From the Back Cover: Philadelphia advertising executive Sienna Collins learns she is under investigation by the federal government for crimes she knows nothing about. Suspecting the matter has something to do with one of her investments, the Harmony Grove Bed & Breakfast in Lancaster County, she heads there, only to find her ex-boyfriend dead and the manager of the B and B unconscious. As Sienna’s life spins wildly out of control, she begins to doubt everyone around her, even the handsome detective assigned to the case.
As Sienna searches for the truth and tries to clear her name, she is forced to depend on the faith of her childhood, the wisdom of the Amish, and the insight of the man she has recently begun dating. She’ll need all the help she can get, because the secrets she uncovers in Harmony Grove threaten not just her bed-and-breakfast, but also her credibility, her beliefs, and ultimately her life.
My Review: I first met Mindy Starns Clark with A Penny for Your Thoughts (which looks like it’s being released in April 2011). Mindy’s writing cemented my love for Christian Fiction. I loved Callie Webber and the story line through this amazing series. Mindy followed the Million Dollar series by introducing us to Jo Tulip in the Smart Chick trilogy. I didn’t relate as deeply with Jo as I had with Callie, but again a great series of books.
Secrets of Harmony Grove is now the fourth standalone novel and her second trip to Amish country. I’ve not felt drawn to the Amish fiction that seems to be so popular these days. But I am drawn to Mindy’s writing so here we are with Sienna Collins.
Sienna to say the least is an adrenaline junkie. She begins the story on top of the world a great new job, fancy new car and an expensive new car. She quickly finds it all crashing down around her. It’s kind of a 0 to 60 mph to brick wall effect. At times I wanted to shake her or slap her to tell her to get a grip. Yet, much of who Sienna is in this story is a product of past events.
The supporting cast in this story include three men who add a new dimension to the story, everything from recklessness to strong stability. The interactions with them ultimately lead Sienna to the person she is at the end of the story. Being based in Amish Country there are, of course, who Amish extended family. They not only add wisdom to Sienna’s life but there are a few things that you won’t expect if you’ve read other Amish stories.
There is much more I could say about the characters but won’t, it will be more fun for you to discover them yourself. This is a good story. Although, I didn’t find myself relating with Sienna I enjoyed watching her struggle through the miry clay of her situation. There were a couple of times early on when I thought I had it all figured out only to find out I was totally wrong. So I gave up and enjoyed the story.
The Contest: I am giving away a copy of this book. Please leave a comment with either a New Year’s Resolution or maybe you’re the type that does goals. (I’m a goal person personally). I’ll put all the names in a hat and my son, Mark, will pick a winner on January 8th at 9:00 PM PST. Contest is open to those 18 years of age or older who live in the United States. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries.
This book was provided to me by the publisher, but the opinions are my own.