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Genres: Inspirational Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on October 16, 2018
I am a softy for books set in the Amish community. When paired with a murder mystery and a lady detective who left the Amish faith and a former sweetheart only to be ordered back for an undercover assignment, I was doubly eager to give this one a go.
But, something was off from the beginning. I thought it was just a mood so I returned my earbuds to my ears and kept going. I stopped and started several times and was content to pick up other books and other audios before coming back to it. It is nothing for me to breeze through a few hours a day with an audio book, but I’m only about four hours in two weeks later.
The story begins with an abused Amish woman defending her very life against a husband trying to choke her to death. She accidentally kills him in self-defense. Then the story picks up years later when she is an experienced police detective in a covert crimes unit. Her work is her life. Her captain calls her in and against her vehement ‘no’ tells her that her job is on the line. Departmental cuts and she’s low man so she has to prove herself. Not only that, she is under a Shunning and must first repent to get reinstated in the community and pretend she wants to get back with her high school crush to stay close and guard him since he might have witnessed a murder.
And, right there, I felt it went wrong. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around this must subterfuge especially since the man, Isaac, is well aware of the danger and it is his choice not to involve the police let alone a special unit after he woke up from his attack. This isn’t a guy who saw something to bring down the mob or a drug empire, but a single murder in rural Maine. I’m not trying to sound callus about a murder, but bringing in covert ops to do witness protection and nose around for a murderer just seemed over the top. What do I know? Maybe this is normal stuff for a special covert police unit.
And, then there was the part about faking all that she was going to have to fake- a religious repentance, returning to her faith and the lifestyle where she would be lying to her family and entering a courtship all to have one more win on her record and an extra week in the Bahamas for her vacation? Just in the time I was listening, she kept bouncing back and forth between believing her thing in the past and the present with Isaac was infatuation to knowing it is love all the while she’s lying big time. It didn’t set well with me that he was completely honest about love and everything else, but she wasn’t- I know it was under orders some of it, but, hey, it wasn’t working in the romance part for me.
I never could warm up to this story and I constantly felt the disconnect. The narrator was good and did both Liv and Issac’s narration turns well. I think I might have given up sooner without Callie Beaulieu’s narration work. I was just under half-way and thought about pushing on through, but why. I wasn’t into it. It happens to all of us. So, if it sounds like just the thing and you want to give it a go, why not.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.