"A suspenseful story of deceit and death while finding the love of God and family!"
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence
Posted July 8, 2015
Christian | Women's Fiction Contemporary | Romance
Will deceit and lies help Charlotte Dolinsky find out the
truth about her brother's death? Even as she winces at
thought, that is not going to stop her now and she is
and determined to go ahead with her plan.
Charlotte was told her brother Ethan had committed suicide
and had died shortly before his wedding to an Amish woman
that he had met in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. She
gotten very little information from the family and she is
definitely not buying their story. There must be
sinister going on and she believes the Amish are a cult
are hiding things. She can't find anything out from her
home in Texas and knows the Amish won't be open to an
outsider, so she decides to pretend to be Mary Troyer, a
distant cousin from Texas. Will her plan work? Will she
find the truth behind their sinister wall of silence?
HER BROTHER'S KEEPER is the first book in a new Amish
Secrets series where each story will centre around a
that will impact the lives of others. With remarkable
best-selling author Beth Wiseman quickly pulls us into
Charlotte's grief and the impact of her arrival on the
family of the woman who was to have married Ethan. Will
Charlotte be able to pass as a real Amish woman? If they
find out, how will they react?
Wiseman does a marvelous job of moving the plot along as
"Mary" tries to ferret out the truth from family and
while pretending to be a different kind of Amish woman as
her ways are strange. Despite the sorrowful circumstances
around the impact of Ethan's death, Wiseman provides many
humourous moments as Charlotte struggles to learn Amish
and to remember her lies as she lies to cover her
Be warned: She is definitely not your average Amish
thus making HER BROTHER'S KEEPER a very hard book to put
down once you start reading!
With a strong understanding of Amish ways, Wiseman has
developed an intriguing and suspenseful story with very
realistic characters. She is particularly adept at showing
their emotional responses to their beliefs and
circumstances, especially as Charlotte steps on some toes
her new role. Personality-wise, I didn't really identify
well with Charlotte as she seemed to be ungracious as a
guest, let alone one in an Amish community, but I really
enjoyed the reactions of the Amish to her and I appreciate
the thoughtful way that Wiseman handles issues around
suicide and how close family and friends feel when someone
dies that way. Their reactions and concerns are very
authentically covered in HER BROTHER'S KEEPER as the
close to Ethan grapple with what they could or could not
have done and the guilt some of them feel.
HER BROTHER'S KEEPER is a wonderful start to a new series
that is sure to gain many more fans for Wiseman; yet, it
also read very well as a stand-alone story with many of
threads nicely woven together. So, grab a copy and find
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
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
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?
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