Monday, April 25, 2016

Just Plain Sadie by Amy Lillard

My stack of books to be read was about ready to topple over!  I love it when I have that problem. Unfortunately, the solution to that problem was my son got a concussion.  I have two kids with special needs so I'm never short on Drs and therapy appointments.  But I didn't realize that I would have to slow down all our other activities as well.  Sometimes you don't realize how busy you get until you aren't that busy anymore.  So I have actively been devouring books while the kids rested in the afternoon ignoring the laundry.

I had Amy Lillard's book in my stack and decided to take my first visit to Wells Landing
From the back: The Amish of Wells Landing, Oklahoma, treasure their close-knit community, and the promise of their growing families. But one young woman is struggling to choose a future that is true to both her heart and her faith…

Everyone in Wells Landing has long expected Sadie Kauffman and Chris Flaud to marry--despite Sadie's telling them differently. While she loves Chris, it is more as a friend than a husband. Yet at twenty-two, the plainest girl in her group, Sadie is also the only one who is still single. Perhaps it's time to be practical and marry Chris--though he still has not asked. But when Sadie meets a kind, handsome Mennonite, it seems her prayers have been answered… 

With Ezra Hein, Sadie at last feels the joy she nearly gave up on. Unfortunately, others only feel shock that she would consider marrying an outsider. To complicate matters, Chris has finally begun talking to Sadie about their future. Distressed, Sadie will have to search her heart to recognize God's marvelous gifts to her--and find the courage to accept them, challenges and all…

This is my first trip to Wells Landing and I have to say I'll be back again!  The book is a part of a series but easily stood alone for me.  I was drawn into the story very quickly. 

Sadie has been friends with Chris forever.  They actually have a really great friendship.  She was hoping for more but Chris decided he wants to travel.  Across the sea!  Sadie is crushed and feels betrayed.  Then she meets Ezra and you can feel the sparks fly right from the start.  But he's a Mennonite, she's Amish, and their friends and family are both trying to keep them apart.  Who will Sadie choose?  

Amy's book was fantastic.  It kept me guessing and I had a very hard time putting it down.  Her characters are very well done (little Daniel stole my heart), the story moves at a good pace, and even though it's a part of a series the characters and back stories were well explained so I didn't feel like I missed anything.  So come pay a visit to Wells Landing!  You will be glad you did!  Happy Reading!  


  1. Ooh I love visiting walls landing!! I've read them all! Totally recommend reading them all when you get a chance:)