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Annie’s quest for simplicity is about to get complicated. Nearly a year after leaving her successful but unsatisfying high-tech life, she wonders if she can truly succeed at being Amish. A lucrative job offer, a red dress, and the shadow of an Amish woman looking for a husband create a vortex that clouds Annie’s choice. Her parents seem determined to sabotage her efforts, and Rufus Beiler, an Amish carpenter who captured her heart, leaves room for doubt about their future. But when an explosion brings Annie ...
Annie’s quest for simplicity is about to get complicated. Nearly a year after leaving her successful but unsatisfying high-tech life, she wonders if she can truly succeed at being Amish. A lucrative job offer, a red dress, and the shadow of an Amish woman looking for a husband create a vortex that clouds Annie’s choice. Her parents seem determined to sabotage her efforts, and Rufus Beiler, an Amish carpenter who captured her heart, leaves room for doubt about their future. But when an explosion brings Annie under suspicion, can she clear her name and bring the future into plain view?
Valley of Choice Series:
Book 1 - Accidentally Amish
Book 2 - In Plain View
Book 3 - Taken for English - Available February 2014
Posted August 4, 2013
I have some mixed thoughts about this book. I loved every part of the book that was about Rufus and Annie but the parts that were about the ancestors from way back was a bit confusing to keep track of some times. It was interesting because I feel that it is all going to come together in the end but with some of the names being handed down it did get a bit confusing and hard to keep track of especially when it jumped forward in years.
Annie was trying so hard to become the Amish person that she wanted to become and her parents seem to be trying so hard to fight that all the while just the opposite seemed to be happening to Ruth. She still wanted the plain life but wanted to get her college education while Annie just wanted to leave her English life behind and start living a plain life with Rufus. And she wanted that plain life whether she lived it with Rufus or not and she needed for her parents to learn to believe that.
All of Rufus's family has welcomed Annie into their family with open arms, now if she could just get Rufus to see how much she really loved him or would he really be better with a pure Amish woman? Is Annie better to stay and get and start the baptism classes or return to the English life that she once new? So much is going through Annie's mind and she is always wondering if Rufus is in love with her or not.
Even though I don't give this book 4 or 5 stars, I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series called, Taken For English.
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Posted October 9, 2013
Olivia Newport melds the past and the future...linking the lives of the ancestors to the hope of the future generations. It does not happen without considerable pain and heartache. Amish shun their people if they leave after baptism so the forgiveness and reconciliation do not always take a simple course. The process seems harsh to those of us who look on from the outside world, and even to many among the Amish themselves.
Add war to the mix and the Amish believe in nonviolent resistance. What do you do with the Amish who choose to fight for the freedom of America from the British? What do family members say when their own family members seem to betray their values and beliefs? Can they reconcile? Can the depression and pain from wartime activities ever allow Nathaniel and Magdalena to find the love they long for?
I enjoyed this book immensely but I did get confused at times as the author switched back and forth between time periods and characters. I read the prequel to this book and that helped me somewhat but it took me reading through half of the book to truly feel I had a clear handle on who was who and where the story line was taking place at the time. This is a story full of hope, even though it is laced with heartache and sorrow....just like real life.
I received a free pdf copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Posted August 21, 2013
In Plain View by Olivia Newport is the second book in the Valley of Choice series. This is a gem of a book. It is actually two storylines in one. The main story takes place in modern times in an Amish community. Annie is a woman trying to live a simple life. She used to live a fast-paced, modern, technologically ridden existence. Now she strives for demut, or humility, as she tries to decide if the Amish life is for her. She is learning more about God and plain living, while her love for a certain Amish man, Rufus, grows stronger every day.
The secondary storyline is based in the time of the American Revolution and involves the ancestors of the modern story's characters. This story revolves around Jacob and Katie and their growing family, as well as Magdalena and her relationship with Nathaniel.
Both of these stories within one book captured my attention and they were both so well developed and well written. I was able to follow everything in this book without needing to read the first one. It can definitely stand alone. Now I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series when it is available.
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
Posted June 19, 2013
IN PLAIN VIEW by Olivia Newport is an amazing inspirational Amish fiction/romance set in Westcliffe,Colorado. Book 2 in the “Valley of Choices”,but can be read as a stand alone with re-appearing characters from “Accidentally Amish”. This is the continuing story of
software designer Annie Freisen,who left her high-tech job for a simpler life,a year ago. Things are not so simple,with a complicated life,life changes,the past,present and future are about to collide. Ruth and Annie struggle to unravel a past when an explosion brings Annie under suspicion. With a blossoming love,for Annie will need to maintain her faith when things become “In Plain View”. Annie and Ruth both have love in the air with Rufus and Elijah. Both Annie and Ruth are at a crossroad in their lives,they both are facing tough decisions,their futures are in the balance.Filled with faith,romance,passion,struggles,decisions,forgiveness and love. Although,this is a continuing story,will have to wait for the next book to hopefully,see if Ruth and Elijah and Annie and Rufus,have a future together or apart.It is a well developed story with engaging characters. Ms. Newport writes a story that will hold the reader in awe. A heart-wrenching,touching,and tender story where a simple life may not be so simple after all. Well played,Olivia! A must read and one I would recommend if you enjoy Amish people,romance with a bit of history. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted June 4, 2013
I am so slow. It took me a little bit to realize I know these characters! It follows Accidentally Amish. Which I liked. In Plain View also jumps from what is happening now to 1776. Both stories have a lot of the same characters.
In 1776 The Amish did not want to fight for either side. Lots of men thought if your not with me your against me. The Amish did not believe in war. Talks a little about the war. Having to choose sides. It is interesting to think of what I do if I lived back then.
I liked best the modern time of the story. Annie is still trying to go without all the things in her life and live the simple life. She really likes Rufus but she needs to decide if she could live the plain life.
Annie's family is having a hard to accept that she might become Amish and they won't see her. Annie agrees to keep her cell phone for emergency. Also she agreed to call her mom every Saturday.
Annie has sold her company and put most of the money in a trust fund to help others. She only kept the money she got from selling her condo.
She now works in a store. It sells some Amish products but also stuff from estate sales. At work she still wears jeans. She has given up her computer, most of her clothes. Her house does not have electricity. Annie's car is at her parents house. She rides a bike or Rufus gives her rides in their horse & buggy.
Ruth chose not to be baptized Amish. She is going to school to become a nurse. She stills cares about the man she left behind. They can't be together unless he wants to be shunned. Ruth does not want to cause that to him.
Their is a new family that has moved into the neighborhood. They were Beiler's neighbors from back east. While they get their house in order they are staying with the Beilers. They have a few kids and the oldest daughter is ready to get married. She makes a play for Rufus. It seems like Rufus's parents want them to be together.
The Characters are good. I wanted to know what happens to them next. Will Annie be able to become Amish and leave her old life behind. The Amish have a way of forgiving and faith in God's plan for them.
It was distracting to go between the two different stories lines. This is a very clean book.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give a honest review of it by Netgalley.
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2013 by Barbour Books
Posted June 16, 2013
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Posted June 26, 2013
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