Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Report: In Plain View, by Olivia Newport

Olivia Newport is nuts. Really. She writes an Amish novel AND a Historical all in one. Who does that? A genius. She's a genius. And I love her ... and it.

In Plain View is book two of her Valley of Choice series. Once again, as I did in the review of book number one, I will say even if you're not into Amish fiction, you'll thoroughly enjoy this series! I'm not an Amish reader by any stretch of the imagination, and yet ... Olivia has sucked me in. :)

So. Get this equation. Amish book + Historical novel + Suspense laden plot including a bomb. Oh yes. And romance.

Here is a quote to whet your appetite :)

"Annie pressed her lips together and blew her breath out her nose. 'I was there remember? I was the one who saw what happened to Karl Kramer. I was the checking to see if he was breathing. That gives me some rights.'
'Rights. Not very Amish of you.'
'A man has been injured ... give me a reason not to go straight to the police..."

I love it! Rebellious wanna-be Amish girl has left her cell phone, laptop and high speed business to uncover her own set of trouble and suspense in the Community. Annie may not succeed at being Amish and circumstances will certainly do all they can to hinder it.

It's a great read, and if you read book 1, you'll definitely be aching to find out more about the romance between Modern Annie and Amish Rufus, about Amish Ruth who's dabbling with the English, about Jacob and the beginning of the Beiler Amish roots ...

Yep. Olivia Newport drives me nuts--because her writing is just. that. good!

ENTER TO WIN YOUR COPY! Tell me one reason why you WOULD become Amish and one reason why you probably won't ;) Be sure to check back next Friday to see if you've won!

54 comments:

  1. The bond between family and community is the reason I would want to be Amish. Amish women work all the time and have way to many children. That is why I would probably never become Amish. I do like to read about the Amish

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    1. LOL I'm with you! My TWO kids is plenty for me :)

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  2. The strong faith they have in God would be the reason why I would join the Amish faith. The reason I would not become Amis because of they shun people.

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    1. Shunning would be horrific. I can't imagine. Of course, evidence too of how strongly they place their traditions and beliefs.

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  3. One reason I would become Amish because they take care of each other. One reason probably is cause I am used to having power, computer,tv ect.

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  4. I already have a copy so you don't need to enter me in the contest but I loved your enthusiastic review! Olivia is a wonderful author. I read all her books. I agree this is another must read for her!!!

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    1. So glad you've had the opportunity to read Olivia's book!

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  5. One reason I would is because the closeness of the families. One reason I wouldn't is I've been spoiled by air conditioning.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh yes, A/C would be difficult to live without!

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  6. Forgot to answer the question. Would love the church first,family second mentality but would not be able to handle anyone getting shunned.

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  7. I would love the closeness of community and family, but I don't think I could do without my electricity!!

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    1. I couldn't live without electricity either, at least not long term.

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  8. A simpler life would be nice but I would miss my computer and car. How else would I be able to enter contests.

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  9. I love that simple life but I cannot do with out air conditioning!
    vickie
    vmorgan456(at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. I love the Amish lifestyle and the sense of community. However, I cannot live without my Kindle and cell phone.

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    1. Sometimes I wish I COULD live wihtout my cell phone and all its interruptions ;)

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  11. I think I would love knowing that being at home, being creative, cooking and cleaning and taking care of my family is totally fine and expected! I think the reason I wouldn't is because my understanding is they don't share their faith. I'm not an "evangelist" by any means but think it's a beautiful gift to help others understand why we live the way we do and I think I would feel stifled not being able to do that.

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    1. Yes. It's interesting to delve into the Amish faith. There's lots of different types.

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  12. I would love to adopt their minimalistic lifestyle...however I don't want to give up all that goes with that (like blogs, facebook, cars, my kindle, some tv, etc)!

    This sounds like a really great book, I look forward to reading it!

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  13. Would you please explain to me how this is an historical tale if the main character has a cell phone, laptop, and high speed business? It sounds contemporary, not historical to me. Sorry but even though I like Amish fiction I won't be reading this unless someone were to give it to me.

