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Series: Amish Secrets #1
Published by Thomas Nelson on February 27th 2015
Source: BookLook Bloggers
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Charlotte Dolinsky is not above playing dress-up and telling a few lies to find out what happened to her only brother. In fact, that is exactly what she’s come to Lancaster County to do. Now, calling herself Mary and slipping on a kapp, Charlotte will lie her way into the confidence of anyone who knows why Ethan had to die. Unless she gets found out first.
But when Charlotte befriends a quiet Amish man named Isaac Miller, she begins to rethink her motives. And with a little help from a friend back home, Charlotte might find out that love comes packaged in ways she couldn’t have foreseen.
Isaac’s been caring for his cancer-stricken father and sympathizing with his frustrated mother for three difficult years. And that means he hasn’t been dating. He believes Hannah King is the woman for him, but Hannah is still grieving the loss of her fiancé, and Isaac has all he can handle on the farm. When Hannah’s family plays host to a woman named Mary, their new cousin shakes things up for all of them.
As Charlotte digs deeper into the mystery of Ethan’s death, she finds more than she’d bargained for in the community he once called home. But will she ever learn the truth? And what will the community—and her new family—do if they learn the truth about her?
“Charlotte came to Amish country to find answers. What she never expected to find was peace.”
Her Brother’s Keeper by Beth Wiseman is the first book in the Amish Secrets series and follows the story of Charlotte, a young woman who had been raised in foster care. She’s investigating the death of her older brother, a man who had converted to the Amish faith when he fell in love with a young lady named Hannah.
This book was really good. I’ve often seen books where the Amish girl is trying to make it in the English world. I’ve even seen the conversion tale here or there. I’ve not seen full-out deception from someone trying to make it in an Amish community and that made things very interesting.
I really enjoyed this book and read it pretty quickly. Other reviewers seemed to have trouble connecting with these character but I found them endearing, sometimes frustrating and very easy to relate to. I was rooting for Hannah and for Charlotte and really wanted them to be friends in spite of Charlotte’s deception.
I would really like to see this series continued though I am a little fretful as it’s been out 11 months and a new book hasn’t yet been announced. As much as I enjoyed this book, I would hate to see the series end this way.
Overall, I’d suggest this book although I would probably hold off until more information on if the series is going to be continued. I feel like Beth Wiseman isn’t afraid to talk about some of the hard-hitting topics like mental illness and maybe some of her audience is frightened by that. I don’t know why there hasn’t been any new information released but I’ll personally be disappointed if there isn’t another book.