Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise Series #5)

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Miriam secretly vows to follow Saul no matter what the future holds. She never thought that future might take them away from their Amish community.

Miriam Raber could have her pick of any of the eligible bachelors in Lancaster County. But she only has eyes for one . . . Saul Fisher. He captured her heart years ago, and she's never looked back. Even when rumors circulate that Saul may leave their Amish community to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime ...

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Overview

Miriam secretly vows to follow Saul no matter what the future holds. She never thought that future might take them away from their Amish community.

Miriam Raber could have her pick of any of the eligible bachelors in Lancaster County. But she only has eyes for one . . . Saul Fisher. He captured her heart years ago, and she's never looked back. Even when rumors circulate that Saul may leave their Amish community to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship, Miriam makes a bold assertion: she will stand by him, whether he stays or goes.

Saul Fisher has experienced an inordinate amount of loss in his short life. Raising his two brothers and caring for a grieving father who privately seeks solace in the comfort of his homemade wine, Saul has kept his father's drinking from the community. But if he leaves Lancaster, the burden of secrecy will be left to his young brothers. How does he balance this with the dream that burns bright within him?

As Miriam and Saul consider leaving their lives behind, God starts revealing things to Miriam that make her think twice about what it means to be a Daughter of the Promise, and what it means to make a home.

Experience this love story with a surprising resolution by one of the most popular voices in Amish fiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595548504
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Series: Daughters of the Promise Series , #5
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 270,660
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporariesset in small Texas towns.Both have received glowing reviews.Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise, is inspired by a true story. Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman

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First Chapter

Plain Proposal

A Daughters of the Promise Novel
By Beth Wiseman

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Beth Wiseman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-850-4


Chapter One

Miriam stepped back and admired the matching quilts lying on the twin beds in her room. Gifts from her grandmother before she died. The pastel circles of yellow, powder blue, and pink were framed by a simple blue border in a traditional double wedding-ring pattern. They were finally making a debut—just in time for company.

"Your room looks nice." Mamm walked in carrying a wicker basket filled with towels to be folded. "Your mammi would be pleased that you saved her quilts for a special occasion." She glanced at the white vase full of pink roses on the nightstand and smiled. "Ach, fresh flowers too."

Her mother unloaded the towels onto Miriam's bed, and they each reached for one as Mamm's eyes traveled around the room.

When her mother nodded an approval, Miriam grinned. "When will she be here?"

Mamm placed a folded blue towel on top of Miriam's green one. "Not for a couple of hours. Your daed hired a driver, and they went to go pick her up at the airport."

Miriam couldn't wait to hear about her cousin's travels and life in the Englisch world. Shelby was eighteen too, and for Miriam, it would be like having a sister for the summer. A nice change from a house full of brothers. Even though Miriam was enjoying her rumschpringe, she'd done little more than travel to Lancaster to see a movie. Her Englisch cousin was coming all the way from Texas, a small town called Fayetteville.

"I'm excited about Shelby coming, Mamm. I can't wait to meet her." Miriam reached for the last towel to be folded as her mother let out a heavy sigh.

"I know you are, and we're glad to have Shelby come stay. But ..." Mamm edged toward the nightstand, repositioned a box of tissue next to a lantern, then turned to Miriam. "We told you—times have been hatt for Shelby. Her parents got a divorce, and Shelby got in some kind of trouble."

Miriam couldn't imagine what divorce would be like. It was unheard of in their Old Order Amish district. "What kind of trouble?" Miriam sat down on her bed, crossed her ankles, and leaned back on her palms.

"Her mother said that Shelby was spending time with the wrong young people." Mamm sat down on the bed beside her, and Miriam watched her mother's forehead crinkle as her lips tightened into a frown. She knew her mother was concerned about having a young Englisch woman come for such a long visit.

"Was she shunned by her family?"

Mamm shook her head. "No. The Englisch don't shun the way—" Her mother cocked her head to one side, then met eyes with Miriam. "Ya. I guess, in a way, Shelby is being shunned. She is being sent away from her family and friends for not following the rules."

Miriam sat taller and folded her hands in her lap. "I'm going to try my best to make her feel welcome here."