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    1. The main story, about two-thirds of the book, has a contemporary setting about a character discovering the Amish. Interwoven with this story are chapters with a historical setting at the time of the Revolutionary war, where characters are children and grandchildren of the earliest Amish settlers who came to Pennsylvania. The two stories are related thematically and through the genealogy of the characters. Hope this answers your questions.

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    2. Couldn't have answered that any better myself! ;) That's the beauty of books, not all appeal to everyone, but stories can go in every direction and personally, I love the directions this one went. It was a fun adventure :)

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  14. I love the closeness they have with family and God's creation and the simplicity. I wouldn't want to give up some of the comforts, though, like electricity and my car. Thank you for entering me in your giveaway!

    Blessings - Julie

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    1. Ooo, I forgot how much I love their creations too, like Amish quilts! :)

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  15. The faith of family is what I like about being Amish and what I would not like is living without a/c.
    dcofohio@yahoo.com
    Dawn Crawford

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    1. This is the 3rd vote for a/c! :) LOL I love it.

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  16. I love reading about them....wouldn't want to be without electricity or vehicles.

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  17. Cool history and I love quilts...but I have white eyelashes. Amish girls don't wear mascara.
    On the shallow scales, I'm in two inches of water.

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  18. This sounds like a great book, and I'm looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the giveaway! I might consider becoming Amish because I really respect their deep faith that truly touches all aspects of their lives. On the other hand, I REALLY like the simplicity of having electricity...lights, radios, microwaves, and other conveniences!

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    1. OH YES! MY MICROWAVE! I would definitely need that.

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  19. First let me say that I own "Accidentally Amish" and I really enjoyed it. I have been waiting (rather impatiently :) ) for this book to come out. My best friend is Amish and I would say that their closeness and the fact that they always seem so happy would be a huge reason to become Amish. The only thing I could think of that would prevent me from becoming Amish is the process of shunning. I'm a very forgiving and nonjudgmental person and I don't know if I could shun someone. They preach not judging someone and that seems quite the contrary to me.

    Cynthia Fisher Adams jociadam@hotmail.com

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    1. It would be interesting to hear your friend's perspective on how they reconciling shunning vs. judging. Glad you are enjoying Olivia's books!

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  20. I like the community support that they always show for each other. I don't think I could do without the conveniences I'm spoiled with, especially air conditioning!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. I would become Amish because of the sense of family and community and a quieter life. However I wouldn't because I like creature comforts and technology too much. :)

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  22. I would become Amish because of their whole way of life, I think they are closer and don't let the trouble of the world get to them. I wouldn't because I would miss my computer and phone.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. I would be miserable without my laptop!

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  23. I would love the simplicity of life... But would miss the phone for keeping in touch with friends all over the world :)

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  24. I would become Amish because of their love of family something this world is sadly lacking.
    I could not become Amish because of health reasons.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You know, that's a good point. Health reasons would be a huge limitations!

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  25. I think there would be a lot less distractions in the normal Amish life (why I would become Amish) but I think it would involve much more manual labor than I am used to (why I would not become Amish).

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  26. I think there would be less rushing around. You'd have to slow down in the Amish life.

    But I like to drive my car, listen to music, and use central air conditioning. I think it's too late to convert me.

    Thanks for the contest. This sounds like a great book!
    Jackie
    joyfuljel((at))gmaildotcom

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  27. Honestly, if there was an Amish community around me, I'd look into becoming Amish. I love their more simple way of life. They appreciate things more than we do, I think. They take time to stop and smell the roses. We tend to run around like our heads are cut off. They are also very much into their faith, as I'd like to be. I can honestly say that I'd be okay with doing away with electricity, cell phones, computers, cars, etc.

    A reason why I wouldn't? I'd have to work on my sewing skills I'm thinking if it was going to be depending on me to make clothes for my family, and right now, I can barely handle sewing on buttons.

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  28. I would like to be Amish for a day because sometimes we all need to slow down & take a look at God's creation instead of speeding by in our fast moving cars!

    The reason I wouldn't want to be honestly is because I love electricity & all my electronics too much

    Stimmer@familylife.com

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