An Amish Mystery, Book #4
Inn owner Rachel Mast is no longer a devout member of the Amish community of Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, but she still cares deeply for them. So she’s staying at her family’s farm to help her mother through an illness—and at the same time, trying to track down two missing people . . .
When the young gather to sing, it’s usually an evening of wholesome fun—but this time, the event has stirred whispers of scandal. Elsie Hostetler and her sweetheart, Dathan Bender, never came home afterward. There’s not even a trace of their horse and wagon, leading some to suspect that they’ve run off to marry and join the Englisch world.
But Rachel fears there’s more to the story than a rebellious elopement. Her fiancé, a state trooper, is out of town, so she starts investigating herself, using her Amish background to pry information from the tight-lipped community. It turns out things were not so peaceful between Elsie and Dathan—and there was also a confrontation at the singing with a short-tempered ex-Marine. Among the simple houses and quiet country roads of Stone Mill, Rachel must find out just what kind of sins have been committed—and who is need of forgiveness . . . (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Rachel is a smart strong woman who is not afraid of hard work and always wants to see justice served. That is why she is more than willing to do what needs to be done when one of her cousin goes missing. I like the relationship between her and another cousin, Mary Aaron. I really like the fact that Rachel is able to relate to both the Amish and the English. I enjoyed reading about her relationships with both sides and seeing how she still honors Amish tradition.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented with her ability to describes people, places and situations with the written word. Through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me. At times I felt like I could hear the horses pulling the Amish buggies.
The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book and there were many twists and turns to throw the reader of track. I did not figure out who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted Amish cozy. I have read all the books in this series and they have all been great.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.