"I know you will, Miriam." Mamm patted her leg, then cupped Miriam's cheek in her hand. "Please tell me that I don't need to worry about you being taken in by Shelby's worldly ways."

Miriam looked at her mother and said earnestly, "I won't, Mamm."

Her mother gently eased her hand from Miriam's face, then let out another heavy sigh. "I remember when your father's cousin left here. Abner was no more than your age at the time. He chose not to be baptized. We were shocked." Mamm leaned back on her hands like Miriam.

"Did he go to Indiana?" Miriam knew that her great grandparents relocated here from Indiana. She'd been asked plenty of times what she was doing in Lancaster County with a name like Raber, an Indiana Amish name.

"No. Your daed said Abner went to Texas with three hundred dollars in his pocket and even took rides from strangers to get there. Evidently he had been corresponding with a man there about a job for months before he left. A job building Amish furniture." Mamm sat up and folded her arms across her chest.

"Have you seen Abner since he left?"

Mamm nodded. "Only twice, for each of his parents' funerals. It's a shame, too, because your daed and Abner were close when they were young."

"But you said he wasn't baptized into the community, so he wasn't shunned, right? He could have come to visit, no?"

"Ya." Mamm stood up and smoothed the wrinkles from her black apron. "But Texas is a long way from here, and things between him and his folks weren't gut. They never did accept his choices." Mamm paused for a moment, then looked down at Miriam. "I remember that Abner met Janet not long after he arrived in Texas, and they were wed two years later. Then along came Shelby." Her mother shook her head. "After that, we heard less and less from your daed's cousin. But evidently his furniture was popular with the Englisch there, and he went on to own a big fancy store of his own. We got a letter every now and then, but ..." Mamm picked up the stack of folded towels on the bed, then placed them in the laundry basket. "I met Janet, Shelby's mother, when they came here for Sarah Mae's funeral, which is when I met Shelby. But she was only four years old, so I doubt she remembers much."

Miriam tried to think of what she remembered from when she was four years old. Not much.

"I liked Janet a lot, and we exchanged letters for a while after they were here. But I hadn't heard from her in years until last month." Mamm bit her lip and was quiet for a few moments. "Anyway, as you know, Shelby doesn't have any brothers or sisters, and the only life she has known has included electricity and all the modern conveniences the Englisch have. Things will be different for her here." She picked up the basket, then smiled at Miriam. "But God is sending her here for a reason. I think the maedel needs time for healing."

"This is a gut place for that, I think." Miriam gave a final glance around her room. She'd dusted her oak rocking chair and chest of drawers and swept the hardwood floors after putting fresh linens on the bed. She'd even slipped a sprig of lavender in the top drawer of the chest, one of two drawers she had cleaned out for Shelby to use.

She was excited for her cousin to arrive, but her thoughts drifted to Pequea Creek where she knew her girlfriends were gathering. On Saturday afternoons during the summer, the older girls in her district met at the creek to watch the young men show off their skills by swinging on a thick rope from the highest ledge and dropping into the cool water below.

Saul Fisher would be there. He was always there. And just the thought of him made Miriam's heart flip in her chest.

"My chores are done, Mamm. Can I take the spring buggy to the creek for a while?"

Her mother was heading out the door but turned briefly. "I guess so. But I'd like for you to be home before Shelby arrives."

Miriam nodded. Once her mother was gone, she opened the drawer to her nightstand, then pulled out the thin silver ankle bracelet she'd bought at the market in Bird-In-Hand. She knew Leah and Hannah would be wearing theirs too, and she liked the way the delicate chain looked dangling from her ankle. She sat down on the bed and fastened the tiny clasp. Her father frowned every time he saw the inexpensive purchase, but Miriam knew her parents wouldn't say anything since she was in her rumschpringe.

She stood up and walked to the open window. Through the screen, she could see the cloudless blue sky and the plush grass in the yard where her red begonias were in full bloom in the flower bed. Rays of sunshine warmed her cheeks, and she closed her eyes, feeling the June breeze and breathing in the aroma of freshly cut hay from her brothers' efforts the day before.

