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Plain Pursuit (Daughters of the Promise #2)

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Carley has given up chasing her dreams. Now her dreams are chasing her.

Carley Marek experiences culture shock when she visits her friend Lillian's family on their farm deep in Amish country. She'll get an article out of the visit--and maybe some of Lillian's newfound peace will somehow rub off on her.

Just when Carley is getting used to the quiet nature of the Plain commu

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published (first published April 24th 2009)
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Kathleen Fuller
Mar 16, 2009 Kathleen Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Plain Pursuit. Not having read Plain Perfect (although it's on my list)I was happy to discover that this book, although part of a series, stands alone. Wiseman does a particularly great job of dealing with shunning, a controversial Amish practice that seems cruel and unnecessary to outsiders, but is a part of the Amish faith. The characters of Noah and Carley are well drawn, and the secondary characters are interesting and vital to the story, but don't overwhelm the ...more
Nikole Hahn
Feb 04, 2010 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Nikole by: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Amish romance has hit the Christian culture like the Twilight series has hit the secular world—like a nuclear bomb. Authors like Beverly Lewis have colored the Amish in a rosy glow, and Beth Wiseman is no different.

When you first open the book, she lists a few Pennsylvania Dutch words and their definitions. I work with a family whose roots are from Pennsylvania Dutch country and find the language quaint. The story comes from the points of view of Carley (a woman who lost her mother and has an ov
Edwina Cowgill
Jun 12, 2010 Edwina Cowgill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I must admit that I’ve not read many Amish stories. Based on what I have read, I’ve not become a huge fan of Amish stories. And I’ve wondered at the immense popularity of the Amish books. Until now.

I just finished reading Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman. In her writing of the Amish country, Beth transforms the reader into a member of the Amish community. Her knowledge of the Amish ways is vast and she weaves that knowledge throughout this book. But Plain Pursuit is much more than just a fiction bo
Rachel Brand
Beth Wiseman produces consistently good Amish romantic fiction. This is the second of her full-length novels that I've read, although I've also read a couple of her novellas, and I've yet to be disappointed. I felt that this one was a bit slow to start and I got irritated by how stubborn Samuel could be, particularly as I loved his character in the previous book and felt he'd kind of morphed into the generic Amish male stereotype. Samuel's mood eventually relaxed and the shunning disputes were s ...more
May 21, 2010 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shows God's uncontional love and restoration to people. From the beginning you won't be able to put the book down. You will just keep reading.
Carly has problems dealing with an accident that took her Mother's life and caused it so she cannot have children. Her boyfriend dumped her and her work is affected due to all she is dealing with.
So her boss forces her to take a vacation for a month which turns into a longer period.
Carly goes to Pa. to visit a friend who married into the Amish Co
Jan 24, 2010 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carley Marek is forced to take a vacation by her boss, so she heads for Pennsylvania Dutch country and her Amish reformed friend. Entering the tranquil countryside and community of the Amish soon proves to be anything, but relaxing. From a shunning no one wants to forgive to a dying child in need of a kidney transplant, Carley is about to discover what she never expected to find.
I hate clichéd Amish stories and there are so many out there. But, I am so thrilled to share with you a simply wonderf
Apr 28, 2011 Mayda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, amish, christian
Beth Wiseman continues her Daughters of the Promise series with “Plain Pursuit,” in which she tackles the painful subject of shunning as well as catastrophic illness. This she does with a well thought-out storyline that weaves these two threads together in a romantic tale about love and old hurts and disappointments, as well as the second chances that come with understanding and forgiveness.

Megan Rang
Feb 17, 2017 Megan Rang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Part way through I realized I had read books by this author and the same characters!
Jan 27, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Daughter's of Promise Novel

Beth Wiseman


Thomas Nelson


Reveiwed by Cindy Loven

Carley's dear friend Lillian has moved to Amish country. Not only that, she has converted to the Amish religion. Arriving for a visit, and a forced vacation by her boss, Carley is going to use this visit to write an article for her newspaper, but also to catch up with Lillian.

