Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Series: Daughters of the Promise(Book 5)
Goodreads Summery: Miriam Raber enjoys life in her Old Order Amish community, and she is hopeful that Saul Fisher will propose to her soon. But when Saul starts talking about leaving the only world either of them has ever known, Miriam imagines what her life might look like as an Englischer. One thing she knows for certain, she loves Saul and feels he’s the one God has chosen for her. But Saul’s indecision has come at an inconvenient time as Miriam is noticing advances from Jesse Dienner, a man she went to school with, who is committed to marry and live his life in the Old Order community.
Complicating matters is the arrival of Miriam’s cousin, Shelby, a worldly Englisch girl sent to live with Miriam’s family following trouble back home.
Who will Miriam choose a life with, and who will choose to stay in the Old Order Amish community?
Miriam has loved Saul from a far as long as she can remember. Finally she get the courage up and talks to him and she soon finds herself spending time with him and seeing a future together. Though there is rumors saying Saul is going to leave the community in the fall. Will Miriam follow him if he does? Saul has loved Miriam for years but knowing he plans to leave the community he has stayed away from her. But when she starts talking to him he finds himself not being able to stay away. Saul is also dealing with some issues with his dad and fears his dreams of leaving will be shattered. Will these two young people find love with all these obstacle or will they keep them apart?
This is the fifth book in the series and the first one I have read of it. I am always a little nervous reading the last book of a series with out reading any of the ones before it but it ended up not being an issue. At first I was not sure if I was going to like the story line but I soon found myself enjoying it. I did feel like the characters should have been older as they are only 18 and felt more like early 20’s to me with the issues they where dealing with. I know Amish tend to marry younger but I felt the maturity was very high considering the age. The subject of the Amish leaving the community was also one I have not read about a lot(from this angle) and found it interesting. I admit I was kind of surprised how easy it seemed to be in this book. Granted it’s dealing with young adults not yet baptized into the church but I thought it might be a little more difficult then it seemed. There is also a secondary story line dealing with Miriam’s cousin Shelby and I enjoyed this character and she found God and in the end happiness. I almost wish she had a book of her own!
Over all I really enjoyed this book and this book lays the corner stone blocks for the next series the author is writing and I am looking for ward to The Land of Canaan books. I love Beth Wiseman’s writing style and how her characters are so well developed and real. I hope to go back and read the first four books of this series. One of my favorite Amish Fiction writers!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.