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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Book Review: A Christmas Mourning by Laura Bradford

Claire Weatherly has come to respect how the Amish of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, value tradition. But not all traditions are necessarily quaint. When a decades-old mystery threatens the well-being of local police detective Jakob Fisher, she’ll pit herself against a community rooted in the past so that he can get on with his future.
When Claire decides to visit the one-room schoolhouse Jakob attended as a young Amish boy, she’s puzzled by his refusal to go along too. As Jakob tells his story, Claire is stunned and saddened by the heartbreaking tale of a childhood mistake that led to the mysterious disappearance of a precious family artifact—and signaled the first break between Jakob and his mother, made all the more painful now that he’s been shunned by the family and community he loves.
Knowing there’s only one way to help heal the irreparable wound that continues to haunt Jakob, Claire sets off to follow the trail of the missing heirloom, never suspecting that it will lead her to Jakob’s oldest friend, a long-ago Christmas secret, and an enduring truth about family, love, and the power of forgiveness.
I've really enjoyed the first four books in this series. You can check my review for Suspendered Sentence here. Laura Bradford writes intelligent cozy mysteries about the complexities of life within the Amish community, for both the Amish and Englischers. I was thrilled to discover that she has also written a small Christmas story in this series, A Christmas Mourning.

This story features an event that happened when Detective Jakob Fisher was young, back when he was Amish. I found the story very interesting, as it lets readers take a look at the lives of Amish children and the Amish Christmas traditions.

I'd recommend this story (and the whole series!) to anyone that is interested in Amish mysteries, and also those that are looking for a great whodunnit. These stories hit the mark every single time!

Title Information:
A Christmas Mourning by Laura Bradford
Book #4.5 in the Amish Mysteries
Published by Berkley/Penguin Random House

Books in the series:

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1 comment:

  1. I know it's short, but still a great deal for 99 cents!