Plain Truth

Plain Truth The small town of Paradise Pennsylvania is a jewel in Lancaster County known for its picture postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant i

The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County known for its picture postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures the newborn s mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen year old KatieThe small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County known for its picture postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures the newborn s mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen year old Katie Fisher And the infant did not die of natural causes Although Katie denies the medical proof that she gave birth to the child, circumstantial evidence leads to her arrest for the murder of her baby One hundred miles away, Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway has achieved an enviable, high profile career But her latest court victory has set the sands shifting beneath her Single at thirty nine and unsatisfied with her relationship, Ellie doesn t look back when she turns down her chance to make partner and takes off for an open ended stay at her great aunt s home in Paradise Fate brings her to Katie Fisher Suddenly, Ellie sees the chance to defend a client who truly needs her, not just one who can afford her But taking on this case challenges Ellie in ways than one She finds herself not only in a clash of wills with a client who does not want to be defended but also in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own Immersing herself in Katie Fisher s life and in a world founded on faith, humil

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  1. Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty three novels, including the 1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister s Keeper She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.Her new novel, SMALL GREAT THINGS, is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio on October 11th.Website jodipicoult Facebook facebook jodipicoult Twitter twitter jodipicoult

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  1. I really enjoyed this book In fact, I could hardly put it down from the minute I started reading it I think Picoult has a genuine talent for writing and coming up with unique story ideas.SPOILER AHEAD There were a couple of things that bothered me at the end, though I had pretty much figured out halfway through the book that Sarah had been aware of her daughter s pregnancy and was the one who had hidden the dead infant I really felt, though, that it was inconsistent of Sarah to have both killed [...]

  2. I thought this book was pretty crummy even though it was a page turner I really wanted to know what happens to Katie, and what happened to the baby so I kept reading, but I didn t really enjoy the experience I won t be reading again Too much filler, not enough book.Specifically It s set among the Amish However, I get the feeling the author doesn t really understand them, she just thought it d be a cool setting That irritates me It s full of overused elements, such city girl goes to farm , taking [...]

  3. I have read many of Jodi Picoult s books and I have to say this one sucked I was not intrigued by Katie, I was annoyed and exasperated with her The dialogue was cheesy in many areas, and the whole thing with Hannah s ghost was just stupid I mean, it really does seem that the only reason the ghost was added was so that the author could explain Katie s attraction to Adam Oh look, he s a ghost hunter and I see a ghost hmmm, it must be meant to be we should have sex Blah.I m really disappointed beca [...]

  4. There is an Amish community close to where I live in western Pennsylvania Each summer weekend for the past several years, I have traveled to this Amish community, admiring and purchasing the most beautiful and delectable strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, peppers and squash all that summer has to offer in my state s relatively short growing season Over the years I have also developed a growing curiosity about the way this Amish community lives close to my own community geographically and yet s [...]

  5. This is my third Jodi Picoult read, and it wasn t my favorite, though I did enjoy it The plot of the story really intrigued me because, as is mentioned throughout the story, it s not every day that you hear of a young Amish woman accused of murdering her own newborn I loved Picoult s attention to detail throughout the story she obviously did a great deal of research on the Amish way of life and really embraced the characters Her research shined through the beautifully detailed descriptions of li [...]

  6. I liked the idea of this book and wanted it to be better than it was My criticisms are as follows spoilers included Poor editing left awkward, unfinished, or contradictory elements throughout the book Ellie argues with Stephen about having a child and says even if he would not get a vasectomy reversal, there are other ways they could have had a baby Yet later in the book, Ellie says in wanting a baby she wore Stephen down at one point and they tried for 6 months, but she did not get pregnant bec [...]

  7. Far be it for me to ruin anything for anyone who has yet to read this, but I really hated the end I really, really hated it This book had five stars in my head until I read the ending, if that gives you any indication how much I hated the ending Now, that being said the rest of this book was great The characters, for the most part, had depth and were questioning various aspects of their own morality I have to admit that the main character, Ellie, fell a little flat Okay, a lot flat What is it wi [...]

