Secrets of Harmony Grove  -     By: Mindy Starns Clark
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Secrets of Harmony Grove

Harvest House Publishers / 2010 / Paperback

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Unemployed ad executive Sienna decides to run her Lancaster County bed-and-breakfast investment property herself. But when the manager she lets go is murdered, Sienna realizes that country life can be dangerous! A handsome local offers help, and her ex-boyfriend wants to reconcile. Whom can she trust when hidden secrets threaten her livelihood---and her life? 352 pages, softcover from Harvest.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736926259
ISBN-13: 9780736926256
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From the bestselling author of Shadows of Lancaster County comes an exciting new romantic mystery set in Amish country.

Sienna Collins, owner of the Harmony Grove Bed & Breakfast in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, learns that she is under investigation by the federal government for crimes she knows nothing about. A few hours later she finds her ex-boyfriend, Troy, dead, and her life and livelihood begin to spin wildly out of control. She begins to doubt everyone around her, even the handsome detective assigned to the case.

As Sienna tries to clear her name, she is forced to depend on her faith, the wisdom of the Amish, and the insight of the man she has recently begun dating. She'll need all the help she can get, because the secrets she uncovers in Harmony Grove end up threatening not just her bed-and-breakfast, but also her credibility, her beliefs, and ultimately her life.

Author Bio

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 800,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. www.mindystarnsclark.com

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Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark is a book that defies genre classification because it is a mishmash of romance, mythology, religion, mystery, and legend. This book, with its picturesque country cover and rustic sounding title, makes one expect to find within its pages a slow Amish romance. That is not what this book is. (I am still not sure what it is.) The main character, Sienna, is investigated by the attorney general for suspected illegal activities, and she is suspended from her job indefinitely. While coping with that, her former boyfriend is murdered, and the suspected killer is the fabled werewolf said to be lurking in her ex-Amish grandfather's grove that was established as a memorial to his late wife. (No, no, I'm serious.) And that’s just the first fifty pages. There are three hundred more pages that are equally as bizarre and entangled.

Because the plot is labyrinthine, the characterizations and mood suffer. Few characters grow, and Sienna narrates her tale of woe at one pace, which becomes tedious. She often includes irrelevant details. Also, because of the Amish setting, the religious doctrine relies heavily on the Amish interpretation of Scripture. Someone who enjoys being unable to predict what lies on the next page or enjoys a "twisted," soap-opera-like plot may appreciate this book. Generally speaking, however, it is convoluted and rambling. – Hannah McMullen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Diana Crawford
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well worth reading!
    December 2, 2013
    Diana Crawford
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Secrets of Harmony Grove - eBook.
    Just finished this one and as always with Mindy's books, well worth the read!! Read the whole thing during a one day to visit family for Thanksgiving. I got hooked on the Million Dollar series...wonderful...and have enjoyed every one I've read since then.
  2. Betty Detwiler
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Too long and too involved
    January 24, 2013
    Betty Detwiler
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I liked Mindy Clark's million dollar series and thought this one would be right up there with a well written plot. I was sadly disappointed as Ms Clark incorporates too many plot elements that do not flow together well and distract the reader. Her main character, Sienna, comes off as worldly, self centered and materialistic, though at the end she does come out of that mode to take over the Bed and Breakfast.

    Halfway through the book I was ready to give up as the plot rambled from a B & B with no guests, to the treatment of the Jews in WWII, to murder and animal fighting. Entirely too much plot for a story that takes place in the simple Amish countryside. I really wouldn't recommend purchasing this book as I was extremely disappointed in it.
  3. sassy
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 23, 2012
    sassy
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    As always she write a great book. Hard to put down.
  4. LinDawn
    Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A suspenseful story
    April 6, 2012
    LinDawn
    Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The owner of a bed and breakfast, having, amish anestors a couple generations ago decides to listen to her former boyfriends' advise of hiring a manager she doesn't even know to manage her bed and breakfast in Amish territory. But then she temporairly fired at her job and an investigation is happening- something she doesn't understand at all- untill she goes to her bed and breakfast to find things are not being done lawfully...
  5. Adey
    Alberta, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love love love her books!
    August 24, 2011
    Adey
    Alberta, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had recently purchased and read The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny co-written by Mindy Starns Clark and I thought they were quite well done. I'm a huge fan of the Amish so add mystery to that and I'm there!

    I decided to try 4 of her stand-alone books including this one and WOW! They were just fantastic! I found them easy to read, and yet the storylines were unique and mysterious. The books had enough substance that it made me want to keep reading even if it was late at night :)

    Highly recommend all 4 of Mindy's stand-alone books (Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, Under the Cajun Moon and Secrets of Harmony Grove). She starts with a climax in the first few chapters and keeps the intensity there throughout the rest of the book! Next on my list to buy is her Million Dollar Mystery series and I can't wait!
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