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Most Helpful Favorable Review

24 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Excellent tale starring Amish

She turned her back on love two decades ago because she needed to prove to herself that she could do it alone by climbing to the top of a prestigious law firm. Philadelphia attorney Ellie Hathaway obtains an acquittal for her client, which earns her a job offer from on...
She turned her back on love two decades ago because she needed to prove to herself that she could do it alone by climbing to the top of a prestigious law firm. Philadelphia attorney Ellie Hathaway obtains an acquittal for her client, which earns her a job offer from one of the legal elite firms. However, instead of elation, Ellie feels guilty for gaining freedom for a pediophile who molested at least six children. Ellie walks out on her lover of eight years, seeking sanctuary with her aunt in the heart of Amish Country East Paradise, Lancaster County.

Shortly after her arrival, Ellie is asked to take on the case of eighteen-year-old Amish woman Katie Fisher, accused of killing her newborn child. Katie hid her pregnancy before she went to the family barn to give birth by herself. She wrapped her baby in a shirt and fell asleep. When the teen awakened, the infant was gone. Later the dead child was found and Katie accused of smothering the baby. Ellie agrees to take on an ¿Old Order¿ client that the lawyer thinks is guilty in an English court.

Judy Picoult is a gifted storyteller whose compelling works profoundly impact her audience. Anyone who wants a glimpse at the Amish culture will want to read PLAIN TRUTH. The complex charcaters appear more like multi-dimensional people who capture a niche in the reader¿s heart. If justice is served, Ms. Pisault will become a best-selling author for this warm insightful novel.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Not worth the paper it's written on

I would have given it negative stars if I could. It was so simply written I thought maybe a 10 year old wrote it. There was no research done at all about the law, the Amish, or anything. It's like the author just sat down one day and said, 'I think I'll write...
I would have given it negative stars if I could. It was so simply written I thought maybe a 10 year old wrote it. There was no research done at all about the law, the Amish, or anything. It's like the author just sat down one day and said, 'I think I'll write a book where an attorney (note to self - look up what an attorney does) defends an Amish person (note to self - look up what the Amish are). Ok, that was harsh, but really, anyone could have written this book. If you're a simple minded person who likes to be able to guess the end of the book by the first few pages and then be right at the end - you'll love this book.

posted by Anonymous on August 24, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Repetitive and predictable

    Not one of Piccoult's best, that's for sure! Barely made it through and not convinced the perseverance was worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    MagiKKal

    First off, you don't understand what all fanfiction is. Some of it, like mine, is writing the story that was never written because you want to know what happened afterwards. Others are tying up loose ends. Others still are exploring what would happen if the main story went in a different direction. <p> Next, I have no idea what the story is about. The prologue was too short to provide me with a basic idea of the setting or world and didn't give me much of an idea of what was going on. I'd add more detail if I were you. 2/5. <p>~MagiKKal &starf&star&starf&star&starf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Minimal effort went into writing this book

    Boring! Contrived! Really? Such high reviews? And the "twist"?? Saw it coming from the beginning. After a while, you're so tired of sweet Katie, you really don't care if she killed or didn't kill the baby. And the high powered attorney with commitment issues is such a cliche. I skimmed the last 60 pages and realized, I didn't miss anything by not reading them. Yawn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Her books keep sounding better than they are.

    This book is just a long harlequin with a strange ending. Bafflingly stupid characters as if the author did her research by watching daytime television.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Hunter's story: Chapter Four

    ‡ONE HOUR LATER‡ "NIGHTSTAR!" Oceanblaze yells. "PANTHERCLAN JUST KILLED HALF OUR WARRIORS!" "We need to stand our ground!" Nightstar says firmly. A large shecat steps up from the highrock. "NIGHTSTAR," Furystar yowls. "FOR KILLING THAT KIT, YOU WILL MEET JUSTICE!" "That kit impostered me! We had to stop him! Ravenkit betrayed us! We took him in when his ribs were showing, and he just tried destroying us from the inside!" Nightstar yells, just as the last of his warriors are attacked by Pantherclan. He blacks out, seeing Furystar's smiling face before he does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Boring plot

    Lots of great Amish insight but the plot is boring and predictable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2010

    I just don't get it

    Can't say why I waste my money on the this writer's work. Story lines are predictable.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Plain Truth

    I enjoyed reading this book if only to see how the main charachter would be seen in the end. Unfortunately the ending was predictable. But I liked how well the setting was researched. This author seems to thoroughly research all of her settings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    Pretty lame

    This plot was extremely predictable--I saw the end coming right from the start. In addition, there is very little correlation to Piccoult's depiction of Amish life and the reality of it. Her description of home life and religious philosophy is way off base. In addition, her understanding of the legal system and the way in which a lawyer prepares a case is naive. I was hoping for a book that at least had a modicum of research to back up its plot. This did not. I could forgive the formula plot if it had, but since it did not, this book was a disappointment.

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