Friday, March 11, 2011

Plain Paradise

Plain Paradise was written by Beth Wiseman and is one in the series of A Daughter of Promise. Seventeen year old Linda is soon coming to the end of her rumschpringe, a time of increased freedom before being baptised and her life ahead seems clear. She'll join the church and marry her beloved Stephen. Suddenly she finds out that she was adopted and her birth mother very much wants to get to know her. What will this mean for her future? What is family? These and so many other questions linger to challenge her faith and all she has ever known.

Although this book is part of a series, I was able to read it as a stand alone. There is a helpful family tree included in the front should the reader have any questions regarding relationships. I found the first part of the book to be excellent. There were unexpected plot twists and themes I found to be unexpected. I admit, I read the first half in one afternoon. I was very disappointed in the other half of the book though. It seems to succumb to some of the more cliche Christian novel resolutions/endings. I also thought there were a few themes/raised subjects that were never brought to fruition and wrapped up. For an amusing read, this book is okay, but I don't think it counts as one of the better modern Christian novels.

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