She looked down, wiggled her toes, and decided not to wear any shoes today, knowing that the cool blades between her toes would remind her of past summers, playing volleyball with her brothers in the yard or squirting each other with the water hose for relief from the heat. But today going barefoot was more about Saul than her childhood memories. He'd said she had cute toes the last time they were at the creek, and since Saul Fisher wasn't big on conversation, Miriam hoped he might notice her ankle bracelet—maybe comment on it. Or her toes. It didn't matter. Any attention from Saul caused her insides to swirl with hope for the future. Saul didn't know it yet, but Miriam was going to marry him. She'd loved him from afar since they were children, and even though he was often withdrawn and had a reputation as a bit of a troublemaker, Miriam knew—He is just waiting for the right woman to mold him into all he can be.

* * *

Saul crept closer to the edge of the cliff until his toes hung over the smooth rock, a natural diving board that he had jumped from a hundred times. He tucked the thick rope between his legs and cupped his hands around the knot that met him at eye level.

Then he saw her. Miriam Raber. Sitting with her girlfriends on the bank. Her brilliant blue eyes twinkled in the distance as she watched him, and she was chewing the nail on her first finger—like she always did before he jumped. And his legs grew unsteady beneath him—like they always did when Miriam was watching him.

He pulled his eyes from her and gave his head a quick shake. He'd always felt confident about whatever he was doing, except when Miriam was around. She had a strange effect on him, always had—since they were kids. He recalled a time when he and Miriam were chosen as leads in the school Christmas pageant, playing Mary and Joseph. They were in the sixth grade, and Saul was still shocked at the amount of detail he remembered from that day. She'd worn a white sheet over her dress and belted it at the waist, and her long brown hair flowed freely past her shoulders instead of bound beneath her prayer covering. Mostly he remembered the way Miriam looked at him when she spoke her lines. And the way he went completely blank and forgot his.

"Jump, Saul!"

He straightened when he heard his buddy Leroy yelling from the bank. Then he took a deep breath and swung out over the water. As he let go of the rope, he didn't have more than a second before he plunged into the creek—but it was Miriam he saw the milli second before his face submerged. He stayed down there longer than usual, enjoying the refreshing water and thinking about Miriam.

She was a good girl. The best. Every man of marrying age in Paradise had his eye on Miriam. Everyone except Saul. He'd known for as long as he could remember that one day he would leave Paradise. Leave her. So, despite their mutual attraction over the years, Saul had avoided her as best he could. But the older they got, the harder it was for him to keep his eyes from always drifting her way. And she seemed to have the same problem. She was always watching him.

He swam upward until his head popped above the water, and not surprisingly, his eyes found Miriam's right away, as she smiled and clapped from the water's edge. There were others around. But he only saw her.

* * *

"I don't know why you like him so much," Hannah said when she and Miriam sat back down on the bank, following Saul's jump. "He never pays you much mind." Hannah stretched her arms behind her and rested on her hands. "He never pays any of us much mind."

"He will someday." Miriam smiled. "He's just shy."

Hannah chuckled. "He's not shy, Miriam. He's a loner." Hannah leaned closer and whispered, "Some say that he isn't going to be baptized, that he will leave the community."

Miriam snapped her head to the side to face her friend. "Where did you hear that?"

Hannah lifted one shoulder, then dropped it slowly. "I don't remember. But he doesn't seem to—to fit in."

"I think he fits in just fine." Miriam smiled as she turned her attention back to Saul. She watched him climb out of the creek in a pair of blue swim trunks, then join his friends down the bank.

"He never attends singings, he doesn't gather with the other men after church service, and remember ..." Hannah gasped. "Remember when he got in a fight on the school yard with that Englisch boy who passed by." She shook her head. "Not fit behavior, I say. Not at all."

Miriam swooned with recollection. "Ya. I remember. The boy called me a name as I walked across the school yard to get on my scooter."

