Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Simply Sara - 2nd in the Plain and Simple series
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Harvest House
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present day/Portland, Oregon
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Negligible
Hillary's Website/Blog: www.hillarymantonlodge.com
There are lots of things to consider in the English world; lots of choices and decisions to make; so many that it can be overpowering for an Amish girl. Sara Burkholder has ambitions and determination that she can accomplish her dream of fashion design and learn to live in the English world.
Sara has already achieved a lot in the short time sheís been in Portland. Itís time to move on toward her goal with such things as getting a job and enrolling in school. Friends help Sara get a job at a small bookstore. No one but her close friends know that Sara has an Amish background so there are challenges she faces constantly and one of them is William Blythe, the store manager.
Will doesnít know what to make of Sara. For some reason Will is rude to Sara at first but after a while he figures out on his own that Sara must have been Amish and sees how good and kind she is and his feelings begin to change. Circumstances keep throwing Sara and Will together and she finds him to be kind and caring and different than when she first started her job. Saraís feeling for Will grow quickly.
Relationships, family, work, school, career choices, life in general and English life, itís all so overwhelming. Will Sara be able to handle her new life and make the necessary decisions or will she feel the need to return home? Can Will help Sara through the tough times, enough to keep her? How will God move two people from different worlds together to see His plan for their lives?
Simply Sara is what can I say, simple. I didnít find too much plot to the story and the detail on some things that should have been simple was a little too much. The research in fashion design brought a little sparkle. And I did find the challenges of Amish vs. English very interesting. The research Ms Lodge did was obvious. Iím not sure if it was these differences that kept my interest but all in all I didnít find it unpleasant, just simple.
This story is book two of a series which I believe reading the first may help the reader with some background. If you find learning the differences between Amish and English interesting this book (and Iím sure the series) is for you.
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