Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review: Plain Peace

Plain Peace is the sixth book in the Daughters of the Promise series. I loved this story. The characters were interesting and had some real depth to them.

Anna Byler is the granddaughter of a very strict Old Order Amish bishop. Even though she knows he can be unreasonable she has seen his love and compassion and aches when others view him wrongly. When she meets and falls in love with Jacob Hostetler, everything seems perfect. But then out of a misunderstanding, her grandfather forbids her to see Jacob again. Anna is faced with going behind his back or obeying his wishes and possibly losing Jacob. She doesn't want to end up like her grandmother who is always keeping secrets, but she feels like she has no choice.

Jacob's family has moved  to Paradise to escape from the constant sadness and memories of their home in Ohio. As they all struggle to come to terms with their oldest daughter/sister dying, they begin to find some hope amidst the grief except for Jacob's father who is so fraught with grief that he barely acknowledges anyone. Then Jacob meets Anna who is everything he has ever dreamed of. How can he convince the Bishop to let him court her?

This was a very good read. The best part of the story to me was the push toward forgiveness and how important and valuable it it to everyone involved. It's so much easier to forgive someone else that it is to forgive yourself, and the author portrayed the angst of the person very realistically.

I was given this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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