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A Plain and Simple Heart, an exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from best-selling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new listeners.

1884. Several years earlier, young Rebecca Switzer lost her heart to Jesse Montgomery, a rugged but dissolute cowboy on a dusty cattle trail near the Amish settlement of Apple Grove. Now, she is grown up, and when she hears one day that he has been spotted nearby, her desire is plain and simple: She must see him.

Sheriff Colin Maddox is counting the days until he can leave law enforcement and follow his dream of starting a church. When a lovely woman, new to town and looking travel weary and a bit lost, gets caught up in the middle of a temperance riot, she is arrested along with the leaders. He can hardly believe she is what she claims - a plain and simple woman. Nor can he believe how quickly he loses his heart to her. Can Colin convince her to forget Jesse and give him a chance?

©2015 Copeland, Inc and Virginia Smith (P)2018 Copeland, Inc and Virginia Smith

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  • 04-02-18

A+++++ very different Amish story.

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This book was a delightful surprise. Well written and entertaining. I was surprised how well a typical western and Amish go together! I have not read the first book of this series but I will now. The narrator did a wonderful job and was pleasant to listen to. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Different from other Amish books that I have read.

This book is different from other Amish books that I have read.

I know that there is a lot of variation amongst the Amish culture and sects. However, the grandmother’s obsession with her hutch did not seem accurate to me. I understand her sentimental attachment to something her dear husband made for her, but generally the Amish are portrayed as leading the simple life where possessions would not have that kind of attachment. Also pride is usually portrayed as something to be avoided. In this story pride is a strong part of Emily’s character.

Cecily White’s narration is well done. She distinguishes all the characters well. I did, for the first time ever, listen to this book at 1.25 speed. It seemed to work well.

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Cute Story!

I enjoyed this and now feel I should listen to book one. I'm not saying you have to listen to book one to enjoy this one but that I liked it so much I want to see what I missed in the first book! The characters are interesting, the story was fun and the narration wasn't too bad either. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Plain and Simple Heart

A Plain and Simple Heart The Amish of Apple Grove, Book 2
: Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith

This historical, western, fiction set in 1880's Kansas has Rebecca Switzer going in search for the man she thinks she loves. She gets mixed up with the Christian Womens Temperance movement. Her interactions with the people of Lawrence is humorous at times, action packed and with three men who may be interested in her romantically, the listener stays on the edge of their seat waiting to see which one will be the lucky one.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Cecily White does a fine job.



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I like the ending best

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This story was very well written although there were times when I wanted to pull my hair out with some of the drama.The description of the encounter between the women of the suffrage group and the men made me laugh.The way the women fixed up the jail cell really made me laugh. I loved the ending and the fact that the father did not turn away from his daughters even though they left the Amish faith.

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Life's unplanned twists!

This is the first Amish series I have read or listened to and I was pleasantly surprised. After listening to book 1 in the series I was glad to listen to book 2 soon after. Rebecca is ready to grow up and has an idea in her head about how everything should work out. She hasn't seen Jesse in many years, but Rebecca is sure that he loves her and will agree to become Amish and marry her. So she sets off to find him. Except that along the way her plans go astray and instead of going according to her plans, life takes a few twists and turns.
Excellent narration by Cecily White makes the story come to life. She did the many character voices very well.
Looking forward to the next book in the series!
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Excellent another great listen

Really great story with engaging characters. Narrator's voice is clear and really brought the characters to life. So hoping that there will be more on this series. Definitely an,author author narrator to follow.

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  • 04-16-18

Sweet historical romance.

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I listened to the first book and I really liked it so I thought I will give this one a go. This book is based on Emma's sister Rebecca who is grown up and wants to marry the man she thinks she is in love with.

I thought the author is very talented in showing us how immature Rebecca is and shows her age. She is totally different to her sister Emma who is a lot more mature then her. You would think that she would change a bit once she (Rebecca) has gotten older but that is not so. She is still a romantic, more adventures and daring then her sister ever was. So it did not surprise me when she did certain things.
This book is about her journey in understanding her feels and in someways growing up. There are funny moments too, which I love. I like how the author portrays the characters. Not everything is black and white and the author shows us the shades that are inbetween which is a true reflection of how people really act no matter there background, religion, culture, etc. I liked the fact the characters are more complex and they have there own inner battle in what they believe is right and wrong and the road they take to get them to the end result due to there own actions.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone since it is a clean read.