This is a great mystery and suspense novel that is set in Amish country in Ohio. Although there is a bit of language from the "Englishers" in the book, I would say that it is a very, very good read. This happens to be book number 1 in the trilogy.
Passion and adventure in Amish Country. Attorney Brooke Benton comes to the Maplecreek Amish community to escape the stalker who terrorized her after her last murder case. She feels safe running a friend's quilt shop, but the homespun Amish frown on her worldly ways. Daniel Brand, returning to his Amish people after years in the outside world, knows he should have a good Amish wife, but it is the wildly attractive and accomplished Brooke who catches his eye.
When a mysterious hit-and-run driver kills four Amish teenagers, Brooke fears the isolated Amish community may also be in jeopardy, and she plunges into an investigation. When Dan joins her chase to pin down the killers, the trail takes them to LasVegas, where they find more than they bargained for. Brooke and Dan find love...and its power to break through all barriers. This compelling novel of romantic passions, clashing values, and riveting suspense brims with verve and authenticity.
Awesome book! Couldn't put it down and read it in 2 days!
After a murder case threatens her safety, attorney Brooke Benton seeks sanctuary in the quiet Amish community of Maplecreek. Although the locals disagree with her worldly ways, she soon manages to find a place in their lives. But when a tragic hit-and-run accident turns fatal, Brooke cannot abide by the community's belief in absolute forgiveness. She wants answers.
Daniel Brand left his childhood home to explore the outside world years ago. Now he has returned to his Amish roots, and worldly Brooke Benton does not fit into his plans. But when his niece dies, he slowly agrees that they must bring to justice the driver who killed her -- especially when a silent presence continues to threaten the community. Together, Brooke and Daniel begin a journey along a dark road, hoping to bring peace to the small community . . .and maybe lead their hearts home.
I read "Dark Harvest", the second book in the "Maplecreek Amish" mystery series first. However, although I liked "Dark Harvest", I enjoyed this book, the first book in the series, far better.
The characters and the situation were introduced in a better manner and not any part of the plot seemed unrealistic or forced. The descriptions are good, the characters and their conflicts are decently drawn, the pace is fairly quick, and the mystery/thriller tension is held throughout the book.
Here is my synopsis of the story without (hopefully) giving anything away:
A young defense lawyer flees the city when she draws a dangerous stallker after a trial acquits the man she defended wio turned out to be not only guilty, but to go on to murder. Accompying her is her 7-year-old niece whose mother has died and her father has abandoned.
Soon after she arrived in Amish country and took over a quilt shop for a vacationing friend, four Amish teenagers are killed in a late-at-night hit-and-run buggy-vs.-car accident after stopping at her home for ice cream. Unable to accept the Amish attitude of forgiveness and leaving all justice up to God.
Meanwhile, a young man who left the Amish community in his running-around period comes home disillusioned with the world and willing to join the Amish church at last. But, conflict about whether or not to investigate the accident as well as a growing love for the "English" lawyer living next door makes him wonder once again if he is cut out to be Amish afterall.
And what is it about the seemingly-friendly trophy wife of an entertainment mogul and her family who stopped by the store one day?
A side plot that drew me in was about an older Amish woman who not only lost her baby, but also her oldest daughter in the hit-and-run accident. She was in deep clinical derpression, but her husband would not allow her to take medication or go to therapy. the lawyer conducts her own investigation of the accident, much to the anger of the Amish community.
Overall, the book is a nice, tight mystery/thriller. I would recommend it.
Didn't get past page 200, just too much descriptions and makes the story just drag and drag, lost interest in the storyline when so much description took up most of the pages and it took nearly 50 pages just to get to the cemetary, just can't stick with a book that is made up of descriptions galore.
After a murder case threatens her safety, attorney Brooke Benton seeks sanctuary in the quiet Amish commnity of Maplecreek. Although the locals disagree with her worldly ways, she soon manages to find a place in their lives. A great reading mystery. Gook from beginning to end.
An Ohio Amish community is the setting for this romantic suspenser by award-winning historical novelist Harper (The Wings of Morning). Terrorized by a stalker, Columbus attorney Brooke Benton flees with her seven-year-old niece to an isolated community, where she takes over the running of a friend's quilt shop. When a hit-and-run driver kills four Amish teenagers who had just visited her, Brooke is drawn into the investigation. Soon she finds herself knee-deep in suspects, facing new threats and falling in love with a man seeking to return to his Amish roots. The book is strongest in its loving depiction of Amish life, its creation of a dark mood and its development of the central romance. Subplots involving several unrelated evildoers diffuse the tension, however, especially since key developments are telegraphed. Credibility vanishes during the climax, which stems from an implausible story line involving two cartoonish villains whose machinations are awkwardly contrived.
after a murder case threatens her safety, attorney brooke benton seeks sanctuary in the quite amish community of maplecreek. when a tragic hit-and-run accident turns fatal, brooke cannot abide by the community`s belief in absolute forgiveness. with the help of daniel brand she sets out to find the driver, who killed his niece.
After a murder case threatens her safety, attorney Brooke Benton seeks sanctuary in the quiet Amish community of Maplecreek. Tho the locals disagree with her worldly ways, she soon manages to find a place in their lives. When a tragic hit-and-run accident turns fatal, Brooke cannot abide by the community's belief in absolute forgiveness.
An interesting and engaging look at Amish life, not to mention a really interesting story. It held my attention and I hated to stop reading when I had other things I had to do. I look forward to reading the other two in the series.