Monday, July 3, 2017

Plain Haven by Susan Lantz Simpson

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?


About The Author

Susan Lantz Simpson has been writing stories and poetry ever since she penned her first poem at the age of six. She has always loved the magic of words and how they can entertain and enlighten others. Her love of words and books led her to earn a degree in English/Education. She has taught students from Prekindergarten to high school and has also worked as an editor for the federal government. She also holds a degree in nursing and has worked in hospitals and in community health. She writes inspirational stories of love and faith and has published a middle-grade novel (Ginger and the Bully). She lives in Maryland and is the mother of two wonderful daughters. She is a member of ACFW and Maryland Christian Writers Group. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, walking, and doing needlework.
  My Review

fell in love with the story from the first page, and it kept me reading late into the night.
The author developed a great concept of hiding a witness in Amish country, no that is not new, but she did such a great job of immersing Hannah, aka Lilly, into the culture, that you sometimes forgot that she really wasn’t Amish.
Hannah is a gentle kind soul, that is now really running for her life because she witnessed a body being thrown, so from evil, she has found peace, or so she hopes. Then we meet Jacob who is now smitten with Hannah, but she isn’t really Amish, is he about to be thrown for a loop again?
I really hated this story to come to an end, I wanted to move in with Rebecca and become a member of this family, and I loved the children!
I received this book through NetGalley and Vinspire Publishing, LLC, and was not required to give a positive review.

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