A Plain Man

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Bestselling author Mary Ellis offers an engaging new standalone Amish romance about a prodigal seeking to find his way home.

Though Caleb Beachy lived in the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he moves back home and goes to work for his father. Soon these two strong-willed men find themselves at odds. Caleb discovers there's more to embracing his faith and reconnecting ...

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Overview

Bestselling author Mary Ellis offers an engaging new standalone Amish romance about a prodigal seeking to find his way home.

Though Caleb Beachy lived in the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he moves back home and goes to work for his father. Soon these two strong-willed men find themselves at odds. Caleb discovers there's more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than merely driving a horse and buggy and giving up Levis.

Josie Yoder was just a girl when he left. All grown up now, she gives Caleb hope for the future. She soothes his frayed temper and is determined to remind him that while his faith may have wavered, God never left his side. Caleb is tempted to return Josie's feelings, but the choices he made while away are a heavy burden on his conscience. Will past mistakes end up destroying their fledgling romance? Or will she be able to break through the wall around his heart?

A Plain Man is more than just a sweet romance centered in Amish beliefs. It's the ever-fresh story of a wounded heart finding joy, health, and healing in God's infinite grace.

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04/15/2014
Caleb Beachy returns to the Amish lifestyle he abandoned when he went to live in the English world. Now back home and working for his father, he finds that their relationship has become contentious. He struggles with whether or not he belongs in this world after all and if his faith in God's grace will ever be restored. At the same time he reacquaints himself with Josie Yoder, who is now a grown woman—and an attractive one at that. Josie holds out hope that she can heal Caleb and show him that the grace of God was always with him. As romance blossoms, so does the guilt Caleb holds for his actions during his absence, making him unsure if he can or should return Josie's love. VERDICT The prodigal son returns to find solace and discovers unexpected love. Fans of Amish romances, especially those by Beverly Lewis, will be swept away by this inspiring tale of healing and hope; the well-developed characters and colloquial language give a true flavor of Amish life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736949804
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 122,167
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

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    A Plain Man is the story of a man who has lived in both worlds,

    A Plain Man is the story of a man who has lived in both worlds, English and Amish. He now wants to become a full Amish man, but is dealing with some of the repercussions from some of the decisions he made living in the English world.
    Caleb Beachy was gone longer than most men, when they leave their community, but after five years, has decided he want to return. Can he and his community accept his decision? Can he forgive himself of the sins he committed while live in the English world? Will he be able to conform into the person his faith requires of him?
    He also has some romance on the horizon, but can Josie Yoder's family forgive him for leaving and living worldly for so long? As the Amish grapevine whispers about him, will he be able to hold his head high and finish his required classes?
    Come and absorb yourself in the Amish Community, spend time at the Preaching Sunday. Enjoy the fellowship and the great meals afterward. You'll love some of the bantering that goes on. Some sibling rivalry, and family disagreements, just likes the rest of us. I so enjoyed my visit here, and hope there will be more to return to!


    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publish Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

    I've long enjoyed Mary Ellis's books, and A Plain Man is no diff

    I've long enjoyed Mary Ellis's books, and A Plain Man is no different. Caleb's story is a touching story of a wayward son coming home. Except it's not an easy transition. With a little help from his sister's best friend, Josie, Caleb discovers some things about himself that threaten his future. I hate spoilers, so I won't tell you more; you'll have to read it to find out the good stuff.




    A Plain Man is a quick look into the life of an Amish man who stepped away from his upbringing and has much to regret about his life. Upon returning to his roots, he is determined to do the right thing.




    ***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

    Caleb Beachy has been living among the Englisch for five years.

    Caleb Beachy has been living among the Englisch for five years. He turned his back on his family and faith and did things he never should have done. Now he has returned home to rejoin his community and be baptized into the Amish faith.

    Josie Yoder, Cal's sister's best friend, has grown up in the past five years. She and Cal fall in love and plan to share a future together--that is, if Cal can let go of his past sins. Josie is willing to keep the past in the past, but Cal cannot forgive himself. Somehow Cal must find a way to accept God's grace before he destroys any chance of happiness with Josie or as a Plain man.

    Mary Ellis has crafted another wonderful story of love, mercy, and forgiveness. Readers can certainly identify with Mary's characters. We have all done things we regret; many of us have difficulty forgiving ourselves and moving forward. Through her characters, Mary makes it clear God's grace is for all.

