Synopses & Reviews
Talented new author Hillary Manton Lodge brings a new twist to the popular Amish novel. Jayne Tate loves her life as it is — living in a big city, working as a reporter for a fast-paced newspaper, and dating a guy who knows nothing about her past. When her father passes away though, she's forced to take another look at what she wants out of life. After losing out on the big career opportunity she was hoping for, she decides to escape to Oregon Amish country, seeking solace and maybe a big story.
Even in this land of buggies and bonnets, Jayne finds life more complicated than she expected. Can she persuade herself that her growing friendship with the mysterious and handsome Levi Burkholder is just about research? And what's a latte-drinking, laptop-using, motorcycle-riding reporter to do when this new life starts to change her? With humor, faith, and unexpected romance, Plain Jayne will delight readers.
"Debut fiction author Lodge, a freelance photographer with a background in journalism, enters the popular arena of 'plain people' fiction with a surprisingly funny, refreshing and strong story line. Lodge creates the lovable and always acerbic protagonist Jayne Tate, reporter for Portland's Oregonian. Forced by her employer to take time off to regain her edge, Jayne goes hunting for a feature in Oregon's Amish country. What this independent and thoroughly modern journalist finds is an alternative lifestyle that keeps her slightly off-balance even while, in good reporter form, Jayne tries to remain coolly objective. Enter Levi Burkholder, formerly Amish, presently a carpenter, and Jayne's heart goes off kilter as well. Jayne joins the household of Levi's estranged parents for some real Amish experiences, learning to respect the hardworking family. Smart, fast-paced and chock-full of endearing characters, Lodge's entry into inspirational fiction is a keeper, plain and simple." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Novels about the Amish are popular right now, but I have held none that tickle the funny bone quite like Hillary Manton Lodge's 'Urban Amish' book, Plain Jayne." At Home with Christian Fiction
"Lodge's Plain Jayne isn't just another 'bonnet book.' The author meshes the importance of family with the power of faith and demonstrates their significance when making life-altering decisions." CBA Retailers + Resources
Lodge brings a new twist to the popular Amish novel. Jayne Tate loves her life — she lives in a big city, works as a reporter, and dates a guy who knows nothing about her past. When her father passes away, she's forced to take another look at what she wants out of life.
Jayne Tate loves her life in the big city, working as a reporter for a fast-paced newspaper. When her father dies, she's forced to take another look at what she wants out of life. Losing out on the big career opportunity she was hoping for, she seeks solace in Oregon's Amish country.
About the Author
Hillary Manton Lodge graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism. She works as a freelance photographer while following her passion to write fiction. She and her husband, Danny, live in Eugene, Oregon.