Most of my time spent reading these days is a few pages of a magazine in a spare moment or a non-fiction book that I am perusing in hopes of learning something that will improve an area of my life. However, when I just want to relax and soak up a good story, there’s nothing like a well-written Christian fiction book to draw me in. Plain Promise (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) by Beth Wiseman does just that.
Set in the Amish community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a young widow named Sadie Fisher seeks to determine God’s will for her life in regards to marriage and family. Surrounded by loving and supportive friends, she feels that she knows the path she will follow until a man from outside the community comes to stay in a guest cottage on her property. The events that transpire while he is there cause her to question her plans for the future. More confusion follows when the man’s autistic five-year-old son comes to stay and Sadie quickly forms a loving relationship with the boy. The quandary of how the many issues facing Sadie will be resolved make for a riveting conclusion to the story.
This was one of those books that I didn’t want to put down. I was drawn into it from the very beginning and found the characters and their interactions to be very believable. Having visited the area portrayed in the book several times, the descriptions of places and scenery were certainly accurate. The struggles Sadie goes through in this story are the same basic issues that many of us may encounter when seeking God’s will and accepting the fact that He is in control of all things.
Since much of the story is set during the cold weather months, this would be a great book to read while sitting by the fire and drinking a cup of hot chocolate!
The book for this review was provided to me free of charge by Thomas Nelson Publishers. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and I was not compensated for them in any other way.