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Horseshoe Bend, AR
2 Stars Out Of 5
August 20, 2016
Horseshoe Bend, AR
THE DISAPPEARANCES is the third book in Sadie's Montana series and I suggest readers read these books in order, Wild Horses, Keeping Secrets, and then THE DISAPPEARANCES. Ms. Byler is not my favorite Amish author and I have read quite a few of her books, mainly because she is currently Amish. But while truth is stranger than fiction, I am finding it hard to find her plots even remotely believable.
The story is not purist, as in told in one point of view. Ms. Byler head-hops quite nicely, going from whoever's head she wants to be in at the moment. And it says multiple times no one ever warned her about Mark and she wished they would've -- but since I read all three books, I know she was warned multiple times about Mark and refused to listen. Of course that is normal, but it made me want to shake her and say "You were warned, honey. Many, many times."
The mystery of the wild horses begun in the first book, continued with the snipers in the second book, is continued even farther with Sadie's disappearance in THE DISAPPEARANCES. Who is behind all this horse drama and why? If you are interested in Amish stories written by a real life Amish woman (and not those written by distantly related to the Amish or neighbors of the Amish) then books by Ms. Byler should be considered. They are certainly high in drama and action.
Healing and courage reappear in unexpected times and places in this concluding volume of the "Sadie's Montana" series by Amish author, Linda Byler.
Sadie may be married now, but she's as spirited as ever, and her life is no less tame. In fact, soon after she and Mark are settled into the farmhouse which Mark is renovating, she's visited by three FBI agents who question her about the two children who mysteriously appeared one day at the ranch. Before the agents leave, they warn Sadie that her beloved horse, Paris, is highly valuable, and that she and Mark may be in grave danger because of Paris.
This news, on top of Mark's unexpected black moods, leaves Sadie sometimes wishing she could go home, "lay her head on Mam's shoulder, and ask why she hadn't warned her." But when Sadie is kidnapped at gunpoint by two men in ski masks, her stubborn strength is tested beyond her imagining. Mark disappears emotionally without warning. Now Sadie has disappeared, leaving Mark and her family wracked with worry. And Anna, Sadie's youngest sister, desperate for Neil Hershberger's attention, refuses to eat, plagued by an eating disorder as she fades away. And yet, Mark's younger brother Timothy appears, bringing unexpected life and hope to the family.
Being married clearly didn't settle Sadie down at all - on the contrary, she just has all the more drama in her life. Her initial reluctance with Mark in the last book was for a good reason, but she married him anyways, dark passenger and all. She is now paying for it as he withdraws from her emotionally, but she endures the consequences of her actions with grace. I am still not sure Mark was the best choice for her, but you cannot help who you love.
The story progresses wonderfully, with all the loose ends in the last two books addressed. There was a solid ending, and great writing by Byler, as always, throughout. Between the vague notion that they weren't safe because of their horse, then Sadie's disappearance, an epic conclusion to the series quickly comes to an end. There was so much going on in this book with Mark and Sadie; then Neil and Anna that there no lagging or slow parts! I enjoyed this series very much, and look forward to seeing what else Byler puts out in the future!
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
I just want to say that I enjoyed the series so very much.I've looked for ways to tell Linda Byler how much I enjoyed her writing but couldn't find a way to contact her. So you're it, CBD. I love the Amish books and is about all I read and I order them from you as you can tell from my orders. The books are great and leave you wanting a next book to come out and keep the characters alive for longer periods of time in their lives. I love the books.