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Plain Peace (Daughters of the Promise Series #6)

Plain Peace (Daughters of the Promise Series #6)

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by Beth Wiseman

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Anna loves the grandfather who raised her, but his strict adherence to the Ordnung is scaring away any boy who might be interested in her—except newcomer Jacob.

Under normal circumstances Anna Byler would have her choice of any of the young men in her Amish community. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather, the bishop,


Anna loves the grandfather who raised her, but his strict adherence to the Ordnung is scaring away any boy who might be interested in her—except newcomer Jacob.

Under normal circumstances Anna Byler would have her choice of any of the young men in her Amish community. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather, the bishop, the available suitors are afraid to court her. Then handsome Jacob Hostetler moves to Paradise and decides Anna is worth the challenge.

Anna sees that the bishop’s legalism is dividing the community and even risking the lives of its members—but her grandfather doesn’t. When she is forced to deception in order to pursue her dream of marriage and family with Jacob, Anna feels her own faith slipping. If only she could get her grandmother to help her stand up to the bishop. ButMammi is keeping secrets of her own.

Anna wants to honor her grandparents, the two most important people in her life, but her heart is divided by the rules that guide their little Amish community and the growing love she has for Jacob. How can she be true to both?

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Daughters of the Promise Series , #6
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Plain Peace

By Beth Wiseman

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2013 Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8594-2


Anna watched out the window and waited until her grandfather's buggy rounded the corner before she pulled the bottle of pills from her apron pocket. She handed the prescription to her grandmother, resolved that she would never live the way her grandparents did—keeping secrets from each other. Even if her future husband did end up being the bishop like her grandfather.

"Danki, Anna." Marianne Byler popped two pills in her mouth and followed them down with a glass of water, then stashed the pills in her own apron pocket. Anna knew she wouldn't see the bottle again until it was empty and time for more, and she'd often wondered where her grandmother hid the bottle.

"The pharmacist said you've been out of refills for a few months, but Dr. Noah kept approving it. He won't fill it again, though, until you come for an office visit, and this isn't the full prescription." Anna began gathering up the dirty dinner dishes, glancing at her mammi a couple of times before adding, "So what will you do?" She piled the plates on the counter next to the sink and folded her arms across her chest.

Mammi dipped a dishrag into the soapy water and looked over her shoulder. "The Lord will provide."

"I sure hope so." Mammi never got worked up about anything, but sometimes Anna thought maybe she should.

It had been eight months since her grandfather had forbidden everyone in their district to visit Dr. Noah Stoltzfus's clinic. Anna wondered if Daadi would have made such a decision if he'd known that his own wife was so dependent on Dr. Noah, a secret Mammi had been keeping since way before the official ban. Anna glanced at the clock on the wall.

"Can I go now?" She tucked a strand of loose brown hair beneath her kapp, then smoothed the wrinkles from her black apron. "The volleyball game at the Lapps' haus started at one."

Mammi turned around, dried her hands on a kitchen towel, and leaned against the counter. "Ya, but be home in time to help with supper." She smiled, defining the lines around her tiny mouth and those feathering from the corners of her eyes. "And have fun."

Anna nodded, then hurried through the living room to the front door.

The Lapp farm was in walking distance. By the time she arrived, the court was filled with players.

"Come be on our side, Anna!" Emma Lapp waved, and once Anna was in place, she stared through the net at an unfamiliar face. She gawked long enough to almost get hit in the head with the ball but awkwardly bounced it away with her elbow instead. Luckily Emma got underneath it and made the point.

"That's Jacob Hostetler," Emma whispered in Anna's ear. "His family just moved here. They bought the old Zook place." Emma struggled to catch her breath as she brushed her palm against a sweaty forehead. "Hard to keep focused with him on the other side of the net, ya?" Emma grinned before she got back in place a few feet to Anna's right.

