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A Plain Man

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  130 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Bestselling author Mary Ellis offers an engaging new standalone Amish romance about a prodigal seeking to find his way home.

Though Caleb Beachy lived in the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he moves back home and goes to work for his father. Soon these two strong-willed men find themselves at odds.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Harvest House Publishers
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Mar 12, 2015 D.J. rated it it was amazing

Hold on to your hats...

Caleb Beachy has finally returned - after five long years - to the Amish community!

But does he find it easy? Nope.
...especially with a sister like Rebekah! Oh boy, what a stinker(someone needs a smack).

His dat is the bishop, and he’s not about to make things easy on Caleb, especially since he thinks his son will give up and return to his Englisch life.

A Plain Man is a story of forgiveness… Caleb’s dat needs to forgive him for leaving, but Caleb also needs to forgive him
Mar 08, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
Caleb Beachy has come back home after 5 years of trying to be English. Can he go back to being Amish? Will his father ever trust him again? Can he win back his first love?
Oct 05, 2014 Sonja rated it it was amazing
A Plain Man is a great story of forgiving oneself, even though God and others have already forgiven you. This story struck a chord with me, because I myself know, that the hardest person for me to forgive, is also my own self.

Caleb Beachy went on his Rumspringa years and pretty much fell away from his safe Amish background. His sister, Sarah, somehow manages to convince him to return to the fold. He finds it hard to fit in to his old Amish ways and the adjustment isn't as easy or natural as he w
Aug 20, 2014 Veronica rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this refreshing Amish story with a strong male point of view. I haven't often seen stories about Amish people who leave for quite a few years and then return and it was interesting how Caleb had to adjust back to the Amish way of doing things after living as an Englishman for so long. He had really strayed from the straight and narrow while away, so seeing how all of his baggage affected his choices and relationships was tough. It's a good reminder that we may be forgiven, but t ...more
May 13, 2014 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
Totally enjoyed this book. Caleb has returned from five years "among the English" filled with I wish I had not done almost everything I did.

He receives love from his family although his father, the bishop, watches him carefully. But not for the reasons Caleb thinks -- Eli is afraid he will lose his much loved son again. He even finds love from an Amish girl, who is now very much a woman.

What I especially liked about this book was how the author dealt with the struggles that Caleb goes through.
Jalynn Patterson
May 02, 2014 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Bestselling author Mary Ellis offers an engaging new standalone Amish romance about a prodigal seeking to find his way home.

Though Caleb Beachy lived in the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he moves back home and goes to work for his father. Soon these two strong-willed men find themselves at odds. Caleb discovers there's more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than merely driving a
Dora Hiers
Apr 26, 2014 Dora Hiers rated it really liked it
Let me preface this review by confessing that I don't typically choose to read Amish romances. If it weren't for the publisher mailing me a review copy, I would have skipped over A Plain Man. But receiving books through the mail is like opening a gift, meant to be savored and enjoyed. So that's what I did.

For me, the book started a bit slow because it took so long to meet the main characters, and I thought Caleb acted a bit immature through his father, Eli's, eyes, which was probably the author'
Apr 25, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
Okay, I have a confession. This is the first time I've ever read an Amish novel. I still can't claim to be a fan of Amish fiction, although, I enjoyed reading about Caleb's struggle---one that most young people deal with no matter the background.

This isn't a typical Christian romance. In fact, the romance really doesn't begin until quite a bit into the book, and then it's secondary. Even though Caleb's love interest plays an important role in helping him discover where he stands with God, his f
Apr 10, 2014 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
"Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.....Caleb slouched down against a post. 'Plenty at first, when I had wheels and a good job. But money management didn't turn out to be my strong suit.' His friend's confusion only seemed to deepen. Caleb didn't know how much to reveal about his past. Could he admit he'd hung out in bars until closing time and bought drinks for people he'd never met before? Should he talk about sleeping with women who were little more than acqua ...more
Tamera Lynn Kraft
Apr 05, 2014 Tamera Lynn Kraft rated it it was amazing
I feel I need to make a disclaimer. I’ve never read an Amish book before. I wasn’t really interested because I like books with adventure, and I assumed an Amish novel wouldn’t keep my attention. But when I was asked to read this Amish novel and I saw it was a retelling of the Prodigal Son, I decided to give it a try. I love stories that use the Prodigal Son theme of redemption. So I started reading it without high expectations.

