Something New [NOOK Book]

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Dreams Aren’t Always Worth the Sacrifice

 

Lil Landis dreads a lifetime spent on the farm. . .instead she dreams of turning her flair for cooking into a successful career as head chef. There’s only one problem. Her Conservative Mennonite father would rather see her settle down as a wife and mother. As Lil struggles against expectation in pursuit of her goals, her once clear plan becomes muddled with hardship—from her guilt over leaving her depressed mother alone for a ...

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Overview


Dreams Aren’t Always Worth the Sacrifice

 

Lil Landis dreads a lifetime spent on the farm. . .instead she dreams of turning her flair for cooking into a successful career as head chef. There’s only one problem. Her Conservative Mennonite father would rather see her settle down as a wife and mother. As Lil struggles against expectation in pursuit of her goals, her once clear plan becomes muddled with hardship—from her guilt over leaving her depressed mother alone for a restaurant job to worry over her family’s failing farm. Then there’s Fletch. . . .

 

Fletch Stauffer’s good intentions toward an old friend backfire when his job providing veterinary service at the Landis farm becomes undercover work filming a documentary to expose animal cruelty. But as Fletch is drawn deeper into the deception, he finds himself falling for spunky Lil—and at odds with his dream.

Will determination cloud both Lil and Fletch’s thoughts until what matters most disappears? Or will their misguided goals open paths to something new?

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Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews

The second book in the Plain City Bridesmaids is a sweet romance with loveable characters. Christner does an amazing job of allowing the reader to see inside the Mennonites' way of life.

— Patsy Glan

Book Bargains & Previews

Something New is the second book in the Plain City series, written by this author. The author did a wonderful job describing the conservative Mennonite faith and gives a detailed look that you don't usually find in novels. It was well written and had interesting characters and really was a lighthearted and fun read with great entertainment value.

— Dana H.

Luv 2 Read...Anything

Also, although this is part of a series of books, I didn’t feel as though I missed anything, having only read the second.  The story flowed, and I didn’t get the sense of a forced rehash of prior stories, like sometimes authors feel compelled to do to get readers caught up.  This is really the story of how other people’s expectations (and even our own) can sometimes cause us, as Christians, to forget our first love.

Overall, it was a fun story of faith, love, and dreams, and while it was an easy read, it still offered some thought provoking moments.  I may have to start reading romance novels more often.  This one certainly changed my perspective on them to a degree. 

— Jennifer Jensen

Splashes of Joy

If you like a nice, clean, refreshing, light read, you will love this book. It read is definitely worth your time.

— Joy Hannabass

Luv 2 Read...Anything - Jennifer Jensen

Also, although this is part of a series of books, I didn’t feel as though I missed anything, having only read the second.  The story flowed, and I didn’t get the sense of a forced rehash of prior stories, like sometimes authors feel compelled to do to get readers caught up.  This is really the story of how other people’s expectations (and even our own) can sometimes cause us, as Christians, to forget our first love.

Overall, it was a fun story of faith, love, and dreams, and while it was an easy read, it still offered some thought provoking moments.  I may have to start reading romance novels more often.  This one certainly changed my perspective on them to a degree. 

RT Book Reviews - Patsy Glan

The second book in the Plain City Bridesmaids is a sweet romance with loveable characters. Christner does an amazing job of allowing the reader to see inside the Mennonites' way of life.
Book Bargains & Previews - Dana H.

Something New is the second book in the Plain City series, written by this author. The author did a wonderful job describing the conservative Mennonite faith and gives a detailed look that you don't usually find in novels. It was well written and had interesting characters and really was a lighthearted and fun read with great entertainment value.
Splashes of Joy - Joy Hannabass

If you like a nice, clean, refreshing, light read, you will love this book. It read is definitely worth your time.
Stitch, Read, Cook - Aislynn Thompson

