Book Description: Jayne left home at 18 and has rarely returned, preferring to re-create herself as a successful reporter for the Portland Oregonian and avoiding any mention of her small-town religious upbringing. When Jayne’s father dies suddenly, her work begins to suffer and her boss orders her to take some of her accumulated vacation time to relax and regroup. At loose ends, Jayne spots a magazine article on the Plain People in a nearby community and her journalistic instinct is piqued. Picking an Amish carpenter at random from the phone book, she convinces Levi Burkholder of her sincere interest in this very different way of life, and as she spends time with his family she learns to slow down and appreciate both their way of life and her own, vastly wider opportunities. Capitalizing on the recent popularity of “bonnet romances” but with a very different focus, Lodge’s debut contemporary inspirational offers a fresh new voice as Lodge explores issues of self-worth, family, culture, and faith in a charming, fast-paced, coming-of-age story.
My Review: I began reading about the Amish when Beverly Lewis began writing. Since then many, many authors have written and are still writing about the Amish. To be honest after awhile one gets rather tired of reading the same old, same old story. So, I was hesitant to read "another" book about the Amish. After reading Plain Jayne my sister told me that this was a good read. Therefore, I began reading Plain Jayne....WOW! I was hooked. This is a GREAT read. NOT the "typical" Amish story. It's a modern day story with complicated family issues, romance and about a young woman, Jayne, trying to figure out where she fits into God's plan. It's also an easy read. I recommend this book with a definite 8 stars (okay, so I can only give 5) But it's that good!
*Reviewed for ReadersFavorite.com*
About the Author: Hillary writes Generation-Next fiction for today's market. Her debut novel Plain Jayne will be released by Harvest House in 2010. Hillary is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism, maintains a freelance photography business, and is an active participant with Oregon Christian Writers. She resides in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband, Danny.