Thursday, February 25, 2010

Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge

This post is part of another Glass Road Public Relations blog tour.

About the book:

(Eugene, OR) Hillary Manton Lodge enters the inspirational fiction category with her refreshing and witty "Urban Amish" story of Plain Jayne. Jayne, a journalist whose writing quality has suffered of late, is encourage to take a three-week leave of absence from her job with a major daily to mourn the loss of her deacon father.

Steadfastly ignoring the death of a father who never expressed love—verbally or otherwise—Jayne instead follows a hunch to find a revealing story about the Amish. Her initial interview with the attractive and intriguing owner of an Amish furniture store lead to the opportunity to live with his Amish family. What transpires is anything but the gentle Amish fiction already on the market.

Publishers Weekly called the tale, "Smart, fast-paced and chock-full of endearing characters. . .a keeper, plain and simple."

Jayne's "English" point of view allows readers entrance into this cloistered section of the American community. With Jayne's ever-ready wit and self analysis, readers are certain to be entertained while learning more about the Amish.

About the author:

Hillary Manton Lodge writes witty stories about normal people learning to live, laugh, heal, and understand the concept of God in a crazy world. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and works as a freelance photographer while chasing her passion for writing fiction. She and her husband live in Oregon.

Margie's comments: Due to a very busy editing schedule this last month, I haven't finished reading Plain Jayne yet. But I have read enough to agree with Publishers Weekly's assessment of the book. I love the characters, each one in their own way pulling me deeper into their story. And the setting and premise of the book is unique. Can't wait to see how Jayne's life will change in three short weeks. Plain Jayne is definitely not your typical Amish fiction.

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