If you love inspirational romances, and the works of Dianne – you will definitely enjoy this story.  It’s sweet, engaging and tugs are your heart strings.  I hoped that Fletcher would see the light and that Lil and him would work things out.  Will I read more by this author?  Yes!  I have Something Blue (the third book in the Plains City series) waiting on my TBR pile!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607427780
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Plain City Bridesmaids , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 502,889
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dianne Christner’s first book was published in 1994, and she now writes full time. She has written several historical fiction titles and has started writing contemporary fiction from her experience of being raised in the Mennonite church. Dianne lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she enjoys the beauty of her desert surroundings and life sizzles in the summer when temperatures soar above 100 degrees. Dianne and her husband have two married children and five grandchildren.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Good

    Something New by Dianne Christner
    4 STARS
    Something New is a Christian fiction novel about a Mennonites family. I was caught up into the book till 2:00 AM. Their is no sex scenes and show people trying to be better.
    Lil is a conservative Mennonites as is her whole family except Matt. She has moved back home, to take care of her mom who is in a bad depression and stays in bed. Lil is working in a restraunt and one day she wants to be a chef.
    One day late for work she backed up her car into a lot fancier car.
    Fletch drove his boss's car to go pick up lunch when he was hit by Lil backing up.
    The next time they meet is at her family's farm where he was invited to dinner. Fletch was helping her family with discount vetinary work. Since the Hog farm was in trouble.
    Fletch talked her into a date, which her family did not approve of.
    Fletch's old friend who is helping to support his family's missionary work and helping him to pay for collage asks him to film sick animals for a documentary to help his animal rescue farm. When Lil catches him at it. Everything falls apart and lil breaks off from him. Her family kicks him off the farm and tells him to never come back.
    This story touches a lot of issues like: Suciede,depression, missionary work, forgiveness, obidence to family, differences in churches, working through problems and service,ect.
    I did enjoy the story and hope to read many more books like this one. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
    02/01/2012 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

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    Lil will accomplish her dreams ¿ because she¿s promised herself she won¿t end up like her mom ¿ a depressed housewife doing dead end chores on a hog farm with nothing left to live for.

    I’d love to say that I’m open-minded but after reading about a conservative Mennonite girl smiling seductively I’ve realized that I’m a bit rigid in what I expect from my characters. Nothing out of line happened – it was just a few word choices that made me back up.
    This was a good book, both dramatic and light; it was well written and had interesting characters but there was just something missing for me to simply love it.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Worth the read!

    Something New by Dianne Christner is a bit of a mixed bag. In some parts it is so perfectly written that you practically forget you are reading a piece of fiction. You begin to believe the characters are real, even thinking about them long after you've put the book down. But, there are times when the plot moves along so tediously you also begin to wonder why you even picked the book up in the first place. Luckily, these moments are few and far between, and Something New ultimately delivers an interesting take on a classic coming of age romance story.

    Lillian Landis, a conservative Mennonite in Plain City, Ohio, has a dream that runs against the grain of her simple faith. As a child she has always craved excitement and attention, pursuing a culinary degree despite the wishes of her parents. Lillian is on her way to reaching her dreams and making head chef when she is forced to return home to care for her clinically depressed mother. After a series of unlikely circumstances, Lil begins a romance with a veterinary student who does not adhere to the same conservative values as her family. As she begins to explore the desires of her heart, Lil discovers that the path she has set herself on might not be the same one that God has planned for her life.

    I greatly enjoyed the detailed look into the conservative Mennonite faith that Dianne Christner provides in this novel. Most of the characters were well written and believable, although a few of them seemed shallow and could have used a bit more development in order for the reader to care about them. Lillian is a very likeable protagonist, and I often found myself rooting for her and Fletch, hoping that somehow God would weave their hearts together despite the many circumstances that developed to keep them apart. Also, I found it a fun coincidence that both main characters had careers that I at one point intended to pursue, so I did relate to them in a way that others might not. Lil is constantly cooking and I enjoyed all the culinary talk, including the extra recipes tucked away in the back of the novel. Moreover, the spiritual growth that both characters experienced was fulfilling to read, even though things seemed to clean up just a little bit too easily in the end.

    Something New does offer "something new" to the world of Christian fiction, and I am happy to recommend it. It is book number two in the Plain City series, and I look forward to reading the conclusion as soon as it is available.


    Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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