Plain Truth

by Jodi Picoult | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0671776134 Global Overview for this book
Registered by arugh48187 of Edina, Minnesota USA on 10/15/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by arugh48187 from Edina, Minnesota USA on Saturday, October 15, 2005
This book is a replacement for a bookring that I accidentally left on an airplane while trying to exit the aircraft with my screaming one year old. It is so difficult to think properly when assaulted by the piercing shrieks of an unhappy child.

Thank goodness the originator of the bookring is a kind and understanding mom herself and didn't even bat an eye when I told her what a moron I am. :)

FROM THE PUBLISHER
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 apeople 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.

Journal Entry 2 by arugh48187 from Edina, Minnesota USA on Saturday, October 15, 2005

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Sending off to Sunryzze who is next on the list. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 4 by Sunryzze from San Diego, California USA on Wednesday, November 09, 2005
I am really looking forward to reading this book. She isone of my favorite authors. I will let you know when I have finished so that I can pass on to the next reader on the list.

Journal Entry 5 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Saturday, February 17, 2007
Arrived safely. Will journal more upon completion. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 6 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Thursday, May 10, 2007
Vividripper has instructed me to pass this on as I see fit. PM if interested!

Journal Entry 7 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Thursday, May 10, 2007
I apologize for not getting into more detail recently in regards to the review of this book. I have broken my good laptop, so I'm hacking this out on an 8 year old computer with broken keys and a 26 K connection. I think this was a wonderful book. I had a hard time putting it down, and found it quite a switch from all of the Christopher Moore books I've been reading lately. This book is what I wanted A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton to be. That one disappointed me, this one stepped up to the plate. The characters were well developed and I was able to identify with them and understand and sympathize with their situations.

***spoiler alert*** to read, highlight the below area with the mouse

The one thing I didn't like about the ending was that Sarah was the one that had actually killed the child. I'm not quite sure what the scissors had to do with the death, since that was pretty much made out to be suffocation, but I do have to say that I was pretty convinced it was a natural death before that. I had imagined, before that was presented as a possibility, that perhaps the culprit was Aaron, since he was kept marginalized throughout the whole thing. I felt that Sarah should have valued life more, having lost so many children naturally, and with the death of Hannah and the exile of Jacob. I was waiting for someone to explain the bacterial infection from the unpasteurized milk as the reason for Sarah's miscarriages. Katie's sentence was neatly wrapped in a bow, I would have preferred to see what the jury would have said. That said, perhaps it was the just and fit thing for Katie in the end, although she was innocent of the murder.

Journal Entry 8 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Sunday, July 08, 2007
Found more readers to continue this ring. Current order is as follows... PM if interested in joining.

TJROTH, WA
sweetybeans, OR
campinghamster, DE
nynjagrrl, WI
dabercro, UT (pref. US)
???
kobie03, CAN
jumpingin, CAN
boomda181, CAN
TracyR, UK
frangelle, UK
PussInBooks, UK
aneca, PORT
bookwormess, FIN
myrtillus, FIN
Carlienka, GER or S Afr.
Bjorg, ICE
bearyfriend, SING

Journal Entry 9 by TJROTH from Port Angeles, Washington USA on Sunday, August 12, 2007
Forgot that I had already read this one but it is good even the second time around. Will pm the next in line and get it posted later in the week. Sorry for the delay in getting this on here but between being out of town and a guest from Japan it has been rather hectic. Thanks for sending it to me.

Journal Entry 10 by sweetybeans from Cottage Grove, Oregon USA on Friday, August 24, 2007
just received in the post today. have one book ahead of this one... will get to asap... looking forward to reading another picoult book ;)

Journal Entry 11 by sweetybeans from Cottage Grove, Oregon USA on Thursday, September 13, 2007
Just finished this book. I am glad I gave piccoult anothe try. i reallly liked this book a lot. the ending was in a way predicatble, but she still had you doubting at points. very interesting insight to life of Amish. I grew up around them in Michigan, (and just found out that the germanic dutch is b/c my GG grandmother was Amish), but never knew much about the life of these fascinating people.

thanks for sharing

Journal Entry 12 by campinghamster from Newark, Delaware USA on Saturday, October 06, 2007
I received it today. I can't wait to start reading it. I love Jodi Picoult.

