Plain Proposal

Plain Proposal

by Beth Wiseman


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Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman

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 he 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718036393
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Series: Daughters of the Promise Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 473,838
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series, as well as novellas that have been included in many bestselling collections such as An Amish Year and An Amish Garden. Visit her online at; Facebook: AuthorBethWiseman; Twitter: @BethWiseman.

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Plain Proposal 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Deb2588 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the amish stories, They are fresh and pure and full of God's love. The peaceful feelings they instill in my heart are changing my everyday life. Thank you.
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JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
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.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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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DSaff More than 1 year ago
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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lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
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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rickc More than 1 year ago
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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Valarie More than 1 year ago
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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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!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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.