Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise, #1)” as Want to Read:
Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise #1)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,593 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
A search for peace in Amish country proves anything but simple for a woman on the run from life...and herself.

On the rolling plains of Lancaster County, PA., Lillian Miller is searching for her grandparents' house...and so much more. After years of neglect and abuse, she's turning to a lifestyle of simplicity among the Amish to find herself.

As she discards the distractions
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Thomas Nelson
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Plain Perfect, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Plain Perfect

Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta ChapmanThe Shunning by Beverly  LewisWhen the Heart Cries by Cindy WoodsmallThe Covenant by Beverly  LewisThe Betrayal by Beverly  Lewis
Best of Amish Fiction
10th out of 377 books — 348 voters
Temptation by Karen Ann HopkinsBelonging by Karen Ann HopkinsForever by Karen Ann HopkinsPlain Perfect by Beth WisemanPlain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman
The Plain Way of Life
4th out of 74 books — 13 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
This was a fun, quick read. It is my first book with an Amish story/setting, and while I liked that aspect of it, I just didn't care too much for the main character. She was just a bit immature for her age. She was in her late 20's and acted more like someone my age or even younger. Her view of how easily she could adapt to the Amish way of life was a bit unrealistic. There was a definite charm to her, which I liked, and I probably would have found her character more believable if she was a bit ...more
Rachel Brand
Apr 10, 2011 Rachel Brand rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Lynne
With so many other Amish books that I own and need to read, I hadn't thought about checking out the work of Beth Wiseman until a friend leant me this book. Picking it up one evening when I was feeling under the weather and wanting to read a "real" book rather than something on my Kindle, I found myself pleasantly surprised. I almost devoured this book in an entire evening, unable to put it down. Lillian was a hilarious character, constantly putting her foot in her mouth whenever she claimed that ...more
Susan Storm
Oct 26, 2009 Susan Storm rated it did not like it
I pretty much knew exactly what was going to happen in this book after the first chapter...and I was right. All the plot 'twists' were things I called at the beginning. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy the book, because I kind of did. However, it was all too predictable, and the romance wasn't quite believable to me because it was too fast-paced and I felt like the writing was too formulaic and really, really just...too cheezy for me. I also hate it when the characters speak in a way in which th ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. It is so refreshing to read a romance book that isn't full of lust and sex. This one is just wonderful. In this book, Lillian comes to visit her grandparents searching for peace that she desperately needs. While there, she meets Samuel, and falls in love with not only him, but also the simple lifestyle that the Amish people lead. Her journey into self-realization is very heartfelt and I love how she comes to forgive those who have hurt her. This book did a lot to heal my unfo ...more
Kathleen Fuller
May 21, 2009 Kathleen Fuller rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 23, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy by: Margaret
This was the first book I'd read by her. I've read a lot of good books lately, and this was one excelled! I loved how everything ended. Some books seem like the author was rushed at the end of the book, but this was not, very well thought out, like it was all planned out before writing commenced. I highly recommend this story if you like Amish stories.
Dec 08, 2015 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
In this first book of the Daughters of Promise series we meet Lillian Miller. Lillian is the English granddaughter of Jonas and Irma Rose. Lillian’s mother, Sarah Jane had an affair with an English man when she was a teenager. Pregnant and ashamed, she left home.

Lillian needed to get away from Rickie, the man she’d been living with. Because she knew he wouldn’t let her go, she snuck away one day while he was still at work. She barely made it though. While she was in the cab, she saw him coming
Apr 27, 2010 Christina rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish, 2010-reads
The first thought that pops in my mind when I think of this book is rushed. Really rushed. There are just too many plot lines occurring in this novel that each one feels rushed and undeveloped, especially as the novel reaches it’s happy ending. Quite possibly the most rushed story line is that of Lillian’s mother, Sarah Jane, return to Lancaster County, PA and her immediate acceptance the Amish religion she once rejected. Lillian’s acceptance of God and her relationship with Samuel also felt rus ...more
May 28, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book and reviewed it on my blog. Maybe I'll paste it here. I had never read Amish fiction before, and I was more than pleasantly surprised by the story. I didn't even expect that an Amish story would have anywhere to go. Loved it! review:

Plain Perfect is described on the cover as a "sweet journey of faith." I agree. I was unsure how I would feel about reading an "Amish" story. I wondered would it be like "Little House in the Prairie" with darker clothes and a lot
Jennifer Short
Apr 29, 2012 Jennifer Short rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 03, 2013 Trea rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenges-2013
I have a love hate relationship with getting sick. I love it because I wind up just lying on the couch reading all day, but I hate the fact that getting sick forces me into resting and not doing the things around the house that need doing. I've got one doozy of a cold right now, so I was able to lay down and read this book in a day, that's how good it was!