Anna tried to keep her eyes on the other team's server, but her gaze kept shifting back to Jacob Hostetler. Like most of the men this time of year, Jacob's face was bronzed by the summer sun, and his shoulders and arms looked like those of a man who'd been chopping wood since he was born—nineteen or twenty years ago, she guessed. If his tall and muscular physique wasn't enough to set any girl's heart to racing, he also had brown hair streaked with gold, his cropped bangs resting just above piercing blue eyes. When he looked at her, tiny dimples formed on either side of a flawless mouth.

She forced herself to look away from his perfectness and watched the volleyball coming in her direction. "Got it!" She wasn't as tall as most of the players on the team, so she had to jump really high to slam the ball over the net. And slam it she did—right into the side of Jacob's face.

"Are you okay?" She peered through the net. One side of Jacob's face was bright red. But he waved her off.

"Ya, ya. I'm fine."

The game went on for another forty-five minutes before Emma's mamm set refreshments on a nearby picnic table. Emma looped her arm through Anna's as they walked to the table, leaning over to whisper in her ear again. "Well, he's a looker, but have you ever seen a worse volleyball player in your life?"

Anna had been thinking the same thing. If Jacob did happen to make contact with the ball, it went flying wildly out of bounds every time. "Maybe they didn't play volleyball where he comes from." She paused. "Where does he come from? Do you know?"

"Somewhere in Ohio. Middlefield, I think."

Emma was tall with auburn hair, bright green eyes, and a figure with exactly the right amount of curves. She could have her pick of any guy in Paradise, Pennsylvania. Anna wondered if Jacob would add himself to Emma's list of suitors. Would he be the one Emma finally latched onto? Both Emma and Anna would be nineteen in February, so they were looking for that special someone.

Although Anna didn't have a single prospect on the horizon.

Once everyone was gathered around the table, they all bowed their heads for a silent prayer, then dug into the chips, dips, cookies, and punch. Anna was thankful for the shade of the tree above them and the gentle breeze. It was fiercely hot for June.

"Danki for inviting me today." Jacob reached for a chip as he glanced around at the seven other people snacking. His voice was deep even though he spoke softly, the hint of a blush in his cheeks.

Anna knew that pride was a sin, that looks were not supposed to be important, but this fellow had been abundantly blessed just the same. Apparently Anna herself had not. Otherwise, surely at least one member of their district would have wanted to date her.

Ben Raber introduced everyone and spoke up on behalf of the group. "Gut to have you." He paused as he reached for a cookie. "So tell us about you. About your family."

Anna held her breath as she waited for Jacob to answer, assuming he probably had a perfect family with wonderful parents and a herd of brothers and sisters. Doubtful that both his parents had been killed in a buggy accident when he was three and that he'd been raised by his grandparents, as she had.

"It's mei mamm and daed, and I have two schweschdere and two brieder."

Of course you do. Anna took a large bite out of a chocolate chip cookie.

"And one of mei schweschdere is named Anna," Jacob added, winking at her. "But we call her Anna Mae."

Anna felt sure the earth was shifting beneath her feet, but with her cheeks packed with cookie, all she could do was attempt to smile and nod. She didn't recall ever feeling so weak in the knees.

A short while later Anna helped Emma and her mother clean up while the older males—those in their rumschpringe—went to the barn and the two younger children went home.

"I think the new fellow took a liking to Anna." Emma smiled as she handed her mother an empty bowl.

"I'm not surprised." Sarah Lapp put the bowl in the sink as she turned to Anna. "You're a beautiful young woman."

Compared to your dochder? Are you kidding me? Anna forced a smile, knowing both Emma and her mother were mistaken, but proud of the fact that she could honestly say she'd never been jealous of Emma. Her best friend was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, and she'd never been anything but wonderful to Anna. "But you're wrong," she said to Emma after her mother had excused herself.

"Hmm. We'll see." Emma giggled.

