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Publisher Description

The man she loves wants to leave the Amish faith. But can she really leave her life behind?

"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, Shelby, 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? 
Sweet Amish romance, part of the Daughters of the Promise seriesBook One: Plain Perfect, Book Two: Plain Pursuit, Book Three: Plain Promise, Book Four: Plain Paradise, Book Five: Plain Proposal, Book 6: Plain PeaceBook length: approximately 90,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs

Fiction & Literature
March 28
Thomas Nelson

Customer Reviews

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Plain Proposal is #5 in Beth Wiseman's terrific "Daughters of the Promise" series. In "Plain Proposal," we have two young cousins, both of whom are at crossroads in their lives. Miriam, who is from an Old Order Amish family, and may have to choose between following the man she loves, if he leaves the community and follows his dream chef position which he has already been offered, out in the Englisch world. Her cousin, Shelby, has been sent by her mother to temporarily live with Miriam's family in Amish country, as Shelby tries to work through grief over broken relationships not only with her ex-boyfriend but also with her divorced parents who seem to have time for everyone and everything but her.

I especially appreciated that Wiseman again shows that Amish people, just like those of us of other faiths, can sometimes cause pain to those whom we love. This story shows how one of the Amish practices, shunning baptized Amish people who violate the Ordnung, can lead to regret over relationship fractures, after a shunned family member dies.
These are real people with real emotions, and I love how that is expressed so honestly.

Miriam and Shelby have lived such disparate lives! How will they get along, while spending a couple months together? Will there be constant tension, or will they become close? Will Shelby go back into the outside world with a healed heart? Will Miriam follow her parents' wishes or her own heart? What is God calling her to do? I do not want to give anything away, but I want to share that I loved the surprises in this book! Wiseman weaves a beautiful and realistic story that braves wonderful risks that some authors will not attempt. The result is a heartwarming story that is hard to put down.

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