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Simply Sara (Plain and Simple #2)

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Following up on "Plain Jayne," a fun new look at Amish life from the outside in, author Hillary Manton Lodge continues with young Sara Burkholder's perspective on English life and romance in "Simply Sara." Sara, who left her Amish family to live with Jayne, discovers that the English world is a bit more challenging than she expected. As she finds a job, buys English clothe...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Harvest House Publishers
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I really enjoyed the first book of this series, 'Plain Jayne', and so was excited to read this next book. As much as I liked Jayne's story, I think I liked Sara's more!
I loved that Sara was so willing to do what she needed to succeed as an 'Englisher', and how she found freedom in finding friends who had similar thoughts and ideas to her. And then, how she saw something she could do to improve a situation and then took steps to improve it. I really liked Sara's personality, and especially loved...more
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Harvest House
September 2010
ISBN: 978-0736926997
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Sara Burkholder has made a new life for herself after running away from her Amish home in the trunk of a friend’s car. She has passed her GED test, enrolled in a school of design and gotten a job working at a bookstore. Except her new supervisor, William Blythe seems to be a bit unfriendly toward her, treating her with contempt and hesitating to teach h...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was an enjoyable story, I really liked Sara. I was a little disappointed when the story was finished. I really enjoyed the story and the struggle that Sara went through with her faith. Here is the story as broken down on the back of the book:
Following up on Plain Jayne, a fun new look at Amish life from the outside in, author Hillary Manton Lodge continues with young Sara Burkholder’s perspective on English life and romance in Simply Sara.

Sara, who left her Amish f...more
This was another fun read by Hillary Manton Lodge! I came across the book Plain Jayne while browsing in the library one day and thought it sounded like some light, enjoyable reading. I loved the book and noticed that it was the first book in a series, so I started doing some checking to find the second book, Simply Sara.

This book continued on where Plain Jayne left off. I loved being able to revisit the story of Jayne and her new boyfriend Levi. They are such a great couple, and I really enjoy...more
This is the first time that I have read any Amish literature. I really enjoyed it. I immediately was hooked on the story and liked the main character, Sarah Burkholder. I identified with her too. We both had very protected childhoods and were maybe too trusting.

She was raised in an Amish community and since her passion was fashion design, she decided to leave and become English. As the story goes on, all the differences between Amish living and English living become apparent, a few are no mirro...more
Jun 14, 2012 Stacy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Amish fiction and Christian chick-lit
Shelves: favorite
I loved this one *almost* as much as I loved the first book, Plain Jayne. Sara's character was well-written, and I also loved Will -- he was multi-faceted and not easily pigeonholed, unlike most romance-novel type main guy characters. I do have a couple of complaints, though. I thought Sara's inner conflict about having left her Amish family could have been a bit more developed. It was sprinkled sort-of here and there throughout the story, but it didn't really come to a head until toward the end...more
Simple Sara is the continuation of Plain Jayne.

Sara is 18 years old and an Amish girl who has always loved fashion. She hides fashion magazines in her floor boards in her room. She longs for patterned fabrics and dresses that are more complex than the simple designs. Sara decides to hide in the back of Jayne's trunk and rides to Portland to get away. Jayne and Levi, Sara's brother who left the Amish life years before are there to help her make the transition, along with a large group of their fr...more
I thought Sara was one of the most interesting characters from the first book, so I was interested in seeing her story continued. The book wasn't bad overall, but it certainly seemed like Jayne and her friends had a lot of time to sit around and watch movies. I thought it was lazy for the author to drop in references to all the movies they watched with Sara but not really show much about her reaction to them and the ways that she was changing. I also felt like the characters surrounding Sara saw...more
I like the book the only thing is i did find it slow at times. Its like I wanted to what the end was going to be already. but all in all i did like the book great ending also.
This novel continues the story that Hillary Lodge began with
"Plain Jayne", and tracks the life of Sara, an Amish runaway who follows her dream of being a fashion designer (obviously not something that would happen in her Amish community). I found it very revealing as far as the differences between the "English" and Amish cultures, particularly those related to pop culture and relationships. Really enjoyed both works by this author, and hope to find other books that she has written appear in the...more
really enjoyed this series. wish there was a third book!
This is a sequel to Plain Jayne, which I liked. This story was different as it follows one of the Amish girls who left the community to become English and follow a career in fashion design. The story started off well but got slow in the middle and I didn't pick it up for a week or so. But once I got going again, the story finally picked up and ended nicely. Again, super clean and highly enjoyable!
Donna Zakem
A very inspirational novel. Sarah leaves her Amish home and all she knows to try the English life.Only getting downtrodden and confused she returns and stays a short time with her sister, only to find herself more miserable. I have learned sometimes you have to leave what is comfortable and familiar to truely find yourself and find your peace with God and place in this world.
Hillary's second book is just as rewarding as her first. The tone is a little different than Plain Jayne, but Sara is absolutely loveable. The romantic tension is subtle, but it crackles in all the right spots. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in less than 24 hours. Hillary has leaped to my list of favorite authors!
This is the second book of a series written by Hillary. The first being Plain Jayne.

Sara is an amish raised girl who decides she wants to try being non amish as she loves fashion. This is her story and is written so that you will fall in love with Sara as she struggles in the non amish world.

A great read.
Michelle Robinson
This is a sweet, uncomplicated quick read. It's great for a light read between more challenging novels.

I really enjoyed reading about Sara's growth as an Englisher and Will reminded me of a person and a time from years ago.

I'd read thus author again.
This was my first experience with Amish fiction, and I liked the simplicity of the story. A good quality, quick read. Now I need to go back and read the 1st book in the series. :) I hope there will be a third (and fourth.)
I thought this was a sweet book about a girl trying to figure out who she was. It's not too deep, just a nice simple book about a nice, simple girl.
Discovered this at the library on my way to the check-out counter. I will read more books by this author. Good plot.
Great story about about a Hamish runaway young girl and her initiation to the "English" lifestyle.
Jun 29, 2010 Margaret marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Jeane Wynn
*Thanks to Jeane Wynn of Wynn Wynn Media for providing a Manuscript ARC for review.*
Enjoyed her first book...loved "Simply Sara" and hope there will be more.
A very sweet, simple romance story. The way things are SUPPOSED to happen.
Dec 06, 2010 Miss rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women 15-30
Recommended to Miss by: author is a family friend
Shelves: adult-fiction, own
Amazing writing. Very insightful. Can't recommend it enough.
Simply Sara was simply wonderful. A very sweet story.
Fun "sequel" to Plain Jayne. Silly ending though.
Debbie West
good read be sure to read Plain Jane before you read this
Enjoyed style of author
Dec 11, 2010 Diane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A wonderful light easy read.
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