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Down To The Bone
Down To The Bone
Author: Karen Harper
Down to the Bone — A glimpse into the lives of the modern-day Amish carries this romantic suspense from the author of The Baby Farm. After a freak accident kills Rachael Mast's husband, she is doing all she can to keep her life together one year after the tragic death. Against all Amish traditions, she is...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780778321156
ISBN-10: 0778321150
Publication Date: 5/1/2004
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 89 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This was a quick read, and a good way to pass the time. I wouldn't say it was a fantastic book, and it's definitely not literature, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It's a little bit of an insight into a part of Amish life, and a crime novel all rolled into one.
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Excellent. Couldn't put it down. I really enjoy books about the amish.
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Rachel Mast is a widow and mother of young twin boys. Since her husband's death in a freak accident, she has been struggling to tend the farm left by her husband. Fortunately, she lives in an Amish community full of people willing to help her with the farm chores, and her non-Amish neighbor Jennie helps care for the boys. The farm's barn is in need of repairs, and Rachel receives offers from a number of people wanting to buy the farm. In addition to turning down real estate offers, Rachel is also busy turning down Eben Yoder, the local bishop who is determined to court her. She also finds herself intrigued by Mitch Randall, one of the potential buyers for the barn.

Rachel's quiet life begins to unravel when strange things start happening - items belonging to her deceased husband start appearing around the farm, and her boys claim to have seen their dead father. She suspects that members of her Amish community may be involved, so she turns to Mitch to help her investigate. Soon Rachel and Mitch realize that her husband's death may not have been an accident.

This book is marketed as romantic suspense, but it is truly more than that. Rachel's struggles with her desire for independence versus faith and her traditional community make for an engrossing story. The mystery builds slowly, and is not the focus of the book for the first half of the book, which is spent introducing Rachel and acclimating the reader to her community and the Amish way of life. Surprisingly I found those parts of the story far more interesting than the whodunnit.

Highly recommended!
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This book had alot of Amish info and was a very good story.
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I am surprised to see so many good reviews of this book on here. I have read a couple of Harper's other books and enjoyed them. But this one was slow and kind of dull. I liked the premise: Amish woman being spooked at her farm after her husband dies, but there wasn't enough "scary" stuff for me. There were a few little mini mysteries as well, but I just felt it got repetitive after awhile. I did read til the end, but skimmed MANY pages just so I could get there!
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1st time author for me but I was not disappointed.
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Deep in the Heart of a Small Amish community lies a secret someone thought was buried forever, but one woman may have just unknowingly uncovered it