* * *

Jacob listened to Ben Raber and Rubin Fisher talking about what a hard winter they'd had last year, and he nodded when the conversation seemed to call for it, but all he could think about was what might be waiting for him at home. Playing volleyball had been a great distraction—even though he was lousy at it. Spending a few hours with people his age who didn't know about his past almost made him feel like a normal person again, and it was nice to have a Saturday off from work. But reality loomed about six miles down the road, and he didn't think that moving would fix anything. They were a messed-up family, and geography wasn't going to change that.

Despite his worries, Jacob's ears perked up when he heard Ben mention Anna Byler. Watching her through the volleyball net had been the highlight of the day. Several ringlets of light brown hair had fallen from beneath her kapp during the games, enough to make him wonder if she had long wavy curls that cascaded to her waist when it wasn't wound in a bun beneath her prayer covering. He'd tried to hold her gaze for more than a few seconds, but she'd kept pulling her deep brown eyes away from his. She was by far the prettiest girl there.

"What?" Jacob interrupted Ben, who by now had turned the conversation to fishing. "What did you say before about Anna Byler?"

Ben grinned. "I said I think Anna gets prettier every time I see her." He paused and scratched his chin. "But I also said it's too bad she's undateable."

Jacob leaned back against the wall of the barn and looped his thumbs beneath his suspenders. "What do you mean, undateable?" If anyone's not fit to date, it's me.

Rubin chuckled as he sat down on a square bale of hay. "I thought I saw you giving Anna the eye." He shook his head. "Don't even waste your time. I don't think that girl has been on one date." He looked at Ben. "Do you think anyone has ever even taken her home from a singing?"

Ben shook his head from where he was standing a few feet away. "Nee."

Jacob frowned, wondering what could be so wrong with her.

"It's her grandfather." Ben pulled a cigar from his pocket and ran it beneath his nose, breathing in the aroma. "She lives with her grandparents, and no one will go near her because of him." He lit the cigar, took a few puffs, then passed it to Rubin. "Anna's daadi had been a minister for years, and he was a scary man in that role. Last October he became bishop, and it's gotten worse. He's changing everything around here, and not for the gut."

Jacob shook his head when Rubin passed the cigar to him. People in his district didn't smoke. "Is this allowed?" He nodded toward Rubin as Rubin took another puff.

"Ach, it used to be." Rubin gave the cigar back to Ben. "The men have always gathered in the barn, especially after a meal, to share stories and smoke cigars. But Bishop Byler put an end to all smoking. And cell phones. And a whole bunch of other stuff."

Jacob automatically reached for the cell phone in his pocket, glad that it hadn't rung since yesterday. He held it up. "Guess I better get rid of this." That would give him a good excuse to distance himself a little more from his past. Without the cell phone, no one could find him.

"We had a strict bishop in Ohio too." Jacob paused, reaching for the cigar, then coughed after he took a puff. "How bad can he be?"

Ben raised his eyebrows and laughed. "Ach, you'll see. He's as mean a man as I've ever known, and I bet he keeps Anna locked in her room half the time."

Jacob scowled. "What? I doubt that. And how'd he get to be bishop if he's so mean?"

"You know how it works—all done by the lot," Rubin said. "And I'm guessing back when he was first nominated to be a deacon or minister, he must have had everyone tricked into believing he was a gut guy."

Jacob knew exactly how it worked. A man must receive three nominations to be considered for a role as deacon or minister, then all candidates would walk into a room with hymnals laid out before them. One of the books contained a piece of paper with a scripture reading on it. Whoever picked that particular book was God's chosen one to minister. The same process was used to pick a bishop. These were sacred callings.

"What about the deacons and ministers? Do they agree with him? In Ohio, some things were put to a vote before anything could be changed in the Ordnung." Jacob took another drag from the cigar and coughed again, thinking he wouldn't miss this particular ban.

"But that's the problem," Ben said. "Our Ordnung has never been changed, upgraded, or whatever you call it. Bishop Byler and the ministers and deacons are just enforcing what's already in the Ordnung. Our parents say things have just been kind of overlooked for years, but now Bishop Byler is taking everything back to the old ways."

"Do your parents agree with him?"