This is a story about a woman searching for faith, and finding it in the last place she expected. I enjoyed her struggle to find faith in God,
Apr 30, 2011 Mayda rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, amish, christian
In her series of about Amish, Daughters of the Promise, Beth Wiseman gives us a look into the lifestyles of the Plain and Simple. With clarity of writing, Ms. Wiseman draws the reader into the Amish community, its pleasures and its problems. In “Plain Perfect,” the reader learns how the magnetic pull of Amish peace and tranquility reaches out to a young woman searching for her roots and something more. Ms. Wiseman manages to achieve a balance between the Amish beliefs and lifestyle and the way t ...more
Catherine Richmond
Lillian escapes from her abusive boyfriend, and seeks peace with her Amish grandparents. She's grown up Englisch, so she has a lot of questions. Some of her predicaments, such as "where can I plug in my cellphone?", are humorous. Amish are forbidden to marry outside the faith, so Lillian has some tough decisions to make when she falls in love with a local farmer, Samuel.
Author Beth Wiseman does an excellent job showing the Amish way of life and their faith. But most of all, she shows us the Ami
Aug 17, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book! By the first chapter I was hooked. If you aren't familiar with Amish, this is a good book to start with as the main character was raised "Englisch", but ends up becoming Amish. So you can learn about the Amish right along with Lillian.

Will Lillian find the peace she's looking? How will she respond to the death of a loved one? And what part with the handsome Samuel and his son, David play in Lillian's life? Will Lillian be able to overcome her past (and her mom's mistak
Mar 23, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
I read this one for a Christian Lit. genre study at work. It was a sweet love story. It was very enjoyable, and the characters were certainly sympathetic. There were a few things in the book I couldn't really relate to, and I have a hard time supporting stories where women are "tamed"--by men, by children, by society, or by religion--perhaps I'm just too much of an independent Yankee, but it was still enjoyable. I think Christian readers would love this one, and the setting was certainly interes ...more
May 21, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011

I am a person that loves Amish fiction and while "Plain Perfect" was enjoyable, a part of me couldn't really get into the story. I thought the characters were underdeveloped and that the story line was predictable. The Amish books by Marta Perry, Amy Clipston and Beverly Lewis are much more enjoyable and very well written. I still plan to read the rest of a "Daughter of Promise" series, but if you are someone who only reads a few books I wouldn't recommend this one.
M.C. Pearson
Dec 05, 2008 M.C. Pearson rated it really liked it
I usually turn tail and run when I see a girl in a bonnet on the cover of a book...especially an Amish one. But I read the first chapter because I was setting it up for a blog tour. I couldn't believe how much I liked it! So, even if you hate prairie or Amish books, you might enjoy this one. I finished it in record time and recommend it!
Misty Nordyke
Dec 23, 2014 Misty Nordyke rated it it was amazing
Lillian has not had a perfect life and she wants to make changes.
Lillian is going to go to her grandparents in Lancaster County to visit and maybe stay if the Amish life is for her.
Lillian's mother Sarah Jane grew up Amish but made a decision to leave the Amish Community when she became pregnant with Lillian.
Lillian has a hard time accepting some of the Amish ways and struggles with them, but her grandmother helps her understand the ways of the Amish.
On the day Lillian arrived in Lancaster
Mar 24, 2010 Carman rated it really liked it
While I don’t agree with some of the beliefs of Amish people, I do admire their determination to follow God’s word. I like the way that people help and support each other. I liked this book and the characters, although some of the beliefs frustrate me at times. This is a nice sweet read.
June Belfie
Sep 13, 2012 June Belfie rated it really liked it
I have read several authors of Amish novels, but I think Beth Wiseman is my favorite author. Easy reading, sweet romance, and realistic. I have written two books in a 3-book series, so I find her glossary of use, also.

I'm reading book 4 of the series now.
Janice Aitkens
Dec 10, 2013 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing
Have started to reread this series i read it in book form but now reading on the Kindle

