Brunstetter's love and knowledge of the Amish shines through in the first installment of the Sisters of Holmes County series. Complex issues of betrayal,
hurt and forgiveness are set against the backdrop of Amish traditions. The pace steadily builds as unexpected secrets unfold, and the ending leaves the reader satisfied and anticipating the next installment.

Grace Hostettler is harboring a secret that could destroy her future. As she struggles to shed the memories of those difficult two years away from her Amish home and traditions, she prepares to marry Cleon Schrock. But when Gary Walker walks back into her life and threatens to reveal her prior marriage, Grace is forced to confront her past.

As those around her learn the details of her life during those rebellious years with the English, a secret comes to light that will destroy the trust of those she loves most. As her family is beset with a barrage of strange occurrences, Grace fears that Gary is behind them all. Can she come to grips with her past and find forgiveness? (Barbour, May, 288 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Reyes