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Fall from Pride (Home Valley #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  362 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Sarah Kauffman sought permission from church elders to paint murals on the Amish community's barns. Each was designed like an old-fashioned quilt square, representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved. The works of art were intended to draw more tourists to the Home Valley. But instead, they invited a menace. One by one, each barn is set ablaze and destroyed...Th...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Amish barns are being torched in Home Valley Ohio, is it a hate crime against the Amish? Perhaps it might be that the arsonist is targeting barns where Sarah Kauffman has painted her murals. You see Sarah is an Amish woman who loves to paint, so when the elders of her community decide to allow her to paint quilt squares on Amish barns in the hopes it might draw in tourists, those barns start burning! When Englisher Nate MacKenzie is sent from Columbus to investigate he knows he will have his wor...more
Maureen Timerman
Amish barns are starting to burn, State of Ohio arson investigator Nate MacKenzie is called to Home Valley. One thing in common is Quilt Art on each of the barns. With permission of the Bishop Sarah Kauffman has been painted quilts on barns, to tempt tourists in the area.
I enjoyed the descriptions of every day life in the Amish Community. Loved the relationship of the family with their Grandmother. You will meet a couple of Sarah's friends that are shunned. You will also find a forbidden relatio...more
Sandra Stiles
This was a good mixture of Romance and Mystery. Sarah is a young Amish woman who loves to paint. Her bishop allows her to do it from the standpoint it might bring in tourists. Sarah sees it as an acceptable way to do what she loves without appearing prideful. The barns she has painted symbols on are burning and this causes an outsider to be brought in to investigate the crimes. Sarah now faces her feelings for a man who is not Amish. This is another no-no. I loved the way the author didn’t try t...more
It took me forever to read this book. Partly it is because I just don't have time and partly because the book moved slowly. I think the rating is generous because I thought it was quaint. I wanted to say that it was cute but I think quaint fits the bill accurately. As a spiritual person who is a believer in God I would recommend it to the Christians out there and it had enough suspense to make and keep it interesting.

It's about Sarah, a young Amish woman who struggles to hide her artistic talen...more
Lisa Gricius
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to future installments in this new Amish-Fiction trilogy by Karen Harper. I don't usually pick up a work of Amish Fiction (not enough spice--ya know;-) But this novel intrigued me when I saw it received a starred review in Booklist. After researching the novel further and learning it was filled with suspense, mystery and a sexy Englische Auslander arson investigator, I was sold! This novel was very well written and its plot engagin...more
Wanted to like it, but was pretty convinced early on I wasn't going to. Growing up in Holmes County makes me more aware of the Amish culture, and I knew there was no way to have a satisfying ending. But I had to keep reading, because I generally like Karen Harper's works.
More a 3.5 - 3.75 rating, so I raised it to 4.

No need to summarize here, since goodreads has many summaries and ratings already posted.

Along with some other reviewers, I did not figure out who the culprit burning Ohio Amish barns was. Neither did I think the author wrote enough about Sarah having a serious internal struggle, nor was there enough dialogue between the two main characters, one an outsider (the fire investigator) and the other an Amish young woman (with yearnings to be a painter),...more
Sarah Kauffman loves to paint, but amongst the Amish, it is frowned upon. Sarah and the church leaders come to the agreement that would allow her to paint only quilt squares on the side of their Amish barns, in order to bring more tourists to their income floundering community. But, when all the barns Sarah has painted on begin going up in flames, she wonders if someone is trying to tell her to quit being prideful. When Nate shows up on the scene to investigate the fires of the Amish barns, he s...more
Fall From Pride by Karen Harper

I graciously received a review copy of this book from NetGalley. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

Fall From Pride by Karen Harper is set in Home Valley in a small Amish town. Sarah Kauffman has received permission from the elders to paint quilt squares on the sides of barns in Home Valley in order to help boost the tourist trade. But not all the Amish are on board with her paintings as they are considered by some to be "just f...more
Jan Derksen
Jul 12, 2012 Jan Derksen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

De Amish-trilogie - Sinds de ene schuur na de andere in vlammen opgaat, heerst angst en terreur in de anders zo vredige Amishgemeenschap in Home Valley. Rechercheur Nate MacKenzie, die de branden onderzoekt, ontdekt een patroon. Letterlijk zelfs, want op elke afgebrande schuur prijkt een geschilderd quiltpatroon van de jonge Sarah Kauffmann. Toeval? Veel van de geloofsgenoten van Sarah, die toch al een buitenbeentje is, zien haar kunstenaarschap als hoogmoed - een hoofdzonde die niet ongestraft

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In Fall from Pride by Karen Harper, a young Amish girl named Sarah Kauffman is an artist. With the approval of the elders in her community, she begins to paint Amish quilting squares on the sides of some of the barns in the area. The elders hoped that the paintings would bring in more tourists to the area, but all it really did was cause chaos.

One by one an arsonist begins to burn down the barns with Sarah’s work on them. Englishman Nate Mackenzie co...more
Arson brings Nate MacKenzie to Amish country where he meets Sarah Kauffman who paints murals on barns. Stangely only the barns with her paintings on them are singled out by the arsonist. As Nate struggles without much success to find the culprit, he and Sarah draw closer and closer. The Amish do not believe in self pride, in making or keeping anything of beauty. Everything must have a use but Sarah has itchy hands that long to draw and paint, not just quilt patterns but people as well. Then ther...more
Carol Erhardt
The first book in this series was fantastic. In this book, an arsonist is burning down barns in The Home Valley, Ohio, Amish country. Sarah Kauffman is the one who spots the first fire. Nate MacKenzie is called in to investigate the barn arson and knowing nothing about the Amish, he has a lot to learn.

