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Jodi Picoult has touched readers deeply with her acclaimed novels, such as Keeping Faith and The Pact. Gifted with "a remarkable ability to make us share her characters' feelings" (People), Picoult now explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman -- the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her.
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 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 more 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, humility, duty, and honesty -- Ellie begins to understand the pressures and sacrifices of those who to live "plain." As she peels away the layers of fact and fantasy, Ellie calls on an old friend for guidance. Now, just as this man from Ellie's past reenters her life, she must uncover the truth about a complex case, a tragic loss, the bonds of love -- and her own deepest fears and desires.
Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. Jodi Picoult presents a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith -- and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem, where love meets falsehood, and where relationships grow strong enough to span two worlds.

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Plain Truth
January 10th, 2015
I absolutely loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. This book has helped me better understand the way of life of Amish families. Ellie has a very strong character and a very good heart. That is what I liked about her. .
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Plain Truth
August 10th, 2014
Absolutely riveting......kept guessing all the time. Brilliant a must read........right until the end!
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Great!
August 2nd, 2014
Good book. At first slow but picked up nicely.
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Plain truth
July 24th, 2014
Very good book. Kept me wondering all along.
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Plain Truth
July 19th, 2014
Jodi Picoult has written a provocative book between the Amish and English societies and the differences. The tough, successful defense attorney living with the Amish family whose daughter is accused of neonanticide learns many ,lessons and grows very close to the daughter and becomes a surrogate mother. The frustrations of tring to prepare for the trial, as Katie changes her story and wants to confess that she indeed kill the baby. Ellie and Katie have many ups and downs, but in the end they have forged a bond. The big surprise ending brings with it another moral and legal dilemma.
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Plain Truth.
July 9th, 2014
What can I say? I love stories about the Amish and Jodi Picoult is a great storyteller.I could hardly put this book down.
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January 22nd, 2014
Compelling story line that keeps you absorbed to the end. Gives a fascinating insight into the Amish way of life, as well as dispelling myths about Amish beliefs and convictions. I found it enlightening, emotive, and humanizing, and really didn't expect the ending to be as it was. I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult and found this to be the most captivating of her books thus far.
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Plain truth
November 10th, 2013
Good read, right to the end, and then a surprise, I did not see coming.
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