and some surprises. So if you like to read Amish novels, you will love this one!Published 12 months ago by Bonnie Mcdonald
I loved this book and am reading the next in the series right now. What a wonderful love story !Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
So far I have not been disappointed in this series of books. I have devoured its one the most and looking for the rest of it with anticipation.