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Monday, June 8, 2015

#REVIEW: Her Brother's Keeper by Beth Wiseman

Title: Her Brother’s Keeper
Series: Amish Secrets #1
Author:  Beth Wiseman
Published Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: ebook
Pages: 320
ISBN: 140168596X
Genre: Amish fiction
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 ½ stars

Synopsis: 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?

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley.
I walked into this book expecting sparks between Isaac and Charlotte, and the author didn’t let me down. Between the grief of Charlotte for her dead brother and her “cousin’s” grief over her dead fiancée, there are plenty of moments for sadness in this book. But also, there are moments of hilarity: the skunk and the green hair for instance.
At the end, I was able to say this book was nothing like I expected, and yet, so much more. It introduced me to the Amish lifestyle without an overflow of romance and sappiness.
Without this overflow of romance and sappiness, the book was really able to delve deeply into the heart of a woman who refused to have anything to do with a so-called God who would allow horrible things to happen in the world, and see how it changes as she allows a relationship with God to start. Having been there myself with no relationship with God, and gradually evolving into having a relationship that has grown and evolved into something so much more than I would have expected, this book really held onto me as I walked with Charlotte in her struggles with her belief in God.

I feel the author has done a wonderful job of having an Amish book without having the romance that seems to be so prevalent now in these books.

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