Great job on her first novel. I have read several Amish fictional books, and I would certainly say she keeps up with the best of the other authors I have read. This is the first book of what I believe to be a series of 3. Very quick and easy read!
This book is great for people that are completely unfamiliar with the Amish lifestyle. It provides a good story along with the main tenants of the Amish faith because the main character, Lillian, has to learn everything about the Amish lifestyle from the ground up. While the story is not much different than other Amish stories currently available, I did like that the daughter born to an Amish woman found herself joining the Amish community after years of not knowing much about her Amish family. However, I wish more of her backstory had been explained with the boyfriend she left behind because of his controlling and abusive nature.
All in all, a very good read, and a great start to what I'm sure will be an excellent series.
Since Beth Wiseman's first novel far exceeds any expectations I had when I began reading it, I'm highly recommending it to friends and family. Lillian, her main female character, exudes a refreshingly humorous but realistic nature. While seeking to redeem the mess she has made of her life, Lillian arrives to live with her mother's parents, her grandparents, in their Amish community and experiences gentle acceptance and forgiveness as she learns the Amish beliefs and culture and seeks a relationship with God. Her Amish friends--Samuel, a widower, and his son--marvel at her kindness and cuteness while they grow to love her deeply. Unexpected events grip the reader emotionally. Plain Perfect is a refreshing read!
I loved this book! If you like a book that will make you smile, cheer or bring a tear to your eye, give this one a try. Beth Wiseman did a great job with this touching story that came alive with wonderful believable characters and the day to day life of the Amish. I was quickly swept into this engrossing and sweet Amish romance. Lillian was raised "English" after her mother left her Old Order Amish roots. She had made mistakes and had issues in her life and went to stay with her loving Amish grandparents to sort things out. It is there she meets a young widower--- Samuel and his son David. I am so glad that the author has more books due out in 2009! I am looking forward to reading them!
Beth Wiseman is an outstanding author. I highly recommend her Amish fiction books. They are touching and inspiring!