Carol Award: Long Contemporary Romance Winner: Plain Paradise
Title: Plain Paradise
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Natalie Hanemann, Editor)
Genre: Long Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Preslaysa Williams
In Plain Paradise, author Beth Wiseman strums the heartstrings of the human spirit with her story of restoration. Josie, a woman of the world, longs to reconnect with Linda, her daughter whom she gave up for adoption as a teenager. Yet Linda lives an idyllic life in the Amish community with her parents, unaware she was adopted.
Plain Paradise is not just a good story; it has the power to bring healing and hope to the reader’s soul.
As emotions surge and the truth surfaces, each character deals with God’s sovereignty in the midst of sorrow and upsetting change. Josie must come to grips with how Linda’s innocence and simple lifestyle can co-exist in a world filled with pain and death. Linda, a young woman who always trusted God’s will and inherent goodness, faces confusion when her identity is shattered and she encounters a lifestyle much different from her own.
Tensions increase as both worlds collide. Upon meeting Josie, the Amish community’s faith is put to the test. Can the community truly love Josie with the love of Jesus? Can Josie open her heart to God’s limitless rivers of grace?
Plain Paradise is a Carol Awards winner because in it Wiseman demonstrates her intuitive understanding of the human condition. She masterfully explores the nuances of relationships and faith in a way that moves the heart. Plain Paradise is not just a good story; it has the power to bring healing and hope to the reader’s soul.
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