"Not really. But no one wants to stand up to him and face being shunned—or even if not shunned, shamed." Rubin stubbed out the cigar and put it back in his pocket.

Jacob pushed back the rim of his straw hat. "That doesn't sound mean, just strict."

Ben chuckled. "Ach, well ... then you go right on over there and ask Anna Byler on a date or to a Sunday singing."

"I never said I wanted to ask her out." Jacob thought she was beautiful, and she seemed to have a playful spirit, something he found attractive in a woman. But he wasn't planning on dating anyone, despite his mother's encouragement to do so. "I doubt a man of God like the bishop would lock his granddaughter in her room or willingly be mean to anyone. He probably just doesn't want his district changing with the times. Lots of bishops are that way."

Rubin took off his hat and ran his forearm across his forehead. "Well, I'd sure ask her out if it weren't for her grandfather. The bishop we used to have was strict, but nothing like this. Bishop Ebersol was a wise old man. He knew when it was okay to bend the rules. Bishop Byler doesn't bend on anything, but we're stuck with him until he dies."

* * *

Anna kept one hand tightly over her mouth as tears streamed down her cheeks. She'd come to tell the men that Emma's mother had dessert and coffee set out for them in the kitchen, but she'd stopped outside the barn door when she heard her name. Is this really what they think of Daadi?

She knew her grandfather was strict. Too strict. Her grandmother was proof of that, hiding prescriptions from her own husband because he preferred her treatment to come from the homeopathic doctor in town. And those herbal remedies had worked ... at first. But when the symptoms grew worse, he had refused to back down, so Mammi had gone to Dr. Noah behind his back. Anna suspected she hid more than just medications. Maybe all married couples lived like that—keeping things from one another just to keep the peace. Anna would never want to do that.

But she also knew that her grandfather loved her and her grandmother and all the people in his district. Stuck with him until he dies? These jerks don't know him as a person, don't know what his motivations are. The only one who seemed to get it—maybe—was the new guy, Jacob. Trembling, she kept her hand over her mouth and listened.

"The biggest thing folks are upset about is not being able to go to Dr. Noah's clinic."

Anna leaned an ear closer and recognized Rubin as the one speaking.

"Noah Stoltzfus was shunned by the community a really long time ago. He wrote a book or something." Rubin paused. "Anyway, he came back and wanted to make up for the way he'd acted by opening a clinic. He'd gotten him a doctoring degree, and he opened a clinic within buggy distance for most of the Amish folks here. It was his way of giving back to the community, he used to say. And his wife, Carley, used to work at the front desk. Gut people and related to some of the families here in our district. At first our old bishop—Bishop Ebersol—wouldn't let anyone go to Dr. Noah's clinic, but eventually he gave in because he knew it was the best thing for the community. The hospital is too far to reach by buggy. Most of us could get to Dr. Noah's clinic by buggy, and lots of times he drove to our haus if it was an emergency."

"Not anymore." Anna heard Ben jump in. "Almost all of Dr. Noah's patients were Amish. I heard he might even close down his clinic now. A real shame." He paused, and Anna could hear rustling, as if someone had stood up or moved around. "And I know it's Bishop Byler's fault that Lizzie Miller died a couple of months ago. Sarah Jane begged Bishop Byler to let Dr. Noah treat her stepmother, saying the distance to Lancaster was too far for the old woman, even by car. I was young when Lizzie's husband died, but Jonas was somewhat of a legend around here, and I doubt he'd be too happy that Bishop Byler practically killed his wife."

Excerpted from Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman. Copyright © 2013 Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Meet the Author

Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series. While she is best known for her Amish novels, Beth has also written contemporary novels including Need You Now, The House that Love Built, and The Promise.

