Friday, May 2, 2014

Review: A Plain Man by:Mary Ellis

 A Plain Man
About the Book:
Bestselling author Mary Ellis offers an engaging new standalone Amish romance about a prodigal seeking to find his way home.

Though Caleb Beachy lived in the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he moves back home and goes to work for his father. Soon these two strong-willed men find themselves at odds. Caleb discovers there's more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than merely driving a horse and buggy and giving up Levis.

Josie Yoder was just a girl when he left. All grown up now, she gives Caleb hope for the future. She soothes his frayed temper and is determined to remind him that while his faith may have wavered, God never left his side. Caleb is tempted to return Josie's feelings, but the choices he made while away are a heavy burden on his conscience. Will past mistakes end up destroying their fledgling romance? Or will she be able to break through the wall around his heart?

A Plain Man is more than just a sweet romance centered in Amish beliefs. It's the ever-fresh story of a wounded heart finding joy, health, and healing in God's infinite grace.

About the Author:
Mary Ellis grew up close to the Amish where she loved their peaceful agrarian lifestyle and strong sense of Christian community. She and her husband now live by the largest population of Old Order in the country where they take weekend trips to research her books. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate--a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits.

My Review:
 Mary Ellis, can always be counted on for her fresh outlook on Amish fiction, her latest, "A Plain Man" is no different. In this stand alone novel she introduces us to Caleb Beachy, a man returning to the Amish lifestyle trying to find out where he belongs in the world. He returns to work for his father only to learn that it won't be as easy an adjustment than anticipated, partly because he and his father don't quite see eye to eye.

 Soon Caleb finds his heart entangled in feelings that he has for Josie Yoder, it makes him believe that he too, will find a forever romance that will lead to marriage. He is so worried that when she sees his past her feelings will flounder and he will lose her forever. But Josie reminds him that God has never left Him and doesn't plan to now.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.