ROMANCE

Amish Outsider

HQN: Harlequin. (River Haven, Bk. 1). Jun. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9781335006783. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488038624. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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Suspected of but not charged with the murder of his estranged Englischer wife, Diana, Michael Forster takes his young daughter, Allie, and leaves Harrisburg, PA, to return to the Amish community where he was born, hoping for a better life for both of them. For Michael, Allie’s happiness is key, and when she bonds with kind, optimistic teacher Cathy Brandt, Michael can’t help but be attracted to her, as well. But not everyone welcomes them back, including some of Diana’s Englischer high school friends. Then a private investigator shows up, and the Harrisburg police take a renewed interest in the case. Michael knows he’ll never be free of suspicion until the real killer is caught—a killer who might just be targeting everyone he loves in order to keep that secret safe.

VERDICT Caring, decency, and family solidarity underpin this frightening but ultimately heartwarming tale of hate, retribution, and evil that is made all the more chilling by the peaceful, nonviolent setting. Perry (Shattered Silence) divides her time between rural Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

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