Journal Entry 13 by campinghamster from Newark, Delaware USA on Friday, October 26, 2007
I just finished reading it and loved it. Jodi Piccoult is becoming my favorite author. The story had me all the way to the end. I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending but I think she does that on purpose in her books. It leaves you thinking. I will send this on to nynjagrrl as soon as I get her address.

Journal Entry 14 by nynjagrrrl from Elkhorn, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, November 01, 2007
I found this waiting for me in the mailbox today. I plan to start reading it soon.

Journal Entry 15 by nynjagrrrl from Elkhorn, Wisconsin USA on Monday, November 12, 2007
This story had me guessing who was involved with the death of the infant. I was surprised by the ending. There were some parts of the plots that seemed to be glossed over and not really answered but overall it was a good book

Journal Entry 16 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Thursday, December 13, 2007
book came in today's post, will read ASAP and send it on. Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 17 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Thursday, December 27, 2007
I'm never disappointed with a Jodi Picoult novel and Plain Truth had me captivated. The subject, a well developed story, the Amish lifestyle, the characters, the research all added to this absorbing read. great storytelling.
thanks mrsordonez for sharing this wonderful book.
Ready to be sent on as soon as I get the address of next reader.

Journal Entry 18 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Thursday, January 24, 2008
Sorry about the delay in mailing this but we've had storm after storm , another one coming tomorrow. i took advantage of the clear weather today to get to the post office. In the mail to jumpingin.
thanks for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 19 by wingjumpinginwing from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Monday, January 28, 2008
It arrived quickly, kobie03! I will read this as soon as I finish the book I'm currently reading. I've never read a book by Jodi Picoult, but I've heard such great things that I'm really looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 20 by wingjumpinginwing from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I finished this book this morning and I enjoyed it very much. It was compelling--it kept me up late on too many nights!--and I learned a lot about a culture I knew very little about. I'll definitely be reading more of Picoult's books. Thanks so much for sharing.

I'm waiting for the next person's address and then I'll be sending this one.

Journal Entry 21 by wingjumpinginwing from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Friday, February 29, 2008
I mailed the book to boomda181 this morning. Consistent with Canada Post's wacky rates within the country, it was cheaper to send it by Express Post than by regular mail, so hopefully it will arrive quickly.

Journal Entry 22 by boomda181 on Monday, March 03, 2008
Arrived in the mail today, I cannot wait to read another Jodi Picoult novel! Will journal more soon.

Journal Entry 23 by boomda181 on Tuesday, April 15, 2008
As a huge Picoult fan, I enjoyed reading about the Amish way of living and feel that Picoult wrote a fair representation. I enjoyed learning about Katie Fisher, and really liked Coop. Where I think I am burning out on Picoult books, is that I am expecting a big twist so I try to guess what it will be instead of enjoying the story.
I will drop this in the mail as soon as I have an address!

Journal Entry 24 by TracyR on Saturday, July 19, 2008
Arrived with me today. I love Jodi Picoult and look forward to this one. Will get on with it as soon as i finish my current read.

Journal Entry 25 by TracyR on Monday, August 18, 2008
Really enjoyed this book. Did not really have any thoughts on the Amish lifestyle previously and this book has opened my eyes to their way of life. very interesting. Whilst the ending did not come as a shock to me, i felt it was rushed.
Will send this on in the mail as soon as i have a forwarding address.
Thanks for sharing this excellent book with me.

Journal Entry 26 by frangelle on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Arrived today, thankyou, will read then pass on to next person x

Journal Entry 27 by frangelle on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I really enjoyed this book, it was very cleverly written, although I did find Katie's character really irritating! As with all Jodi Picoult's books, I couldn't put it down. I was, however, a little disappointed with the ending.

Pussinbooks has read it so asked to be skipped so will pm aneca for her address and send it as soon as that is received.

Journal Entry 28 by aneca on Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I'm sorry, I just realised I never made the journal entry when I received this one. I've read it, am in the process of my writing my review that I'll add here and will PM the next member for her address.

