by Karen Harper

June 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2050-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Police officer, Kat Lindley has a past that would make weaker people crumble. Not only did she grow up in a chaotic environment, but she watched as an abused child, she was trying to protect was killed by his own father. Kat is determined that she can still survive and still do some good when she moves to Ohio.

Luke Brand is the father of two small children and the son of his Amish community’s bishop. He has also survived some great challenges in his life yet growing up Amish has taught him to forgive and move on. It is only when the children of his community, including his own, are threatened and harmed, that he realizes he has to step outside of his faith in order to find help.

Kat is assigned by the local sheriff to move into the Amish community, pretending to be one of their own in order to find out what is going on. It doesn’t take long for more violence to strike these peaceful folk. She becomes more determined than ever that she will find out who is terrorizing the people she is starting to care a great deal about. This story will take many twists and turns with some strange acts of violence. Kat will be one step behind some hate filled individuals in her quest to find out the truth.

I have long been a fan of any type of Amish fiction so I loved the details of the day-to-day life described in this book. Harper did a great job of making you understand the Amish way of life and all that it entails. As the relationship between Kat and Luke begins to develop within the pages, I think you’ll find yourself hoping that they can overcome the obstacles set before them and that justice will be served for the community.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Shelby.

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