“…there are lies you tell with your lips and lies you don’t need your lips for.”
- Rose Schrock
Naomi King and Tobe Schrock are very much in love and neither of their families realize or know that they are keeping company together or that Naomi is secretly writing and visiting Tobe in prison for an embezzlement crime he did not commit and plans to find Jake Hertzler who is the culprit. Tobe’s sister Miriam (Mim) Schrock is a teenager who writes an advice column under the name of Mrs. Miracle and keeps the secret quite well until Brook Snyder suspects her true identity and confronts Mim about the newspaper column, which is soon to become public information. Brooke has her own situation with Jon Hoeffner who black mails her regarding her talent as an artist and the exquisite paintings she creates. Bethany Schrock is close to Naomi and knows of the secret letters between her and Tobe but never admits she suspects anything to Naomi or anyone else. Bethany is in love with Jimmy Fisher who is uncertain if he wants to propose until he finds his beloved prize possession horse named Lodestar who suddenly disappeared.
Rose Schrock who is Tobe’s mother and Galen King who is Naomi’s brother are in love and cannot seem to agree on the outcome of Tobe’s situation after he returns home causing friction between them that may be unrepairable. Meanwhile, a young woman named Paisley arrives in town with her own little secret and no one knows if she is truthful about her accusations regarding one of the townspeople. There is more chaos involving and surrounding the Schrock and King families that must be overcome but not before each person looks inside their heart deeper to change their way of thinking.
The story line for this novel is very good and the characters are believable yet I felt there were too many sub plots and narrative description distracting the fluidity of the reading flow. Overall, the novel is definitely worth the read and you will enjoy the conclusion of this interesting story of Amish life, which begins slowly and speeds up towards the middle of the book.
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.http://litfusegroup.com/author/sfisher
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