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Carley has given up chasing her dreams. Now her dreams are chasing her.

Carley Marek experiences culture shock when she visits her friend LillianÆs family on their farm deep in Amish country. SheÆll get an article out of the visitùand maybe some of LillianÆs newfound peace will somehow rub off on her.

Just when Carley is getting used to the quiet nature of the Plain community, Lillian and SamuelÆs son falls ill. But the local doctor who can offer the most help has been shunned by the community and forbidden to intervene.

As DavidÆs condition deteriorates, Dr. Noah determines to do whatever it takes to save the boyÆs life. Carley is caught in the middleùdrawn to Noah, wanting to be helpful in the crisisùand confused by all their talk about a God she neither knows nor trusts. Carley must decide what in life is worth pursuing . . . and what to do when sheÆs pursued by a love she never expected.

Topics: Series, The Amish, Christianity, Outcasts, Vacation, Emotional, Inspirational, Heartfelt, and Doctors

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ISBN: 9781418575687
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I can't help it. Amish books are my weakness. I know, I know. However I have no desire to become Amish nor do I agree with all their beliefs. In fact I will state when I find something I disagree about. But still, they are good escape reading especially when you want to read something that is comforting.I did like this book. The characters were all very engaging and interesting to read. Noah's story especially was my favorite. Personally I would have loved to have read his book and read all the juicy secrets of the behind the scenes details of Amish life. I felt really bad for him because he wanted to live the life he felt called to do and his family shunned him instead. I'm really glad that he stays true to his self and doesn't allow guilt from others to change his mind. The drama involving Samuel's son is a bit soap opera-ish at times due to the rapid pace it took off but still made for good reading.This is not spoiling the story at all but I just wanted to say I was thrilled that no one turned Amish in this book. I have been worried that this series would fall into the stereotype where every non-Amish person that gets a whiff of Amish life suddenly has the desire to give up their life and join the community. If your intentions are true then that's fine but it just seem like it's the latest trend in books. I mean, really, Amish life is more seductive than most romance novels it seems because people can't seem to keep away. Therefore I was more than relieved when Carley showed no interest in giving up her regular life.I've stated before in my review of the first book in the series that I didn't really like Samuel. During that book I just felt that he came off as very standoffish to me. Well I was right to feel that way because he gets even worse in this book. Throughout the whole book I just wanted to scream at him for being so unreasonable. Also, to be honest I really don't know how Lillian can put up with him. I'm also amazed at how quickly she adapted to the Amish lifestyle. It was like one minute she can't even up her jeans, now she can speak fluent Pennsylvania German.All in all I am enjoying this series. They are very refreshing reads. While I may not agree with all the beliefs of the Amish, this series doesn't try to make me feel guilty for that. Plus there's tons of food mentioned in the book, which as I've said before is always a plus in my book. This book is a great way to escape for the weekend. If you're an Amish fan, you'll enjoy this one.more
I really enjoyed reading this book and cant wait to read another one of the authors books, especially in this series.more
Reporter Carley Malek has been forced to take a long vacation after the death of her mother. She winds up visiting Lillian, an old friend who has converted to the Amish faith in order to marry widower Samuel Stoltzfus. Samuel's son, David, is stricken with a life threatening disease and winds up in the local emergency room. As Lillian, Samuel, and Carley sit in the ER's waiting room, Dr. Noah comes out to talk to them. Dr. Noah is Dr. Noah Stoltzfus, Samuel's brother, who left the Amish community after his baptism. Dr. Noah has been shunned by the community and is forbidden to help David, even though he could save his life.Carley wants to know more about the God she hears everyone talking about, including the handsome doctor. She finds herself falling in love with Dr. Noah, which infuriates Samuel.There are many life changing events in this book. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading. If I could give it 7 stars I would! Then ending "made my eyes go watery" as my Aunt Bonnie used to say.more
This is the second book in the Daughters Of Promise series. Carley Marek is a journalist who is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her mother after a tragic car accident in which Carley survives. She is struggling with her survival and the loss of her mother. She is forced to take a much needed vacation from work and ends up going to visit her Amish friend Lillian in Pennsylvania. While Carley is there, Lillian's stepson, David is discovered to need a kidney transplant. Dr. Noah, who first treats David is actually a shunned member of Lillian's new family. This brings many questions to Carly's mind about God's role in her life as well as the lives of others and forgiveness. This series is very pleasant to read. I am enjoying meeting the various families and getting to know them. I like how Beth Wiseman gives us an honest look into the lives of the Amish. I could see and understand the story from both points of views, the Englishers and the Amish. This book leaves you with a feeling of hope at the end. As a bonus there are a few Amish recipes in the back of the book.more