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SweetPeanutsMom More than 1 year ago
I had read the previous books in this series and was happy to continue the story. This was a good read. The story of Anna's grandmother et al was a nice touch. Sometimes you read a book and are sure you know the whole synopsis but it turns out differently. That's what happened with Amish Peace. It wasn't drastically different than what I thought but it was pleasantly different than what I had envisions. Amish fiction lovers will enjoy this book.
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Amish fiction as well as this series so I was happy to pick this book up. I also enjoy reading about Rumspringa as I find that part of the culture very interesting. I found myself feeling bad for Anna as everyone was grandfather was so strict that everyone was afraid to court her. But Anna's grandmother was helping her keep a big secret. Jacob was a very strong person the become head of his household while young when his father is unable to. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and in doing so you become friends with the and find yourself wanting to help out. I think Beth did a good job of continuing on with this series. 
Anonymous 8 months ago
This Amish story is different - a Bishop's wife who secretly uses the internet to purchase things that she knows she shouldn't. A family who has lost a daughter and is struggling with the loss and desperately needs help. A sweet young couple trying to get to know each other despite family opposition. Really interesting story that all comes together with forgiveness and healing. I enjoyed this story and recommend it highly. **** esk 04/2017 ****
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books in the Daughters of the Promise series. Plain Peace is book six in the series. There is also another Amish series by Beth Wiseman that is connected to the Daughters of the Promise Series. It is the Land of Canaan Series. Each book in these two series can be read as a stand alone, but I really believe they are better enjoyed as a part of the whole set. Plain Peace is not my favorite book in the series, but I did like it. There is quite a bit of tension created by a very strict bishop, who is unwilling to budge in his determination of the way his Amish community should be. This causes frustration throughout the community and particularly in the bishop’s family. There are a few different story lines in the book, but the main one revolves around the bishop’s granddaughter, Anna, and her developing relationship with a newcomer named Jacob. I really felt for these two young people. I loved watching their love grow even amid the overbearing control of Anna’s grandfather. Another very moving portion of the story involved Jacob’s parents and delved into the way their family was handling grief. Although it was sometimes hard to read these sections due to the painful topic and situation these parents were in, this storyline in the book was really amazing. I definitely recommend Plain Peace to fans of Amish fiction. It contains a wonderful romance, along with lessons in forgiveness, honesty, and grieving.
TonyaTells More than 1 year ago
Anna’s grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband. Anna Byler should be enjoying her Rumspringa as allowed by her faith. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather—the bishop—the available suitors in town are afraid to court her. Even Anna’s grandmother is keeping a big secret from Anna’s grandfather in an effort to keep the peace. Under her grandfather’s oppressive watch, Anna begins to feel her faith slipping and wonders if God has forsaken her. Jacob Hostetler and his family have relocated to Lancaster County following a family tragedy in Ohio. As his family struggles to rebuild their lives, Jacob is forced to act as head of the household when his father is unable to cope with recent events. It’s been a long time since Jacob has felt any joy. Until he meets Anna Byler. But will Anna’s grandfather succeed at keeping them apart? And can Jacob put the past behind him and open his heart? --Lots going on in this book. Marianne has big secrets in her little room in the basement. One that might give her husband a heart attack! Cora and her family are new to the community but they come with their hearts heavy, after losing their oldest daughter Leah, to a farming accident. Will they be able to heal? New love and lots more in this next part of the Daughters of the Promise novel.. Each of Beth Wiseman's books are always so good and so much thought goes into them, you just sit back for awhile and you never really get over them. You want to be a Daughter of the Promise. Let's make it a goal ladies. Be one, TODAY. I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Read program in exchange for my honest opinion.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Fun read! Anna Byler's is raised by her grandparents. In her opinion they are the best  grandparents ever. Although to the young men that would like to invite her to the singing are give her a ride in their buggy her grandfather is unapproachable on the subject. Anna is totally ignorant of the young men's problem with her grandfather. That is until she overhears them talking about this very thing.  She gave them a good tongue lashing and informed them  they were wrong.  