Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Sister's Hope

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Publisher: Barbour Books
July 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59789-273-5
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Martha Hostettler wants to make her dog kennel business a success, but it seems as if someone else has different ideas in mind. Her family has been under attack for sometime now, and recently the innocent victims in the crimes have been the new puppies that are born. So far the attacks have been mostly mean pranks, but what if the crimes become more vicious?

Luke Friesen has been infatuated with Martha for sometime, but their relationship is doomed. After all, Martha’s father, Reuben, fired him for being a lazy know-it-all. And not only that, but Rueben believes Luke is behind all the attacks on his family.

Martha is more than a little interested in Luke, and when he suggests they form a partnership to prove his innocence and find the real criminal, Martha is quick to jump at the chance. Will Luke be found innocent? Or is he actually the one committing the crimes?

A SISTER’S HOPE is book three in the Sister’s of Holmes County series, but it easily stands alone. It was nice to revisit some of the characters in the other books in the series to see what has been happening since the stories ended.

Martha is an interesting heroine, and Luke a flawed hero. The story has multiple points of view in it, so one always knows what the other characters are thinking. The faith message is expertly woven in.

Ms. Brunstetter’s books are vastly different from the portrayal of the Amish as Ms. Lewis’, but they are still a good read, and each author has her own loyal following. If you like sweet romances with just a touch of conflict, and the stories neatly wrapped up at the end of the book, then Ms. Brunstetter’s your author. Don’t miss A SISTER’S HOPE. $10.97. 304 pages.

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