Chapter Chat

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. 

 Plain Truth was written in the 90s, one of the first Jodi Picoult books and it fell into my lap by chance.  My neighborhood did a book exchange and it was so crazy that I didn’t have time to look at the books, I just grabbed any author I knew or a cover that looked exciting…. hence how this book came into my life! It was kinda neat because when I lived in Ohio, twice I went to Amish country for a day trip…. it is very neat to see this entirely different world just in your backyard. So I was able to picture the settings in this books much more vividly because of this. This book is a “Who did it” and the whole time I could not put it down because I had to know. In the end, was it satisfying? Maybe not but the journey to get there was worth it! This was a quick fun Winter read!

Do you know this App?? Meet up? It is a place for strangers to come together and meet up over common interests! I have been a member for a long time but never gone to anything then out of the blue I created one! As a New Year goal I wanted to get out of the house more, be more social so I created Chapter Chat a book club. And in a few weeks I have 44 members and last week I hosted our first meeting! We all met up at this awesome dessert bar called The Inventing Room which is all done with science! It’s the coolest!

I had 7 people show up which is great for a meet up, I was pleased! I modeled this exactly like my book club in Oklahoma! We all got dessert, made introductions then I had everyone share their favorite 3 books as of late. 

 The group was very diverse and everyone was so kind. I left feeling just as I wanted to… Excited about reading and with a possibility of new friends. Our next Meetup is at the end of Feb at this cool place called BookBar!

 I am really proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and it was a success! It wasn’t a equal replacement for my Oklahoma book club, but it is a start.


  1. Anonymous
    January 26, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    How exciting! Glad it went well. Maybe when the weather is not so cold, you will have bigger turn outs.

  2. Becky
    January 26, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    I'm so excited that you've done this. I can't wait to see where you take it!

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