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Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge
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Jayne Tate lives in the big city of Portland, Oregon. She loves her job as a reporter for a busy newspaper, and enjoys an undemanding relationship with her boyfriend. Shane knows her only as the motorcycle-riding, modern news gal from Portland. Her childhood hasn’t been discussed, he hasn’t met her family, and Jayne’s perfectly fine with that.

Then her father dies, and her boss insists she take a three-week break from her job, based on a pronounced downswing in writing quality. This forced hiatus effectively cuts Jayne out of a prime career opportunity. She responds by heading off to a nearby Amish community, seeking a story that will put her back in her boss’s good graces. Being forced away from her desk for three weeks doesn’t mean she can’t work on her own.

Her first contact in Albany is Levi Burkholder, who arranges for Jayne to stay with his Amish family—a family and a way of life he is no longer a part of. While wrestling with an undeniable attraction to the kind, handsome carpenter who is shunned by his Amish father, Jayne finds herself drawn to the Burkholder family and their simple way of life. Three weeks under their roof changes her, and when she returns to Portland—her job, her lonely apartment, and the handsome suitor who really doesn’t know her—they no longer satisfy.

To say nothing of the fact that her mind refuses to let go of one unforgettable kiss she shared with a not-quite-Plain man.

Plain Jayne is not your everyday Amish love story, and Jayne Tate is not your everyday heroine. Hillary Manton Lodge brings a different kind of romance. Dropping a very modern woman into a devoutly Plain community has all the makings of disaster, but the author makes it work, believably and without obvious contrivance. She throws in a dash of humor, a whole lot of heart, and an Amish kitchen full of home cooking to come up with the perfect recipe for a romance to remember.

I look forward to the next stories in the Plain and Simple series.


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