Harvest House Publishers
In Simply Sara, author Hillary Manton Lodge portrays a young Amish woman named Sara who moves to Portland in search for a new life. While putting aside her Amish heritage, Sara attempts to live a normal life near her brother and goes to design school for fashion. All throughout the story, Sara learns to cope with the new ways of life, romance, and being separated from her family.
The story is well paced and the dialogue is crisp; it keeps the reader entertained and motivated to continue turning pages. The relationships between Sara and her many friends are unique and heart-warming. There is one scene in particular that is very touching. Sara finds herself very lost, and she receives a simple gift from a friend whom she has hurt, signifying that her friend cares deeply for Sara.
Sara soon finds that living in a city with people of the world is harder than she thought. However, she determines to live like those around her, and her efforts are rewarded. Colossians 3:23 is reflected in her diligence: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Sara is a sweet, quiet girl who loves fashion and is willing to work hard to succeed. She adapts to the new ways of life with a little help from her trusty friends and a co-worker named William. At first, Sara and William rub each other the wrong way, but slowly the acquaintance blossoms into a warm friendship and then a deeper relationship.
The book leaves its readers with a warm feeling and a good story to contemplate. I recommend this Amish romance. Simply Sara is a great tale for young adult women who like coming of age stories. – Molly Anderson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Following up on Plain Jayne, a fun new look at Amish life from the outside in, author Hillary Manton Lodge continues with young Sara Burkholder’s perspective on English life and romance in Simply Sara.
Sara, who left her Amish family to live with Jayne, discovers that the English world is a bit more challenging than she expected. As she finds a job, buys English clothes, wears makeup, and learns to drive, she begins a journey to becoming the person she might have been had she not been born into an Amish family. But when romance becomes complicated and school proves difficult, Sara escapes to her Amish sister’s home, wondering if she should return to the life she left. Torn, she seeks answers in prayer, but is the God she is seeking the same in both worlds? What’s a quilt-making, fashion-loving, formerly Plain girl to do when a new way of life starts to change her?