Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Her Brother's Keeper

Book description:  "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 Miller, she 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 foreseen.
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 fianc√©, 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?"

My review:  I usually enjoy books by Beth Wiseman, but this was not one of my favorites.  I enjoyed the plot even though the Amish perspective was more on the outside looking in.  It didn't seem possible that Charlotte would be able to fool people into thinking she was Amish.  Their way of life is not easily adopted.  I did not agree with the way the topic of salvation was handled.  Ms. Wiseman had an opportunity to present the gospel very clearly, and she chose not to use that opportunity.  In fact, she seemed to indicate that our salvation is based on our works and not through the shed blood of Jesus. I am disappointed in this book, but will look forward to giving her books another chance.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher through the Booklook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

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