Book Review: In Plain Sight by Marlayne Giron

Posted 30 September, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title:In Plain Sight
Author:Marlayne Giron
Release Date:August 10,2011
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About the Book:
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.

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About the Author:
Marlayne 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.

My Review:
Okay, so you know what I honestly first thought of this novel? Paranormal + Amish= what?! Seriously. That was my honest to goodness reaction. But, knowing who it was written by I gave it chance. Marlayne Giron became known to me through her novel The Victor, a fantasy novel I never thought I would enjoy but LOVED! Since I enjoyed The Victor so much, I decided to move past my original thoughts on an Amish Paranormal novel, and give it a try. Once again, I HAPPY with the results! It’s a unique twist on a favorite genre, and of course, written by a superbly talented lady!

Amish, UFOs, aliens masquerading as Plain men,crop circles and love. Wow. What a combo. But, somehow, with amazing characters, great twists and turns, Marlayne’s talent of pulling them together into a wonderful and entertaining new novel shines through.

Silas and Seth. Normal on the outside. Unusually different on the inside. I enjoyed watching them interact with Rebecca Esh’s family. Only the Esh’s knew the truth of their background. Watching Rebecca and Seth fall in love, yet not being able to express it openly was a unique twist. Definitely made for some captivating reading! But, among the supernatural elements and the plain people comes the the message of sacrifice, love, honor, and faith.

With everything from Amish to supernatural to love, this novel has something for EVERYONE. It will take some getting use to, thinking about a paranormal Amish novel, but this 4 Book worthy story works with it. Marlayne Giron rocks at her work and I hope that this is not the last Amish (or Supernatural Amish) novel that she has in store for us! GREATASTIC work, Marlayne!

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