FALL FROM PRIDE
The first novel in Harper’s Amish Home Valley trilogy, scores high marks for amiable characters and sweet romance. The plot drags a bit in the middle, but finishes with a huge, satisfying bang.
Someone is burning down barns belonging to the Amish community in Home Valley. The state sends in arson investigator Nate MacKensie to determine if these crimes are directed toward the church leaders, the Amish themselves or budding artist Sarah Kauffmann. Sarah and Nate work well together as she educates him in the ways of the Amish and he teaches her techniques for investigating suspicious fires. What they don’t count on, don’t need and at first don’t welcome is their explosive attraction to each other. Will they survive to find out if love really does conquer all? (MIRA, Aug., 368 pp., $14.95)