Things quickly change though, as at the very beginning of her visit, Lillian's stepson David, falls and cuts his chin
Jul 15, 2013 Drebbles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Carley Marek is still recovering both physically and mentally from a devastating car accident when her editor insists she take a month long vacation. Carley reluctantly agrees and goes to visit her friend Lillian who married an Amish man, became Amish herself, and happily lives in Amish country. Carley no sooner begins to find some peace in the simple way the Amish live when Lillian's son falls desperately ill. Carley finds new insight into the Amish ways when Lillian's husband Samuel is relucta ...more
The story starts out very much like Beverly Lewis’s The Redemption of Sarah Cain. Down-on-her-luck-reporter, Carley Marek, is forced to take a vacation after a fatal car accident. Carley tries to turn her month long “vacation” to Lancaster Pa, into an article, that’s sure to bring her back on top, but the Amish family she is staying with, are skeptical she will write a fair article about Amish life. I had never read “Amish” fiction before I’d read Plain Pursuit. But I was pleasantly surprised ab ...more
Feb 21, 2017 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 06, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My blog...[return]Plain Pursuit is a delightfully heart-warming novel that draws the reader into the Amish community. Carley Marek is a journalist who has just been getting by, due to personal losses as of late. To compound on her deep sadness and frustrations, her boss invites her to lunch to inform her she will be taking a paid month's leave to rest-up and rejuvenate herself. Carley is not pleased, but the alternative is unacceptable. Carley, after being surrounded by her own grief in Houston ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Paula-O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series A Daughters of the Promise has 5 books, #2"Plain Pursuit" by Beth Wiseman

Each Daughters of the Promise Novel focuses on one woman's journey into an amish community where she discovers new meaning to the words Faith~Hope and Love~

This story is about Carley Marek who has lost the spark that made her a good journalist, so her boss tells her to take a vacation and find some rest and peace....

She has a friend Lillian that moved to Lancaster co Pa not long ago and she has promised her a vi
Jul 28, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book about the Amish before, let alone an Amish romance book. I picked this book out on a bit of a whim thinking I would try something a little different. I am so glad that I did. It is one of the best books I have read in a while. I did not read the first book in this series, Plain Perfect Daughters of the Promise Book 1, but I don't think it makes a difference. This book has its own story to tell and whatever is told in the first book seems like it would be worth it on its ...more
Feb 14, 2010 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to start by saying I just love Amish fiction; they are good wholesome stories that are just a delight to read - perfect when you just want to escape the troubles of life and our town has had a few too many of those in the last week.
Carley Marek has been told to take a month long vacation from work. It's not a choice; she can take the suggestion or be without work as a journalist. Carley decides to use the month to visit her friend Lillian who married into the Amish culture, community and
Jan 21, 2010 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plain Pursuit tells the story of Carley Marek, a young woman healing from the grief, pain and mental stress of a car accident that stole her mother's life. Carley spends a month of mandatory vacation by going to visit with Englischer turned Amish friend Lillian (whose story is told in Wiseman's Plain Perfect).
The tale that unfolds from there is an enlightening, heartwarming tale of a Noah Stoltzfus who followed the call of God to become a Doctor and the shunning that ensued. Wrapped up in the t
Carla Kraninger
Feb 11, 2017 Carla Kraninger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like learning about different cultures. It is nice to learn something and read a romance at the same time.
Christy Lockstein
Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman is the second book in the Daughters of the Promise series, following Plain Perfect. Lillian, from the first book, has settled into the Amish life with new husband Samuel, stepson David, and daughter Anna. When herEnglischer friend Carley needs a place to stay for a few weeks and find some peace, Lillian invites her to stay with her family. Carley's working on an article for her newspaper about the Amish lifestyle, but she runs into some roadblocks after meeting Dr. ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love reading Amish novels, but it's hard finding authors that can live up to the standard that Beverly Lewis set. Beth Wiseman seems to be the exception, and may have even passed that standard. In "Plain Pursuit", Wiseman flawlessly blends both views and feelings of the Amish and the "Englisch" when she puts Carley in the Stolfus household and in the middle of the Amish community. It gave the book a certain realism and made the characters multidimensional. I enjoyed the book being centered aro ...more
Thoroughly enjoyable! What a different storyline...and I loved it. What made it interesting was the "different take" that Ms. Wiseman put on usual Amish fiction. The story about Noah - a shunned Amish man and Carley - an outsider visiting her Amish friend was completely new and refreshing. I felt for both of these young people and the problems they were dealing with. And yes...there were a couple of times when I even had to wipe a little moisture from my eyes. The characters were believable and ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2010
This is the second book in the Daughters Of Promise series. Carley Marek is a journalist who is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her mother after a tragic car accident in which Carley survives. She is struggling with her survival and the loss of her mother. She is forced to take a much needed vacation from work and ends up going to visit her Amish friend Lillian in Pennsylvania. While Carley is there, Lillian's stepson, David is discovered to need a kidney transplant. Dr. Noah, who fi ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read Christian romance novels, but I decided to give *PLAIN PURSUIT by Beth Wiseman a try. This story is about a woman, Carley, who is forced to take a break from her job and life and hurts in Houston and chooses to spend some time with her friend who has married into an Amish family. I think the fact that it is set in the Pennsylvania Amish country is what intrigued me about this book. I enjoyed getting a closer look at and understanding of the Amish culture, and I can see why C ...more
Megann Zeigler
Nov 10, 2015 Megann Zeigler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest, it has been such a long time since a story has grabbed me enough to not be able to put the book down. I started it at 8 o'clock last night and at 4 o'clock this morning I had one chapter to go but could not stay awake. First thing this morning I finished the book. Beth Wiseman has managed to capture the essence of this story so well that you feel you are right there with the characters and are worried and happy about what is going on. It also shows that sometimes we much tak ...more
Mar 26, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the 'Daughters of the Promise' series. I love how Lillian explains to Carley exactly what that means: a daughter of the Promise does not have to be Amish, but is someone who has gone on a spiritual journey and chosen to dedicate her life to God. I am humbled to be known by such a title, because I, too, am a daughter of the Promise.
At first I didn't think this title fit the storyline of the book, but as I'm reflecting more, I realise it's perfect. Maybe it's not a norma
Feb 14, 2014 Colette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books, amish

