When Carley Marek takes a hiatus from her job, she leaves Texas and visits her friend Lillian in Amish country, Pennsylvania. Carley isn’t there long when she meets Lillian’s charming—but shunned—brother-in-law, Dr. Noah Stoltzfus.
When Lillian’s stepson is stricken with a life-threatening disease, Noah is forbidden to intervene, but he resolves to do whatever it takes to save the boy’s life. Carley finds herself caught in the middle of her feelings for Noah and her loyalty to Lillian. And to further complicate matters, everyone around her is talking about God–a God she doesn’t know and who appears to be punishing her for her past mistakes.
When her hiatus is up, Carley must make a life-changing decision: stay and face the path that is set before her, or flee and leave the only love she’s ever known.
Plain Pursuit is a delightfully heart-warming novel that draws the reader into the Amish community. Carley Marek is a journalist who has just been getting by, due to personal losses as of late. To compound on her deep sadness and frustrations, her boss invites her to lunch to inform her she will be taking a paid month’s leave to rest-up and rejuvenate herself. Carley is not pleased, but the alternative is unacceptable. Carley, after being surrounded by her own grief in Houston for the past 6 months, packs up for a month long vacation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her dear friend Lillian not too long ago converted to become Amish, married a widower and recently gave birth to a baby girl. Lillian and her husband Samuel Stolzfus have welcomed Carley into their home along with their 13-year-old son David and new baby, Anna. One evening David needs to be rushed to the hospital and is treated by Dr. Noah, who unbeknownst to Lillian, David and Carley, is Samuel’s shunned brother and he holds news about David’s health. However, being shunned they are forbidden to reach out to him. While Carley has her own demons to deal with and the death of her mother on Christmas, Dr. Noah struggles with his own missing of his family, while Lillian and Samuel must deal with David’s illness. Plain Pursuit is a beautifully written novel of love, loss, and hope. The novel is filled with a delightful cast of characters and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the various families and look forward to making David’s favourite cookies, Raisin Puffs, the recipe for which is in the back of the book. Plain Pursuit makes for a delightful evening of reading and would be a delightful choice for a book discussion group.
I received a complimentary copy of Plan Pursuit by Beth Wiseman from Thomas Nelson as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.