Simply Sara

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Following up on Plain Jayne, a fun new look at Amish life from the outside in, author Hillary Manton Lodge continues with young Sara Burkholder's perspective on English life and romance in Simply Sara.

Sara, who left her Amish family to live with Jayne, discovers that the English world is a bit more challenging than she expected. As she finds a job, buys English clothes, wears makeup, and learns to drive, she begins a journey to becoming the person she might have been had she ...

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Overview

Following up on Plain Jayne, a fun new look at Amish life from the outside in, author Hillary Manton Lodge continues with young Sara Burkholder's perspective on English life and romance in Simply Sara.

Sara, who left her Amish family to live with Jayne, discovers that the English world is a bit more challenging than she expected. As she finds a job, buys English clothes, wears makeup, and learns to drive, she begins a journey to becoming the person she might have been had she not been born into an Amish family. But when romance becomes complicated and school proves difficult, Sara escapes to her Amish sister's home, wondering if she should return to the life she left. Torn, she seeks answers in prayer, but is the God she is seeking the same in both worlds? What's a quilt-making, fashion-loving, formerly Plain girl to do when a new way of life starts to change her?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410433145
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 1/5/2011
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 518
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    Simply Sara is simply stupendous

    Sara Burkholder left her Amish family and community to room in the English world with Oregonian reporter Jayne Tate (see Plain Jayne) in Portland. Although Jayne initially was reluctant especially finding Sara hiding in her car trunk, she has become a willing and caring mentor, as has her friends. Sara's brother Levi followed her to the big city with his heart insisting he continue to court Jayne, but he also seems to have adapted faster as she struggles with her adjustment though she has passed her GED. Still with Jayne's encouragement, Sara learns to drive and buys clothing and makeup so she will fit in her new environs especially at fashion school she attends.

    Sara is pleased to obtain a job at R.G. Cameron Books though the store manager Will Blythe makes her uneasy. However, not ready for romance, Sara flees back to Amish country believing her family especially her dad will reject her. As her doubts grow whether to return to her Amish lifestyle or continue to adapt to that of the English, Sara turns to God; only to wonder if the deity she grew up to respect is the same as those outside of her Amish community who pray to as diligently as she does

    The Plain and Simple Sequel to Plain Jayne stars the sister of the male lead from the first novel and the book store manager who scowls at her to hide his out of control heart rate. Entertaining and fresh as this fine Amish romance's setting is predominantly Englisher Portland instead of the Amish country, Simply Sara is simply stupendous.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Wonderful

    This book really makes your heart race! The romance is real and relatable. In this book William the store manager at P.G. Camron, learns that Sara is amish but looks past it to her loving heart. You have to read this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    I loved both books and wish the series would continue. That's wh

    I loved both books and wish the series would continue. That's why I got on line to see if the author had written a third book. There's so much more to write about the Burkholder family!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Good read

    This was a good book. I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    An ex-Amish fashion designer?

    Simply Sara, book 2 in the Plain & Simple series, shares Sara Burkholder's story. She left Amish life behind in the first novel, Plain Jayne, and moved to Portland, Oregon. Sara, 18, has much catching up to do as she learns to maneuver the "English" lifestyle she has chosen. She shops for "worldly" clothes, starts wearing makeup, gets her hair cut, finds work at a bookstore, and enrolls in art school to learn fashion design. It's like going from an old Daguerreotype to a 3-D movie in Technicolor. As hard-working as ever, Sara continues to amaze with her achievements. But she also faces turmoil within as she second-guesses her decisions and deals with the loss of family contact. Good thing she has her brother Levi and friend Jayne for moral support in the city. As Sara struggles to become more independent, she wonders if she is actually forging or losing her identity. Will she find success and happiness as she seeks to fulfill her dreams? A budding romance adds to the tension and delight. I love the way it unfolds so sweetly. Jayne and Levi's story continues too-their lives are so intertwined with Sara's. Do we hear wedding bells ringing as the book concludes? I enjoyed another entertaining romp with these lively, fun-loving characters. This strong story could also stand alone since enough of the background is shared to fill readers in.

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