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Plain Proposal (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 29, 2011
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Continuing her Daughters of the Promise series, Wiseman creates characters who mean well, even if they do not always achieve what they intended to. The author leaves readers with the message that if you have a devout faithfulness, it will be with you no matter where you are. 4 stars. --Romantic Times
Plain Proposal is a gentle tale of inspirational romance, a look into the lives of young Amish women and men, and a non-Amish reader's primer, including even some Old Order Amish recipes. -- Booklist
About the Author
Beth Wiseman is hailed as a top voice in Amish fiction. She is a Carol Award winner and author of numerous bestsellers including the Daughters of the Promise and the Land of Canaan series. She and her family live in Texas.
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Miriam Raber, at eighteen, is a lovely young woman who hasn’t dated in her Amish community as she is waiting for the right boy. She has believed for years that Saul Fisher is the one for her. This troubles her mother as it is well known that Saul has had a couple of rumbles and now there are rumors that he has plans to leave the community. Why can’t Miriam be interested in Jesse who is interested in her? Jesse is handsome, kind, hardworking and an excellent choice for a partner.
Miriam is looking forward to her first outing with Saul when she learns that her cousin, Shelby, has arrived from the city. Shelby is disgruntled and wary after suffering through her parents’ divorce and getting herself into a bit of trouble which has resulted in her being ‘sent away’ to her Amish cousins. The Amish farm is a culture shock for Shelby and Miriam tries her best to make her feel welcome.
Saul cares for Miriam and wants the chance to spend time with her even though he knows he shouldn’t. He has dreams that will take him to the city if only things remain smooth at his home so he can comfortably leave his younger brothers with their father. But their father is still having struggles after the death of Saul’s mother and sister. Saul is torn between protecting his family, wanting to be with Miriam and pursuing his dream.
Miriam believes that she is willing to be with Saul no matter where he goes but she doesn’t understand his moods as he seems to be pushing her away. She doesn’t yet know the extent of his dreams or his home problems. Will she still be supportive when she learns the full truth?
Initially Miriam’s mother is judgmental of Saul and later misjudges Shelby for influencing Miriam. Later her father becomes controlling as he fears Miriam may choose to leave the community.
Miriam’s parents are walking a fine line between trying to hold on to their beloved daughter and allowing her freedom to make her own decisions. Saul is hiding secrets at home rather than seeking help from others in their community. Shelby is finding her way to rebuilding her relationship with God as she discovers benefits and peace in the simple lifestyle of the Amish community.
This is a sweet story with likeable characters. It reads quickly and easily and the conflicts create a good plot. I really like the premise of what it means to be “a Daughter of the Promise”. There are several faith issues reflected and there are good discussion questions at the end. There are also some yummy recipes. (I’m eager for my hubby to make the Overnight Blueberry French Toast.) I recommend this to readers who enjoy Amish romances.
Our four main characters are Miriam, Shelby, Saul and Jesse. Yes the story will revolve around love and courtship. But real life problems loom for each character. Shelby is Miriam's Englisch cousin come to live with the Rabers because her parents are divorced and she has not handled the situation well. She has experimented with drinking and drugs and having the wrong friends. As punishment she is sent to spend the summer with herAmish relatives.
But is it punishment or God's designed plan to reach his hurting child? Bottom line, Shelby finds God waiting for her and their relationship is renewed. Shelby also finds a relationship with a young man that she would have never imagined could exist.
In the midst of this story we also have Miriam and Saul coming to terms with their relationship and with Saul's desire to leave the community and move to Pittsburgh. Will Miriam follow him? Will their families allow it? Is Gods hand at work?
All these questions will be answered and done in such a way to remind us, the readers, that God desires to be involved in our daily life decisions and He does love us and provide help even in the hardest of choices that we must make.
Beth Wiseman again gives us real life lessons, real life struggles that people have with God and reminds us that our loving heavenly Father desires to give His children the desires of their hearts.
Would I recommend it? Not really. It's not bad but it was not a page turner. The writing was Ok but this was like the Hallmark Saturday night movies that are so sweet you get cavities.
I like Amish books that feel a little more true to life. In my life I've never met people as perfect as those portrayed here. While there was a little conflict and some anger they still always behaved perfectly. Even the Amish I bet have times when they don't behave rationally. After all they are still just human.