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Talented new author Hillary Manton Lodge brings a new twist to the popular Amish novel.

Jayne Tate loves her life as it is—living in a big city, working as a reporter for a fast-paced newspaper, and dating a guy who knows nothing about her past. When her father passes away though, she's forced to take another look at what she wants out of life. After losing out on the big career opportunity she was hoping for, she decides to escape to Oregon ...

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Overview

Talented new author Hillary Manton Lodge brings a new twist to the popular Amish novel.

Jayne Tate loves her life as it is—living in a big city, working as a reporter for a fast-paced newspaper, and dating a guy who knows nothing about her past. When her father passes away though, she's forced to take another look at what she wants out of life. After losing out on the big career opportunity she was hoping for, she decides to escape to Oregon Amish country, seeking solace and maybe a big story.

Even in this land of buggies and bonnets, Jayne finds life more complicated than she expected. Can she persuade herself that her growing friendship with the mysterious and handsome Levi Burkholder is just about research? And what's a latte-drinking, laptop-using, motorcycle-riding reporter to do when this new life starts to change her?

With humor, faith, and unexpected romance, Plain Jayne will delight readers.

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Debut fiction author Lodge, a freelance photographer with a background in journalism, enters the popular arena of “plain people” fiction with a surprisingly funny, refreshing and strong story line. Lodge creates the lovable and always acerbic protagonist Jayne Tate, reporter for Portland's Oregonian. Forced by her employer to take time off to regain her edge, Jayne goes hunting for a feature in Oregon's Amish country. What this independent and thoroughly modern journalist finds is an alternative lifestyle that keeps her slightly off-balance even while, in good reporter form, Jayne tries to remain coolly objective. Enter Levi Burkholder, formerly Amish, presently a carpenter, and Jayne's heart goes off kilter as well. Jayne joins the household of Levi's estranged parents for some real Amish experiences, learning to respect the hardworking family. Smart, fast-paced and chock-full of endearing characters, Lodge's entry into inspirational fiction is a keeper, plain and simple. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736926980
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Plain and Simple Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hillary Manton Lodge is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and is the author of Plain Jayne and Simply Sara. When not working on her next novel, Hillary enjoys photography, art films, and discovering new restaurants. She and her husband, Danny, live in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    One of the best books I've read in a long time!

    I loved the personality of the characters. It was very hard to put the book down. I can't wait to read another story by Hillary Manton Lodge.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Plain Jayne, debut novel by Hillary Manton Lodge

    This is a new kind of "Amish" story, with a sort of chick-lit twist. Jayne Tate, who grew up on the Oregon coast, now lives in Portland and writes for the Oregonian. To escape troubles at work and in relationships, she heads out on her motorcycle to visit an Amish community in hopes of doing a feature story on them.

    The fictional Amish settlement is set in the Willamette Valley near Albany. Since I'm a native Oregonian from the Mid-Valley and have written for newspapers, I enjoyed reading about familiar territory, but this also made incorrect details stick out more. Such is the risk when writing about actual places, but most readers won't notice.

    The book is an enjoyable read and should particularly resonate with younger women since they can readily identify with the main character, who's in her 20s. I'm much older and still found it appealing. The novel's inhabitants seem quite real and each is unique-a grand accomplishment for a debut novel. The story's events unfold in a believable manner and made me want to keep reading to see how Jayne would handle whatever came up.

    Jayne has avoided family relations since she left home, but her Amish host family teaches her significant lessons about family and life, while adding new struggles for her to deal with. Does she want to become romantically involved with an ex-Amish man? Should she encourage his sister to remain Amish or assist her in breaking free?

    Escape with Plain Jayne and enjoy both her Amish excursion and fast-paced Portland life. The sequel in this Plain and Simple series is in process and being eagerly awaited by Hillary's fans, among whom I count myself. (It's even more fun when I know the author personally.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Wonderful and refreshing book !

