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Mom to Three!

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Very disconnected

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-19

it was a good story. There were things she should focus on more. She barely spoke about being a mother and her adventures in parenthood. She was very monotone and zipped through the story. She sounded so detached from the story.

The best I've ever read/listened to in my life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-19

Normally, I get a feeling of fear when listening to audiobooks when trying to understand ghosts. My brother took his life and I want to know so badly what he may experience. And what other family members have experienced after passing. I've often thought about my own death. Especially "What if I don't want to go? What if I want to stay with my kids?" This book matter of factly explains absolutely everything. She is SO calm and truthful. I've never come across someone that I never doubt and who does such a wonderful job. Definite MUST for anyone with questions about after death.

Mini Spoilers!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-19

Once again, the characters are easy to like. this one offered a few surprises & a little anticipation. The only problem is the "love element". It might be what you call "cheesy". Two people meet, become attracted, finally admit it, kiss, then marriage is proposed. In a few books a baby even finds its way into the world by the end of the book. If all of that is cut out, a cute degree of romance is still enjoyed. But the author creates a very pre-teen story the way it is. It's sad because there is SO much more potential. "Wunderbar" and "ain't so" should be illegal in all Amish novels LOL

I absolutely loved the old woman character in this story. So likeable! Loveable! more of that please!

Fantastic & surprising!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-19

First, I have to admit it somewhat surprised me. I had a thought, but no, it surprised me. I could picture everything in my mind. Still, the use of "wunderbar" & "ain't so?" should be eliminated from ALL Amish related books. Good grief haha. I belong to more than a few reading circles & they include many ex-Amish/Amish members. This was a minor annoyance as well. But I don't say that in a mean way. Just a tip!

I enjoyed the characters, strengths, flaws & everything. I also enjoyed that it isn't a series of books that strongly relies on previous books in the series & spends half of the book repeating what happened previously. I didn't realize how great that was until this series. To give an idea of how much I liked it I purchased extra credits because 1 a month was too slow haha!

The narration: I know I couldn't do it, but with that in mind I think every reader would agree that the main female character sounded like she needed a Xanax the entire time. The shaky, easily startled voice didn't fit her. This narrator does the men's voices well, but the main character was nails on a chalkboard. I know it's not an easy task to keep character voices together.

I highly recommend this series if you enjoy a nice little mystery. Not too much romance, which is a breath of fresh air. But marriage proposals fly left and right in this series. Unrealistic since many couples meet and a week later confess they are madly in love and then get married. I'd give these a 1 star on the realistic Amish life scale. Great books!

Wonderful story!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-19

I really loved this one! Even a touch of romance (even if it's unrealistic) didn't bother this "leave the romance to the romance book" type of listener. It was cute!
Only thing I wish writers would quit (along with other ex-Amish readers/listeners) is the overuse of "wunderbar" and "ain't so?" It can be comical at times. This book used it somewhat alot but not enough that I quit listening.
Great job!

Somewhat disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-19

First, I don't know what sect of Amish she dealt with, but 80% of Amish do not live in conditions like this. I should know. I would say for the sake of "dramatics" she exaggerated a little. I'm not bashing her, I'm just extremely confused. Swartzentruber Amish live mega conservative with very few conveniences, but allowing an Englisher to deliver many of their babies is a near "absolutely not."

Other than that, I thought it would be more than a story about the midwife's life. The extreme detail was exhausting. I could see the story being called "A Midwife's Life Story". Believe me, my faith runs very deep, a mentioning how the Amish view faith is more relevant. Add in a little of the woman's faith and you have a nice, Christian-based story. But every prayer the woman has told since she was 6 years old and every other word being about the Lord is way too much.

I feel using "Amish" in the title was also a marketing ploy. Many people are mesmerized by the Amish & hope to learn more about them. This tells very brief stories of the Amish and discussed very little about who they (really) are. It almost spoke down about them, which was sad hearing about my own people.

And I agree with the review on the Kindle version. She makes some bad choices in her life and has extreme prejudice against the medical profession. Home births are beautiful and natural. But babies and mothers do die. She can be encouraging to a mother that she can do it, but also not express in the back of her mind how horrible trained licensed professionals are.

I think if the book was marketed correctly as the life story of a practical midwife it would be fantastic. But making it sound like the point of the story was an accurate depiction of the Amish people and their adorable little babies, is extremely misleading. I skipped ahead so much that I had 5 chapters left out of 30+. Hoping for my credit back.

