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A Sister's Hope (Sisters of Holmes County #3)

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Martha is the youngest of the Hostettler sisters and the most daring. While her main focus has been on her dog breeding business' Martha has also been troubled about the continuing attacks against her family and home in an Ohio Amish community. W
Hardcover, Large Print, 479 pages
Published February 3rd 2010 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jul 31, 2008 Janne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finally, the last book in the series... still don't think they are really well written, but, I admit, I wanted to find out what happened to everyone and I was surprised by the "who done it." However, the story to get there just kind of dragged on too long...too many "attacks" of vandalism, the reactions of the people seemed less believable to me, as all this went on and on....and really the story of who did it and why, didn't really fit well, to me... I don't think someone that disturbed could h ...more
"A Sister's Hope" is book number three in the Sisters of Holmes County series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I am really glad I gave this series a chance. This book follows the storyline of the youngest sister - the very lively and spunky Martha.

Martha has fallen in love with Luke despite her father's dislike for the boy. She is determined to clear his name as her dad believes he is the one responsible for the attacks against their family that went as far as to take her older sister's husband from her
Jun 02, 2008 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Patrick Gerber
I read an ARC version of this book. I just cannot really get excited to review this book, because I hate to be against it. This is the third book in a series, and really I feel that this is one of the worst series that I have ever read. It was really boring, no answers were given to questions raised until the third book, and the answer wasn't even a satisfying one given all the rest of the plot provided. It was a mystery, but it was just an irritating one that made me just more mad the more even ...more
Aug 25, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't enjoy it. This is the third and last in a series that involves an Amish family being vandalized multiple times over the course of a few years. This author's writing style already leaves much to be desired; it's even worse when she's trying to weave mystery and suspense into her story. I thought the ending was pretty lame and too abrupt (everything was wrapped up in the last 20 pages) especially considering that the whole story took place over three books.
Molly Cline
Jun 26, 2015 Molly Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the unabridged edition of this on CD; With a mixture of Ms Brunstetter's good writing and Ms Nielsen's good narration this book grabs your attention and you don't want to not listen to it until your done. BUT make sure you have the next book on hand because they do go from book to book finishing with book 3.

As you read-listen to this book you fall in love with and become a part of each character; and that will take you on a journey through all three books. This one the 'main' chara
Feb 07, 2014 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You don't find out "who did it" until almost the last page which drove me crazy. Overall, I liked the series and though it wasn't amazing, the story was captivating enough to keep me reading through all three books. It's a fun mix of family interactions, a little romance, and some mystery to keep you wondering who did it.
Samantha Randall
May 26, 2011 Samantha Randall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 22, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the Sister's of Holmes County Series. I waited impatiently for this book to arrive. And it didn't let me down. By the time I got to the end of the first chapter, I had made up my mind about who was causing trouble for the family. I got so caught up in the story, I was not able to set the book aside. The author wove the mystery so convincingly through-out the series. Just when it seemed the solution was in sight, she'd veer off on another jaunt. I doubted my answer many times, before co ...more
Martha is the sister I can relate to the most. She loves animals and has her own dog breeding company (Shelties are my favorite to own as she owns) and hopes to board and groom dogs one day if her dad will let her. She is a bit of a tomboy and has had a liking for Luke for a long time, her sister Ruth's ex-boyfriend. She'll never be able to be with Luke because he sees her as a friend and has been blamed for the attacks her family has endured for the past two years.

This story was good, but the w
Rather predictable, but ok. At least it had a happy ending, which is rather important to me in most cases. The dialog still seemed stiff and too full of planted information. For example, one of the bits right at the end, Martha thanks Luke for making her dog runs, etc, because now, not only can she breed her dogs, but she can groom and board dogs, too. Obviously, he would have already known what she would be able to do if he built the runs for her, especially since in the sentence before that, h ...more
Out of all the Sisters of Holmes County books A Sister’s Hope (Sisters of Holmes County, Book 3) is my favorite. I enjoyed the youngest sistern270531, Martha, probably more than either of the older sisters. Her spunk and determination to not simply sit back while her family continues to be attacked and receive threats, as well as her persistence to not just settle down and get married but pursue her own business set her apart from the other sisters.

The author, Wanda Brunstetter, never really tel
Aug 05, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, amish
This should be labeled suspenseful, this final book in the series focuses on Martha, while still telling the stories of Grace and Ruth. One thing I felt the book should have pointed out was that the Amish rarely seek police help, one reason is they don't believe in the law of the land, they believe in God's law. You will rarely hear of a Amish person being a criminal, for this exact reason. Now besides the romance between Martha and Luke, this story tells a vivid picture of how the Amish often e ...more
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Lose yourself in Holmes County, where romance, suspense, mystery, and faith-filled Amish ways rule the day! Martha Hostettler is concerned about the continuous attacks being made on her Amish family. With a definite motive and a myriad of methods, Luke Friesen looks like the culprit. Determined to clear his name, Martha decides to play detective. What will the search for truth cost her?