I enjoyed this one very much especially Lily's story I love her Grandfather Jonas
Apr 26, 2014 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A troubled young woman named Lillian escapes her unhappy, worldly life and goes to stay with her Amish grandparents whom she has seen only a few times in her life. She is very unhappy and has to make some important decisions about her life and future. There is also an Amish man named Samuel who has some grief recovering and soul searching of his own to do. In addition, there are some grandparents an estranged daughter (Lillian's mother) and some other characters. The story itself is not a big an ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing
This is my first read for Beth Wiseman but it certainly won't be my last. I absolutely loved reading this Amish story. I found it uplifting, funny, sad and emotional all wrapped up in a great style of writing. I had chuckles and tears and loved every feeling it brought out in me. I especially loved the Amish dialog and words of wisdom, as when Grandma told her questioning granddaughter, "Try to find not what the Lord has done for you, but what you have done for the Lord." The Amish recipes in th ...more
Dec 21, 2011 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it really liked it
The first of Beth Wiseman's Daughters of the Promise series, this novel is set in Lancaster, Pa. Although Lilian's mother was raised in the Amish faith, she left home before baptism and opted to raise her daughter in the "Englisch" manner. As an adult, when Lillian's life is becoming increasingly complicated, she returns to Lancaster to her grandparents and their Plain lifestyle. At first, Lillian doesn't understand that it is a matter of faith, rather than just outward appearances and shunning ...more
Nov 17, 2008 Wendi rated it it was amazing
In a nutshell: One thing I really appreciated is that the author provided a glossary of Amish words in the front of the book!! What a benefit as most of us wouldn't know that "boppli" means baby. Right away, the reader gets a glimpse of the importance of the choice Lilly is making to leave her boyfriend and visit her grandparents, who are Amish. I fell in love with them right away, with their kind remarks and realistic expectations. Through both ups and downs Lilly builds some remarkable relatio ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Paula-O rated it it was amazing
Series~A Daughters of the Promise book #1 Plain Perfect by Beth Wiseman

A search for peace in Amish country proves anything but simple for a woman on the run from life...and herself.

On the rolling plains of Lancaster County, PA., Lillian Miller is searching for her grandparents' house...and so much more. After years of neglect and abuse, she's turning to a lifestyle of simplicity among the Amish to find herself.

Lillian's Mom left the amish community years ago and never returned raising her daught
Jenn M
Jun 27, 2013 Jenn M rated it really liked it
What do you do when your life is in've lost your job; you need to get away from your boyfriend, because he's not the man you thought he was; your mother has issues and makes you feel like you're the parent? Everything is so complicated and stressful for Lillian and she just wants to find a peaceful place and live a less stressful, complicated life. Thus, she takes a trip to visit her old order Amish grandparents and learns a lot of important life lessons along the way.

This is a sw
Aug 20, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, amish
Usually I don't like books that have an Englischer visiting/invading the Amish community, it almost always ends up with the visitor being rude, insolent, disruptive, etc. This book has its moments where Lilly was fooling herself into believing she is Amish just because her mom was Amish before leaving the faith behind. Being raised completely English, she assumes she is Amish just because its in her blood or something, and while that is wrong, it kinda makes sense.
Once she arrives to spend tim
Oct 27, 2014 Violet rated it did not like it
Worst book ever. I only just got through this. Only just. Way to predictable. Characters are poor. Felt like they were all the same just with a different name. No surroundings or description of the town just poorly organised characters who arrive to a farm. Seriously worst book I have ever read. Shame though as I wanted to read the series. Wont be wasting anymore of my time with this author.
Mar 06, 2010 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christian, amish
Plain Perfect was a heartwarming story of a woman searching for peace and she hopes that going to live with her Amish grandparents will help her find what she's looking for. The plot was interesting and one I'm sure all can identify with at some point in their lives. I found the characters quite believable, but maybe a little too naive at times.

I did love the story, and Beth Wiseman told a sweet and heartwarming tale. This was a quick read, and a great book to cozy up with. I loved the morals an
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 20, 2015 11:31AM  
Madison Mega-Mara...: #121 - Plain Perfect 1 1 Aug 26, 2014 08:48AM  
  • A Man of His Word (Hearts of Middlefield, #1)
  • A Cousin's Promise (Indiana Cousins, #1)
  • Sarah's Garden (Patch of Heaven, #1)
  • Leah's Choice (Pleasant Valley, #1)
  • A Widow's Hope (Miller Family, #1)
  • The Hope of Refuge
  • A Gift of Grace (Kauffman Amish Bakery, #1)
  • The Waiting (Lancaster County Secrets, #2)
  • Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek, #1)
"I wish I had the time to review books and chat with you here, but my writing deadlines just don't allow it. Please like my Fans of Beth Wiseman Page on Facebook where I try to post any news and interact with readers."
Beth is the best-selling and award winning author of the Daughters of the Promise series - Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, Plain Promise, Plain Paradise, and Plain Proposal. She is co
More about Beth Wiseman...

Other Books in the Series

Daughters of the Promise (6 books)
  • Plain Pursuit (Daughters of the Promise, #2)
  • Plain Promise (Daughters of the Promise, #3)
  • Plain Paradise (Daughters of the Promise, #4)
  • Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise, #5)
  • Plain Peace (Daughters of the Promise #6)

Share This Book