Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In Plain Sight by Marlayn Giron

It started with the crop circles followed by the disappearance of cattle. Then he appeared. He was obviously Old Order Amish. He did and said everything right but no one knew what family or farm he belonged to. He worked in the fields and barn raising's like everyone else and was in every respect just like one of them except for his silver eyes. Despite his quiet and respectful demeanor the community of Bird-in-Hand was leery of him. Every-one avoided him; except for Rebecca Esh...two star-crossed lovers whose romance not only endangers the Amish family who takes him in but puts the world he and his brother come from in great peril

My Thoughts:
Marlayne Giron has a way of writing books that you can't quite put your finger on. If you haven't read "The Victor" by her, I highly recommend it, but "In Plain Sight is also another book that you think is going to be one thing and leaves you with a whole different taste. Saying that, I don't mean to say it in a bad light, it is actually good, it just is unexpected. The whole premise of the book is around the Amish community, but the author takes this book to a new level of romance with almost this paranormal that I haven't ever read before. It wasn't weird or creepy, it was done quite well. Overall, I was shocked at how emotionally attached I began to the characters involved in this story. I think if you are looking to read an Amish story that is very unique, not like anything else you have ever read, I highly recommend reading " In Plain Sight." I give this 5/5 stars. Thank you to the author for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes only. I was not compensated for a positive review.

About the Author: 

Marlayne GironMarlayne Giron is a wife and mother living in Orange County, California. She currently works as a part-time career secretary and enjoys cooking for her family every night, scrapbooking, making high teas, and entertaining.

At the age of 22 (In 1982) Marlayne was inspired to write The Victor by a line in an Amy Grant song called: "Fairytale" (from her Father's Eyes album). The particular verse in the song which inspired the idea was: "two princes wage the battle for eternity but the victor has been known from the start". The verse made her imagine an evil "Baron" in black armor and knight in shining armor crossing swords over "maiden in distress". She wrote the story in her free time at work on an IBM Selectric typewriter and at home on a Smith Corona Portable. 

Marlayne rewrote the story over the course of almost 30 years and made many attempts to get it published for several years but after a 4-year bout with ulcerative colitis that resulted in major surgery, then infertility then the adoption of her daughter and the demands of having to work full-time to pay the bills, she gave up on her dream of The Victor ever being published until April of 2008 when Tate Publishing called to offer her a contract. 

The Victor was released on April 14th of 2009 and many doors have opened up for her to get the word out on her book. One of which being that as a direct result of her former employment with John Styll at CCM Magazine 28 years ago (who is now currently President of the Gospel Music Association), both he and Amy Grant now have copies of The Victor and Marlayne's personal copy has been autographed by Amy Grant herself.

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