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Amish Group Reads > July 2016 -- Fire in the Night

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Barbara (goodreadscombarbara_beers) | 1571 comments Mod
This month we are reading Fire in the Night by Linda Byler. It's the first in her Lancaster Burning series.


The Amish community of Lancaster is being terrorized by barn fires.
David and Malinda Beiler’s barn was the first to go. The clues are sparse, but Levi, the Beilers’ oldest son, happened to be awake in the middle of the night and spotted a white vehicle driving past the house with its lights off.
Sarah, David and Malinda’s daughter, is in her late teens and old enough to observe her parents’ agony. Not only is she afraid, too, and wishing she could protect her parents, she’s entranced by the flirtatious Matthew Stoltzfus. He’s dating her friend, Rose, but when he tenderly bandages Sarah’s hand after she burned it at the barn raising, she wonders who he’s really interested in.
When a second Amish barn burns for suspicious reasons, the Amish grow more restless. “We’re too quiet too much of the time,” a group of Amish men tell David Beiler, their minister. Seriously considering police protection, the increasingly tense community questions their traditional nonresistant approach to violence.
Sarah now finds herself at odds with her mother over her choice of boyfriends and uncertain about how to respond to the attention of Lee, a newcomer to Lancaster. Not only that, she wonders if her dad is a wise enough leader as her community reels from within and without.
Everyone is on edge as the losses mount and suspicions undo the usual steadiness of these people.

message 2: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn I'm into page 91 and was brought to tears of delight; when Priscilla received the joy of her life. Can't let on anymore information to spoil anything.

message 3: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn has anyone spooted anyone as a suspect in their reading yet; I saw one and starting now on page 97

message 4: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn I'm on page 209; looks like I'm the only one reading this book;, fortunately, I am not disappointed. This section of the books speaks again of amish helping each other, so often. It has me thinking in my own life; if I do enough for others? I try to be considerate in helping and communicating with others when they are going through tough times. I have a friend who has been enduring a brain mass; and am
reminded I need to do more for her. As I sit back and notice; she has had a tough life raising 2 grown boys alone; financially strapped and hasn't really had time to help others. Unfortunately, people look at our past actions when they have gone through tough times; were we there for them; hopefully, we can say 'yes' I was there for them; now, hopefully, they will be here for me if needed.

message 5: by Kate (new)

Kate (liahonagirl) I just finished this last night, and was definitely intrigued. I think I know who you are referring to when you say you think you've spotted a suspect. I'm not so sure that this person is suspect, but they definitely know more than they're letting on! I've already put the next book in the series on hold.
Do you have a favourite character? Sarah was difficult for me, as she reminds me so much of what I was like at that age, and not in the best way. I really like Mam, though. She's trying her best to help Sarah, but knows when to keep her mouth shut and let her daughter figure things out for herself.

message 6: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Katie, I just finished book one last night also, and so I am finding this book to have enough suspense to keep a person interested. my favorite characters where the parents, Pastor is so humble and appears to think things through before taking any actions or thoughts; Mam is also a favorite; as Sarah isn't really looking to the Lord for her soulmate and Mam just hasn't pointed that out to her yet; but, sees Matthew as he really is.

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