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Charlotte is on a mission to discover just what happened to her only brother - and she isn't above playing dress ups and telling a few lies to do so. Calling herself Mary and slipping on Amish dress, Charlotte will do whatever it takes to gain the trust of anyone who might know 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, she might discover love comes packaged in ways she had never imagined.

Caring for his sick father and frustrated mother for three long years, dating hasn't been high on the list of Isaac's priorities. But he does believe Hannah King, a woman still grieving the loss of her fiancee, is the woman he is meant to spend the rest of his life with. But when Hannah's family plays host to a woman named Mary, their new cousin shakes things up for all of them.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 140168596X
ISBN-13: 9781401685966
Series: Amish Secrets

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Charlotte came to Amish country to find answers. What she never expected to find was peace.

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?

Author Bio

Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series. While she is best known for her Amish novels, Beth has also written contemporary novels including Need You Now, The House that Love Built, and The Promise.

Editorial Reviews

'This new series has caring characters [...] the plot has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. Wiseman has created a series in which the readers have a chance to peel back all the layers of the Amish secrets.' -4 1/2 starred review and July 2015 Top Pick!
“Wiseman’s new launch is edgier, taking on the tough issues of mental illness and suicide. Amish fiction fans seeking something a bit more thought provoking and challenging than the usual fare will find this series debut a solid choice.”

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Promise of Hope during the Great Depression.
    April 14, 2016
    pam
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Hope in the Land, written by Olivia Newport, is a wonderful book involving the Amish and how they thrive during the Great Depression. The story also involves an English family and their experiences too! Gloria Grabill is an Amish wife and mother of a large family. She also runs a chicken and egg business plus works the fields. When a government agent shows up unexpectedly to conduct an interview she invites him to live in the barn and take meals with the family while he is in Lancaster County.

    Minvera Swain is a neighbor who Gloria has known since she was a young girl in school. When Minvera pulls a prank on Gloria plus jokes about her prayer cap Gloria decides to avoid Minvera. Well 40 years later Gloria still feels Minvera looks down her nose at her. When a situation arises for Minvera and she reaches out to Gloria for help, how will Gloria deal with this? What does Gloria do to make sure Minvera learns a valuable lesson? You might be surprised.

    There are also a couple of romances that take place during the story. Who ends up together is a great story too! The road to love and happiness is not straight, and the twist and turns may cause you to wonder if it will work out.

    I did not receive a complimentary copy of Hope in the Land but I enjoyed this book right from the beginning and wanted to offer my honest review. I also rated this book with 5 stars for an excellent read. The quality, value, and expectations of Hope in the Land I felt deserved a 5 rating too. I will be watching for more books by Olivia Newport in the future.
  2. Statesboro, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good story
    December 14, 2015
    Jeannie Donaldson
    Statesboro, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Her Brother's Keeper - eBook.
    It was a very different kind of story, and I enjoyed it very much. I don't know how realistic is is - but then it IS fiction, right? I can't see someone getting away with what Charlotte did, but it made for interesting reading and there was some funny parts too. I liked it and think you might too.
  3. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Had Trouble Connecting with the Characters
    August 23, 2015
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I have read all of Beth Wisemans other Amish books and they continue to be some of my favorites. That was not the case with this story. Dont get me wrong, it was very well-written and a had a creative premise that intrigued me. I simply did not connect with the characters and was not very invested in the story. I was reading this book for review. Otherwise, I would have probably stopped reading fairly early on.

    Charlotte (aka Mary) was not a likeable character to me. Her lies and behavior make complete sense in the story, and she learns and grows so much from beginning to end emotionally and spiritually. But, I couldnt connect with her. I thought Isaac, Hannah, and even Ryan were great characters. I enjoyed the sections of the book that they were in.

    The fact that Charlotte is undercover to discover the facts behind her brothers death made the book a sad read for me. Fictional storylines that include death do not usually bother me, but it did in this case. It may be because the death in the book had similarities to a real life situation that still saddens me to this day.

    Beth Wiseman has written many good books that I love and I will definitely be reading more of her stories.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    "....There is a Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother"
    July 22, 2015
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It has been a year since Ethan died, but his sister Charlotte Dolinsky is still devastated. She is sure that the Amish community that he had recently joined is responsible for some sort of cover-up. Growing up in a dysfunctional family, Mary and Ethan were separated as older teens. They were put in separate foster homes where they both were cruelly treated. After becoming adults, they reconnected and were very close. She has been suspicious ever since she found out her brother was joining the Amish faith, and is sure someone, possibly his Amish fiance, Hannah King, drove him to his death.

    Charlotte decides to take things into her own hands, and investigate things herself. By pretending to be Mary, a distant Amish cousin visiting the King family, she hopes to become a part of their community. After briefly interviewing Amish women in her native Texas, and buying Amish dresses in a second-hand store, she believes she is ready to go to Pennsylvania.

    Is it ever right to lie?

    Mary has quite a culture shock when she comes to live with the close-knit Amish family. She has no religious background, experience with a loving family, or homemaking talent. The King family is often perplexed by her lack of everyday skills and social blunders. Mary tries to cover this by making up lies. Those lies seem to get more involved by the minute, and Mary doesn't know if she can keep them all straight. She doesn't know which will happen first, uncovering the truth about Ethan, or the discovery that she isn't really the Amish woman she claims to be.

    The longer Mary stays among the Amish, the more complicated her relationships with them becomes, especially with Hannah. Mary is surprised by her change in feelings about the Amish in general, and the King family in particular. Before this story ends, will Mary decide to become Amish herself? Will Mary's true identity be discovered, and will she then be shunned? And will Mary really find out the truth about Ethan's death?

    How unexpected!

    This is a very different story-line for an Amish book, and I really enjoyed it. Events turn out differently than Mary/Charlotte thought, including some unknown information about Ethan she discovers while investigating. This story stands on its own, but it is easy to see how further books could explore story-lines further--and I look forward to that. I highly recommend this 5-story book to fans of Amish books, as well as, fiction lovers of all types.

    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Her Brother's Keeper through The Thomas Nelson Publishing BookLook Bloggers Program for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Her Brother's Keeper
    July 9, 2015
    tammycookblogsbooks
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Beth Wiseman has written short stories in several Thomas Nelson Amish Novella Collections. A Recipe for Hope from An Amish Kitchen and Rooted in Love from An Amish Garden name a few. I have read several of these collections and enjoyed her stories in each. I have also read two of her novels and liked them. I am a big fan of Amish Fiction. I looked forward to getting started on Her Brother's Keeper. I received a free copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review.

    Charlotte Dolinsky and Hannah King are hurting. Hannah has lost someone she loves very much and is still grieving over that loss almost a year later. Charlotte has also suffered loss and wants to know why it had to happen. Anyone who is not familiar with how the Amish live and act will learn about their ways as the story progresses; as did Charlotte from her first day at her cousin's house. It was sometimes comical seeing Charlotte fumble through her act of being Amish to discover the truth of her brother's death. This novel deals with heavy issues. Suicide and child abuse are integral parts of this book.

    I found Her Brother's Keeper hard to put down. I think fans of Inspirational Fiction will enjoy this novel. Amish/Mennnonite Romance readers or those who are interesting in exploring the genre may like Her Brother's Keeper because of the way Wiseman introduces Amish life to one of her characters. Reading about suicide and child abuse is not appropriate for everyone so those who are sensitive to the issues may not enjoy this book. I think a reader will come away from reading Her Brother's Keeper knowing that there is always hope in God and the fact that we are freely given salvation through Jesus. That is what made me smile as I finished this book.
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