I don’t know if this is a typical Amish novel or if others would hold
Cheri Swalwell
Mar 21, 2014 Cheri Swalwell rated it it was amazing
Any book I’ve read by Mary Ellis makes me stop and think while enjoying a wonderful storyline and feeling like I want to be friends with the characters she has created. A Plain Man surpassed the rest of her stories by drawing me in and I found I didn’t want to leave as I turned the last page.

Not only was the storyline terrific but the subtle lessons she offered on grace and forgiveness left me thinking deeply about not only my own life but how I can extend grace to others around me. I was espec
Maureen Timerman
Mar 15, 2014 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
A Plain Man is the story of a man who has lived in both worlds, English and Amish. He now wants to become a full Amish man, but is dealing with some of the repercussions from some of the decisions he made living in the English world.
Caleb Beachy was gone longer than most men, when they leave their community, but after five years, has decided he want to return. Can he and his community accept his decision? Can he forgive himself of the sins he committed while live in the English world? Will he be
Pam Pavkov
Jun 15, 2016 Pam Pavkov rated it it was amazing
A Plain Man written by Mary Ellis is a heartwarming book about forgiveness, love, and faith. When Caleb Beachy returns home after 5 years living in Cleveland, Ohio he finds he is welcomed by some and practically shunned by others. Caleb knows he has his work cut out for him to prove he has returned to the Amish faith for good.

While Caleb's friends have accepted him back his daed, who is also the Bishop, is keeping a close eye on him. Caleb is determined to win his father's trust back, but will t
Dec 12, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it
Sweet & Wholesome
A wholesome love story that follows the path of an Amish family. Insightful into the tribulations all families face and how with God’s help love and relationships can be restored. Well written with in-depth characters. Rocky challenges are faced and friendships are built while the romances blossom. Enjoy! NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Michelle Kidwell
Jun 25, 2014 Michelle Kidwell rated it it was amazing
A Plain Man
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Hello Fellow Readers would you like to journey with me to Ohio? Just pick up A Plain Man by Mary Ellis and off we go.

Sarah is relieved when her brother comes back to there Amish community after five years for part of that time he was on his Rumpspringa. Caleb still has friends from his time in the Englisch world and finds it hard to let some things in the life he had before he came back to the Amish world.

Csleb is happy to be back home especially happy to reuni
Terri Wangard
Apr 09, 2014 Terri Wangard rated it it was amazing
Caleb Beachy left his Amish home for the Englisch world, where he squandered his money on women and beer. He returns home in shame.
His father is the bishop of their district. He treats Caleb as a boy whom he doesn’t trust to stay.
Caleb resents the treatment. Matters don’t improve when Caleb joins his dad’s construction crew. His mother mediates between them, and eventually his dad realizes he may have been the cause for Caleb leaving home in the first place.
Caleb is smitten with Josie Yoder, but
Aug 10, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and found it well written. The book shows us a story of a young mans struggle to find his way back home to the Amish world. Very much a prodigal son's coming home this store is.

The characters are well developed and could be someone that you know or have meet. They could be someone living next door to you. I came to cheering Caleb the main character on is his struggle to fit back into the Amish community. He is not sure everyone is ready to welcome him back. Caleb's father is
J.C. Morrows
Recently I read Mary Ellis’s Civil War romance “The Quaker and the Rebel” and was immediately hooked on Civil War romances!

If I were not already a fan of Amish fiction, “A Plain Man” would make me one. It’s no wonder Mary Ellis is such a popular author!


Mary Ellis is one of those authors that simply refuses to take the easy way – she refuses to steer clear of touchy subjects, instead meeting them head-on with wit and wisdom – showing us God’s love in a world very much in need of it!

She refuse
Apr 12, 2014 Pegg rated it really liked it
A slightly different angle on an Amish story. We first met Caleb Beachy in Mary Ellis's story "Sarah's Christmas Miracle." Now he's done with the Englisch lifestyle and has moved back to his parent's home. But it's not easy. Earning the trust of the community he left is difficult - or maybe impossible.