  8. My interview with the f ted author, taken from Real Bewks Magazine June 2010 Tell us about your latest book, My Crazy Family.It is a tale of families, I suppose Families and how they screw us up Ha ha ha In my last book, Auntie Janet s Gallstone, I drew heavily from my experiences with my Auntie Janet She is such a brave woman and I felt I had to tell her story, you know I didn t even think about it, I just wrote it down In this book, I took a different approach I looked at my family and thought [...]

  9. For sure a favorite of Picoult books for me I love loved this book It was interesting and entertaining I grew up surrounded by the Amish community and this book showcased behaviors and legalities that I was not even aware of I thoroughly enjoyed it This is a Picoult book I would recommend to others to start with My quick and simple overall Very enjoyable and hard to put down

  10. The Plain Truth is an intriguing and thought provoking read It is an excellently written and extremely enjoyable novel that s packed full of suspense The novel is thoroughly gripping from beginning to end and will educate you and fascinate you at once The level of research and detail that went into describing the Amish culture was amazing The characters were realistic, well developed and likeable, and even though they were from a vastly different culture I still found them relatable Five stars

  11. I very much enjoyed this fictional exploration of Amish culture and how the Amish Plain people live in modern society whilst maintaining their traditional, religious values and practices When feisty defence attorney Ellie finds herself representing eighteen year old Katie against a murder one charge for the suspicious death of her newborn, she is challenged physically and psychologically than she ever imagined As conditions of her work, she is made to live among the Amish whilst keeping a watch [...]

  12. This book like many other Jodi Pocoult books was pretty soppy at points but was still interesting enough to keep me reading I ve never read a book about the Amish before.A little predictable.

  13. I was slightly disappointed with this book I ve read much better books by Jodi Picoult I did learn a lot about Amish culture, something I knew nothing about and this aspect of the book was very interesting and educational I felt there were a number of things that didn t work for me with this one though I didn t like the main character, Katie, she came across as cold and distant and I found it difficult to muster up any feeling for her I felt that the ghost references surrounding Hannah were just [...]

  14. Of all Picoult s books this is the only one that I read, and I read ad nauseum until the formulaic writing got me that had a really good ending It wasn t original, it s been done before, but in this context it wasn t guessable The Plain Truth would make an excellent horror film a la Stephen King.

  15. This book was so good but as I have come to expect from Jodi Picoult.I have ready reviews that classify her a pulp, or in the same class as a John Grisham noveld I think that s really unfair Jodi is always goodeven when she s just okay as in Sister s Keeper And while a lot of her themes come from headlines she s like the novel versions of Law and Order they always have a different twist that takes a lot of sensitivity and creativity.The Plain Truth was no exception Although most of the book was [...]

  16. My daughter mentioned to me that she had read several of Jodi Picoult s books and said that she thought I should read one I have to admit that I had seen the books before, but they just didn t appeal to me however, on Haylee s recommendation I gave this one a try Wow I literally could not put it down I read until 2 00 or 3 00 in the morning several days in a row, only stopping when I could not keep my eyes open any longer Ms Picoult is a brilliant writer who can draw her reader into the lives of [...]

  17. Plain Truth is about Ellie Hathaway, a lawyer from Pennsylvania who comes to an Amish community to defend Katie, an eighteen year old accused of murdering her own newborn child During the bail process of Katie s trial, Ellie becomes her bail official person, or the person that must stay with Katie always so she can stay at her farm home While Ellie stays with Katie, she learns the ways of the Amish community and their practices, their ways of life, and their obvious truth And everything gets co [...]

  18. 3 1 2 stars rounded to 4 My 1st Jodi Picoult and the perfect introduction chosen because it offered a glimpse into the world of the Amish.