"So because he stood up for you, he's your hero? That's not our way, Miriam." Hannah sat taller and folded her hands in her lap. "And that's not the only time he's been in trouble. There was that time with John Lapp when the bishop—"

"Ya, I know, Hannah." Miriam knew Hannah was referring to the time when Bishop Ebersol reprimanded Saul and John Lapp for fighting. Saul had refused to shave just after his sixteenth birthday, and John told Saul that only married men could grow a beard—rumschpringe or not—and that he'd better shave it off. Their harsh words led to a fistfight. Bishop Ebersol told Saul that the beard was not forbidden during rumschpringe, but the fighting was. Miriam couldn't understand why John made such a fuss about Saul having the facial hair, especially since the bishop wasn't very concerned. But John Lapp was married now, and he couldn't seem to grow a beard to save his life. Must have been a sensitive subject for him.

Miriam smiled. At least she'd had a small glimpse as to what her future husband would look like, his face covered with light-brown fuzz and sandy-red highlights.

"He's just a bit of a bad boy, Miriam." They both watched him laughing with his friends for a moment, then Hannah turned to her and grinned. "But he is a handsome bad boy."

"It's more than that." Miriam studied his back, the way he stood tall and straight like a towering spruce. His shoulders looked like they were a yard wide and molded bronze. She was glad when he put his shirt on. She took a deep breath. "He's just ... mysterious in a kind sort of way."

Hannah narrowed her brows. "What does that mean?"

Miriam thought for a moment. How could she possibly put into words everything that she loved about Saul? His stunning good looks shouldn't matter, but his face kept her up at night, and the smooth way he spoke in a raspy voice, often barely above a whisper, caused her heart to flutter. He said very little, but Miriam was sure he was filled with goodness, even if his efforts might be misdirected from time to time.

She finally blew out a deep breath. "I don't know how to explain him. I just know that he's a gut person."

"How? Have you even been alone with him? You never even talk to him." Hannah's attitude was getting on Miriam's nerves.

"No. But I will."

"When?"

Miriam pulled herself up off the ground, brushed the wrinkles from her dark-blue dress, then put her hands on her hips and stared down at her friend. "I—I don't know for sure, but—but I will." She glanced toward Saul and the other men just in time to see Saul waving bye and leaving. He was nearing his spring buggy, and Miriam knew she would have to act fast. "I'm going to go talk to him right now."

Hannah stood up beside her. "Really?" She tipped her head to one side.

"Ya. I'm going to go talk to him right now."

"Well." Hannah folded her arms across her chest and grinned. "Go, then. You better hurry. He's leaving."

"I am." Miriam took a step, hesitated, then spun around to face Hannah. "I'm going."

Hannah smiled. "I see that."

"Ach, okay." She forced one foot in front of the other until she was close enough to call out his name, and she had no idea what she would say.

* * *

Saul recognized the voice and spun around a few feet from his buggy, wondering what Miriam could possibly want. They admired each other from afar. That's the way it had always been. He glanced down at her bare feet, then smiled as he remembered telling her she had cute toes not too long ago. He'd been walking by her at the creek, and she was alone, smiling up at him from her perch on top of a rock near the water's edge. He didn't know why he'd said it, except for the fact that it was true.

"Hi." She hesitated when she got closer, and Saul saw a tiny chain around her ankle.

"Nice ankle bracelet." It was easiest to look at her feet. If he took in the rest of her, he was afraid his mouth would betray him and say something dumm.

She kicked her beautiful bare foot forward. "This? Danki." She clutched the sides of her apron with both hands, then twisted the fabric. "Um, where are you going?"

(Continues...)



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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Plain Proposal - Another STELLAR Story in A Daughters of the Promise Series

    Beth has once again written another compelling story in the Daughters of the Promise series. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of her latest book and couldn't put it down. Her story kept me engaged from page one until the conclusion. Beth's writing of the Amish lifestyle, faith and love is incredible. It's as if you are right there with her characters. Once again we are brought into the lives that we have grown to love with some of our favorite characters coming back from Colorado. This story shows how the Amish are selfless and how they help each other out no matter what and put others in front of themselves. Their faith in God shows through in this story of trust, forgiveness, sacrifice and love. I truly enjoyed Shelby's journey as she found her place with God, the Amish lifestyle and community. It showed that no matter how far away from God we feel that He is always near and never leaves us. I vicariously lived through her wishing I had the opportunity to go live with Amish relatives where I could grow nearer to God and be surrounded by such warm loving people. There are twists and turns that you won't see coming in this story. It's definitely a page turner and I can't wait to see how the cliffhangers play out in future books. With every book I read I feel more like a part of their family and can't wait until the next book to see what exciting things are happening for them. Another fabulous job Beth!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Enjoyable read

    Miriam Raber has been in love with Saul Fisher her whole life. Saul is in love with Miriam, however, his career plans may not include her. Saul wants to leave the community but something is holding him back. His father is an alcoholic and he is afraid to leave his young brothers.