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the humor mixed with the seriousness of the story line. Jayne and Levi were fun and as their story unfolded and their relationship evolved I saw myself in her insecurities as she tried to find her way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Plain Jayne

    A very cute story. Although, to me, it was a one time read, I would recomend it to anyone looking for a cute, clean, predictable love story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    Fans will enjoy this terrific Plain & Simple character driven saga

    Her editor at the Portland Oregonian demands Jayne Tate take vacation time so she can regain her Mojo which was lost since her dad died and a promotion went to someone else. Reluctantly she agrees so she heads to Oregon's Amish country seeking a feature and some respite.

    Jayne is taken aback by the throwback lifestyle though she conceals her shock behind a veneer of appreciative objectivity. However, Jayne is unable to remain cool when she meets former Amish carpenter Levi Burkholder. As they fall in love, she moves in temporarily with his estranged parents for a taste of genuine Amish living and quickly respects his family because they are hard working caring plain folks, but flees in panic when her Levi says he loves her.

    This is an engaging inspirational romance of a woman who gave God the cold shoulder for allowing her setbacks until she meets the Burkholder clan. Fans will enjoy this terrific Plain & Simple character driven saga as Plain Jayne learns to deal with her fears not run away from them. She deserves being the title protagonist as she makes the story line fun to read.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    Funny, romantic, and entertaining.

    Review by Jill Williamson

    Jayne Tate's father just passed away. But she's fine. They weren't all that close. Her boss disagrees and forces her to take a leave of absence from the newspaper. Jayne decides to make good use of her leave and come up with a brilliant article. She rides her motorcycle down to Amish country, hoping to get an inside look on how the Amish live.

    Jayne meets carpenter Levi Burkholder, who helps her find an Amish family to board with. Sure, Levi is cute, but Jayne has a boyfriend back in Portland. But the more Jayne gets to know her new Amish friends, the more she longs to simplify her own life. But how? Making peace with her mother and sister is one thing. But what should she do about her boyfriend and Levi. Something has got to give. But what?

    I had the privilege of hearing Hillary Manton Lodge read an excerpt of this at the Oregon Christian Writer's conference. It was a scene in which Jayne attempts to remove a pie from an over. What's the big deal about that, you might ask? Jayne is petrified of ovens. It's that kind of humor that adds a wonderful quirk to a charming story. I loved this book. Read it in two days. If you like romance and humor and the Amish, pick up a copy of Plain Jayne. You won't regret it.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    1st in Plain and Simple series is thoroughly enjoyable

    Plain Jayne by Hilary Manton Lodge is the first book in the Plain and Simple series. There are lots of titles to choose from in the growing genre of bonnet fiction, or as I like to call it Amish lit, but Lodge takes an unusual approach in introducing an Englischer who becomes fascinated with the Amish lifestyle. Jayne Tate's writing at the newspaper has lost its edge since the death of her father, so her boss puts her on sabbatical to regain her balance. Instead of taking a vacation, Jayne gives herself a new writing assignment of discovering the truths about the Amish community just outside of town. Her contact to the Amish is Levi Burkholder, a cabinet maker who she quickly discovers has left the Plain life that she finds herself so drawn to. Jayne falls in love with the handiwork and quiet life of the Amish but must examine whether the attraction is in part to avoid troubles in her own life. Lodge's representation of the Amish is spot-on with the merits and flaws of the community. Jayne is thoroughly likable and readers will find it easy to relate to her self-discovery and her love for the Burkholder family. I don't want to give away the ending by giving the protagonist of the next book, but I really can't wait to read it!

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

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    Plain Jayne is unique, funny and a fabulous read!

    Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge is an absolutely fabulous read! I cannot tell you how much I loved this book.

    This book is totally unique. It's not at all your typical Amish novel. I was hooked from the start and hated to put it down for a minute. The story was suspenseful and kept me turning the pages. There's drama, action, suspense, and romance. And the characters became like family to me. I love Jayne! She is realistic and flawed and funny and I would want her to be my best friend. I laughed hysterically at times, I cried at times, and I was totally engrossed and on the edge of my seat at times. I love a book that makes me laugh out loud and I love this author's sense of humor! This book is going on my list of very favorite books.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It's got something for everyone. It's got contemporary, real world along with a touch of Amish story. It's funny and romantic and suspenseful. It's a real winner in my book.

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