A Plain Widow

A Plain Widow

by Diane Craver


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Molly Ebersol's life changes in a few minutes when an arsonist torches their barn. Her husband, Caleb, rushes inside the burning barn to save his horses. Although Amish firefighter, Jonathan Mast, tries to save Caleb, he fails. Suddenly Molly becomes a widow.

A month later, an anonymous person gives money to cover the lumber and food expenses for the barn raising. One late night more money is left for Molly on the porch. The fire investigator wonders if the arsonist feels guilt about Caleb's death and is responsible for the money gifts.

During the continued investigation, it's learned that Caleb had secrets he kept from Molly. She is crushed by what Caleb did before meeting her. How could the love of her life kept his English past from her?

Her new neighbor, Jonathan, helps her to make the difficult transition from wife to widow. Although Molly develops feelings for Jonathan, can she ever trust him to be truthful to her? She isn't sure she can fall in love again. Her trust in relationships is shattered because of Caleb's past actions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544735894
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/18/2017
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Diane grew up on a farm outside Findlay, Ohio, and she often acted out characters from her own stories in the backyard. In high school she would read during classes and hide a novel in front of her in a propped up textbook. After Diane graduated from the Ohio State University, she became a schoolteacher and play director.

She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage, and they married three years later. Diane says that it took her that long to convince him she was the one for him! While raising their family in southwestern Ohio, she started writing nonfiction and was published. Later, Diane decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction. They were blessed with five daughters and one son. Two daughters were born with Down syndrome and live at home. Their other children live close by. Diane has four adorable grandchildren. Her favorite vacation is going to the beach with the whole family.

Non-fiction articles of Diane's have been published in Woman's World Weekly, The Catholic Telegraph, Virtue, Down Syndrome Today, WritersWeekly.com, and other publications. Several of Diane's books have been a reviewer's top pick from Night Owl Reviews as well as receiving 5 star reviews and A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters) received the CTRR Reviewer's Recommend Award from Coffee Time Romance and More.

Diane gives thanks daily to God for all her blessings.