    This is the fifth book in the "Daughters of the Promise" series. Beth Wiseman's style of writing brings the characters to life. You will enjoy getting to know them as they try to do the right thing. There are a few surprises along the way. Definitely an enjoyable read.

    I received an e-copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    BETH WISEMAN'S "PLAIN PROPOSAL (REVIEW)

    BETH WISEMAN'S "PLAIN PROPOSAL" (A REVIEW)

    This is actually the first Amish novel I've ever read and I can honestly say that I loved it. Part of me found myself wishing I could live such a life in all its simplicity even in the face of adversity and the hard work they perform every day. This book is not just about a love story but also about making decisions, learning your place in life and figuring out what you truly want.

    I love the way Beth Wiseman writes, you can see the characters and the lands, and gain a true sense of who these people are and why they live the way they do. It makes me want to go visit! I look forward to reading more from Beth Wiseman.

    -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
    ©2010, Kitty, all rights reserved.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

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    Another hit from Beth Wiseman!

    Miriam and Saul are made for each other. But the road they travel is a rocky one. Miriam has always been ready to be a godly wife and mother, never thinking she will leave the community where she belongs. Saul has lead a double life. On one hand he has been a wonderful member of the community, and on the other he is a man with multiple family problems. The loss of his mother has led his father to drink, something Saul has tried to keep out of the public square. But, he doesn't think he can take it anymore. But, could Saul really leave? If he leaves, how will his brothers handle his father and the drinking? While she vows to stay by his side, Miriam finds that God shows her more of Himself and His plan for her life. Their story takes many twists and turns. Will they go away together, stay, or go their separate ways? Beth Wiseman answers these questions and more.

    I love Amish fiction, and Beth Wiseman is one of the best! Her characters and story become real and almost impossible to put down because she takes the time to do her research. This book is great for individuals and groups alike. Many topics can be explored in discussion such as: alcoholism, family grief, depths of love, forgiveness, and commitment. I received a copy through Net Galley and thank them for the opportunity.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    GREAT BOOK

    Plain Proposal
    A Daughters of the Promise Novel
    by Beth Wiseman
    Best Selling Author of Plain Perfect
    Published by Thomas Nelson


    Miriam Raber was in her rumschpringe, the Amish running around period, before joining the church.
    She is in love with Saul Fisher, and has been for years. She hopes to join the church, marry Saul, and raise a family in the community where she grew up.

    Saul though he loves Miriam, has other plans, he wants to move away from Paradise and become a chef.
    He has a secret that he doesn't dare share with anyone else in the community, only he and his two younger brothers know this secret. He tells Miriam that he is leaving Paradise, and she should forget him. She vows to follow him, wherever he leads. Will she follow him, or will she join the church and marry someone else? What will it do to her parents, if she leaves?

    Miriam's cousin, Shelby, comes to visit, for the summer. Her parents have divorced, and felt that Shelby should be somewhere else while they try to get her life straightened out. Shelby isn't Amish, so the life she is thrown into, is completely different from anything she's ever seen.

    This book is different than any other Amish story I've read. A lot of twists, and everything doesn't work out like most would. I really enjoyed the book, and would think that anyone who likes Amish stories would also enjoy it.

    I recieved a copy of this book to read and review, from Thomas Nelson, through their BookSneeze program. I recieved no other compensation, and I was not required to give a favorable review.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

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    Plain Proposal is another great Amish inspirational story

    Miriam Raber is an eighteen year old amish girl who's lifelong dream is to become an Amish wife and mother, unfortunately for her though she has set her sites on Saul Fisher, an Amish man with a few secrets. The biggest issue he is facing is the fact that his dream is to become a professional chef, something that he could never pursue as an amish man, so he knows he will have to leave the faith if he is going to achieve his dream. How can a relationship between the two ever work, when they have such different ideas about the future? Will Miriam be able to change Saul's mind, or will she follow him right out of her Amish community?