    If you enjoy a romance with a message, you won't be disappointed in A Plain Man.

    Susan Simpson, author

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    "Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing

    "Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.....Caleb slouched down against a post. 'Plenty at first, when I had wheels and a good job.  But money management didn't turn out to be my strong suit.' His friend's confusion only seemed to deepen. Caleb didn't know how much to reveal about his past.  Could he admit he'd hung out in  bars until closing time and bought drinks for people he'd never met before?  Should he talk about sleeping with women who were little more than acquaintances?  How about the fact that he'd attended church only once during his entire time in Cleveland?"......
    Caleb turned to the Englisch world for several years but he has returned to his Amish family and desires nothing more than to live an upright life and marry Josie.  His father doesn't trust that he won't return to the Englisch world.  I have long believed that the Amish forgive and forget a person's sins if they have not joined the Amish church yet, but Caleb's father gives him a very hard time.  This book is full of love and forgiveness.  We all need a heavy dose of that in our lives.  This is a 5 star work of Amish fiction.   I have certainly had my share of mistakes and long for forgiveness for those mistakes.   I could feel the emotional pain of the characters as I read.   I was left with a feeling of hope and renewal when I read the last line of this book.  
    I was given a kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

    Caleb Beachy left his Amish home for the Englisch world, where h

    Caleb Beachy left his Amish home for the Englisch world, where he squandered his money on women and beer. He returns home in shame.
    His father is the bishop of their district. He treats Caleb as a boy whom he doesn’t trust to stay.
    Caleb resents the treatment. Matters don’t improve when Caleb joins his dad’s construction crew. His mother mediates between them, and eventually his dad realizes he may have been the cause for Caleb leaving home in the first place.
    Caleb is smitten with Josie Yoder, but will she, a proper Amish young lady, want a man with “Kristen” tattooed on his arm? They’re heading toward marriage, but Caleb breaks up because he doesn’t feel good enough for her. Then Josie gets an idea that may help him, even though their parents think it’s nonsense.
    This is one of Mary Ellis’ best works yet.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Any book I¿ve read by Mary Ellis makes me stop and think while e

    Any book I’ve read by Mary Ellis makes me stop and think while enjoying a wonderful storyline and feeling like I want to be friends with the characters she has created. A Plain Man surpassed the rest of her stories by drawing me in and I found I didn’t want to leave as I turned the last page.
    Not only was the storyline terrific but the subtle lessons she offered on grace and forgiveness left me thinking deeply about not only my own life but how I can extend grace to others around me. I was especially moved by Elizabeth’s speech to her husband - reminding him that even though he is the Bishop, he needs to think less about what others in the community will think about him and more about the very personal needs of his first-born son.
    I love how Ms. Ellis has a gift of crafting four-dimensional people on a piece of paper. There are no cookie cutter characters in her books. She is able to write in such a way that you love each and every one of them for different reasons. They are all so unique and attractive in their own way. She makes them come alive on the page to where I imagine I can reach out and physically touch them. I can’t tell you who I fell in love with more - Caleb with his soul searching, Josie for her love of life, Sarah for her kindness, Adam for his self-consciousness, or Elizabeth for her love of family and womanly wisdom. Ms. Ellis has a gift even with the characters who are harder to love, such as Eli, Rebekah, and John. She is able to show a blend of vulnerability and humanness despite the words that they spoke.
    As I said before, I love all of Ms. Ellis’ work but this book touched me deeply. She was able to accurately demonstrate the struggle I can only imagine an Amish man would feel when transitioning back into his culture after having been exposed to the English world, a position most Amish people would never put themselves in or can relate to.
    I can’t wait to read Ms. Ellis’ next book. To have her gift of weaving a story with characters so real I want to be their friends is genuinely a blessing. I’ve already been spreading the word that this is a book for your must-read pile.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    "AWESOME A MUST READ" Mary Ellis did  it again She is

    "AWESOME A MUST READ"
    Mary Ellis did  it again She is Fantastic. She has a wonderful imagination  " A Plain Man is a must read.
    Once you start this book you  will not be able to put it down until the very last page. You will feel like you know all of  the characters 
    personally , when Caleb  returns to the  Amish way of life  He does have some struggles but He gets through them  with the help of family 
    and friends, the Amish are so forgiving  Caleb has a few ups and downs with Eli his father, Eli is very stern but a wonderful father.I think
    this  book will be up for awards. You will also love the recipes at the end 

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