A cold night’s silent majesty hides a BITTER secret…
Though she is deeply loved by her parents, the fact that Lydia Brand is adopted has always made her different from her close-knit Amish community. But as Christmas approaches and she begins to search for answers about her biological parents, more questions surface.
Soon it seems that the deaths of two women in her small town may not be coincidences, after all. And her pursuit of the truth has left her only with hints of a dark secret—and threats from an unseen adversary.
While she does her best to stave off advances from her parents’ preferred suitor, Lydia discovers that her heart truly belongs to the man who’s been there all along: her friend Josh Yoder. It’s only with his help that Lydia can ensure that the stillness of a winter’s night means peace…and not danger.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For being a not outright religious type, I really tend to enjoy the Amish novels. There is a simplistic beauty in the setting of this novel, with rich family traditions and old-fashioned values at the core of the book.
I enjoyed that this was not just the expected love story, but a novel filled with mystery and suspenseful moments. There were quite a few unexpected plot twists and turns, so it kept my attention and kept me reading, waiting to uncover the big secret at the end.
This book is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone quite easily. I liked that the flow was steady. This was a great book to curl up next to the fireplace with on a cold evening. The religion in this book is not the in-your-face type, and I appreciated that.
The story was pretty easy to digest and the events were mostly believable, so if you don’t want to have to suspend belief for every little thing that happens in a book, this might be a good one to choose.
Main characters that can make you feel what they are feeling have always impressed me, and this is the case with this book. You feel the tension, the fear and the love while reading this and want the best outcome for the characters.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable book with a lot to recommend it.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided by Netgalley.