    As if this storyline isn't intriguing enough the author throws in the story of Shelby, an eighteen year old English cousin ( her dad left the amish faith) who after the divorce of her parents starts acting out and hanging around the wrong crowd, so her parents decide to send her to stay with the Rabers for the summer. Shelby arrives feeling as if she is being punished, and has lost all faith in God, can staying with the Rabers help her find her way back to God?

    This book was filled with several plot twists, just when you thought someone was going to do something they did something totally different. It was so nice to see how Shelby grew throughout the story. I was honestly surprised at the choices that Miriam and Shelby made, although for Shelby if was nice to see her finally find a place where she felt like she belonged.

    It is so refreshing to read interesting romance/fiction that is clean, enjoyable and also doesn't mind mentioning God as well. I really enjoyed this well written story and while it is part of the Daughters of the Promise series it can easily be read as a stand alone story. Fans of Amish fiction or romance will certainly enjoy this story!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Beth Wiseman has created another wonderful story. It amazes me how she can weave the story line around so many characters and still bring each charater to life. This series has been a wonderful glimpse into lives of the Stoltzfus family. Each book focus' on one of the siblings and their family and friends. Each book stands alone but fits well with the others with the characters blending into each book. Each book has given us insight into the way of life of the Amish people. They are simple folks that have some of the same problems the rest of do, but thru the grace of God have learned to listen to his voice and seek his guidence. It seems too simple to just put your lives into the hands of God, but the Amish do it and it all seems to work out in the long run. Miriam has put her faith to the test and she knows what she has always wanted, Saul. She realizes that no matter where she is she will always have her faith and beliefs in God. She had never considered leaving her community, but how could she let the love of her life leave and not go with him. She would not be a good fra for any other man because her heart belongs to Saul. Beth has handled the storyline with such creativity that you can't help but be on Miriam's side and hope that all works well for her.
    Shelby, the cousin from Texas, was troubled and angry when she first arrived at the farm. She learns to talk to God and to listen for God and realizes that he has not forsaken her. She finds happiness and fullfillment in the simple way of life.
    There was some tragedy in the storyline as well. I could barely wait for the second book in the Land of Caanan series, now I truly am busting at the seams to get my hands on that book. I cannot imagine what Lucy wants or needs to tell Katie Ann. Hopefully this book will be published early too so that we might satisfy our curiosity.
    I wish there were more in this series. I have truly enjoyed reading each and every book so far and would not be disappointed to have more insight to what is going on with the members of the Stoltzfus family still in Lancaster, PA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman

    I recently got a book from booksneeze- "Plain Proposal" by Beth Wiseman. Due to some legal thing, I'm under no obligation to give this book a positive review, so everything that I say is honestly my honest, real opinion. This book, "Plain Proposal" is a good example of Amish fiction. There seem to be a lot of interest in Amish romantic fiction in the Christian department and this book by Beth Wiseman will not disappoint. A young Amish woman named Miriam is in love with Saul, a young Amish man. Rumors begin circulating that Saul may leave the Amish lifestyle, Miriam ignores them. This book was a fantastic book on the wonderfulness of God and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction, or even historical fiction- because of the setting, it feels at points almost as if it is set in the nineteenth century, despite the specifically Amish words and cultures. "Plain Proposal" is the newest book by Beth Wiseman, and it has been one of my absolute favorites of all. And like most Amish books, this one has a scrumptious recipe in the back as well, which just adds to the "deliciousness" of this novel!

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    I enjoyed this book and finding out about old friends, but you do not need to have read the other books to read this one. This is the 6th book in the series including Seek Me With All Your Heart. This book is the story of Miriam Raber and Saul Fisher's romance. It is also the story of a lost girl, a distant cousin to the Raber family....Shelby Raber.
    I enjoyed the interaction and the closeness that Miriam and Shelby achieve. You can see God's hand in all that happens in the story. I loved the surprise ending! Forgiveness! I can't wait for more books in this series!
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, I was not compensated in any way and was not expected to give a favorable review.

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