My Review - I loved this book! Finally finding out who was behind all the attacks and then watching Martha fall
Dec 26, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martha is the only sister now unwed. She developed feelings long ago for Luke but kept them secret as he was suspected of fowl play in neighborhood episodes of vandalism and eventually death of a brother-in-law. She and Luke both played detective to solve who was really involved in the crimes, but it was still a shock when the real person was revealed. Once that took place, Luke was able to ask for her hand in marriage! Martha's father had to learn to humble himself she he realized he was sooo w ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Melba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All readers & those who enjoy Christian fiction -Bible stories.
Recommended to Melba by: mom
This is the last book that I have in this series, and I believe the final book; however, it would be wonderful if Wanda would choose to expound on this series, because I would love to read more about this family. I have always enjoyed reading, but these books have been an extra-special experience for me.
Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger
This was a great story. It was beautiful to see their relationship develop. They practically courted (unofficially) while they were playing detectives investigating what was happening to her family and trying to solve the mystery of whoever was responsible for terrorizing her family, and trying to clear Luke's name so that they COULD go on to court each other - officially. It was also good to see the continuation of the other stories and lives of the other family members in this series. Through ...more
Bethie Eaton
Dec 07, 2011 Bethie Eaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Martha is the youngest of the Hostettler Sisters. Even though a young woman, she has yet to meet her parents expectations of looking for a suitable mate. She spends her time trying to get her dog breeding business off the ground. A young Amish fellow (Luke) has caught her eye- but he is not a suitable mate since he is still in his rumschpringe years and has yet to commit to the church. Her relationship with this young man is forbidden by her father. Martha and Luke develop a friendship while try ...more
This book #3 was the story of Martha the youngest sister, It concludes with answer to why there were so many "accidents" happening at the parents and other family members homes. I was surprised to see who had done all this stuff and why. this mystery was weaved tru all 3 books. I was little dissappointed in story of Martha though. I felt like she did not get the attention the other 2 sisters had. Her love of life also seemed short changed in the depth of his character and they did not have a nor ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Mayda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, amish, christian
In this concluding novel of the Sisters of Homes County trilogy, we finally discover who has been tormenting Grace and her family. It is a tale of revenge and hate. But it not the Amish way to seek retribution or to punish. However, when the situation sends her mother to the breaking point, Martha is determined to find and stop the culprit. Luke, wishing to clear his name, is equally determined. If you have read the previous two novels, you will want to see this saga to its surprising end. The A ...more
Tasha enderby
Apr 25, 2011 Tasha enderby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, amish
This is a good series that could be read as one book at a time or all toghether like I did. You learn enough about each charector that is doesn't really matter. However the mystery spans all three books to keep you hanging on. I loved learning about each of the sisters tales and how they relate to their family and Martha was the youngest in this book but very much involved in her family. Her keen detective skills seeks out the person who is torturing their family over the span of years. Each att ...more
joyce lynn
Apr 04, 2009 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!! even better than the previous 2 in the series!

amazing how a fiction book, tho, can still stomp on your toes and convict you about something, no?!

this family is down to earth, and yet, w/ a faith SSOOO strong still.

this book is another example, too, of how as different as we can be, we (different races, cultures, religions, nationalities, etc.) are still SO similar and alike. why can't we just get along then???

because we do NOT try hard enough at it, like we don't try hard enough at SO man
Mary Reed
Apr 26, 2016 Mary Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book. I was happy that the Hostettler family finally find out who was terrorizing them. Happy that all the daughters have found happiness.
Amy Riccio
Cheese. Predictable cheese. Don't think I'll read any more of this author. I gave one series a try and was not impressed.
Marguerite Woodward
I loved this book!!! Lots of twists and turns, romance, as well as ups and downs. I recommend this book!!!!
Feb 09, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still good, but it was killing me to keep waiting through the third book to find out who did it.
Apr 12, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
Love dogs, have sisters, and love reading Amish fiction.Good Read.
Lueann Sawyer
Jan 26, 2014 Lueann Sawyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i was so glad this tragedy series ended....these three books were so full of heartbreaking tragedy....suspense all the way to the epilogue of last book
Jan 02, 2015 Sentina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't see that ending coming at all!
Alexis Erlbaum
Mar 02, 2014 Alexis Erlbaum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fabulous end to the series
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A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
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