When I first sat down to read this book I was getting frustrated because I expected it to read like a novel. When I allowed my mind to settle in at the kitchen table or following Miriam around doing chores, I was able to read this book the way it was intended- like a conversation with a good friend. Once I figured out the key, I completely enjoyed the stories Cindy and Miriam had to tell.
I have to be honest in saying I wish the book had gone more in-depth. I have read a lot of Amish fiction, and I was hoping to hear more “secrets” of how they live their lives. What this book did do, however, was show me that the Amish portrayed in the fictional accounts are real people.They really do live the simple life that the authors describe.
This book would make a perfect introduction to women who are interested in reading Amish fiction and learning about a way of life that is becoming more and more appealing to me as the world seems to spin out of control each day. “Plain Wisdom” is a quick, enjoyable read that will give the reader something to think about. No matter how contrasting our daily lives seem, we mostly have the same values- family, faith, and friends. As long as we can hold onto those similarities, our differences just don’t seem as large.