Plain Paradise, by Beth Wiseman is another book in the Daughters of the Promise series. Although I’ve enjoyed all of them, this one is my favorite so far.
Josie returns to Lancaster County hoping to get to know the daughter she gave up for adoption 17 years earlier. Her arrival is a shock to the Amish family that adopted Linda, and Linda isn’t sure she wants to know her biological mother. The story focuses mainly on the growth of a strong relationship between Linda and Josie, and between Linda and her adoptive mother. Linda’s love for a young Amish man named Stephen is also a big part of the story.
Part of the story relates to Josie’s search for the faith she has slipped away from over the years, so religion and faith are mentioned frequently. However, it fits naturally into the story and isn’t preachy. Though the Amish religion isn’t one I’m familiar with, I could relate to the struggles these characters faced.
This book held my interest and tugged at my emotions. I already knew many of the characters from reading other books in this series, but it isn’t necessary to read the others to follow what’s going on in this one. I was a little disappointed in the ending as it didn’t meet my expectations. Still, the end was uplifting and fit the story. I highly recommend this book.
This book was provided for review by the publisher, Thomas Nelson.