Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman

Carley Marek’s world shatters when she survives a horrifying accident, and she doesn’t know how to pick up the pieces. Trying to rejuvenate her career, she takes a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to stay with a friend in an Old Order Amish home and write an article about the Amish culture. Although she expected to ask questions and be an impartial observer, she finds herself becoming a part of the community as she helps a sick child’s family and begins to fall for Dr. Noah, a man shunned from the very family she’s visiting. With all of these new pieces to the puzzle of her life, where can Carley go from here?

Beth Wiseman has written the best Amish novel I’ve read in years. True to the Amish culture of central Pennsylvania, this book does not romanticize their lives, nor does it make their culture seem foreign or strange. She creatively uses the characters and the plot to keep the reader in suspense while introducing real-to-life drama. Carley’s turmoil and questions regarding her past experiences and her faith are real and are not resolved in a paragraph. She struggles to understand the mystery surrounding the events of Noah’s shunning and the difficult ramifications his family faces because of that years later.

Plain Pursuit will challenge any reader to seek out forgiveness and to understand how they, too, can be a “child of promise.” If you’ve ever been interested in Amish culture or have questions about how God relates to His children, this is a book for you.

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** Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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