About the book:
Lilly Brandt was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now she is running for her life—straight into a small, obscure Amish community in Southern Maryland,
Now as Hannah Kurtz, she knows she won’t be staying in Cherry Hill long enough to form any attachments, but she hadn’t counted on meeting and being attracted to the kind, young man with the amazing blue eyes.
Jacob Beiler, a skilled young furniture maker, has made a vow of his own. After being jilted by the girl he trusted right before he was about to propose, he decides to focus strictly on honing his craft and guarding his heart from any future injury. When Hannah Kurtz enters his world, she drops into his mending heart as well. Against his better judgement, he allows himself to care again and to trust another woman.
When the Amish community discovers Hannah is not really Amish and that she is not even Hannah Kurtz, Jacob feels betrayed yet again. Will he be able to forgive Hannah’s necessary deception, or will he walk away from love forever?
My review (5 stars)
I was intrigued when I first learned of this book, as its set in Maryland and the story takes place in Amish community that I’m very familiar with.
I think I was more curious as to what the author could base even one book, let alone an entire series on in this tiny community. I’m so glad that I was curious because this book is pretty awesome!
This book has the perfect blend of suspense and Amish fiction. The author crafted strong believable characters and an interesting storyline. I loved Lilly/Hannah and admired her strength and courage. There were a few times when I was on the edge of my seat as she spots the man on the bike who seems to be following her. I adored the family that she stayed with and how she helped them as much as they were helping her.
Jake is a character that had my heart from the beginning. He’s trying to forget about the woman who left the Amish community and shattered his dreams. When he and Hannah become friends, I wasn’t too sure how he would handle finding out that she isn’t really who she pretends to be.
We all have decisions to make in life and Hannah has to grapple with one that will change her life completely.
Plain Haven has a plot that is is engaging and moves at a great pace. I had a hard time putting this book down. If you like Amish fiction or are looking for a new author, I recommend Plain Haven. I am eagerly anticipating the second book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and have given my honest opinion.