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A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One)
     

A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One)

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by Diane Craver, Regina Andrews
 

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After her mother's untimely death, a twenty-year-old Amish woman has a difficult decision to make: Choose to break from the Plain community and her boyfriend to live in the English world permanently...or join the Amish church.

Rachel Hershberger wants to get away from her Amish home in Fields Corner, Ohio. For a year she's been trying to fill her mother's

Overview

After her mother's untimely death, a twenty-year-old Amish woman has a difficult decision to make: Choose to break from the Plain community and her boyfriend to live in the English world permanently...or join the Amish church.

Rachel Hershberger wants to get away from her Amish home in Fields Corner, Ohio. For a year she's been trying to fill her mother's shoes by taking care of her father and siblings. She had quit her job at the bakery so she would have more time to clean and cook at home. Before her mother died, Rachel was positive she wanted to marry Samuel Weaver, but now she can't think about wedding plans. She blames her father for her mother's death. If they had installed a phone in their barn or a shanty, her mother might have received medical help in time to save her life. Her mother's death has made Rachel question if she should be baptized and join the church. She wonders if non-Amish women live longer and have less stress. Maybe her forty-four-year old mother would still be alive had she left the Amish lifestyle like her sister Carrie did.

When her Aunt Carrie invites her to go to the beach, Rachel decides the time away will help her to decide whether to join the Amish church or to live in the English world instead. She is conflicted because she loves Samuel and her family. Instead of a relaxing time away, disturbing events happen while Rachel's in Florida. A photographer snaps troublesome pictures of Rachel because of her famous senator uncle, and a handsome and charming college student falls in love with Rachel.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Rising Star Reviews
A Joyful Break is a sweet, very well written story about an Amish young lady and her time in the English world, away from the simple life she has always known...I highly recommend this novel, even if you don't read Amish novels, because you will come away with a new sense of the real meaning of love--spiritual or human. Ms. Craver has set up a world of the Amish, a community of individuals in Fields Corner who most likely we will meet once again in another story.
Rising Star Reviews
A Joyful Break is a sweet, very well written story about an Amish young lady and her time in the English world, away from the simple life she has always known...I highly recommend this novel, even if you don't read Amish novels, because you will come away with a new sense of the real meaning of love--spiritual or human. Ms. Craver has set up a world of the Amish, a community of individuals in Fields Corner who most likely we will meet once again in another story.
Karen Wiesner
"A JOYFUL BREAK is a light, sweet story that will warm your heart and leave you with the feeling that all is right in the world. Oh, and you'll want a slice of butterscotch pie (the recipe wouldn't hurt either!)." ~award-winning author Karen Wiesner
Amazon - Karen Wiesner
"A JOYFUL BREAK is a light, sweet story that will warm your heart and leave you with the feeling that all is right in the world. Oh, and you'll want a slice of butterscotch pie (the recipe wouldn't hurt either!)." ~award-winning author Karen Wiesner
Coffee Time Romance & More - Matilda Reviewer for CTR
Rating: 5 cups
I am a big fan of Amish romance... The more I read, the more I find what Ms. Craver and others say is true, i.e. that each Amish order is different and hosts different rules, so some may be stricter than others. Reading A Joyful Break truly showed another side from what I have normally read. The struggles Rachel goes through make this story well worth reading, allowing the reader to connect with Rachel and others, as if it was their own life. Definitely a to-buy book.
Matilda Reviewer for CTR
Rating: 5 cups
I am a big fan of Amish romance... The more I read, the more I find what Ms. Craver and others say is true, i.e. that each Amish order is different and hosts different rules, so some may be stricter than others. Reading A Joyful Break truly showed another side from what I have normally read. The struggles Rachel goes through make this story well worth reading, allowing the reader to connect with Rachel and others, as if it was their own life. Definitely a to-buy book.
M. Beaugrand
Diane Craver's book transports you to the world of an Amish Girl - her dreams and her conflicts. It is a book I thoroughly enjoyed! You will too.
Amazon - M. Beaugrand
Diane Craver's book transports you to the world of an Amish Girl - her dreams and her conflicts. It is a book I thoroughly enjoyed! You will too.
Night Owl Reviews - Diana Coyle
"Ms. Craver penned this story with such emotion that it was easy for me to feel as if the story was unfolding before me firsthand. I was seeing and feeling everything Rachel was as if I experienced it myself. I love being able to walk away from a story feeling I went through the trials and tribulations as if I was another character in it and this author did that for me with this entertaining Amish story. I highly recommend it!"
Diana Coyle
"Ms. Craver penned this story with such emotion that it was easy for me to feel as if the story was unfolding before me firsthand. I was seeing and feeling everything Rachel was as if I experienced it myself. I love being able to walk away from a story feeling I went through the trials and tribulations as if I was another character in it and this author did that for me with this entertaining Amish story. I highly recommend it!"

