In His Service

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02 April 2010

'Plain Paradise'

by Beth Wiseman

I typically do not choose to read fiction but chose this book for some light reading. I must admit, it is very typical of most fiction I have read, with some twists & turns but in the end, everyone lives happily ever after. After all, this is what we want from light reading, right?

The main character is Linda, a 17yr old Amish girl, who finds out she is adopted & her birth mother wants to meet her. The author did a great job of keeping me wondering if Linda would eventually  choose the English world over the Amish. She did an excellent job of describing the struggles Linda went through. The author included, without it being out of place, the role God & her faith played in Linda's life & the decision she finally made.

It was interesting to see the change in Linda's adoptive mother towards her birth mother. The author did not try to sugarcoat her thoughts & feelings, her struggles & finally her acceptance. One can relate to these feelings and how satan builds on them. I found myself often understanding the emotions & wondering if I would be so obedient to God's leading.
I read this book for entertainment and was not disappointed.  The author does an excellent job of describing the turmoil in each of the characters in this book. She also shows how each member of the tight knit community affects & is affected by one another.  I think teenage girls and maybe mature preteens would enjoy & also learn some valuable lessons from this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. 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.”

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