Saul crept closer to the edge of the cliff until his toes hung over the smooth rock, a natural diving board that he had jumped from a hundred times. He tucked the thick rope between his legs and cupped his hands around the knot that met him at eye level.
Then he saw her. Miriam Raber. Sitting with her girlfriends on the bank. Her brilliant blue eyes twinkled in the distance as she watched him, and she was chewing the nail on her first finger—like she always did before he jumped. And his legs grew unsteady beneath him—like they always did when Miriam was watching him.
He pulled his eyes from her and gave his head a quick shake. He’d always felt confident about whatever he was doing, except when Miriam was around. She had a strange effect on him, always had—since they were kids. He recalled a time when he and Miriam were chosen as leads in the school Christmas pageant, playing Mary and Joseph. They were in the sixth grade, and Saul was still shocked at the amount of detail he remembered from that day. She’d worn a white sheet over her dress, belted it at the waist, and her long brown hair flowed freely past her shoulders instead of bound beneath her prayer covering. Mostly he remembered the way Miriam looked at him when she spoke her lines. And the way he went completely blank and forgot his.
He straightened when he heard his buddy Leroy yelling from the bank. Then he took a deep breath and swung out over the water. As he let go of the rope, he didn’t have more than a second before he plunged into the creek—but it was Miriam that he saw the millisec¬ond before his face submerged. He stayed down there longer than usual, enjoying the refreshing water, and thinking about Miriam.
She was a good girl. The best. Every man of marrying age in Paradise had his eye on Miriam. Everyone except Saul. He’d known for as long as he could remember that one day he would leave Paradise. Leave her. So, despite their mutual attraction over the years, Saul had avoided her as best he could. But the older they got, the harder it was for him to keep his eyes from always drifting her way. And she seemed to have the same problem. She was always watching him.
He swam upward until his head popped above the water, and not surprisingly, his eyes found Miriam’s right away, smiling and clapping from the water’s edge. There were others around. But he only saw her.
Excerpt from PLAIN PROPOSAL by Beth Wiseman. Copyright @2011 by Beth Wiseman. Published in Nashville, Tennessee by Thomas Nelson. Used with Permission. All Rights Reserved.
Miriam Raber takes a bold stand in Beth Wiseman’s Plain Proposal when her Amish boyfriend considers leaving their community. “Whatever he chooses,” she declares, “I'm going with him.”
Miriam enjoys life in her Old Order Amish community, and hopes Saul Fisher will propose to her. But when Saul talks about leaving the Amish world, she imagines what her life might be as an Englischer. Miriam knows for certain that she loves Saul and feels God has chosen him for her. But now she’s noticing advances from Jesse Dienner, who is committed to marry and remain in the Old Order community.
Who will Miriam choose to live her life with—and will Saul choose to stay in the Old Order Amish community or pursue his dreams in the outside world?
Hardcover Book : 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc. ( March 29, 2011 )
Item #: 13-358751
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75inches
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I'll admit that when I first picked up this book, I was worried that it would be B O R I N G ! ! ! I'm not a huge fan of romance novels in general as they are either very explicit and disgusting, or else very blase' and/or cheesy beyond control! BUT, I decided to give it a chance as I am intrigued by the simplicity of the Amish culture...
I was very relieved and impressed by the simple, yet beautiful story that this was. It was just what I needed during a hectic time.
This heart-warming story tells of the beautiful, simple life that the Amish live, and also how they view the "normal" world and how they can live within them both. I enjoyed this book immensely and am looking forward to reading others written by Beth Wiseman.
***I received this book for free from booksneeze.com, in exchange for reading and reviewing it.
I would like to see the whole list of a series, so I know if I have them all and also say what number the book it not just the name. Is it the 4th book, 5th for example..
I have to agree with the other reviewer. Crossings is getting worse about starting a series and then not offering the follow up books to it. Why would I want to purchase a book that's several books after the original. I'll just go to amazon and order the complete set!
I purchased PLAIN PERFECT, the first book in The Daughters of Promise series, from Crossings. Three books followed -- PLAIN PURSUIT, PLAIN PROMISE and PLAIN PARADISE -- that were not offered by Crossings. Why should I buy this one? When you begin a series, you should follow it through to the end or not offer it at all. I am disappointed.