Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Her Brother's Keeper (Amish Secrets, #1) by Beth Wiseman

Charlotte’s heart has been hardened by personal tragedy, but now she has the chance to find peace in a place she didn’t expect.

Charlotte Dolinsky arrives in Lancaster County with brand new Amish digs and a renewed purpose. It doesn’t take her long to fit into the close Amish community. She might not know how to cook, sew, tend a garden, or milk a cow, but she knows how to lie. And she is a woman on a mission—to wreak havoc on the Plain people and seek revenge for the death of her only brother. But a quiet stranger throws a kink in her plan not long after she arrives. As she delves deeper and deeper into what makes this handsome Amish man tick, she begins to wonder about her intentions and the direction her life is taking.

At twenty-four, Isaac Miller is still unmarried and doesn’t see his status changing anytime soon. The Lord has blessed him with above-average physical attributes, but his awkward shyness keeps him from pursuing a relationship with anyone. When Charlotte—or "Charlie" as she calls herself—arrives in Paradise, she steals his heart, and he longs to be a different man.

Can Charlie get past the resentment she feels and open her heart? What happens when Isaac comes out of his shell, drawing attention from all the available women in the area? Will Charlie be able to hold onto him? And will he still want her when he learns the truth?

About The Author

Beth Wiseman is a Carol Award Winner, Inspirational Readers Choice Winner, INSPY Winner, and the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list and the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list. She grew up in Houston, Texas and now resides in a small town west of Houston with a population of around 300. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, two pot bellied pigs, two chickens and a pygmy goat. Her two grown sons also live in Texas. Beth has been writing in some capacity for most of her life. She's a former award-winning journalist with eleven honors, including 'First Place News Writing' for The Texas Press Association. However, writing love stories with a spiritual message is where her heart is. When Beth isn't writing (which is seldom these days) she enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, reading, or just settling in for a good movie. Her best times are spent with family and friends!


My Review

An entirely different type of Amish story, and a real page-turner, one you won’t be able to put down, and a serious story, but I had several chuckles! I wondered from the first page how someone could pull off pretending to be Amish, and get away with it. The web of deceit is sure strong here, and do you think that they didn’t realize. Of course Charlotte/Mary seems to have an answer for everything, and yet the reason she is here is to find answers.
When her brother commits suicide Charlotte decides there has to be more to the story, and she wants to know who was responsible for driving him over the edge. She seems to have made up her mind that Hannah, his intended, was responsible. So she decided to do the impossible, and seems to pull it off, but put you in her shoes, and as I try it is rather funny, no way could I pull it off. I joined the faith late in my life, so I never learned Deutch? Yeah right!
Come along and watch Charlotte as she bumbles along, and how her walls come tumbling down, in more ways than one. She does find a bit of romance, but will she remain Amish? Will she find the answers she seeks? God sure seems to have his hands on her, and you will love how everyone desires to fix her astray prayer cap. Enjoy this delightful read!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.

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