Josie Yoder is happy to see Caleb return. Besides being her best friend's brother, he's still the handsome man she remembers. Against the wisdom and wishes of her family, she and Caleb begin to see
Ginger Solomon
May 01, 2014 Ginger Solomon rated it it was amazing
I've long enjoyed Mary Ellis's books, and A Plain Man is no different. Caleb's story is a touching story of a wayward son coming home. Except it's not an easy transition. With a little help from his sister's best friend, Josie, Caleb discovers some things about himself that threaten his future. I hate spoilers, so I won't tell you more; you'll have to read it to find out the good stuff.

A Plain Man is a quick look into the life of an Amish man who stepped away from his upbringing and has much to
Oct 01, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
This was a continuation of 'Sarah's Christmas Miracle', and I honestly wish I had re-read that book before starting this one, though it's definitely not necessary to do so.
My favourite character in this book was Josie. Quite often, Amish women are portrayed as quiet and submissive. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as that is how Amish women are expected to be (as per my understanding). Still, it's nice to have a character like Josie, who is not necessarily 'outspoken' in a disrespectful way,
Apr 29, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading this book!! It was a beautiful story of love, humor, anger and forgiveness. The book is about a young Amish man who returns home to his family after living in the English world for 5 years. Not everyone is willing to accept him and many are skeptical about his intentions. I felt like I almost knew this family after reading this book! I couldn't put it down! The song lyrics that are shared throughout the book are a great comfort and addition. I highly ...more
Nanette Littlestone
Aug 18, 2014 Nanette Littlestone rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the cover of A Plain Man by Mary Ellis. A straw hat and suspenders, a woman in a short white cap hanging clothes on a clothesline. These were not the makings of the world I know. And as I delved into the pages of the book, I was soon introduced to the Amish. The author paints a picture of Caleb Beachy, a man—not a boy—struggling to reconcile his past experiences with the rules and regulations of his Amish world, a world where he was raised and loved, a world he turned his back ...more
Clare O'Beara
Mar 15, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: america-romance
Caleb left the Amish life to be a carpenter but now has to return home because he can't find work. The people welcome him but distrust him at the same time, fearing that he has been tainted by the outside world and will not fit back in to the community.

The characters are well described and vary from a lovely young lady who would make a fine match, to the authoritarian father starting to feel his age and awkwardly, who is in charge of the building crew that Caleb joins. Poor Caleb has to give aw
May 08, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Mary Ellis
Publisher: Harvest House
April 2014
ISBN: 978-0736949804
Genre: Amish

The prodigal comes home

Though Caleb Beachy lived in the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he moves back home and goes to work for his father. Soon these two strong-willed men find themselves at odds. Caleb discovers there's more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than merely driving a horse and bug
Stephanie Rollins
Mar 19, 2014 Stephanie Rollins rated it really liked it
Caleb has returned to his Amish family after being away for 5 years. After a difficult homecoming, even his father has forgiven him. Can Caleb forgive himself? Will the girl he once longed for still love him?

I loved this book. There was one twist that I did not enjoy so much, but I will not spoil it for the readers. Overall, I thought the characters were well laid-out. The plot was relatable. This is a book to read and recommend.
Mar 09, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story of an Amish man returning home after trying the Englisch world for some years. How he struggles with himself and his inability to be Amish is very painful and I felt his pain. How awful to have lived apart and then return and not feel as though you measure up. Of course measuring up was in his mind. Don't we often feel the same way??? Highly recommend this book.
Mar 29, 2014 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Mary Ellis! It was nice to have a man as the main character. Caleb is a perfect example of how we can get so far from God and believe we aren't worthy of God's love but God never gives up on us! Through all our up and down, through all the temptations in life, God is always there for us.
Jul 18, 2014 Sister rated it liked it
I had never read a novel that was situated in the Amish world. It's a big shift from what I normally read - mysteries, thrillers, biographies. It was slow going at first. My favorite character is Josie - lots of spunk. It's a good book, just not sure I want to go into that world again.
Sep 26, 2015 Christy rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish
I will start by saying that I have enjoyed every other book that Mary Ellis has written; this one however did not meet my expectations or what I was needing at this moment. I will put the blame on myself. Sometimes we just read stories that we never connect to no-matter how wonderful the author. I never got to the point in this story where I really liked the characters; and that certainly made it hard to read. There was this Amish-English pull through out the whole book. I found it some-what agg ...more
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Mary Ellis has written twelve award-winning novels set in the Amish community and several historical romances set during the Civil War. Her latest, Midnight on the Mississippi, first of a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, is set in New Orleans. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefi ...more
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