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Martha Hostettler lives in an Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio, where she hopes to make a living breeding dogs. But for the last two years, someone has been viciously attacking her family and destroying their property, and no one seems to know who could be doing it. In addition, Martha’s sister’s husband was killed in a buggy accident when an unknown person intentionally ran them off the road. When her mother has a breakdown after yet another incident, Martha decides to investigate the crimes herself.
Amishman Luke Friesen now works for John Peterson after Martha’s dad, Roman, fired him. He is attracted to the youngest Hostettler daughter but has kept his distance since the Hostettler family suspects him of being their attacker. After speaking to Martha and realizing she doesn’t agree with her family in their suspicion of him, Luke secretly teams up with Martha to try to identify the real perpetrator of the attacks. As they work together on solving the case, their feelings toward each other grow even deeper. Can Martha and Luke figure out who is out to harm her family—and why? Or will Martha’s father discover their liaison, and forbid them from seeing each other again?
A SISTER’S HOPE is the third book in the Sisters of Holmes County series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. While I had not read the first two novels in this series, it was quite easy to pick up with Martha’s story without any confusion as to what was going on. Older sisters Grace and Ruth were featured in A SISTER’S SECRET and A SISTER’S TEST, respectively, and now it is Martha’s turn in A SISTER’S HOPE. Martha’s courage in investigating the crimes against her family and her determination to find the culprit is commendable. Her belief in Luke’s innocence when everyone else thought he was guilty was uplifting in the wake of so many personal tragedies in Martha’s life. Love, faith, suspense, and family make A SISTER’S HOPE an enjoyable read about the Amish and their way of life.
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