Charlotte came to Amish country to find answers. What she never expected to find was peace.
Charlotte Dolinsky is not above playing dress-up and telling a few lies to find out what happened to her only brother. In fact, that is exactly what she’s come to Lancaster County to do. Now, calling herself Mary and slipping on a kapp, Charlotte will lie her way into the confidence of anyone who knows why Ethan had to die. Unless she gets found out first.
But when Charlotte befriends a quiet Amish man named Isaac Miller, she begins to rethink her motives. And with a little help from a friend back home, Charlotte might find out that love comes packaged in ways she couldn’t have foreseen.
Isaac’s been caring for his cancer-stricken father and sympathizing with his frustrated mother for three difficult years. And that means he hasn’t been dating. He believes Hannah King is the woman for him, but Hannah is still grieving the loss of her fiance, and Isaac has all he can handle on the farm. When Hannah’s family plays host to a woman named Mary, their new cousin shakes things up for all of them.
As Charlotte digs deeper into the mystery of Ethan’s death, she finds more than she’d bargained for in the community he once called home. But will she ever learn the truth? And what will the community—and her new family—do if they learn the truth about her?
My take on this book:
Her Brother's Keeper by Beth Wiseman is the first book in Ms. Wiseman's newest series Amish Secrets, and judging by this book it's going to be one of her best series yet! Charlotte Dolinsky is an Englisher from Texas who is hurting over the loss of her brother Ethan. You see Ethan went to Pennsylvania to work in construction and then decided to convert to the Amish faith, and was even actually engaged to be married to Hannah King. Why then would he commit suicide? That's what Charlotte wants to know and so she devises a scheme where she disguises herself as a distant Amish cousin of the King family and heads to Pennsylvania to find the answers she is looking for. She is welcomed into the family and even becomes friends with Hannah, but will they continue to be her friend if they find out who she really is? What about her brother's death, what will she learn about his death?
Her Brother's Keeper deals with a few tough subjects such as depression, child abuse and suicide, but does so in such a way that instead of feeling overwhelming and depressing it left me feeling inspired and uplifted as the story unfolded, especially as Charlotte began to find her way. Speaking of Charlotte it was fun to watch her become "Mary" because it was very realistic as well as humorous.I really liked the suspense/mystery of the story and found myself wondering just what happened to Ethan. Her Brother's Keeper drew me in from the beginning pages and made me feel like I had stepped into the life of these characters but that's what I have come to expect when I pick up a book by Beth Wiseman.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.