Anything but plain

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader


Anything but plain


Suzanne Woods Fisher



Publication date:

October 2022




320 pages


What a delightful Amish story! Author Fisher takes us back to Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania with some familiar characters from past stories. And she introduces us to Lydia Stoltzfus, daughter of the bishop. David Stolzfus has been in previous books and his character is kind, forgiving and considerate, really a lovely man. Yet for Lydie, being the daughter of the bishop, especially when you just don’t fit the standard view of a young Amish woman, is difficult at best. You are always under scrutiny and Lydie feels she never does anything right and is always making mistakes. But she is creative, fun and a problem solver as well. You will love her character.

Lydie’s aunt, Dok, a physician and no longer living as Amish, hires her to work in her office and finding symptoms in Lydie of her own ADHD, takes the young woman under her wing. Romance, laughter, organic farming, what to do about an overbearing grandmother (yet being Christlike): all these and more are part of this very entertaining and encouraging book.


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Fans of Amish fiction

Christian impact:

A Christian worldview throughout and especially in the life of the bishop!


Anything But Plain

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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