Plain Proposal

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"Miriam Raber takes a bold stand when her Amish boyfriend considers leaving their community. "Whatever he chooses, I'm going with him."
Miriam Raber enjoys life in her Old Order Amish community, and she is hopeful that Saul Fisher will propose to her soon. But when Saul starts talking about leaving the only world either of them has ever known, Miriam imagines what her life might look like as an Englischer. One thing she knows for certain, she loves Saul and feels he’s the one God has chosen for her. But Saul’s indecision has come at an inconvenient time as Miriam is noticing advances from Jesse Dienner, a man she went to school with and who wants to marry.
Complicating matters is the arrival of Miriam’s cousin, Madison, a worldly Englisch girl sent to live with Miriam’s family following trouble back home.
Who will Miriam choose a life with--and who will choose to stay in the Old Order Amish community?"

This book was pretty decent.  I am ususally turned off by Amish fiction- mainly because the author's choose to write about how much the Amish people dislike "Englishers".  I felt as though the characters in this book were more relatable- they were human.  Sometimes in Christian fiction, the main characters are completely unbelievable because they never make mistakes.  I really felt as though I could root for the characters in this book.

Miriam was a very sweet character.  Her attraction to Saul was appropriate for a teenager- but I felt as though it was a little odd that she wanted to marry him only a month after 1 date. It seems as though there wasn't as much development to that story as there could have been.  That would be the only minor downfall of this book- that between Saul's storyline, Shelby's storyline, Rebecca's storyline, and Miriam's storyline- we were left with some minor plot holes.  Time seemed to just jump- and plots were left open, although the author ended the book in a way that makes me believe there will be no sequel.

This was a satisfying read- it didn't require thought and held my attention.  I would absolutely reccommend it.

The opinions in this review are my own and do not reflect those of Thomas Nelson.  I was given this book for free to review.

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