Tuesday, June 4, 2013

In Plain View by Olivia Newport

4 Stars

I am so slow. It took me a little bit to realize I know these characters! It follows Accidentally Amish. Which I liked. In Plain View also jumps from what is happening now to 1776. Both stories have a lot of the same characters.

In 1776 The Amish did not want to fight for either side. Lots of men thought if your not with me your against me. The Amish did not believe in war. Talks a little about the war. Having to choose sides. It is interesting to think of what I do if I lived back then.

I liked best the modern time of the story. Annie is still trying to go without all the things in her life and live the simple life. She really likes Rufus but she needs to decide if she could live the plain life.
Annie's family is having a hard to accept that she might become Amish and they won't see her. Annie agrees to keep her cell phone for emergency. Also she agreed to call her mom every Saturday.

Annie has sold her company and put most of the money in a trust fund to help others. She only kept the money she got from selling her condo.
She now works in a store. It sells some Amish products but also stuff from estate sales. At work she still wears jeans. She has given up her computer, most of her clothes. Her house does not have electricity. Annie's car is at her parents house. She rides a bike or Rufus gives her rides in their horse & buggy.

Ruth chose not to be baptized Amish. She is going to school to become a nurse. She stills cares about the man she left behind. They can't be together unless he wants to be shunned. Ruth does not want to cause that to him.

Their is a new family that has moved into the neighborhood. They were Beiler's neighbors from back east. While they get their house in order they are staying with the Beilers. They have a few kids and the oldest daughter is ready to get married. She makes a play for Rufus. It seems like Rufus's parents want them to be together.

The Characters are good. I wanted to know what happens to them next. Will Annie be able to become Amish and leave her old life behind. The Amish have a way of forgiving and faith in God's plan for them.

It was distracting to go between the two different stories lines. This is a very clean book.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give a honest review of it by Netgalley.

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2013 by Barbour Books

Description below taken off of Netgalley.

After leaving her outwardly successful but unsatisfying life for Amish simplicity, Annie Friesen continues to dismantle her technology-dependent world. Despite her best intentions and her love for Rufus Beiler, one challenge after another falls across her path. In counterpart, Ruth, an Amish woman, wrestles with her reasons for leaving the community despite the pain it causes the people who love her. When the Amish and the English work together on a community project, an explosion hurls doubt in every direction. Determined to find proof of what happened, Annie learns lessons in trust, humility, and letting go.

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