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A Plain Widow 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
A Plain Widow is the second book in The Bishop’s Daughters series by Diane Craver. If you’ve read my review of Amish Baby Snatched, you’ll see that I had high hopes for this series. I think this author has a lot of promise and a story idea that is unique. I love the idea of mystery in an Amish story. It’s just quirky. We think of the Amish as such peaceful people but truth is, bad things can happen in their lives as well. I love that I’m seeing this refreshing approach to the genre which for years seemed so idealistic and perfect. Authors are no longer afraid to write an Amish tale that isn’t so perfect and I love that. Like the first book, I felt that there was much filler dialogue that was unnecessary. I had so much information thrown my way, I was overwhelmed. I feel like I missed out on the potential for a real thriller. I wanted to know who hated the Amish so much that they would harm a member of the community. I wanted to see more of the antagonist of the story. I wanted to see how desperate he was and what lengths he would go to, to inflict more damage. This character simply wasn’t developed and the loose ends were tied up too neatly. Lastly, I feel the need to mention how shocked I was to see the use of foul language in this genre. I’m not a prude by any means but it’s just not typical. I wasn’t expecting it. I think a lot of readers of the Amish genre will be thrown off kilter by this. Now, this book isn’t filled with nasty language by any means. There’s the use of a certain four-letter word that starts with an s and it’s used twice on the same page. Still, it felt out-of-place for the book’s intended audience. Overall, the idea and premise of this story is an interesting one. I would have liked to have seen it explored and developed more. I needed more action and less dialogue. *Author has issued a revision to this ebook to remove the foul language mentioned in the review above. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Plain Widow is a story that is about a young wife who unexpectedly loses her husband in a barn fire. The author writes with such emotion and we get a glimpse into what Molly is going through. Not only does she have a young son, but she is expecting another child. I felt for her as it seems that her independence is on the verge of going away. Understandably, she does not want to move back in with her parents, (though they are very good to her and love her), she does not want to move in with anyone else, nor does she want to marry the first widower to ask her. She does have very real concerns in how she is to keep up with her house payments and support herself and her two young children. As if that is not bad enough, she finds out about some things in her husband’s past that do not put him in a good light and unfortunately he is not there anymore for a confrontation. We get glimpses of this particular Amish town and customs and their Englischer friends and surrounding community. There is also a mystery about the barn fire and if it was set on purpose thus resulting in the death of Molly’s husband. I appreciated the author’s thorough research of the Amish lifestyle and her notes regarding it and the list of words and their meanings in the beginning. For sensitive readers, there are a couple of uses of bad language in one instance. I enjoyed this story and its slower pace of a young Amish woman and her struggles through a difficult time (one I cannot even imagine) and her guarded steps into new love. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a well done Amish romance. Molly learns many interesting things about her husband once he has died. Some of them are very shocking. As a widow she must learn to trust again. Her husband had omitted many truths about himself. I really enjoyed the characters. Will Molly be able to trust another man again? She must decide this once she meets Jonathan. I received an ebook copy of this from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
MAHake More than 1 year ago
Molly Ebersol, a young Amish mother, loses her husband in a tragedy. What should she do now, and how can she keep the farm going? The pregnant widow faces more pain as she learns details about her husband’s former life, which he had kept from her. Jonathan Mast, a newcomer to their Amish community, helps Molly in numerous ways. But it’s too soon to consider any romantic involvement. What does life hold for these seeking individuals? I enjoyed the book and its mystery and cared about the characters, who seemed like real people, but I felt like I only knew them on a surface level. I think the novel could have been more powerful by adding greater depth to really grip the reader and demand emotional involvement. Too often segments of information were included in characters’ thoughts and dialogue rather than being incorporated more naturally. This slowed down the story. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
A Plain Widow by Diane Craver. This is book two in The Bishop’s Daughters series. This is a book that is filled with love, faith, heartache, pain and the feeling of betrayal. Diane will keep you in suspense until the very end. A great work of fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars!
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This story has secrets, a mysterious benefactor, an Amish firefighter and all centering on the arson of an Amish owned barn that kept me wondering how the young Molly Ebersol was going to cope with it all. Her husband dies in the barn fire leaving her with a toddler and a baby on the way. I really liked how the English and the Amish all worked together and helped Molly overcome this tragedy. I was gifted a copy and my review is voluntary..
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, A PLAIN WIDOW is the first book I've read by Ms. Craver. It is also one of the few books I've read mentioning an Amish firefighter. Molly's barn burned and her husband died a result of the fire. I'm not sure if this book is a romance or if it's a romantic suspense. The fire chief is investigating the fire, everyone wants to know who done it, and Jonathan is under fire for volunteering for the fire department -- or is it just something to pick at him for because the bishop is single and wants to marry Molly? If you aren't familiar with a lot of Amish customs and why they do things, this book goes into detail about the beliefs and reasons behind them. But you also have to keep in mind that Amish rules differ from district to district, depending on the bishop and what he believes. While part of the book does read as an information dump, and the rest is told rather than shone, fans of Amish fiction will be interested in reading this. Will Molly marry Jonathan or the bishop? Who started the fire and why? Was it murder? Or just a terrible accident? There are lots of secrets coming to life, lies that have been told, and some of it is unexpected. If you are interested in other books about Amish firefighters, there is one by me (The Amish Firefighter) and I think I read one recently by another author, but I can't remember who right now. In most Amish communities, volunteering and giving back to the community is encouraged, and Amish work as firefighters, EMTs and other emergency services.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
A compelling Amish story filled with losses, gains, healing, love, faith, loyalty and relationships. Diane Craver crafted another action packed tale with true to life characters facing realistic issues of today. I enjoyed catching up with characters from The Bishop’s Daughters series and Craver’s first series, Dreams of Plain Daughters. This story can be read as a standalone with particulars of primary characters’ history being shared in this amazing story. My heart broke for Molly as she faced her loss along with other family members with their faith, love for God and Biblical promises seeing them through all their difficulties. Readers of Amish genre will appreciate Diane Craver’s interweaving of the Amish community members with their English friends who respected their beliefs and life style. A Plain Widow reeled me in with all the twists and turns to discovering who the arsonist was I look forward to reading the next book in this series, to see how the lives of these charming and affectionate characters are doing (after all they seem like family members). I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by Diane Craver, whether it was her Amish or romance stories. I received a complimentary e-copy of A Plain Widow from the author. I was not required to write a positive review, but have expressed my honest opinion of this enthralling story.