My blog...Plain Pursuit is a delightfully heart-warming novel that draws the reader into the Amish community. Carley Marek is a journalist who has just been getting by, due to personal losses as of late. To compound on her deep sadness and frustrations, her boss invites her to lunch to inform her she will be taking a paid month's leave to rest-up and rejuvenate herself. Carley is not pleased, but the alternative is unacceptable. Carley, after being surrounded by her own grief in Houston for the past 6 months, packs up for a month long vacation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her dear friend Lillian not too long ago converted to become Amish, married a widower and recently gave birth to a baby girl. Lillian and her husband Samuel Stolzfus have welcomed Carley into their home along with their 13-year-old son David and new baby, Anna. One evening David needs to be rushed to the hospital and is treated by Dr. Noah, who unbeknownst to Lillian, David and Carley, is Samuel's shunned brother and he holds news about David's health. However, being shunned they are forbidden to reach out to him. While Carley has her own demons to deal with and the death of her mother on Christmas, Dr. Noah struggles with his own missing of his family, while Lillian and Samuel must deal with David's illness. Plain Pursuit is a beautifully written novel of love, loss, and hope. The novel is filled with a delightful cast of characters and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the various families and look forward to making David's favourite cookies, Raisin Puffs, the recipe for which is in the back of the book. Plain Pursuit makes for a delightful evening of reading and would be a delightful choice for a book discussion group.more
Plain Pursuit (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) by Beth Wiseman This is the second book in the Daughters of Promise Novels and while the first book was wonderful, Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise, Book 1) this second book of the trilogy is even better, and I sure can't wait for the third to come out this September. Plain Promise (A Daughters of the Promise Novel,Book 3) This is a sentimental story of an Amish family, Samuel and Lillian Stoltzfus (From the first book) that desperately needs the help of one of their own who happens to be being shunned by his entire family and the community. During this rocky time Lillian's friend Carley is visiting and trying to get her life back in order and find some inner peace. I don't want to spoil more of the story, but let me tell you, you may want to have some tissues by your side for the more heart wrenching moments and even the happy ones. This book is about learning to deal with the aspects and rules of our religions that we may not agree with, coming to terms with the fact that others may choose different paths than we do and of course it's a love story. It's a well crafted story with fully drawn characters and has nice pacing. I just love how Ms Wiseman can walk that fine line of the Amish way of living within their religions restictions and the Englisher's freer ways of life ways of life. One more thing, Ms Wiseman did an excellent job of researching kidney transplants and disease for this novel. I have a friend who has been waiting for a kidney for a number of years and has been on dialysis. She also happens to live in another region of the country that has a high concentration of Amish. She allowed me to ask many questions and was able to confirm everything that Ms Wiseman wrote. Not many authors take the time or effort to get things correct and hats off to this one for doing so.more
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I can't help it. Amish books are my weakness. I know, I know. However I have no desire to become Amish nor do I agree with all their beliefs. In fact I will state when I find something I disagree about. But still, they are good escape reading especially when you want to read something that is comforting.I did like this book. The characters were all very engaging and interesting to read. Noah's story especially was my favorite. Personally I would have loved to have read his book and read all the juicy secrets of the behind the scenes details of Amish life. I felt really bad for him because he wanted to live the life he felt called to do and his family shunned him instead. I'm really glad that he stays true to his self and doesn't allow guilt from others to change his mind. The drama involving Samuel's son is a bit soap opera-ish at times due to the rapid pace it took off but still made for good reading.This is not spoiling the story at all but I just wanted to say I was thrilled that no one turned Amish in this book. I have been worried that this series would fall into the stereotype where every non-Amish person that gets a whiff of Amish life suddenly has the desire to give up their life and join the community. If your intentions are true then that's fine but it just seem like it's the latest trend in books. I mean, really, Amish life is more seductive than most romance novels it seems because people can't seem to keep away. Therefore I was more than relieved when Carley showed no interest in giving up her regular life.I've stated before in my review of the first book in the series that I didn't really like Samuel. During that book I just felt that he came off as very standoffish to me. Well I was right to feel that way because he gets even worse in this book. Throughout the whole book I just wanted to scream at him for being so unreasonable. Also, to be honest I really don't know how Lillian can put up with him. I'm also amazed at how quickly she adapted to the Amish lifestyle. It was like one minute she can't even up her jeans, now she can speak fluent Pennsylvania German.All in all I am enjoying this series. They are very refreshing reads. While I may not agree with all the beliefs of the Amish, this series doesn't try to make me feel guilty for that. Plus there's tons of food mentioned in the book, which as I've said before is always a plus in my book. This book is a great way to escape for the weekend. If you're an Amish fan, you'll enjoy this one.more