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Outstanding story & characters!! Winner!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I have been so distracted lately that I started this over at least 3 times. I just couldn't get into it like the others. Finally I tried it again and I'm SO happy I did. I lovvved this story. I can see SO many additions coming to this series. I love how any romance is extremely light. There's a million love stories out there. For people who love mysteries, the last thing we want is ANOTHER heavy romance story. I've come across so many fantastic mystery series completely ruined because they were ridiculously heavy on love at first sight. I FINALLY come across an amazing series, great mysteries and very light on the lovey dovey mess LOL Thank you! You've done what noone else has done. The perfect mystery series!!

Fantastic story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I really loved the story. The romance angle was odd to put it lightly. More like an obsessive stalker on one side and a "strong" woman who falls deeply in love in the matter of maybe a week on the other. If there has to be romance, I wish it was more believable. The narrator should probably be coached on the pronounciation of common, simple foreign language words. Otherwise she did very well! I'm still not sure why the Amish in stories are made to sound like visitors from a foreign country. Especially Amish in Lancaster do not have such extreme accents. They are also not as naive as portrayed in this story. They are people like anyone else. I do love the story though and the characters were lovable!

Inspired by real life, little originality

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The Constructive Criticism: Sad to see the ever-constipated Tomasetti didn't relocate to Canada or something. I got into this series looking for Amish mysteries & find myself ear raped more & more each book. But I'm determined to follow a series through. Hint: You can now skip the romance section of the book between Kate & Tomasetti & not miss a single thing. A wonderful mystery skips the heavy romance. There's books for that. He has way too many personality issues & the "tough cop" Kate blindly falls victim.

Real Life Amish Wisdom from someone who knows: The book uses 3, maybe 4 Pennsylvania Dutch phrases at least 30 times during the story. With a translation each time. By the end of the story you hear 3-4 phrases that are extremely rarely used that no longer required to have a translation. Like Tomasetti's repetitive name & constipated voice, it's overdone.

Sad to say most of the series has a great story line. However, this was unmistakably the Sam Mullet case straight from the newspaper. Interesting that the Bishop in the story is named "Shrock" which is also the same as Mullet's family. It was disappointing. With the twists here & there the author could have made this an amazing story. But it was a condensed version of Mullet & the stereotypical Bergholz Ohio story.

I hope if future Kate Burkholder books are written (which I do hope for) please ship Tomasetti off to Europe or something without Kate. He's pulling her character down. Otherwise, wonderful characters. I just don't care for the continually depressed character that makes everyone elses life miserable with a constipated voice that you can't take seriously during all the unnecessary romance & sex scenes.

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(Spoilers) I love the series but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

some things just aren't working. Too much repetition. We understand she used to be Amish. "Tomasetti" is used approximately 400 times in the book. Call him "John". Give him a laxative. I'm sorry he sounds severely constipated. The police chief gains magical powers whenever it's mentioned she used to be Amish & knows Pa Dutch. The facts about being Amish & leaving are a little off. She left before she was baptized. She is not subject to severe lifetime punishment as portrayed in the series. Yes, some families are disappointed when their child doesn't join up. But they are not shunned for life. Now Kate's magical powers are out of the way (& a continual reminder that she used to be Amish and was raped. Now she is hated by the entire Amish community BUT is called upon to save all of law enforcement when the Amish are involved with every crime imaginable for a small town.)

Like with Kate, we are continually reminded that John lost his wife & kids in a horrible way. We get that he has every issue imaginable. PTSD worse than any combat veteran. This guy hates everyone & wants to blow off heads. I nearly quit at one point because the overreacting was elementary. Getting out of hand. I do like the voice performances. Except his. The sexual interaction between the two while people are graphically being murdered all around them is also absurd. Especially when the man sounds like he hasn't been able to use the bathroom in weeks. Romance not needed.

Once you get past the repetition, Amish superpowers, John's bowel problems, and the police chief & him acting like horny teenagers you have an incredible, amazing story! I stayed up for 3 hours one night listening non-stop! Sometimes her storylines are very predictable & boring. But for the most part, she's got it! A real talent. That's why I've nearly purchased the whole series. Keep it coming!

Do better research on the Amish, narrator please don't make them sound like robots (they carry a faint accent, but aren't cavemen & women), no need to reintroduce the same character in each & every book (I literally jump around & never miss a thing from a previous book), relax about her being ex-Amish (in real life she wouldn't be massively shunned for life by the whole community for leaving before baptism), in an Amish heavy area of the state there are TONS of Amish & English who know Pa Dutch. Send John to California & let's be done w him. Fix all that & the series is GENIUS!!!

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