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Fall from Pride: A Home Valley Amish Mystery, Book 1 | [Karen Harper]

Fall from Pride: A Home Valley Amish Mystery, Book 1

Sarah Kauffman sought permission from her church elders to paint murals on a few of the Amish community's barns. Each was designed like an old-fashioned quilt square, representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved. The works of art were intended to draw more tourists to the Home Valley in the struggling economy. But instead, they invited a menace. One by one, each barn is set ablaze and destroyed.…The arson fires spread fear through the community - amongst Amish and Englischers alike. Now Sarah wonders if she's being punished for her pridefulness…or whether there's a more malevolent will at work.
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Publisher's Summary

Against the peaceful night sky, a barn burns.…

Sarah Kauffman sought permission from her church elders to paint murals on a few of the Amish community's barns. Each was designed like an old-fashioned quilt square, representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved. The works of art were intended to draw more tourists to the Home Valley in the struggling economy. But instead, they invited a menace. One by one, each barn is set ablaze and destroyed.…The arson fires spread fear through the community - amongst Amish and Englischers alike. Now Sarah wonders if she's being punished for her pridefulness…or whether there's a more malevolent will at work.

As an outsider, arson investigator Nate MacKenzie struggles to investigate the crime scenes while adhering to Amish ways. With Sarah as his guide, he warms to the Plain People and their simple ways. As the fires rage, beliefs are challenged, a way of life is questioned and family secrets are exposed. In the aftermath of the destruction the people of the Home Valley must join together to raise their barns and their hopes for the future.

©2011 Karen Harper (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 08-02-13
    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Karen Harper Books!"
    Would you listen to Fall from Pride again? Why?

    Probably not. Too many other good books and not enough time


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    I'm so happy Audible is carrying More Karen Harper books. She's one of my favorite authors. She puts just enough mystery and excitement in a book that I can still listen to before I go to bed without worrying about nightmares. But enough to keep me interested and want to keep listening and looking forward to her next book.

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    Sandra 05-09-15
    Sandra 05-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    Sweet... maybe a little too sweet. The ending was predictable midway through the book but I still listened to the end. The writing is pretty good and the story is quite slow paced but is in keeping with the Amish lifestyle.
    If your looking for action and adventure... this isn't the book for you. However... if your in the mood for relaxing and innocence then it's perfect.
    I did enjoy the book, in spite of the drawn out innocence and nativity of the main character.

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    E. Chapple Australia 05-08-15
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    "Mills and Boon with a dash of Amish mystery"

    I've enjoyed other Amish mysteries in the past, but this was more a romance wrapped around a minor mystery. I got through it but was gritting my teeth each time the heroine "felt her lower lip quiver". Not my style at all.

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    Janice Smith Hawaii 05-08-15
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are believable and engaging. I learned new things about Amish life and arsons.

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    I enjoyed the premise but the writing is pretty amateurish and I really disliked the breathless voice the narrator used for Sarah, it made her sound clueless and weak instead of bright and strong.

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