A Sisters Hope: Abridged Audio Book Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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About the Author
"New York Times, " award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. Wanda s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Wanda E. Brunstetter's "A Sister's Hope" was an educational experience for me. Although this is the third installment of the "Sisters of Holmes County" series, I was able to easily follow the story without feeling that I'd missed something important. This was my first time reading one of her books, and I learned a tremendous amount about the Amish that I didn't know before. These characters are fresh and simple, at times making them seem wooden and one-dimensional, but the charm that oozes from the pages of this book make the reader realize that this is because the people being written about are without pretense or hidden agenda. Her writing style is smooth, and she captured my interest with the care she uses to describe the characters and surroundings. I was thoroughly impressed with how Ms. Brunstetter introduced unfamiliar words and cleverly gave their clear meaning without the use of a glossary. I was surprised with some suspense and mystery that I never expected in a book about the Amish. This is not my normal genre, but I will definitely read this author, again!
She hones in on Luke Friesen as the prime suspect, but quickly changes her mind about him because she is attracted to him even as she understands how illogical that is. Still as her belief in the Lord strengthens, she knows she loves Luke and thinks he might love her back, but the increasingly dangerous threat lingers over the Hostettler family. He joins her in an effort to uncover the identity of the culprit destroying his beloved's family while also framing him.
The latest Sisters of Holmes County tale (see SISTER'S SECRET) is an engaging final tale as the mystery that has impacted the Hostettler family is uncovered at a danger to the amateur sleuths. The story line is fun to follow although there are passive debates over who the assailant is. However with the attraction taking a back seat to the mystery fans will appreciate Wanda E. Brunstetter's fine tale of finding love amidst the sleuthing.
This story was good, but the whole "Who-done-it" that extended for three books without much being done to find out who the culprit of the attacks was, started to drive me crazy last book. Seriously, two full years of terrible events from a house burning down to someone being murdered and barely an investigation made over it drives me nutty. I guess it drove Martha nutty too, so she started to investigate things herself and Luke was out to clear his name. The two of them become Amish sleuths!
I will say that the whole time in reading this series, you might think you know who actually worked towards doing these crimes, but it wasn't until near the second half of this book that I started to question one person and thankfully I got it right, but I didn't know for sure if it would be that person anyway. It was and the ending is lovely.
With many authors writing about the Amish culture, it is hard to find a book that has a interesting and unique plot. Mrs. Brunstetter has no problem in this book. The air of mystery permeated the pages. I had my own suspicions while reading of who did what and why. I wanted to finish as quickly as possible to find out who the attacker was! The Amish ways are intertwined in the book, avoiding the feelings of being awkward or forced.
Questions raised in the previous Sisters of Holmes books are finally answered in this book. The suspense has been growing throughout the series and has come to a satisfying end. I know readers of the first two books will not be disappointed in the surprising (although slightly abrupt) conclusion.
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