I really enjoyed reading this book and cant wait to read another one of the authors books, especially in this series.more
Reporter Carley Malek has been forced to take a long vacation after the death of her mother. She winds up visiting Lillian, an old friend who has converted to the Amish faith in order to marry widower Samuel Stoltzfus. Samuel's son, David, is stricken with a life threatening disease and winds up in the local emergency room. As Lillian, Samuel, and Carley sit in the ER's waiting room, Dr. Noah comes out to talk to them. Dr. Noah is Dr. Noah Stoltzfus, Samuel's brother, who left the Amish community after his baptism. Dr. Noah has been shunned by the community and is forbidden to help David, even though he could save his life.Carley wants to know more about the God she hears everyone talking about, including the handsome doctor. She finds herself falling in love with Dr. Noah, which infuriates Samuel.There are many life changing events in this book. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading. If I could give it 7 stars I would! Then ending "made my eyes go watery" as my Aunt Bonnie used to say.more
This is the second book in the Daughters Of Promise series. Carley Marek is a journalist who is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her mother after a tragic car accident in which Carley survives. She is struggling with her survival and the loss of her mother. She is forced to take a much needed vacation from work and ends up going to visit her Amish friend Lillian in Pennsylvania. While Carley is there, Lillian's stepson, David is discovered to need a kidney transplant. Dr. Noah, who first treats David is actually a shunned member of Lillian's new family. This brings many questions to Carly's mind about God's role in her life as well as the lives of others and forgiveness. This series is very pleasant to read. I am enjoying meeting the various families and getting to know them. I like how Beth Wiseman gives us an honest look into the lives of the Amish. I could see and understand the story from both points of views, the Englishers and the Amish. This book leaves you with a feeling of hope at the end. As a bonus there are a few Amish recipes in the back of the book.more
My blog...Plain Pursuit is a delightfully heart-warming novel that draws the reader into the Amish community. Carley Marek is a journalist who has just been getting by, due to personal losses as of late. To compound on her deep sadness and frustrations, her boss invites her to lunch to inform her she will be taking a paid month's leave to rest-up and rejuvenate herself. Carley is not pleased, but the alternative is unacceptable. Carley, after being surrounded by her own grief in Houston for the past 6 months, packs up for a month long vacation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her dear friend Lillian not too long ago converted to become Amish, married a widower and recently gave birth to a baby girl. Lillian and her husband Samuel Stolzfus have welcomed Carley into their home along with their 13-year-old son David and new baby, Anna. One evening David needs to be rushed to the hospital and is treated by Dr. Noah, who unbeknownst to Lillian, David and Carley, is Samuel's shunned brother and he holds news about David's health. However, being shunned they are forbidden to reach out to him. While Carley has her own demons to deal with and the death of her mother on Christmas, Dr. Noah struggles with his own missing of his family, while Lillian and Samuel must deal with David's illness. Plain Pursuit is a beautifully written novel of love, loss, and hope. The novel is filled with a delightful cast of characters and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the various families and look forward to making David's favourite cookies, Raisin Puffs, the recipe for which is in the back of the book. Plain Pursuit makes for a delightful evening of reading and would be a delightful choice for a book discussion group.more
Plain Pursuit (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) by Beth Wiseman This is the second book in the Daughters of Promise Novels and while the first book was wonderful, Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise, Book 1) this second book of the trilogy is even better, and I sure can't wait for the third to come out this September. Plain Promise (A Daughters of the Promise Novel,Book 3) This is a sentimental story of an Amish family, Samuel and Lillian Stoltzfus (From the first book) that desperately needs the help of one of their own who happens to be being shunned by his entire family and the community. During this rocky time Lillian's friend Carley is visiting and trying to get her life back in order and find some inner peace. I don't want to spoil more of the story, but let me tell you, you may want to have some tissues by your side for the more heart wrenching moments and even the happy ones. This book is about learning to deal with the aspects and rules of our religions that we may not agree with, coming to terms with the fact that others may choose different paths than we do and of course it's a love story. It's a well crafted story with fully drawn characters and has nice pacing. I just love how Ms Wiseman can walk that fine line of the Amish way of living within their religions restictions and the Englisher's freer ways of life ways of life. One more thing, Ms Wiseman did an excellent job of researching kidney transplants and disease for this novel. I have a friend who has been waiting for a kidney for a number of years and has been on dialysis. She also happens to live in another region of the country that has a high concentration of Amish. She allowed me to ask many questions and was able to confirm everything that Ms Wiseman wrote. Not many authors take the time or effort to get things correct and hats off to this one for doing so.more
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