Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Amanda Beiler, a young Amish woman, is in New York City, on her way back home to Pennsylvania when she’s struck by the limousine of a Cuban-born star, Alejandro Diaz, known to his many fans as “Viper.” The accident is just the beginning of a drastic change in both of their lives in Plain Fame by author Sarah Price.
Now, while this sweet novel doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, the conclusion is rather open, and I’d wager that one must continue on with the series in order for Amanda and Alejandro’s tale to be fully appreciated. Most of the story moves at an easy, unassuming kind of pace, until about the last, gripping fourth of the book, which I most enjoyed.
The writing style isn’t very subtle and is somewhat inconsistent and quite redundant in places, giving a good amount of the same details and rehashing the same points in the characters’ reasoning throughout the book. Also, Alejandro is referred to as “a singer” but describes his music as “rap,” and because “hip-hop” (often synonymous with rap music) and even “pop” (different from rap music) are used to reference his art/career, I didn’t get a clear picture of what kind of artist he is.
Still, the novel contains some thought-provoking reflections on faith, and the climax of the story plays out engagingly with a twist a bit different from what I had anticipated. This book has much that will appeal to fans of Amish fiction and should serve as a good hook for the rest of the series.
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