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 fiancé, 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?
Best one yet!!
My Brother's Keeper
I have now read several of Beth WIseman's books that take place among the Amish, and this is the best one yet. A young Englisch (non-Amish) woman tries to find out why her brother allegedly took his own life, and to do that, she must spend some time with some of the Amish families among whom he had been living. I cannot say enough about this book! There are several interesting story threads, but not too many to keep up. So many important topics are naturally blended into the story - including mental illness, child abuse and God's provision of family for those who do not have healthy biological families. As always, the portrayal of both Amish and "Englisch" families is balanced. I love how Wiseman respectfully presents the Amish as devoted yet human. Just like us, they strive to be good, but also just like us, they will sometimes mess up, as flawed, normal human beings! Instead of coming across as plastic, Wiseman's characters always seem authentic. I really cared about the characters. In fact, the characters of "My Brother's Keeper" are so well-developed and authentic that I actually found myself starting to pray for them a few times! THAT is good character development!! I am already looking fowrard to my next Wiseman book.