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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Stranger's Wish...Review

About the book:
Englischer Kristie Matthews’ move to an Amish family farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, starts on a bad note as the young schoolteacher is bitten by a dog. A trip to the local ER leads to an encounter with an old man who hands her a key and swears her to silence.

But when Kristie’s life is endangered, she suspects there’s a connection to the mysterious key. While solving the mystery (and staying alive), Kristie must decide whether her lawyer boyfriend, Todd Reasoner, is really right for her....or if Jon Clarke Griffin, the new local man she’s met, is all he seems to be.

Mystery, romance, and a beautiful Amish settling....just the thing readers are clamoring for.

A bit different take on traditional Amish stories, this was a fast, easy read. While I found much of the premise implausible, this was still an appealing story. I would have thought that Kristie could have made connections between the robbery/attacks sooner, and I kept wondering why she never reported any of it to the police. Her new boyfriend, however, saves the day in true heroic fashion.

I would have loved more character development but these characters still kind of grow on you. What I did enjoy were the conversations, especially between Kristie and Jake, the disabled son of the Amish family with whom she boarded. The discussions about the differences between the Amish faith and Christianity were fascinating.

A light, escapist read. Easily recommended. This is a reprint/update of The Key, originally published in 1998.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Gayle Roper here. You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 3/10

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. My mom really enjoys reading books of this genre. I will have to let her know about this one! Thanks.