If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman

Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman

Book Description:
When Carley Marek takes a hiatus from her job, she leaves Texas and visits her friend Lillian in Amish country, Pennsylvania. Carley isn’t there long when she meets Lillian’s charming—but shunned—brother-in-law, Dr. Noah Stoltzfus.

When Lillian's stepson is stricken with a life-threatening disease, Noah is forbidden to intervene, but he resolves to do whatever it takes to save the boy's life. Carley finds herself caught in the middle of her feelings for Noah and her loyalty to Lillian. And to further complicate matters, everyone around her is talking about God--a God she doesn’t know and who appears to be punishing her for her past mistakes.

When her hiatus is up, Carley must make a life-changing decision: stay and face the path that is set before her, or flee and leave the only love she’s ever known.

My thoughts: This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I totally loved everything about it. I love reading about the Amish people and I love traveling to their communities here in Ohio and visiting. Anyway, back to the book. The character Carley had some hard things that had occurred in her life and it was interesting to read about how she was learning to cope with them as she visited with her Amish friend and family. It was very interesting to learn more about shunnings and what the Amish are really attempting to accomplish when they shun someone. I have a hard time believing that shunning is the right way to do things, but at least I understand a little more about it and the reasons they do it. It also very much shows you how the Amish come together as a community to help their own through all kinds of hardships. If you enjoy reading about the Amish at all, then this book is definitely for you

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. As soon as I seen the cover, I immediately stopped reading... because I'm reading the same book right now & I dont want to be biased with your review... but I gotta say, I'm totally enjoying it & cant put it down!!! Love a good book!!!

  2. Great review of a great book. I enjoy Beth's books.

  3. Thanks for your review....I'm putting it on my list of must reads!

    Sweet Blessings!

  4. Hi, Cathy~

    Thanks for the review and suggestion. I love to read ANYTHING about the Amish. Beverley Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter are my favorite authors. I hope to add to able to add Beth Wiseman to my list!


  5. I'm visiting from Mocha With Linda. You did a good job on your review! I enjoy books about the Amish. I've not read any by this author.

    Have a good day.

  6. Sounds like a great book!

    I finally did the post on the Circle of Friends Award you gave me a while back. Thanks Cathy!

    Please stop by. There's also a link to a very interesting Amish blog. You may have already heard of it. But if not you should check it out. She has great stories!

  7. You wrote a great review, Cathy!
    We went to Lancaster, PA several years ago and just loved it~
    We purchased two watercolors there... with a quilt as the focus. They are among my favorites.
    Keep safe & warm,
    Hope Kelli (and Mom) are doing better!

  8. Absolutely Love Beth Wiseman. I got hooked on amish fiction about 2 years ago and now that is all I read. I am in the middle of Suzanne Fisher's the choice right now on the Kindle. Very, very good so far.

  9. Sounds very good. I love the name Carley.


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