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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.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)|
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 shes 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 couldnt have foreseen.
Isaacs been caring for his cancer-stricken father and sympathizing with his frustrated mother for three difficult years. And that means he hasnt 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 Hannahs 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 Ethans death, she finds more than shed bargained for in the community he once called home. But will she ever learn the truth? And what will the communityand her new familydo if they learn the truth about her?
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.
Wisemans 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.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Finding answers in Amish countryDecember 9, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I thought the pacing of this book was a little uneven, but my reading it "out of order" (after the second book in the series) may have contributed to that. I had a difficult time liking Charlotte, since her character was so deceitful and wavering for most of the book. The brother that she loved and missed so much didn't sound like a great catch, either. But how wonderful that God's grace can restore every childhood wound! I wish the newfound faith of these siblings was shown to be more evangelical - it seemed built on emotion and (literally) signs in the clouds. The friendship between "cousins" Mary and Hannah was interesting but doomed from the start. Glad to know that Charlotte and Hannah could restart their relationship on their common love for Lena and Ethan, once they offered each other forgiveness.
Not my favorite book or series, but certainly written from an interesting and unique perspective.
pam5 Stars Out Of 5The Promise of Hope during the Great Depression.April 14, 2016pamQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hope 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.
Jeannie DonaldsonStatesboro, GAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very good storyDecember 14, 2015Jeannie DonaldsonStatesboro, GAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It 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.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Had Trouble Connecting with the CharactersAugust 23, 2015Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I 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.
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5"....There is a Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother"July 22, 2015tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It 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?
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.