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Plain Paradise (Daughters of the Promise #4)

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Josephine will discover more than she bargained for as her world collides with the Plain people of Lancaster County.

Josephine Dronberger was a scared teenager when she left her baby in the care of an Old Order Amish couple. But seventeen years have passed and Josie longs to reconnect with her daughter.

Linda—as the couple named the child—is promised to Stephen Ebersol, the
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 29th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published February 25th 2010)
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Apr 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: amish, romance, christian
When do you tell your daughter she is adopted? And what happens if you somehow never get around to it? Your daughter is now seventeen years old, when, without warning, her birth mother shows up on your doorstep. Then, to complicate matters, you are Amish, the birth mother is English, and your daughter is in her rumschpringe, or period of running around. These are only some of the conflicts that Beth Wiseman presents in “Plain Paradise,” the fourth installment in the Daughters of the Promise seri ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the best one so far in the series. This one tugged on my emotions and made me cry. Very moving story.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Josie and her husband have bought a house in Lancaster County, where Josie gave up her daughter, born out of wedlock, to an Old Order Amish family. Now ill, Josie wants to get to know her daughter before it’s too late. Unfortunately, Linda doesn’t know she’s adopted. Learning this news at 17 years of age turns Linda’s world upside down. How should she react to the birth mother she never knew about, or the adopted mother she’s known from childhood? And will the news turn her rumschpringe into a f ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
For some reason I cannot explain, I didn’t like this book as much as the others in this series. While being adopted into an Amish family might happen and the birth mother coming to find her could happen, the story just didn’t grab me.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mary Reed
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very emotional story. Linda and her family seemed like a very nice family. Josie was a very good character and very understanding of Mary Ellen's feelings. Loved the ending.
Megan Rang
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It had such a wonderful heart lifting message. The characters are fun and interesting. A must read for Amish book lovers!
Mandy J. Hoffman

Linda’s Amish life seemed like paradise. Until she found out her family had been hiding a secret since the day of her birth. Josie was just a frightened teenager when she left her baby in the care of an Old Order Amish couple in Lancaster County. Since then, seventeen years have passed and while much has changed, one thing hasn’t. Josie still longs to reconnect with her daughter Linda. But Linda is unaware of Josie—and living an idyllic life within the Amish community. The bishop’s
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Linda Huyard is in many ways a typical Amish teenager - she is in her Rumspringa and during that time she has had a taste of the Englisch world but is in love with the Bishop's grandson, Stephen Ebersol, and hopes to marry him one day. Her life seems like paradise until one day when it is turned upside down. She finds out that she was adopted and her birth mother, Josie, is back and wants to get to know her. While Linda is dealing with her anger over not being told she was adopted, she is gettin ...more
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
March 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59554-823-8
Genre: Inspirational/Amish/Women’s fiction

Linda is hoping that her Amish boyfriend will propose so she can marry in November. She’ll be eighteen by then and ready to have her own home. But then she discovers a terrible secret when a stranger, an Englisch woman, comes to the family farm house. Linda discovers that she’s adopted, and that her Amish parents have kept this secret from her. And that this
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th installment of the Daughters of Promise series. I have read all but the first (Lillian's story). This story stands well enough on its own and it is not necessary to have read the other books. The other characters do make appearances, but their stories do not interfere with the message of this book.

Josie gave up her daughter for adoption to an Amish family almost 18 years ago. She has dreamed about meeting her daughter since then and getting to know the child she gave birth to. Sh
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, christian

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Plain Paradise, Book Review
Plain Paradise, by Beth Wiseman does not disappoint. This is the 4th Daughter's of the Promise Novel, yet you do not have to read the previous books to understand the story line.

Imagine being 17 and forced to give up your child. Then imagine finding out that you are going to die in under a year. Meet Josie, who is working through pain and suffering and moves to be closer to the daughter she never met. Linda wakes one day to a stranger on her fron
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

What would you do… if you were 17 years old… and your parents told you that they were not your birth parents – but that you had been adopted?

Not only does Linda Huyard find out that she was adopted when she was two weeks old, but that her birth mother is nearby and wants to meet her. There is much more to the story – important news – but if I reveal it here, it could ruin the story for you, so I’ll resist.

Beth Wiseman creates such realistic Amish characters and communities, I would love to jump
Josie knows that the clock is ticking...and not just the one she wears on her wrist. She is running out of time and yet she still has not reconnected with her biological daughter, Linda. One could reason that since Josie is considered Englisch to the Amish society, it makes perfect sense that she has never met Linda. Even so, Josie is determined to at least introduce herself to Linda--while she still can.

