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.

This book is suspenseful, but not like a Brandilyn Collins or  Steven James.  (Sorry only one dead body in this one!)

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.

29 Replies to “Secrets of Harmony Grove – Mindy Starns Clark”

  1. I like Mindy’s books, at least the ones I’ve read so far. 🙂 My only goal in the next year is to eat less and exercise more. Pretty amorphous, but I’m hoping for positive results. 🙂

  2. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Like you, I’ve not been able to attach to the writers of other Amish books, but I do love learning about their ways.

    Goal: To get my kitchen updated.

  3. My goal is to discover God’s will regarding the ministry I work with through church and discover what He desires for me regarding whether I should get a job and what training I need to add to my degree. Once discovered, my goal is to be immediately and absolutely obedient.

  4. I’m a Mindy junkie, I love her books! My goal is to exercise at least 4 days a week, make healthy choices and hide at least one verse a week in my heart.

  5. I have read some of Mindy’s books and have really enjoyed them.

    My goals for this year is to exercise regularly, become more organized and put myself more on a work schedule

  6. I prefer not to do New Years resolutions, because I feel that without God, they are useless. I have felt impressed, however, by the Holy Spirit, to spend more time in God’s Word and in prayer. That is something that I can take time to do. I pray that I keep that attitude and time set aside each day for Him.

  7. Ooh this book looks interesting – great giveaway!
    My resolution for this year…hmm…to post more often on my blog and read more than 150 books. This would sure help that second goal. 😉

    Thanks for the chance!


  8. I love Mindy’s books! My goal for this year is to become more organized, and spend more time in God’s Word.

  9. My goal for this year is not necessarily to go on a diet, but to just eat healthier food. 🙂

    I love Mindy’s books!! I read her first Amish novel, and absolutely loved it! This one’s been on my wish list for awhile…thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. 🙂

  10. My goal is to improve my health and well-being.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  11. Great giveaway – count me in!

    My new years resolution is to visit more of my fellow blogger’s blogs and leave more comments – I love getting comments, so I want to start sharing the love!


  12. “My One Word” CONQUER “I can overwhelming conquer through Him who loves me. Romans 8:37” No more feeling defeated.

    I love Mindy Starn Clark and would love to win a copy of this book!

  13. My goal for this year is to have more faith and trust in God. The past two years have been really rough, so I am praying and believing that God will have big things in store for this year!

  14. This book sounds great! One of my goals this year is to organize my house and clean it thoroughly before my baby comes in May. 🙂

  15. My goal is to faithfully read my two new devotionals daily!
    I would love to win this book.
    Thanks for the chance!
    chakasa58 at gmail dot com

  16. My goal this year is to be closer to God and my family.

    Thanks for the chance to win a MSC book! Oh and also Carmen sent me here


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