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015528008
Publisher:
Diane Craver
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Series:
Dreams of Plain Daughters , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,969
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

While growing up on a farm in Findlay, Ohio, I often acted out characters from my own stories in the backyard. In high school I was the student sitting in class with a novel hidden in front of my propped up textbook. Before starting on my writing career, I was a schoolteacher and play director.

I met my husband while teaching at an orphanage, and we married three years later. While raising our six children in southwestern Ohio, I started writing nonfiction. Later, I decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction.

Several non-fiction articles of mine have been published in Woman’s World Weekly, The Catholic Telegraph, Virtue, Down Syndrome Today, WritersWeekly.com, and several other publications. A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One) received 5 stars and was a reviewer's top pick from Night Owl Reviews as well as receiving a 5 star review and January 2013’s CTRR Reviewer's Recommend Award from Coffee Time Romance and More. Additionally, it finished in fifth place in the “other” novel category of books in the 2012 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll.

I write Amish romance, contemporary romance, inspirational mainstream, romantic suspense, and non-fiction books. My novels have received great reviews from readers and reviewers.

I have published through a variety of houses, including Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery, Samhain Publishing, Whimsical Publications, and Victory Tales Press. Recently, I decided to self-publish several novels.

Learn more about my books at

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A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'A Joyful Break' is a wonderful story of how a young woman takes a break from the Amish life, to see if she wants to join the Amish church and marry the man of her dreams.  She experiences life outside the faith, to see what she wants out of life.  The author did an amazing amount of research for this book, and really gets to the core of what an Amish youth goes through, searching for their identity to find their future and faith.  I truly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to others.  Great job, Ms. Craver!!!  I'm looking forward to book #2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Excellent book to read.
sueleech47 More than 1 year ago
Diane Craver writes a story here in A Joyful Break that will take you into a lifestyle of mixed feelings and a future of what should be done next. Amish stories has always held my interest but
Anonymous 12 days ago
Very enjoyable story. ***esk 02/2017***
Anonymous 13 days ago
Excellent read and highly recommended This book is so very different than any other Amish themed books I've read. In this one, Rachel has never joined the church and and is questioning if she wants to. Samuel, her boyfriend, who wants her to join the church so they can be married, tries to be understanding. He knows Rachel is going through a most difficult time. Her grandparents were killed when their buggy was hit by a driver who was texting and one month later her mother had a fatal heart attack. In addition to this heart wrenching loss Rachel now has the responsibility for her younger siblings and all the housework since her father is not coping well his wife's. Rachel blames her father for not getting a phone where medical help could have been summoned quickly and possibly saving her mother and not having a phone is another part where she is questioning her religion. Because she has always had a desire to see the ocean and feel sand on her feet her aunt who left the Amish way before she joined the church takes her and her cousins to the beach. From here on many things happen which challenge her feelings -- her aunt's husband is a senator and press follow him and the family everywhere. A man needing money photographs her walking on the beach and begins taking many photographs without her knowledge. He is aware he will be paid well when he sells the photographs b/c of her relationship to the senator. Unfortunately for Rachel, he is like many in the business today as he does not bother to obtain the facts and prints the headlines over the pictures which distort what Rachel and a friend are really doing causing potential problems for Rachel at home if Samuel sees the pictures. This part of the story was written so well I surprised myself at the response I had to his invasion of her privacy even knowing I was reading fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful book. I recommend.
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What an interesting and relaxing read, recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wonderful story is about a 20 year old Amish lady's quest to hear if God wants her to continue to be Amish (be baptised & join the Amish Church), or leave the Plaiin Life. I recommend you read it to find out what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the mixture of amish, and english makes for a good story line. A very inspiring book, a must read.
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Relaxing read in a typical amish story format
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story except for two things. The writing was a bit too simplistic. And no one from NC says going to Outer Banks. It is always going to THE Outer Banks. That just kept jumping out to me. Lol
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I found the book good, but I felt it lacking as a real Amish book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable story
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virgilenne More than 1 year ago
This book takes an Amish young lady out of her environment with her loving Englisher family by her side and show her how to either live or visit this world we live in. YOu have to admire her spunk on issues that confuse her. I really enjoyed reading this book.