  19. Jodi Picoult, I m over you In this melodrama, a baby is found dead in a barn of an Amish family The daughter, Katie had the baby in secret, but did she intentionally kill it or was it an accident 408 pages later after a trial and of course a love affair between lawyer and long lost love who happens to be the psychiatrist who testifies, Katie is made to wear an ankle bracelet for a year and ends up getting the Amish guy that she cheated on to conceive the baby I was bored and did not have the ene [...]

  20. I finished this book because I wanted to know how it ended, but getting to the end was pretty difficult First off, the style got pretty confusing at times Picoult used multiple narrators and switched between third person and first person so often that there was a few times I didn t know whose point of view I was reading SPOILER ALERTThe ending of the book was rather predictable About a third of the way through the book I noticed that Picoult didn t put too much focus on Katie s mother, which imm [...]

  21. Who wants to read about a teenager or a larger than life female attorney Sarah is the character with the most potential for development How can a woman who has lost a son and stands to lose a daughter endlessly tolerate the law of her husband and church, yet act independently to do a lawless deed and never confess it I think the author did a tremendous job of defining Sarah without having her say two words I think the author missed a chance to explore Sarah s insecurities and misgivings as a wif [...]

  22. I had resisted reading a book by this author for a long time, without any valid reason, just because I saw her all over on the shelves at Target, or something Boy am I sorry I did I really liked listening to this book even though the voices of the narrators bothered me The characters and the story were compelling even though they were mildly predictable, but not in a take your intelligence for granted kind of way I now look forward to reading other books by Jodi Picoult and am glad that I joined [...]

  23. Jodi Pucoult has again demonstrated that she is a master storyteller In Plain Truth, she weaves the story of Katie, an young Amish woman and Ellie, a thirty something lawyer Well researched, this novel takes you into an Amish community where you experience life and their beliefs Picoult keeps the reader entertained until the chapter.

  24. 4.0 StarsThis novel revolves around the life of Katie Fisher, an Amish girl who is accused of killing her newborn infant after concealing her pregnancy and delivering the baby in secret Fortunately for Katie, at the time of her arrest, she has a distant and unknown relative named Ellie Hathaway, who is a high profile criminal attorney Ellie is taking a much needed break from her career after concluding a stressful criminal trial and ending her eight year relationship that failed to yield the chi [...]

  25. Once again Ms Picoult does not disappoint She has told a story of a tragic occurance with characters that are very real and likable The story centers around a young Amish girl, Katie Fischer who has been charged with the murder of her newborn baby Enter the hardened and world weary Ellie Hathaway to defend her cousin Though the story follows the investigation and trial, the true story lies in the relationship between these two women and their two worlds colliding In the end it is perhaps Ellie t [...]

  26. This is the first Jodi Picoult novel that I ve read and I have got to be honest I m not too impressed Plain Truth is about an Amish girl who secretly had a baby and is being accused of killing it and a big shot girl power lawyer who tries to defend her The story line itself is interesting and is what compelled me to finish I like the court setting, the mystery, and I also liked learning a bit about the Amish but this book should have been much shorter than it was There were a lot of words, but n [...]

  27. Well, I have to say this Jodi Picoult writes a gripping story The book had its flaws there were aspects which were difficult to believe and or could have been better written, and I wasn t 100% sure she got the Amish thing right, even though she claims to have received affirmation to that effect from formerly Amish individuals However, I give her credit for selecting an original topic and setting, and maintaining my consistently high level of interest for 400 some pages even though I did guess th [...]

  28. I ve read several of Jodi Picoult s books and by far, this one is my favourite I got a brilliant insight into the Amish community and their way of life beliefs and I loved the comparison with Christianity It had a brilliant combination of religion, moral issues, crime, sympathy and thoughtfulness to be an evenly balanced novel It was written brilliantly enough for me to be able to put myself in Katie s and Ellie s shoe I also loved the insight into the life of a lawyer Amazingly exceuted and I t [...]

  29. not my favourite by jodi picoult, didn t really convince me but i learnt a lot about the Plain people and their lifestyle hence the 3 stars.

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