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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall From Pride - Karen Harper



Released July 26, 2011

Karen Harper
Harlequin

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Fall From Pride is a gripping romantic suspense, but it almost has a strong mystery/suspense storyline that makes me think mystery readers will enjoy it.  It's also the first book in Karen Harper's "A Home Valley Amish" series. I'm thrilled there will be two more stories because I'm curious to see how the author resolves a few things in future novels.

Sarah Kauffman loves painting and her series of Amish quilt square paintings done on the side of local barns is drawing attention. However, when an arsonist burns down one of the barns, arson investigator Nate MacKenzie heads into Amish country to investigate. When a second barn burns to the ground, it becomes clear that someone holds a grudge, but is that grudge with the Amish or with Sarah?

Nate being an Englisher and Sarah being Amish poses a problem in terms of their developing any kind of relationship. If Sarah and Nate decide to test the waters of their growing attraction, Sarah must abandon her family and face being shunned by the Amish community. Nate being an Englisher with a job that keeps him on the move can't abide by Amish rules. It poses a conflict that romance fans will really enjoy.

All in all, I loved the story and the characters in Fall From Pride. There are two more stories to come, and I can't wait to see who appears in the next story and what challenges they will face. Now that I'm done reading, I can't wait to get into the kitchen to test out the recipe for Half-Moon Pies provided on the author's website. After reading so much about them, my mouth has been watering.

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