The lead story shares the same name as the title; The Amish Best Friends. A wonderful buy with bonus content of 20 stories; for a total of 1708 page. A great deal for any reader who loves Amish and Christian romances at a surprising low costs of .99. A clean sweet book suitable for anyone, you will love these stories. I chose to review the lead story, The Amish Best Friends.
STORY-LINE THE AMISH BEST FRIENDS BY KATIE FISHER:
In the lead story,The Amish Best Friends, Hannah Zook teaches school in Orthause, Pennsylvania. Devout and dedicated to the Amish way of life, when Mennonite Eli Reimer wants to marry her, she’s thrown into a quarry. For Eli demands she join his church, forsaking her Amish church.
When Ezekiel Miller’s murdered, the Englisch, investigating the murder, send Jacob King and his partner to the Amish community. Jacob left the Amish after his rumspringa, becoming a law enforcement officer. Hannah comforts Ezekiel’s wife, Martha, who’s the prime suspect and eventually arrested. As far as Hannah’s concerned, he has arrested the wrong person. She decides to start her own investigation with her best friend Abram Wittmer by her side. My Amish romance book review follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
I found this story well-written and entertaining. Fisher created a first class romance suspense mystery. Her writing is clear, concise, and easy to follow, as well as, containing scenes which transition smoothly. Fisher keep the mystery and suspense at high peak and did not reveal the murderer until the last possible moment. With several suspects, I did not guess the correct culprit.
I loved the glimpse into the Amish community Fisher provided. Hannah’s character is one of strength and determination. Not only devout in her religion, Hannah’s intelligent. I could feel her confusion and indecision in marriage to Eli. His demands she leave her community, faith, and church did not feel right. As the story progressed, I found I really did not like Eli as I felt he bullied Hannah at times. He expected her to bow down and be a good little woman, following orders.
In the same token, I loved Abram. A kind man who had always been by Hannah’s side, protecting her when needed, and backing her in her choices. When she’s investigating the murder, Abram is by her side, while Eli wants nothing to do with it; demanding she stop. Needless to say, he was not my favorite character. Refusing to relent, Hannah prays and God answers. With God behind her, she continues looking for the murderer, placing herself in danger.
Hannah comes to a revelation during this investigation. Will she let Eli hold her back, forsake her church and community, and become a good little wife? Or will Hannah stand on her feet, refusing to be less than God intended. Hannah’s faith’s the rock she stands on; God and prayer’s the backbone of her life.
The romance is sweet and clean without the use of sex or fluff to fill the pages or carry the story. I found this book a great read with realistic characters and a realistic original premise. With the pace in line with the length of the story, well-developed characters, and an intriguing plot, Fisher crafted an entertaining read. I loved her writing style, the information she included about the Amish, and the original story line. Fisher held my attention from the first pages to the last. The pace flowed smoothly, never bogging down or lagging.
Fisher packed this story with emotion and action in a few short pages; when I finished the story I felt I had read a full novel. Most author’s do not develop the story-line or characters to the depth Fisher managed in 66 pages. A wonderful read for a lazy afternoon. This will not be the last book I read from the pen of talented author Katie Fisher. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4.5
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I borrowed this book from kindle unlimited and received a copy of this book from Diane Sweet Reads Publishing. I chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest Christian romance book reviews. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, is my opinions. Without hesitation, I can say, no one influenced my voluntary Christian romance book reviews.
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