Sarah Kauffman paints quilt squares on the barns in The Home Valley. Secretly she yearns to paint scenes of the Plain People, but it is forbidden. When it becomes suspect that the barns being targe...more
Despite a beautiful setting in rural Ohio amid quiet, peace-loving Amish, Karen Harper's book has suspense, mystery, and a little romance. I liked becoming more familiar with Amish ways and seeing them just as people. Harper does a good job of relating the Amish community to the "outsiders" who live in the area. One outsider, arson investigator Nate MacKenzie, investigates barn burnings with respect for the Amish ways. Sarah, who seems to be the target of the arson because of her quilt paintings...more
Karen Harper's book Fall from pride was the first ever Amish book I read. When I first opened up this book I wasn't sure if I would like the Amish styled writing but I found out the further I kept reading into the book I was absolutely entranced with the ways of the Amish and the beauty of the landscape it made me feel like I was in the Amish community at that moment. I loved the main characters and Karen harper made me keep guessing at times I thought I pieced together who was behind the fires...more
Darla Stokes
Somewhat unlike the standard romantic suspense novel--the villain is an arsonist rather than a serial killer, and it's set in an Amish community. I appreciate that the author obviously took the effort to portray the Amish community with realism and sensitivity, but the additional problems posed by the characters' faith were too easily solved, and it felt like a missed opportunity.
This book presented an in depth view of Amish beliefs and lifestyle along with the story line of the mystery of discovering the arsonist behind the burn barning. It also showed the struggle a young Amish woman faced in her desire to expand her painting beyond the restriction of the Amish prohibitions. However, I felt it was incomplete in its portrayal of her character in that it only touched upon her past. There is also a huge gap in the character portrayal of the other primary character, Nate....more
Dani Moore
An interesting story form a couple of angles for me. Our Heroine Sarah Kauffman is an Amish artist (now there's an oxymoron!) Being an artist myself I could sympathise with her need to create to paint and sketch. As the story developes a series of barn fires make for a suspenseful read. Nate MacKenzie, an arson investigator, an Englisher (an outsider)comes to investigate and trys to seperate the Barns, from Sarah's artwork painted on them. Having grown up Bretheren (think Mennonite in regular cl...more
This book is in the "romantic suspense" genre, and although I thought the romance stuff was just too obvious and predictable, the suspense who-done-it was top notch. Kept me guessing until the very end. This is about an Amish community in Ohio, and gave what seemed like a very good insight into the Amish religion, culture and beliefs. I was particularly taken with the Amish tolerance of rebellious teenage years called "Running Around Time", a very practical response to a prickly problem. The end...more
Florence Bray
Fire mystery / Amish story line interesting. Story felt simple. I liked it. It was nice and tidy.
A light read, but these Amish seemed very modern to me: thermos, radios, flashlights.
I read most of Karen Harper's books, but somehow I missed her previous mysteries centering around the Amish. I've read a couple of other mysteries set near Amish communities, that seemed more realistic than this one. Her version of the Amish seemed a bit more modern. If I had to guess, I'd say this version is more accurate, but not as interesting as those with a bit more isolation and tradition. It took me a long while to get into this book, and I almost stopped reading it. In the end, it did be...more
A really interesting and intriguing read. The arson angle was very cleverly done. Lots of suspects but I didn't zero in on the real culprit until close to the end. I was very proud of myself, let me tell you. :-) Harper does a good job of balancing the positives and negatives (according to Englischers) of the Amish culture and I found myself somewhat unsettled by some of Sarah's choices along the way. If you are looking for solid suspense paired with an emotionally impossible romance, grab a cop...more
I enjoy books written from the amish perspective, but this is a poor attempt at trying to capture that. I found Nate to be believable, but found Sarah's "oh poor me I want to paint, to be truuuuuue to myself" such a teenage whine.
It's a light, relatively entertaining romantic mystery. It's not an Amish romance nor an Amish mystery, but it us an ok way to while away a couple of hours of travel time, but I wouldn't pack it for my "nothing but poolside reading" holiday.
I thought this book was good, but not great. It is very similiar to me to Marta Perry's Amish romance/mystery series, but I do prefer Perry to Harper. I thought this was a bit too heavy on the romance dance and that the writing was a bit weaker than Perry's. If I had two books by these authors in front of me, I would def. choose Perry first.
I guess I should mention that I read this trilogy out of order. I read the 2nd book first and really liked it. So I wanted to read the first and third books. Read the third one and it was ok. I was a little disappointed in this one. I don't know if it's because I already knew the ending from reading the other two books but I found this one really boring.
A little dull after reading Diana Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner, which was filled with historic events, intrigue, fascinating characters and their motivations. This book was ho-hum - about the goings on in an Amish community where someone has begun burning down barns that has been painted with Amish quilt squares. A couple of budding romances.
Sonya Miller
I enjoy Amish books and the mystery ones even better. Karen Harper is one of my favorite Amish mystery authors. Have read several of hers in the past. While I enjoyed this, and am looking forward to finishing the series, this was not as good as the last ones of hers I read. I would recommend it, quick easy read.
My first read by Karen Harper, and I loved it. I thought I could figure out the mystery, but it got me! Great storyline and characters, especially Sarah and Nate. If you like mysteries and Amish books, then read this one. This is book 1. The second book in the series is Return To Grace. I can't wait to read it!
Chris Demer
This is a well-written romance/mystery set in the Ohio Amish Country. A barn burning brings a state investigator who determines the cause is arson. He and a helpful, talented Amish woman work together to identify the culprit and find themselves in a relationship they didn't anticipate.

A good read.
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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scott...more
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