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Fall from Pride by Karen Harper
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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 comes to conduct the arson investigation. Nate struggles to learn the Amish ways while he is staying in the area, but he also begins to struggle with his growing feelings toward Sarah. He knows that deep down she can’t be with someone like him, but he doesn’t seem to care.

Sarah is fighting her own thoughts and beliefs. She wonders if someone is burning her work because it is prideful. She begins to wonder if she really does belong in Home Valley. And she begins to wonder if she could really be with a man like Nate Mackenzie.

As Nate becomes more and more comfortable in her world, Sarah becomes more and more comfortable with him. Once the arson investigation is over, will Sarah continue to live with her family in Home Valley? Or will she escape with Nate and become the artist that she has always dreamed of truly being?

I really love the mystery factor in this book. This is one of those books that has you guessing the whole time and it turns out that you were completely wrong. You begin to question the actions of almost every character along with Nate and wonder if they could have started the fires and if so, what was their motive.

Yes, this book has a little romance in it, but it is the simple kind and I find that it works perfectly for these characters. You know that Nate wants to express his love for Sarah in his English ways, but he is a gentleman and knows that he must tread slowly.

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