It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.
Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.
This was an interesting story with a mix of light romance, a bit of mystery, and a touch of Amish life. It may seem like a strange blend, but Amanda Flower makes it work. This is far more than you average English-meets-Amish story.
The story moves along at a very nice pace, and I enjoyed this unique twist on Amish fiction. By the end of the book I found that I really liked the main characters, but it took awhile to get to that point.
The plot was not predictable and the mystery very slowly unfolds, keeping the reader interested until the very end.
I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read the previous two books first. It took awhile to feel like I understood all of the characters and the complexities of their relationships, but many of these things were developed in the previous books. Those reading this as a stand-alone are at a disadvantage in this regard.
Overall, I liked the book but I would recommend reading "A Plain Death" and "A Plain Scandal" first.
I must mention that I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Handlebar Marketing in exchange for an honest review.