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Secrets Come Home By Samantha Price

 

(Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries Book 1)

Secrets Come Home
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STORY-LINE SECRETS COME HOME BY SAMANTHA PRICE:

Ettie Smith inherited a house when her friend Agatha died.  During repairs, a body’s discovered under the house.  A body which has been there many years.  When identified, the man is Agatha’s ex-fiance.  The police name Agatha as the murderer.  Ettie’s determined to clear her friend’s name.  Her old friend, Detective Crowley, has retired and the new detective doesn’t care for Ettie nosing into his investigation.  What Ettie finds surprises the Amish Community;  to everyone’s dismay secrets and crimes come to light.  My mystery book reviews of Secrets Come Home follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Secrets Come Home, Samantha Price created an Amish mystery filled with secrets, lies, and crime.  Secrets never stay hidden, and the lies needed to sustain the secrets have a way of coming undone;  as Ettie stated:  secrets come home.

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”

The plot filled with twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat as Price took me on a journey of discovery, pain, murder, and grief.  The twists and turns just kept coming in this book.  I would think Ettie had found the murderer and Price would introduce another plot twist.  Samantha Price brought the multi-plots threads together skillfully.  As a result, creating an intriguing mystery.

With a cast of suspects and reasons to kill Horace, Price held the who, what, why, and when, close to her chest.  As a result, Price crafted a tantalizing mystery.  I found the pacing perfect and Price‘s prose descriptive.  I love reading Amish stories as they give me insight into the Amish way of life.  Also, I have found Amish stories are clean without swear words or sex. That said, Price faced head-on a part of life which affects a lot of teens.  As well as, the consequences which result.   In Secrets Come Home, I discovered Amish communities have crime the same as the rest of us.  I also thought the Amish community in this book did not seem as strict as some Amish;  this enabled me to better relate to the characters.

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The Amish Widower By Katie Fisher

 

The Amish Widower
The Amish Widower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE AMISH WIDOWER BY KATIE FISHER:

Suzanne Hosteller’s back in small town Charity to investigate the murder of Joseph Eshes.  Leaving her Amish life and faith to work in law enforcement, she never thought she’d be back in Charity.  Life with the Englisch has not been without its trials;  including a Captain jealous because she beat out his kids for her current job.   Suzanne’s investigating the case without a partner and she’s an outsider.  A case without a preliminary investigation and a Sheriff unwilling to help, she will not solve this case quickly or easily.  Then add in the fact, her Aunt Milly has decided to play matchmaker.  Suzanne’s former beau, Gideon Brunstetter, still lives in Charity.  Things are warming up in the small town of Charity.  My romance book review of The Amish Widower follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Katie Fisher created an awesome Amish romance mystery in The Amish WidowerFisher filled this story with emotion which the reader can feel on every page;  the anguish of a love not fulfilled, the sorrow of a dead wife, and guilt.  As well as, the grief of the missing girls from Charity.  Due to Fisher‘s vivid writing, I could feel Suzanne grief of her missing mother and murdered father.  I could feel Suzanne’s anguish as she questions her place in the world;  she’s neither Amish nor EnglischShe’s torn as she’s once more in her former Amish community.   Yet, so lonely in the Englisch world.  I loved watching Katie Fisher mature Suzanne.  Skillfully Fisher led Suzanne to realize the true reasons she left the Amish and her faith.

Gideon you will love;  he’s a strong man who lost his way.  Gideon’s riddled with guilt he must face and resolve.  But through faith in God and prayer, he found his way back.  He’s ready to help Suzanne any way he can.  Suzanne ask his help in the investigation;  knowing he can open doors unavailable to her as an Englisch.

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Fairfield Amish Romance By Miller, Vail, Burkholder, Weaver

 

Fairfield Amish Romance
Fairfield Amish Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE FAIRFIELD AMISH ROMANCE BY MILLER, WEAVER, VAIL, BURKHOLDER:

This collection has four stories of love, romance, faith, the Amish way of life and letting God take control.  A sweet clean Amish romance collection you will love.

LETTING GO BY SUSAN VAIL

In Letting Go, Hannah loves the Amish way of life and God; she’s also very controlling and opinionated about other’s conduct, what should and should not be done, as well as, how it should be done.  She and her sister, Sarah, are always at odds.  Fighting and bickering, Hannah tells Sarah very thing she does wrong, what she should do to improve, and to live the Amish life style.  She’s like a little General when it comes to religion and God.  Will Hannah realize she could catch more flies with honey than vinegar?  Will God open her heart?

Hannah’s attracted to Isaac Roth.  Isaac’s sweet, always laughing, has deep faith, and sees wonder in everything.  But, Isaac has a problem;  he’s slow.   Although slow in speech and thought, Isaac has a pure heart.  He’s different from the other boys and his mother worries if he will ever find someone who can compliment him.  Will Isaac and Hannah form the perfect combination?  Will Hannah realize her mistake in dealing with people, let go, and let God take control?

REBEKAH’S QUILT BY ISABELL WEAVER

Rebekah’s Quilt, features Rebekah and Levi. Levi does not want to be a farmer;  he has put off many times telling his father.  Nothing Levi ever does seems to turn out right.  He just wants to feel worthy.  He knows there’s something out there for him.  After an accident between his cows and Rebekah’s family buggy, he just might have what he wants within reach.

Rebekah has a yearning in her heart for missionary work, quilting, and helping others. She wants more; she also wants a family.  Rebekah and her family, on their way to auction off Rebekah’s quilt for Haiti relief, have a collision with Levi’s cows.  Is there someone out there meant just for her;  if so she hasn’t found him yet.  But she might discover what she wants in the middle of a field chasing cows.

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The Amish Best Friends By Katie Fisher

 

A Suspense Romance

The Amish Best Friends
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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.

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Breaking Amish Tradition By Sandra Becker

 

 

 

Breaking Amish Tradition
Breaking Amish Tradition

 

 

STORY LINE BREAKING AMISH TRADITION:

Author Sandra Becker’s new box set Breaking Amish Tradition has nine heartwarming books; you meet continuing characters in the various stories.  I love books with continuing themes and characters.  Some of the stories have two to three parts.  Immersing her stories in fundamental Amish traditions, romance, and Amish way of life, Becker’s nine books provide enjoyment and entertainment.

Books 1 and 2 finds Miriam facing her baptism without joy.  Falling in love with an Englisher John, they find trials and tribulations.  In books 3, 4 and 5, you find Sarah, aka Wildflower, born to Joshua and Mary, falling in love with banished Doctor Jacob, during rumspringa.  They must face the heart breaking possibility of Sarah losing one of the things she most loves.

Book 6 will introduce you to the Zook family of brothers and sisters.  Sarah and Aaron have many questions and hesitations before finding happy ever after.  In Book 7, twins Rachel and Abigail Zook must face separation and finding the one they thought they wanted may not be the one God intends to impart to them.

Book 8 introduces Joseph Zook and Rebecca Weidler.  Rebecca is the bane of Joseph’s life as a child.  However, God and nature turn the tables on Joseph.  Zachary Zook’s story revealed in Book 9 is next.  With his rumspringa approaching, he has questions.  Girls annoy him; he is man of the land with tools in hands and the smell of earth in nostrils.  God places Elisabeth in his path.  Elizabeth has questions and trials of her own.  This is their story.

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