Saturday, May 22, 2010

Plain Perfect

Lillian Miller is tired of her crazy, hectic life. She leaves one day and takes the road to Lancaster County, PA, where her aging, Amish grandparents live. Once there, Lillian is offended by certain Amish beliefs, but still finds the peace that its followers have extremely attractive. She also finds a certain Amish man, Samuel Stoltzfus, quite attractive and quickly grows to care for him. As her affection for those surrounding her grows, she must make a choice to adopt the Amish ways that she sometimes struggles with or to continue living as she is – an outsider.

This book captured me right away. The plot and writing style were excellent. I loved the character of Lillian Miller and I think the author did a good job of making her story believable. It is quite rare for people from the outside world who were not raised in Amish ways to adopt such a belief system, but the author made Lillian’s conversion seem honest and natural. I also found the passion experienced by some of the characters surprising. Apparently, I had a preconceived notion that Amish people are dispassionate.