I was lucky enough to win this book through the Goodreads giveaway on May 29 and finished it on May 30. This book takes place in the quiet Amish commuI was lucky enough to win this book through the Goodreads giveaway on May 29 and finished it on May 30. This book takes place in the quiet Amish community of Spring Township, which turned out to be not so quiet. I was captivated from the beginning when someone deliberately crashed into an Amish buggy with their car. Libby Morgan had grown up among the Amish and even spoke their dialect but she had fled to San Francisco for a job, leaving behind her family, her best friend Esther Zook and Adam Byler. Esther had written Libby that something was wrong in the community and could she please come help. She arrives to find that Esther had been the one in the crashed buggy and was now barely alive in the hospital. Esther had voiced to concerns about "something" being wrong and Libby felt it was her job to find out what it was. It would take the police (Adam) to help solve this and the Amish do not go to the police, they solve things among themselves.
The deeper Libby goes into this mystery, the more she realizes that something indeed in wrong. Esther is put on 24 hour watch - Amish and eventually the police because someone has tried to kill Esther, more than once. The more Libby investigates, the more her own life is put in danger. Esther improves enough to return home and her family reluctantly agree that the police may come and patrol the area because this "something" has become a police matter and not just an Amish problem.
There are lots of twists and turns in this book and eventually the crime is solved, Esther is slowly recovering, and Libby feels that she has come home at last. A very enjoyable book and if you are into Amish books, you will enjoy this one. ...more
I really enjoy "Amish" books, they bring out the simple life in the un-rushed lane. This one was especially interesting because the main character hadI really enjoy "Amish" books, they bring out the simple life in the un-rushed lane. This one was especially interesting because the main character had to take charge of 2 nieces that had never lived this simple live. One was accepting and the other niece fought it tooth and nail. In the end. one niece joined the "Order" and the other decided against it. The trials and errors kept the book moving....more
This is the second book in a trilogy of Hannah Lapp and her circumstances after being brutally attacked and rejected by her family and her Amish commuThis is the second book in a trilogy of Hannah Lapp and her circumstances after being brutally attacked and rejected by her family and her Amish community. She realizes she cannot survive is she stays so she departs Pennsylvania for Ohio to search for her aunt in the Englischer world. In the meantime her family and friends begin to find out the painful truths that emerge after her disappearance. She has some difficult times ahead of her but she is strong, she survives and begins to make her way in the Englischer world by studying in hopes of becoming a nurse. She meets someone, falls in love and is willing to completely leave her Amish ways behind to follow her dreams. This book shows how faith and determination can work in one's life. I highly recommend reading it. ...more
Hannah Lapp was on her way home when the unmentionable happened. Her parents believe her but decide to keep it secret from everyone, including the BisHannah Lapp was on her way home when the unmentionable happened. Her parents believe her but decide to keep it secret from everyone, including the Bishop of the Old Order Amish community they are part of. Hannah is traumatized by this brutal attack on her and withdraws into herself, not wanting to see anyone including her fiance nor do anything that takes her out in public. She not only has physical pain but spiritual pain. Her father turns away from her and instructs Hannah's mother to do the same. This affects the rest of the family and the community as well. This book gives an excellent understanding of how life is among he Old Order Amish and what they believe and react to different circumstances. I recommend this book hghly....more