To her disappointment they were right. On top of this other people in their Amish community had problems with her grandfather being so strict when it came to the Old Order Ways of the Amish. You see her grandfather is the Bishop for their Amish Community.   Anna even found out her grandmother was hiding things from her grandfather.  So, why is he being so strict? Doesn't he know he is alienating himself from the community? When Jacob Hosetler moves to Paradise he is determined to change the Bishop's mind and court Anna.  With Anna, her grandmother and Jacob taking a stand to change the Bishop's strict ways they find they may have gotten in deeper than they ever expected. The Bishop is determined to stand his ground. This was a fun read.  So much love in this family but the author has managed to create in them a very dysfunctional family.  She shows how seeds of deceit can tear not only a family apart but the whole community.  A tender loving man yet hard as a rock when it came to Old Order Ways. The character of the grandmother was so sweet yet she had a compulsive disorder.  The author has a wonderful and humorous  imagination when it comes to creating her characters.   I wonder if we can see any of ourselves in any of these characters.  Like the seamstress that hoards fabric or the person that is obsessed with shoes.   I must admit I do see myself in that  I can not have enough books.  So you leave know wiggle room when it comes to the rules of house or church?  I gladly recommend this book. . Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.
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sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Don’t Miss This Great Read! Having read all the books in A Daughters of the Promise series I could not wait to read this book.  The author did not let me down.  There were issues in this book that we usually don’t read about in Amish fiction.  I love that the author chose to write about problems that are real; not only in the Amish communities but in the English world too. Sometimes people have a hard time giving up control and Bishop Byler is a perfect example.  I found it both funny and sad how his wife Marianne handled her controlling husband. A death in a family can be devastating.  Some people have a hard time coming to grips with it and shut out those who love them.  The results can be heart breaking and pure agony for all involved.  This story is a perfect example.  Can deep hurt and wounds heal? We follow the lives of several families in this story.  We learn that it is only through our faith in God that we can heal from bitterness, unforgiveness, and unwilling to forgive ourselves.  How seeking the Lord through prayer and sharing our hurts with loving friends can bring us into a right relationship with God and give us plain peace. I highly recommend this book to those reading this review.  You will love it!
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Beth Wiseman always touches my heart with her books. If you enjoy Amish Fiction will love this book and others by Beth. Anna Byler is an Old Order Amish and has been raised by her grandparents. Her grandfather is the Bishop in their Community. At a singing she goes out to the barn to let the ones there know that the food and drinks are ready. She hers a conversation between several of the boys and the new member to the community, Jacob Hostetler. Upon hearing the criticism of her Grandfather she is hurt and also finds out why no one has every asked her to a singing, a buggy ride or a walk. She is so hurt that she runs home. Jacob tries to follow but she turns him away. When Anna's grandfather refuses to let Jacob court her she slips out to meet Jacob. Neither feel right about it and Jacob confronts the Bishop. This book is about love, remorse, forgiveness and you will have a few chuckles at Anna's grandmother and her secrets. Yep, she keeps secrets from her husband, the Bishop. Set back, get comfortable with your favorite winter time hot drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) curl up with your book and enjoy. You might want to have a few tissues with you. I always need one in any of Beth's books. My husband even asked once what I was laughing at. I won't tell anymore because I don't want to spoil the book for you. I bought this book from a local bookstore and because I enjoyed this book so much I wanted to share it with other booklovers, especially of Amish Fiction. Beth's faith shows through her writing. Her characters become almost friends with their flaws, their family and faith in God. Beth's books always show how the characters depend on God through good and bad times. I hope you enjoy not only this book but others by Beth Wiseman as much as I have. Yes, I have read almost all of her books.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Beth Wiseman in her new book “Plain Peace” Book Six in the Daughters of the Promise series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Anna Byler. From the back cover:   Anna loves the grandfather who raised her, but his strict adherence to the Ordnung is scaring away any boy who might be interested in her—except newcomer Jacob. In normal circumstances Anna Byler would have her choice of any of the young men in her Amish community. