Jayne Tate is an investigative reporter for a major daily newspaper. When her editor demands she take time off to grieve the death of her father and get her writing back up to par, Jayne instead follows her instincts. She's certain there's a story to uncover about the Amish, but where to start?
An initial interview with the intriguing owner of an Amish furniture store opens the door for Jayne to live with the Amish family he left behind. What she doesn't yet know is that her journalistic observations of this sincere, yet conflicted family are destined to cause reflections of her own childhood.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
From her blog:
I write Generation-Next Contemporary fiction. My books are usually center on normal people learning to live, laugh, heal, and try to understand the concept of God in a crazy world. My first released novel, Plain Jayne, is now available nationwide. The second, Simply Sara, will release in Fall of 2011. Both books are "Urban Amish," and totally not your mom's Amish books. Except for the Amish. They're still there.
Plain Jayne really is fresh and new. Like many readers of Christian Amish fiction, I began reading Beverly Lewis when she first came out. Then it seemed like Amish fiction exploded everywhere, and it got to be too much to keep up with, and too much alike. So I stopped reading them.
This book is different. It's contemporary, yet respectful of the Amish way of life.
This is Hillary's first book, and I am glad it's the beginning of a new series. She truly gives a fresh take on Christian Amish fiction, and it's a great read. I have not yet had a chance to finish the story--I'm about halfway through, but I'm enjoying it immensely.
Update June 2010: I finished the novel after our move, for the "Spring Reading Thing" reading challenge. I enjoyed it.