This book continues the story of Lillian and Samuel who have begun their life together as a family and had a baby girl. Lillian's best friend from Houston, Carley Marek, has previously suffered a tragic auto accident which killed her mother and left her unable to have children. when her editor tells her that she WILL take a vacation, she decides to visit Lillian and her family in Amish country. There she discovers a closeness to God missing from her life, but cannot totally accept the Amish ways
Jun 24, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, amish
Like most Englischers, I don't understand fully about shunning, that is pretty much the only thing I don't fully agree with when it comes to the Amish. Now, don't get me wrong, I understand its needed at times, but in the case of Noah, it seems like its out of line with their Christian beliefs. Christ preaches forgiveness, but unless a person is willing to come back and be Amish again, that forgiveness is not given.
I liked this book, the illness that struck David was very real and very moving.
Jan 15, 2013 Malia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book. Kept me wanting to read without keeping me up at night in suspense. That's why I love Amish Fiction.

**spoiler alert**
I really appreciate that Carley and Noah weren't magically made fertile, as is the case in countless other books that touch on infertility. No, they "adopted". And yes, it's expensive (not that it would matter to a rich Dr and his wife) and you wait a long time, but it's some people's only route to go. I hate it when books decide that infertile people ge

Plain Pursuit is my favorite book — so far.

Carley wasn’t expecting her boss to send her on a month-long mandatory vacation. But when she travels to Lancaster County to visit her friend, she begins to find the peace she needed.

The story pulled me in immediately — and I didn’t stop reading until I reached the end. Such a wonderful story… and the ending, while I cannot reveal anything about it, is absolutely perfect!

I know Beth Wiseman is a talented writer, but she far surpassed my expectations wit
Carolyn E
Feb 18, 2013 Carolyn E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gets at least six or seven stars. It is one of the best Amish books I have ever read. Actually, I read each of the books in Beth Wiseman's "Daughters of the Promise" series as they were released. Since the first book in this series, Plain Perfect, was chosen as our "Fans of Amish Fiction" group read for February, I decided to reread the entire series. It is a wonderful series. I highly recommend it for everyone. Beth Wiseman is definitely one of my favorite authors.
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Daughters of the Promise (6 books)
  • Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise, #1)
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  • Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise, #5)
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