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather, the bishop, the available suitors are afraid to court her. Then handsome Jacob Hostetler moves to Paradise and decides Anna is worth the challenge. Anna sees that the bishop’s legalism is dividing the community and risking the lives of its members—but her grandfather doesn’t. When she is forced to deception in order to pursue her dream of marriage and family with Jacob, Anna feels her own faith slipping. If only she could get her grandmother to help her stand up to the bishop. But Mammi is keeping secrets of her own. Anna wants to honor her grandparents, the two most important people in her life, but her heart is  divided by the rules that guide their little Amish community and the growing love she has for Jacob. How can she be true to both? “Plain Peace” is all about marriage.  Anna wants to get married, her grandfather, the Bishop, has strict ideas on her marriage, how keeping secrets in a marriage is harmful and what happens in a marriage when there is the death of a child.  There is also a focus on secretly hoarding and how that affects people.  Then there is the romance.  This is a book about what is important in life:  family, faith and forgiveness.  Ms. Wiseman knows how to create characters that live on the page and that we get to know and love.  Get ready for an interesting read that will keep you emotionally involved. Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
Anna Byler had never dated. For some reason none of the young Amish boys had never approached her and she felt inadequate. Jacob Hostetler was new in the community and Anna found herself drawn to him. When she overheard a few of the young men talking about her being unapproachable because of her strict grandfather, Bishop Byler, she was devastated. Was her grandfather really that strict? Hadn't he always had the best interests of the people in mind? Anna knew she had to do something to prove she was dateable so she asked Jacob out on a date and Anna was ecstatic when he agreed. But Anna hoped it would turn into more. She soon began to realize what others were saying. Her grandfather was all about strict rules and when she found out the magnitude of the secrets her grandmother was keeping from her grandfather she knew a change was needed. But what would it take for him to come to his senses? And would he ever agree to her seeing Jacob? Jacob Hostetler was new to the community. His family left their old home to get a fresh start after the death of his sister, Leah. His father had withdrawn from his role of taking care of the family and kept to himself because he felt responsible and Jacob prayed this move would heal the wounds of his family and give them a new life as a family. Meeting Anna Byler was the beginning of Jacob's healing. She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and he could share his worries, hopes and dreams with her. He knew he wanted a life with Anna but with Bishop Byler forbidding him to see her he wasn't sure if they could ever be together. Can they change her grandfather's mind? And will his family ever be what they once were? Plain Peace in the sixth book in the Daughters of the Promise series. While I haven't read all of the books in this series, I have read Plain Proposal and I can say, from my experience, the books only get better and better. The storyline was just great and covered a broad range of issues such as, the death of a child, diabetes and adultery. The plot was fully developed and came to a beautiful, complete ending. I felt satisfied after I finished. There were no loose ends leaving me feeling as if the story wasn't finished and I love that. I fell in love with the characters and I guarantee you will as well. This book can be read in order as a series but it can also be read as a stand alone novel. But, from what I have read so far, you will surely want to read the others and you "to be read" list will soon be growing. If you like Amish fiction with depth and a storyline that covers powerful issues you'll love this book. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone and I received no monetary compensation.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I am generally a fan of Amish fiction, and this book was a typical one for this genre. I can't really complain. The characters were strong, and the story was nice enough. The author has a familiar writing style, and it was nice to see the people relying on God when times were tough. It was intriguing to observe the way the Amish people have changed in light of our modern culture--that was my favorite part of the book.  My only complaint is that the story seemed a little too mundane. I believe that since the market is flooded with Amish literature, it is essential for authors to write Amish fiction that takes a different angle rather than relying on what has gone on before. While I will read just about any Amish fiction that is well-written, I might be hesitant to read such books from this author again unless I can be guaranteed a unique story. But if you are new to the genre, this may be exactly what you are looking for. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
The_Psychotic_Housewife More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Amish fiction and Ms. Wiseman's books, and I was not disappointed with this one. I enjoyed the storyline and was sad when the story came to an end. If you enjoy Amish food, there are recipes at the end of the book for some of the dishes you'll see mentioned throughout the story, like Cora's Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake. (Yum!) Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book, thanks to the Booksneeze program.