Book Reviews of Down to the Bone

Down to the Bone
Down to the Bone
Author: Karen Harper
ISBN-13: 9781551665894
ISBN-10: 1551665891
Publication Date: 7/1/2000
Pages: 408
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 53 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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For me this book was a page turner. The story line is great and at the same time I got a feel for the Amish community. Recomend reading.
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One of my keepers. It had a geat mystery,did not figure it out till Harper let me! The Amish life was very interesting to read about also. Wonderful story.
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Interesting story of Amish Life mixed in with a mystery tale.
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A good fast read for those of us who are intriqued with the Amish lifestyle. The main character, Racheal, is a strong determined lady and will not give in to the males in her community, even when threatened with expulsion from the church. A good mystery evolves making the book interesting throughout.
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When Rachel's husband is killed in a freak accident, she is determined to continue to raise their twins and farm their land with only nominal help from her fellow Amish brethren and her English-speaking friends. She begins to suspect that her husband was murdered as strange events start to happen-first his tools and then his clothing are moved, and then her children see him. Intellectually, she realizes that many of her friends, both new and old, Amish and non-Amish, had the motives and opportunities to kill him
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
Rachel Mast is doing all she can to keep her life together one year after the tragic death of her husband. Against all Amish traditions, she is running her small farm and raising her twin boys on her own. And for the first time in a long time, Rachel is happy.
Then things start happening.... Her dead husbands belongings turn up in unexpected places, her sons are acting strangely and Rachel feels as if shes being watched. She knows someone is trying to scare her, but who and why? Is it Eben Yoder, her Amish neighbor, whos determined to make her his wife? Or someone else in the community who wants her to conform to their ways? Or is it Mitch Randall, the stranger who has taken an unusual interest in her barn...and in the young widow herself, making Rachel feel things shes never felt before?

As Rachel begins to dig up the past for answers, someone is equally determined to keep it buried. Someone who wont stop at murder to keep the truth hidden.
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A wonderful mystery with romance and a hint of ghosts. When Rachel's husband is killed in a freak accident, she is determined to continue to raise their twins and farm their land with only nominal help from her fellow Amish brethren and her English-speaking friends. She begins to suspect that her husband was murdered as strange events start to happen-first his tools and then his clothing are moved, and then her children see him. Intellectually, she realizes that many of her friends, both new and old, Amish and non-Amish, had the motives and opportunities to kill him. While the story moves quickly, the mystery builds slowly and hooks readers, as Harper gradually introduces one clue or suspicion after another. The characters are well drawn; readers suspect nearly everyone and will identify with Rachel's wish to be independent. Amish beliefs and customs are woven into the plot.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW
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From the Publisher
Rachel Mast is doing all she can to keep her life together one year after the tragic death of her husband. Against all Amish traditions, she is running her small farm and raising her twin boys on her own. And for the first time in a long time, Rachel is happy.
Then things start happening.... Her dead husbands belongings turn up in unexpected places, her sons are acting strangely and Rachel feels as if shes being watched. She knows someone is trying to scare her, but who and why? Is it Eben Yoder, her Amish neighbor, whos determined to make her his wife? Or someone else in the community who wants her to conform to their ways? Or is it Mitch Randall, the stranger who has taken an unusual interest in her barn...and in the young widow herself, making Rachel feel things shes never felt before?

As Rachel begins to dig up the past for answers, someone is equally determined to keep it buried. Someone who wont stop at murder to keep the truth hidden.


From The Critics
Debbie Richardson - Romantic Times
This story brilliantly paints a picture of a world most of us can only imagine, as a backdrop for a frightening tale where all the characters seem to have something to hide. This book is a keeper.

School Library Journal
Adult/High School-A wonderful mystery with romance and a hint of ghosts. When Rachel's husband is killed in a freak accident, she is determined to continue to raise their twins and farm their land with only nominal help from her fellow Amish brethren and her English-speaking friends. She begins to suspect that her husband was murdered as strange events start to happen-first his tools and then his clothing are moved, and then her children see him. Intellectually, she realizes that many of her friends, both new and old, Amish and non-Amish, had the motives and opportunities to kill him. While the story moves quickly, the mystery builds slowly and hooks readers, as Harper gradually introduces one clue or suspicion after another. The characters are well drawn; readers suspect nearly everyone and will identify with Rachel's wish to be independent. Amish beliefs and customs are woven into the plot.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.