Jayne Tate’s father just passed away. But she’s fine. They weren’t all that close. Her boss disagrees and forces her to take a leave of absence from the newspaper. Jayne decides to make good use of her leave and come up with a brilliant article. She rides her motorcycle down to Amish country, hoping to get an inside look on how the Amish live.
Jayne meets carpenter Levi Burkholder, who helps her find an Amish family to board with. Sure, Levi is cute, but Jayne has a boyfriend back in Portland. But the more Jayne gets to know her new Amish friends, the more she longs to simplify her own life. But how? Making peace with her mother and sister is one thing. But what should she do about her boyfriend and Levi. Something has got to give. But what?
I had the privilege of hearing Hillary Manton Lodge read an excerpt of this at the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference. It was a scene in which Jayne attempts to remove a pie from an over. What’s the big deal about that, you might ask? Jayne is petrified of ovens. It’s that kind of humor that adds a wonderful quirk to a charming story. I loved this book. Read it in two days. If you like romance and humor and the Amish, pick up a copy of Plain Jayne. You won’t regret it.