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Plain Perfect
Daughters of the Promise
by Beth Wiseman
Christian - Amish
320 Pages
Reviewed on 03/15/2009

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For the first 23 years of her life, Lillian was raised as an Englisher. When events in her life became overwhelming, she left her boyfriend, Ricki, and went to Lancaster County to her Amish grandparents. She discovered her true self and the way that she really wanted to live. She gave up her worldly possessions and, with her Grandmother’s help, she learned a new way of life. When she gave her life to the Lord, she found forgiveness and peace. Love found her with an Amish widower and his son.

Plain Perfect is a perfect read. Faith, love, and forgiveness are demonstrated. No matter the problem, we have to give it to the Lord and let his will be done in His time. Beth Wiseman’s characters come to life on the pages. Fans of Christian romance will enjoy Plain Perfect


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Kathleen Fuller
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Plain Perfect. Although I read the second book in this series, Plain Pursuit, first, reading the books out of order didn't diminish my enjoyement. Wiseman has developed wonderful characters, my favorite being Grandpa. She also does a great job of explaining Amish beliefs and traditions, and I learned a few things as I read the story. Plain Perfect is a CBA bestseller for a reason--it's a lovely novel, and a must read for all Amish fiction fans.


Chris H.
I must say,even though I have read many Amish-Themed historicals,this was the first one that I have ever read where a woman from the outside world has a desire to become a member of the Amish community.

I don't think the book put enough emphasis on the fact that to do so,(I believe) an outsider must learn German,but otherwise I loved the story.

The character development was flawless,and Oh my how I came to love Lillian's Amish grandparents,and widower Samuel Stoltzfus and his 11 yr. old son,David.

Even though I find the married Amish men's style of untrimmed beards with no mustache thoroughly unattractive and funny looking,I somehow found myself believing that Lillian found Samuel the most handsome man she'd ever met!A testament to the author's ability to draw me into her story,I'd say.Of course I also fell in love with him,LOL! It helped that Samuel wasn't some shy,backward bumpkin,as I dreadfully expected,going into this book,because his being from a vastly different and isolated culture. I loved that he was friendly,outgoing,and playful,and those same characteristics, in Lillian are what attracted him to her,along with her her looks.

It was wonderful how all the questions were answered and all loose ends were plausibly tied up at the end of the book.

I highly recommend Plain Perfect for lovers of Amish-themed fiction,would would especially enjoy an original plot.

I couldn't put it down until I finished it at 4:00 AM!


Elaine C. Thomas
I've never read any fiction depicting the Amish before but this isn't just a romance based in Lancaster, Pa. It's a story that touched my heart and soul. There are a lot of really good writers out there that sell lots of books but when I finish one of the latest best sellers, I feel like there's something missing. Beth's spiritual faith shines through as she weaves her story. I can't wait until the third book in the series of Daughters of the Promise hits the bookshelves.


Amee E.
I found this novel to be well written and intriguing. Wiseman weaves the story lines of faith and romance expertly. I was equally invested in (and cheering on) the romance between Lillian and Samuel as well as Lillian's quest for faith within the Amish world. A highly recommended novel for Christian fiction fans, especially those focusing on the Amish.


Beth Wiseman is a good author for this series. I found it refreshing. Some romance novels even christian romance can be too mushy but this was just right! I can't wait to read the next book in this series.


Deborah Whiteside
Wonderful books. I mostly read fiction books about Amish and I love these books. Would definetly recommend.


I enjoyed Beth Wiseman's Plain Perfect last year so when the Thomas Nelson book review program offered her new book Plain Promise (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) I was happy to request a copy.

Plain Promise is the story of Sadie Fisher, a young Amish widow who rents out her guest house to a single man from California. Shortly thereafter, his autistic young son is dropped off by his ex-wife, who shortly thereafter is killed in a car accident. Kade is a wealthy developer who, despite all his toys, is deeply unhappy. She feels attracted to him, but knows that being with him would mean leaving her family and friends. She has been corresponding with an Amish man in Texas for some time; will she marry him? Kade is attracted to her, and to some extent, to the Amish lifestyle, but can he fully accept the Amish lifestyle? The book also contains a sub-plot about a romance between two elderly Amish, which I thought was sweet.

I enjoyed the book. There were a few references to characters featured in Wiseman's other books, but this book is fine as a stand-alone novel. As in Plain Perfect, the outsider comes to Lancaster County looking for peace on his or her own terms and finds it on Amish terms. I'd be real curious to know how often people to convert to the Amish faith/lifestyle and how often it really sticks. As fascinating as I find the Amish, I find it extremely difficult to imagine leaving this life for theirs. Faith is a part of the book, but isn't really preachy.

Plain Promise is an easy feel-good read and I recommend it to those who enjoy books about the Amish or those who like clean romances.


A wunderbaar Amish novel set in the quaint Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Beth Wiseman combines love, faith in God, friendship and family in a way that captures the reader and holds them to the very end!

Lillian Miller, trying to escape a life of lies and a relationship she doesn't need, flees to her Amish grandparents' home in Lancaster County, knowing all along that she will never fit in with her modern style. While there, she discovers truths about her past...things her mother never told her.

Samuel Stoltzfus is a young Amish widow, trying to raise his young son. He meets the young Englischer, the granddaughter of his close friends. He knows the rules of the Ordnung, but can he truly deny what he feels in his heart???

She's forced to choose between two of lies and abuse, and one of simple, family oriented, Godly, plain living...and a life with a wunderbaar, caring man.

What will happen to Lillian and her perfect, modern life and Samuel, with his plain living? Will they face the truth of their feelings, hearts and God and become Plain Perfectin this amazing inspirational novel?

Grab some coffee and a copy of Beth's novel, sit back and enjoy! You'll be glad you did! This book truly deserves to be highly praised and I think you'll agree once you,too, have read Plain Perfect by Beth Wiseman!!!!! Two thumbs up and five stars to Mrs. Wiseman!!!


Charles and Denise Spence
I can't get enough of these wonderful heart touching and soul searching books. What an awesome read. I am clearly addicted.
Denise in NC


I've read so many Amish novels and they were beginning to run together. Same story, same plot, different characters. Plain Perfect was a refreshing change. I enjoyed it very much and couldn't wait to see what the end would bring because I wasn't sure how it would end. Great story. Looking forward to the next book in this series.


V. Spalek
I don't normally read love stories, but I did read this one, and I am glad I did. The book was filled with drama and anticipation and I found that I could not put the book down. I wanted to know the ending to Samuel and Lillian's life and could not have been more please with how it turned out. I can hardly wait for the other books in the series to come out and look forward to reading other book from Beth Wiseman.Plain Perfect


Suzanne J. Sellner
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! Waiting for the second book of the trilogy will be difficult, but I will definitely pre-order it in order to receive it as soon as possible.
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