Amish fiction is prevalent in today's book stores, however Beth Wiseman has done an admirab
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Two mothers bound together by the daughter they both love. Can Linda’s love for two different mothers bind them together?
I liked the story. One dying woman, who gave her daughter up for adoption, suddenly shows up on the doorstep of her Amish daughter’s home. Their lives are irreversibly changed. I loved the faith woven through the story. So often in today’s fiction it is glossed over, but PLAIN PARADISE was rich with faith and God’s love, but it was never overbearing. The ending didn’t feel sti
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman is one of the Daughters of the Promise novels; earlier this year I read and reviewed Plain Pursuit. Although characters from earlier books do appear in Plain Paradise, it is not essential to have read them since they are not a true series; each book can be enjoyed for its own storyline and characters.
Plain Paradise is the story of Linda, now 17 years old, who was adopted as a newborn by an Amish couple. Mary Ellen and Abe have raised her as their eldest child, neve
Rachel Brand
I was surprised to find that this was probably my least favourite of Beth Wiseman's novels so far, but still an excellent story! I think this is attributed to how young Linda is, as it made her a bit more difficult to relate to. Sometimes she could be quite immature, which didn't settle well with the fact she was constantly thinking about getting married to Stephen, and made me wonder whether she was really old enough to be a wife and mother. I loved reading about Josie and Mary Ellen reconcilin ...more
Taryn Spearey
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chriastian-books
Josie left her baby in the care of another family when she was just a teenager. Then, years later, she reconnects with her daughter, Linda. Linda is very unsure of her birth mother at first, but they develop a relationship. Her love, Stephen, is wary of Linda getting to know her mother. At the end of the book, Stephen purposes, and he and Linda are now engaged.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Good read. "Josie was just a frightened teenager when she left her baby in the care of an Old Order Amish couple in Lancaster County. Since then, seventeen years have passed and while much has changed, one thing hasn't. Josie still longs to reconnect with her daughter Linda.

But Linda is unaware of Josie--and living an idyllic life within the Amish community. The bishop's grandson, Stephen, is courting her and she hopes that he will propose soon. When her birth mother comes to Paradise, Linda fin
Sandra Stiles
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Plain Paradise surprised me. I've known several Mennonite families that have become foster parents or adoptive parents. I never once thought about the biological parent(s) wanting anything to do with the child after they have been indoctrinated into the Amish world.

Linda was adopted by an old order Amish family. She has a great relationship with her mother until the day her biological mother Josie shows up. Her mother had never told her she was adopted. Linda isn’t sure she wants anything to do
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, kindle
After reading so many Amish books, I think it would be very hard when you hit 16 - 18 yrs old and have to decide whether you want to be baptized into the Amish community or go the way of the world. As a parent, I would be so nervous as my son or daughter is going through their rumpschringe - I would worry that they would not pick the Amish ways after being tempted with all the worldly things they get to experience. Just goes to show you that train up a child in the way he should go and when he i ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the "Daughters of the Promise" series. I'm really starting to enjoy these characters, to look forward to 'what happens next'.
Linda's story is a bit of a departure from the first 3 novels in the series. Those were mainly romances . . . Lillian, Carley, and Sadie finding the men that God meant for them to marry. Linda and Stephen are introduced as a couple already in this story, so she doesn't find love romantically in the book.
She does, however, find her birth mother (or,
E.A. West
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Plain Paradise is a great book, full of vibrant characters. Now, I must admit that I read a book a few years ago with a similar plot, but Beth Wiseman took the "baby adopted by an Amish couple" plot and made it into a unique story that kept me up late so I could finish reading the book. I enjoyed the glimpse into the Amish community as well as the challenges faced by both Amish and non-Amish alike when terminal illness and adoption are involved.

Ms. Wiseman has done a wonderful job of showing how
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Each Daughters of the Promise novel focuses on a woman's journey into an Amish community where sh discovers new meaning to the words of Faith~Hope~and Love.

this book is the story of Linda who found out when she was 17 about someone who had been a part of her life at birth. She met Josie and her life was put into turmoil seeming like all she had known had shifted...
Josie too had issues in her life and a terminal illness brought her back to Lancaster county where she will refind the faith she knew
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, christian
I usually don't like books where birth mothers come out of the wood works wanting a relationship with a child she gave up for adoption, they usually end with the idiot daughter choosing her birth mother over her "real" mom. This one, was perfectly written. There was love and understand, there was angst, but reasonably done, not overdone.
The ending "miracle" was bit cliche, but can you really say that in a Christian book? I have seen with my own eyes miracles from God, so in this book, while a
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I haven't read Beth Wiseman before and this is the fourth installment in her Daughters of Promise series. While it can stand alone, I think it would be better for a reader to have read the previous books. There are many characters who are apparently recurring from the earlier books and their appearance would have more impact if one understood their significance to Linda and her family.

I normally enjoy Amish fiction, but there wasn't much about this book that stood out or was special. Even thoug
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had to read this six book series out of sequence and I believe it was just meant to be. Plain Paradise is the 4th book in the series and I am so glad I read it last. It just let me finish getting to know some of my favorite characters and answered some questions I had on my mind. I do plan to follow David and his family to Colorado. I don't feel I am quite finished with him yet. I also will find Barbie again. I think she has a story to be told. It was so enjoyable feeling I had become a part o ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book with some challenges the characters faced. However, the characters faith and love for God assisted them in overcoming the challenges, as well as leading new members in the community to find the peace they needed in their lives. Beth has a way of writing to bring the characters to life and you are in the moment with them. How would you react if you found out you were adopted in your late teen years? A must read to show you the correct way to react when you are faced with challeng ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked it and the ending made me really interested in the new series she is writing :). I enjoyed Linda's story in this book and how she came to terms with being adopted. The side story of Josie and her illness was a good reminder that God really does hear us and wants us to tell him how we feel so that he can give us comfort.
A good multifaceted story. I always enjoy getting a glimpse of the people for previous stories :). I will read the next one and the land of Canaan series at some p
Megann Zeigler
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Again a wonderful story following up on the past. What do you do when you realize that a big lie has been told to you all your life. How do you handle two different worlds and deciding in which you want to be. Are you strong enough to stand up for what you really believe in and want. All these questions and more are presented in this book and the outcome is glorious. A must read as is the entire collection of the Women of Promise.
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