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  • Series: A Home Valley Amish Novel
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780778312499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778312499
  • ASIN: 0778312496
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Harper is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of romantic suspense and historical novels. A native Ohioan, she and her husband divide their time between Ohio and Florida. Karen is a former high school English teacher and English-and-writing instructor for the Ohio State University. (Go Bucks!) Yes, the Harpers are avid Ohio State football fans, but they have a serious side too. They were on the 10-year committee which revamped the main library on campus. The Ohio State Library houses her author collection in Rare Books and Manuscripts.

The Harpers love to travel, and Karen often uses her favorite places as settings for her novels. She's recently written books set in Tudor England and Amish country Ohio. Her latest bestselling trilogy set in Appalachia is THE COLD CREEK NOVELS. These are SHATTERED SECRETS, FORBIDDEN GROUND and BROKEN BONDS. These bring her published books over 60 in a 30-year writing career.

Karen belongs to several writer's organizations, including International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and The Historical Novel Society. She appreciates hearing from readers on her website at she answers!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Home Valley, Ohio, an arsonist is destroying the barns that belong to the Amish. State Fire and Explosion Investigative Unit arson investigator Nate Mackenzie arrives to determine whether these are hate crimes as occurred in Pennsylvania two years ago. If yes the targets are either the Amish church leaders or artist Sarah Kauffmann, who had painted murals on the barns just before they were burned down.

Sarah and Nate team up as she can assist him in understanding the culture of her people though ironically she feels in many ways like an outsider. However, though each tries to ignore their attraction to the other, working the arson case together keeps them in close proximity as they fall in love. Like trying to solve the fires case is almost as difficult as finding a resolution to a permanent relationship.

The opening Amish Home Valley romantic suspense is an entertaining tale starring a strong lead couple and fully developed secondary characters. Nate and Sarah feel like outsiders but connect at first sight; readers will enjoy her jealous of his VERA. Although the story line decelerates at about the half way point before shifting back into first gear, readers will appreciate this delightful arson investigative romance.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda C on September 1, 2011
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Amish barns are being torched in Home Valley Ohio, is it a hate crime against the Amish? Perhaps it might be that the arsonist is targeting barns where Sarah Kauffman has painted her murals. You see Sarah is an Amish woman who loves to paint, so when the elders of her community decide to allow her to paint quilt squares on Amish barns in the hopes it might draw in tourists, those barns start burning! When Englisher Nate MacKenzie is sent from Columbus to investigate he knows he will have his work cut out for him because of Amish beliefs. Sarah decides to help Nate any way she can and as their friendship develops they realize their feelings go deeper than that! Can Nate and Sarah work together to catch a fire bug without falling in love?

I love the contemporary feel of this Amish novel, but the thing that really drew me in was the fact that the Amish weren't standoffish instead they readily accepted the help of an outsider.Also the Amish don't come off as perfect by any means in this story. Sarah is a young Amish lady who struggles to conform to what her people believe, but her heart longs to paint. She also had a failed relationship with a young man who left the faith, which made her seem much more real to me. Nate is a character that is easy to understand,he struggles with issues from his past, but I felt like those same issues led him on the path of what he would do with his life, which was to become a fire investigator.

There was never a down time with this book, it took me awhile to figure out who the arsonist was. Although I felt the ending was a bit rushed, the conclusion was good, and of course since its part of a trilogy there were a few questions left unanswered which makes me anxious to read the next book in the series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on August 10, 2011
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Amish barns are starting to burn, State of Ohio arson investigator Nate MacKenzie is called to Home Valley. One thing in common is Quilt Art on each of the barns. With permission of the Bishop Sarah Kauffman has been painted quilts on barns, to tempt tourists in the area.
I enjoyed the descriptions of every day life in the Amish Community. Loved the relationship of the family with their Grandmother. You will meet a couple of Sarah's friends that are shunned. You will also find a forbidden relationship blooming between Sarah and Nate. There are also a few other relationships that you will be wondering what is going to happen.
With many twists and turns, the truth will come out as to who and why the barns are burning. Good Summer mystery read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Mira Publishing . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Peterson on August 5, 2012
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I have read a LOT of Amish novels and this one reminds me of an Amish mystery I read that began with the discovery of a dead baby by an Amish family. When one of them said 'we better call the police", instead of "we need to go tell the Bishop", I didn't bother to go any further. I should have done so with this one but I kept hoping it would get better; unfortunately it never did.
This one was equally unbelievable. It read much more like a novel about two non Amish people meeting and falling in love in the course of solving a mystery. The Amish connection just didn't ring true; first and foremost in the lack of mention of the central tenet of Amish life - GOD! There was very little mention of the supreme guiding force of Amish life in this whole story, where it permeates every page of every Amish novel I've ever read. The Amish are defined by their great faith and the way they live that faith, every waking minute of their lives.

Second false note: no young Amish woman would have been allowed, yes allowed, (this is NOT our world, women are expected to and do conform to certain behavioral norms),one of which is not to be alone with an unrelated, unmarried man, to become involved with an English man to the extend Sarah was. As much as the Amish community might want the arsonist caught, in a normal Amish community, Nate would not have gotten the level of cooperation he got in this book. The idea of Amish men guarding their barns with rifles to catch the arsonist is ridiculous. You're talking about a pacifist people who don't even put lightening rods on their buildings or defend themselves againt physical attack. The idea of an Amish man taking up a firearm against another man is beyond ludicrious.
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