A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Series: The Bishop's Daughters #2
Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on January 1st 1970
Source: Celebrate Lit
Genres: Amish & Mennonite
Molly Ebersol’s life changes in a few minutes when an arsonist torches their barn. Her husband, Caleb, rushes inside the burning barn to save his horses. Although Amish firefighter, Jonathan Mast, tries to save Caleb, he fails. Suddenly Molly becomes a widow.
A month later, an anonymous person gives money to cover the lumber and food expenses for the barn raising. One late night more money is left for Molly on the porch. The fire investigator wonders if the arsonist feels guilt about Caleb’s death and is responsible for the money gifts.
During the continued investigation, it’s learned that Caleb had secrets he kept from Molly. She is crushed by what Caleb did before meeting her. How could the love of her life kept his English past from her?
Her new neighbor, Jonathan, helps her to make the difficult transition from wife to widow. Although Molly develops feelings for Jonathan, can she ever trust him to be truthful to her? She isn’t sure she can fall in love again. Her trust in relationships is shattered because of Caleb’s past actions.
A Plain Widow is the second book in The Bishop’s Daughters series by Diane Craver. If you’ve read my review of Amish Baby Snatched, you’ll see that I had high hopes for this series. I think this author has a lot of promise and a story idea that is unique. I love the idea of mystery in an Amish story. It’s just quirky. We think of the Amish as such peaceful people but truth is, bad things can happen in their lives as well. I love that I’m seeing this refreshing approach to the genre which for years seemed so idealistic and perfect. Authors are no longer afraid to write an Amish tale that isn’t so perfect and I love that.
Like the first book, I felt that there was much filler dialogue that was unnecessary. I had so much information thrown my way, I was overwhelmed. I feel like I missed out on the potential for a real thriller. I wanted to know who hated the Amish so much that they would harm a member of the community. I wanted to see more of the antagonist of the story. I wanted to see how desperate he was and what lengths he would go to, to inflict more damage. This character simply wasn’t developed and the loose ends were tied up too neatly.
Lastly, I feel the need to mention how shocked I was to see the use of foul language in this genre. I’m not a prude by any means but it’s just not typical. I wasn’t expecting it. I think a lot of readers of the Amish genre will be thrown off kilter by this. Now, this book isn’t filled with nasty language by any means. There’s the use of a certain four-letter word that starts with an s and it’s used twice on the same page. Still, it felt out-of-place for the book’s intended audience.
Overall, the idea and premise of this story is an interesting one. I would have liked to have seen it explored and developed more. I needed more action and less dialogue.
*Author has issued a revision to this ebook to remove the foul language mentioned in the review above.
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