Bookwormess is not interested anymore so the book is going to myrtillus on monday.

Journal Entry 29 by myrtillus from Pori, Satakunta Finland on Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Arrived safely today. Thank you aneca! I'll read it asap.

Journal Entry 30 by myrtillus from Pori, Satakunta Finland on Thursday, October 08, 2009
This was my first Jodi Picoult book. Somehow I enjoyed it but somehow I didn't. The story started off interestingly enough and then became progressively boring. I found especially the trial parts boring and why so much romance. Anyway thank you for sharing this book!

I'll send the book to Carlienka.

Journal Entry 31 by Carlienka from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Saturday, January 02, 2010
Thank you everyone for keeping this book in circulation. I received it today and look forward to reading my second Picoult book.

Journal Entry 32 by Carlienka from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Friday, January 15, 2010
I just had to get this book finished and done with because it was keeping me up too late at night and causing me to neglect too much during the day!
I was interested to read more about Amish people and think that Picoult did very thorough research. I learnt a lot from that.

As for the story, the plot had me hooked! Especially as I wanted to find out whether Katie was treated justly or not. I was not that interested in the romances, I rather wanted to get on with the trial and find out more about what happened on the fateful night of the baby's death.
The ending is certainly ambiguous... but I suppose that is to be expected!

Journal Entry 33 by Carlienka from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Sunday, January 31, 2010
This book is ready to travel on! Bjorg in Iceland replied to me that she has just received a copy of Plain Truth for Christmas, so she asked to be skipped, so Bearyfriend is next in line... and by a wonderful turn of events I am actually in Singapore right now, so I am meeting up with her to give it to her in person. A wonderful combination of bookring and meet-up - yay for BookCrossing!

Journal Entry 34 by Carlienka at Vivo City, Singapore Singapore on Sunday, January 31, 2010

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It's been wonderful to meet-up with Bearyfriend and hand over this book! Thanks for a lovely time!

Journal Entry 35 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Sunday, January 31, 2010
It's been an exciting day for me - meeting up with Carlienka and visiting the decomissioned Doulos ship before it goes to be docked in Tuas. Thanks to Carlienka for bringing me the book, and being the good host showing me around. I have enjoyed the dinner with the other crew on board Duolos as well, thanks to the chef who's also from South Africa. It's a wonderful day. Thanks very much. Hope we'll get to meet again.

Journal Entry 36 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Saturday, February 27, 2010
Sorry for the delay in reading this book. Will send book back to mrsordonez once I'm done...will expedite. Thanks.

Journal Entry 37 by mrsordonez from Fenton, Missouri USA on Thursday, April 22, 2010
http://www.hulu.com/watch/138561/lifetime-movies-plain-truth

Just ran across this gem. Enjoy while it is still uploaded!

Journal Entry 38 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Friday, April 30, 2010
Wonderful read about the Amish people, and the title is also straightforward enough helping me recall easily that story was about the plain people. This is one of Picoult's easier reads, as I find not all her books I enjoyed. I chuckle at the things being said in court, enjoy the to-and-fro conversations between the characters and happy for the verdict but scratched my head what Sarah said at the end. Spoiler Alert:- Haven't that funny Dr Owen Zeigler said the baby's death may be due to natural causes - the unpasturized milk and some infection of the listeriosis? And was Katie not the one who cut her own unblical cord, and how come the ending seems like Sarah was the one who killed the baby. Or perhaps what she meant was that her hiding of the baby indirectly causes him to die, instead of helping save him by telling? And could hiding the scissors mean it was actually Sarah who helped do the cutting as Katie couldn't be sure of what happened after? Hmm...
Thanks mrsodonez for giving me time to read. I have enjoyed reading, and ready to return book to you. Oh yes, I like Samuel, Ellie and Coop.

Journal Entry 39 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Monday, May 10, 2010
Have just dropped it off in the postbox, book is travelling to you via air. Thanks for sharing.

19-Jul: I hope the book is not lost, only that it's not yet journalled. Think I have included something else too.

Journal Entry 40 by mrsordonez at St. Louis, Missouri USA on Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Arrived home safely. I plan to give it to my daughter to read. Thanks for returning it safely!

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