Tuesday, October 27, 2015

When Secrets Strike by Marta Perry

In Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, a community once united must suspect one of their own

Amish quilter Sarah Bitler's dreams no longer feature a husband and family. Instead, she searches for success in the quilt shop within Blackburn House, a place once tarnished with deadly secrets. She refuses to let the past influence her future…until an ominous fire forces them to collide.

Firefighter Aaron King was the first to touch Sarah's heart—and the first to break it. Now a widower and father of two small girls, his return to Sarah's life brings her buried feelings to the surface. As a string of horrific incidents tears apart their community, an arsonist's wrath threatens to destroy them all. With Aaron as the only suspect, Sarah must follow her instincts to find the truth. But to protect an innocent man, she might risk her heart to Aaron again…and risk her life to an unknown killer.


About The Author

Marta Perry is a Pennsylvania-based author of over 35 novels, many of them inspirational romances. She uses her rural Pennsylvania life and her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage in writing her books, especially in her Pleasant Valley Amish series for Berkley Books and her new Amish-set suspense series for HQN Books.
Marta and her husband live in a centuries-old farmhouse in a quiet central Pennsylvania valley. They have three grown children and six beautiful grandchildren, and when she's not busy writing her next book, she's usually trying to keep up with her gardening, baking for church events, or visiting those beautiful grandkids.

My Review

We are back in Laurel Ridge and are reunited with Sarah Bitler and Allison Standish, and more of the characters we came to love in Where Secrets Sleep.
Love how Allison is so accepted by Sarah’s Amish family, and her Grandmother seems to adore her, but this story is really Sarah’s.
Sarah grew up with her Amish family and lots of friends nearby, particularly Aaron King, he was the one she had wanted to marry. Now she is considered an old maid in her community, she is in her thirties, and when now widower Aaron returns to his family with his two young daughters, she hopes.
This story includes horrific barn fires, there is a sever drought in the area, and someone is taking advantage of the situation, but why? Then who ever are doing this thinks Sarah knows who this person is, and her life becomes in danger.
There is a side story about missing quilts, and a mystery of where a very valuable one is. Yes, Sarah and Allison run a quilt shop, and another challenge is presented and they accept it head on.
What do barn fires and missing quilts have to do with each other, you are about to find out, and we hope it is in time to stop the fires and save Sarah’s life. We continue with Allison’s romance and hope for a new one with Sarah and Aaron, if only he will recognize what he is missing.
Don’t miss this one, although it is the second book, it can be read alone, a real page-turner.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher HQN Books, and was not required to give a positive review.

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