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A Plain Disappearance

sleigh- www.discoverlancasterpa.com / Terry RossA Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower

Chloe Humphrey living in Appleseed Creek, has stumbled upon another mystery.  Appleseed Creek is mainly an Amish community with few outsiders or Englisher, as the Amish call them. Chloe and her boyfriend Timothy, a former Amish boy, discover the body of a young Amish girl inside an abandon barn. Chloe along with Timothy try to navigate the small community to discover who is responsible for this horrific crime.

A Plain Disappearance is the third  installment in the Appleseed Creek murder series. This title can be read as a stand alone but is enhanced if the reader has previous knowledge of the characters and their relationships. This is a gentle and enjoyable read.

The third in the series takes place within a little over a month from the first title, A Plain Death.  I have never read a series where the titles are all written within a few  months time. This gives the reader a real-time feel in respect to the relationships between Chloe, her boyfriend and her roommate. It however is a little unrealistic that you would have three murders in a small town in less than three months. This series is a refreshing addition to the Amish genre. Not only is it not a romance, although it does have some romance, the series revolves around the mysteries in this small Amish town. The other thing which is different in this genre is the tale is told from the Englisher’s perspective and seems to concentrate on the relationships between the Amish folks who have left the order and their family and friends still a part of the Amish religion.  A Plain Disappearance will not disappoint Amanda Flowers fans.  I highly recommend this title for those looking for a cozy mystery or readers that enjoy the Amish fiction genre.

Note: I received a review copy from the publisher, B&H Publishing Group for an honest review.

A Simple Song by Melody Carlson

a simple songSimple Song by Melody Carlson

Katrina Yoder loves to sing. As being a part of the Amish community, singing is not allowed except for in church. Katrina loves to sing but knows that she will have to give it up if she becomes a member of the Amish church. Katrina’s best friend, Bekka pushes the limit of her rumspringa by watching t.v. Bekka has been watching the American Star show which tries to find the best singer in the country. Bekka talks Katrina into auditioning for the show to pay for a needed surgery for her father.

A secondary plot and mystery involves her recently deceased grandmother. Katrina misses her grandmother a lot. She was given a few of her grandmother’s things by her aunt. The items stir up a secret her grandmother has kept from the family and one that Katrina and her aunt are determined to discover.

Melody Carlson has written a story centering around an Amish character but explores the question how far would a person go to accomplish something while trying to keep their values and beliefs. Simple Song explores the reality t.v. craze of today with the twist of the Amish values. The book is a quick read but challenges the characters and readers to explore how far would you bend your values to win something. This book would be a great book club book for teens. Fans of Melody Carlson will not be disappointed with Simple Song.

Note: I received an electronic version of this title through NetGalley from Bethany House for an honest review.

Letters to Katie by Kathleen Fuller

Letters to Katie

Letters to Katie by Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen “Katie” Yoder loved Johnny Mullet since she was a little girl. Johnny is her best friend’s, Mary Beth, brother. Johnny, however, has never given Katie the time of day. Katie has been waiting for Johnny for years and spending her time working at the local Amish restaurant. One day a young man sits at her table and begins to take interest in her. This young man has to leave town but begins to send letters to Katie. Meanwhile, an event happens to Katie wiping out some of her memory and changing things for Johnny.

This is the third novel in the Middlefield Family series. Although this novel is the third in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Letters to Katie was an enjoyable read and in the same format as most Amish fiction. From the beginning the reader can feel that the character Isaac was introduced to instill jealousy in Johnny. The secondary plot between Cora and Sawyer was just as compelling. Sawyer’s decision to stay in the Amish life even though Cora’s offer could set him up for life while still valuing family over everything.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Amish novels. While it does not break any molds of the Amish books, it is still an enjoyable read.

Note: I received a copy of this title from publisher, Thomas Nelson through their book sneeze program.

Goodbye to Yesterday

goodbye to yesterday

Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Luke Stoltzfus and his new bride Meredith began their marriage with a wonderful home and for Luke, a great job. This quickly disappeared with the downturn of the economy. Luke lost his job at the furniture store and was having a hard time finding work in Lancaster County. Not working puts a strain on this new marriage and when an opportunity presents itself for Luke to learn and buy his uncle’s business, he jumps at it. Meredith, on the other hand, has her reservations and fears about Luke leaving her at the beginning of their new life.

This very small book  surprised me when I opened the package that I received from the publisher. I have no complaints about the writing. I enjoyed what I read but it left me questioning and bewildered. The summary above is pretty much the entire book  except for the setup for the next installment. In my opinion, the book was more the beginning of a first chapter where the characters are introduced but not enough of the story or the characters were revealed to make me really look forward to the second of six parts. I can honestly say that I was disappointed in the book, it was like looking forward to a great meal but receiving just an appetizer.

Note: I received a review copy from the publisher.

Though Mountains Fall

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Though Mountains Fall by Dale Cramer

It is 1920 in Paradise Valley, an Amish community in Mexico.  This book continues the story of Caleb Bender and his family. It concludes the Daughter’s of Caleb series which fills in the story from the Paradise Valley series. Caleb left Ohio to avoid the school law that required all children to attend government school. In Paradise Valley the land is good enough to grow crops to survive but the bandits coming into the community make it difficult to live peacefully.  In Though Mountains Fall, Caleb must decide if living in Mexico is worth the heartache and the challenges to his faith and or is his belief that God had led him to the move to Mexico stronger.

I had read several of the titles in the Paradise Valley series but I had not read any of the other titles in the Daughter’s of Caleb series.  I quickly picked up the story, there was enough information given while reading the story to pick up the family’s previous journey. The book was a quick read and continued the story of the only Amish community in Mexico.  This title could be read as a stand alone but would probably be enhanced by reading the entire series. I would recommend this book (and series) to any reader who like Amish fiction but is looking for a slightly different read. Although romance is part of the plot it is not the main focus. The Amish community’s struggle to survive in a foreign land while staying true and evening at time questioning their faith is the major focus.

Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Bethany House.

His Love Endures Forever by Beth Wiseman

His Love Endures Forever by Beth Wiseman

Eighteen-year-old Danielle Kent lives in Canaan, Colorado an Amish community.  She lives with a couple who have invited her into their home after leaving her own mother. The couple is not Amish but have been accepted by the community even being allowed to attend their services. Danielle has flourished in Canaan with her best friend Levi and her substitute mother, Martha. Her happiness is threatened when her boyfriend leaves her once he discover she is pregnant.

This story will not disappoint Beth Wiseman fans. Many of the characters are reintroduced from the Land of Canaan and Daughters of Promise series.  The book is a quick and easy read. It has a few subplots that helps tie the story to others in the series. The characters continue to be developed in this story while interacting with this new character Danielle. The story allows readers to understand not only a little more about the Amish faith but the heartaches of the Amish mothers who see their children reject their faith and those that stay true to their upbringing. If you like Amish fiction this title will not disappoint.

Note: I received a copy of this title from publisher, Thomas Nelson through their book sneeze program.

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