Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Title: Plain Fear: Forsaken
By: Leanna Ellis
Published by:
Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 978-1402255403

Back Cover:

Hannan cannot move on. She pines for Jacob, the boy who saved her life when she drowned, bringing her back from the brink of death by breathing life into her. But Jacob is gone now, buried.

Levi’s love for Hannah burns just as strong. But he knows how much Hannah loved his brother Jacob. He also knows the troubling event that took Jacob out of their lives. And he lives with that lie every day.

So when a stranger named Akiva comes to their community, he carries with him two secrets that will change their lives forever: he is in fact Jacob, whom Hannah had lost. And he is now a vampire.

When passions stir and secrets are revealed, Hannah must choose between light and dark, between the one she has always loved and the new possibility of love. But it’s more than a choice of passion, it’s a decision that will determine the fate of her soul.


Amish and buggies and…vampires? Oh, my!

I admit it, when it came to an Amish book about vampires, I was as skeptical as they come…more…because as a writer myself, I’d heard the jokes, even invented a few. Still, I wanted to read this book with an open mind, and I’m rather glad I did.

In Plain Fear: Forsaken, Ms. Ellis has created an interesting tale of choices and angst. She touched on the popularity of vampire fiction while staying true to the standards which make Amish fiction so attractive. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this book will appeal to all readers. In fact, I’m sure there are many lovers of pure Amish fiction who will literally get up in arms upon reading this book. Still, the novel was well written, the characters skillfully spun, the plot well-developed, and I enjoyed spending time in its pages.

What about you? Do you believe Amish fiction and vampires mix? Would you pick up this book or recommend it to a friend? We’d like to know what you think!

About the Author:

Leanna Ellis is an author whose books are infused with humor and heartfelt emotion. Growing up in Texas, her mother taught her a love of books that grew into a passion for storytelling. She has written almost twenty books, ranging from contemporary romance to women’s inspirational fiction.

Leanna says when she's not chasing vampires through darkened city streets, she's driving her children to all of their activities, figuring out what to make for dinner, chasing her crazy labradoodle around the house, and searching for the next idea.

Review by Elizabeth Ludwig


  1. Great review, Lisa! I read and reviewed this on my personal blog a while back, and I agree that if you approach the book with an open mind, it really is a great story! :)

    Like you said, it's not for everybody, but I do hope the right people will pick this up and give it a chance.


  2. Honestly, I would probably have passed it by if I hadn't read your review. But now I'm interested to read it myself. So thanks for the review. :)

  3. Cool, Angie! And I know exactly what you mean about passing on it. I got to meet Leanna a while back at a conference we were both attending. Were she not such a sweet person, I might have declined the offer to review her novel. Now I'm glad I met her in person and was persuaded to at least give her book a try.


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