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Plain Truth

by Jodi Picoult. (Washington Square Press, 2000)

With the intentions of getting away from the stress of her life, Ellie Hathaway, a successful Philadelphia lawyer finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. When a newborn's body is found in an Amish barn, she reluctantly agrees to take on the case pro bono but bail regulations require her to live on the farm with the baby's mother, an unmarried young Amish woman. While Ellie learns to live without electricity, cars and her privacy, she toils over how to prove her client's innocence and battles with her own fear of commitment. Copia Magazine Plain Truth review

Surrounded by a strong sense of faith, Ellie learns about Amish ideals and virtues. Unfortunately, it is these Plain beliefs that threaten to ruin her whole defense strategy. The baby's mother, Katie Fisher is not accustomed to attorneys, prosecutors, psychiatrists or the English judicial system. She must deal with being regarded as an outsider and suspected murderer not only from the English public but also from her family and the Amish community. Katie's denial of the murder and even the pregnancy itself, presents Ellie with a seemingly impossible case to win.

Review By Erin Gurry
Rating: 3 out of 5 Copia Magazine Tails

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