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..".her deft juxtaposition of the cast of creepy characters and a small-town setting oozing Brady Bunch wholesomeness makes for a haunting read." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Karen Harper is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of romantic suspense. A former Ohio State University English instructor, she now writes full time. Harper is the winner of The Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel, DARK ANGEL. She also writes historical novels set in Tudor England.  Please visit or write her at her website at  www.KarenHarperAuthor.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Maplecreek Amish
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Reprint edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778329364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778329367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,412 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 www.KarenHarperAuthor.com--and she answers!

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Judith C. Oswood on August 31, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I usually don't read "romantic mysteries" because they can be too much sweetness and not enough suspense. This book had plenty of suspense, which made me keep reading into the wee hours of the morning. I especially enjoyed reading about the Amish, as I have had several opportunities to visit places around the country where they live. I really enjoyed Kat Lindley, and I hope we find out more about her future life in the Amish community. If you liked this book, also read PLAIN TRUTH by Jodi Picoult. This is a mystery set in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 26, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Someone is attacking the vulnerable especially the young of the Amish community of Maplecreek. The people prefer to handle the problem without outside help, but the assaults are turning uglier and increasingly dangerous. Widower Luke Brand knows his community must turn to professional police for help.
Former urban police officer Kat Lindley almost died in her last major action and the memory still haunts her because the kid she tried to help died. Still, she agrees to go undercover as Katie of the Amish betrothed to Luke of Maplecreek to find the culprit threatening the children. As she works closely with Luke, they fall in love, but both know a devout Amish person and an outsider could never forge a relationship that is if they even survive the deadly menace that threatens a peaceful town.
This is an exciting romantic suspense that will in many ways remind readers of the Ford-McGillis movie Witness. The story line combines a dangerous foe willing to kill vs the romantic backdrop of two people from opposite cultures falling in love. Though the suspense is terse, it seems minor when compared to the relationship between the wonderful lead couple (at least it is not police corruption).
Harriet Klausner
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on June 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kat felt it her duty as a policewoman and as a person to investigate, obliquely, when she suspected a little boy was being abused. That cost her when the father shot her, making her shooting hand ineffectual.
Months later, rehabilitation behind her, Kat starts a new life near Amish country. Someone is out to get these peaceful folk; pranks are becoming dangerous. Investigating will require Kat to become Katie, an Amish girl from another community there as betrothed to Luke, a handsome widower. As she delves into the community, a new world is opened to her. She also begins to feel things she never expected to for a man who is not part of her world. Things become dangerous, both for her heart and life.
**** For a book set in a peaceful farm village, Dark Harvest has lots of excitement. In this cultural clash a sweet and thrilling romance is the result. ****(...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Milesi on May 25, 2013
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"Dark Harvest", as well as its sequel "Dark Angel" are interesting attempts to stage a mystery within the Ohio Amish community, and to examine the interaction between the Amish and their non-Amish neighbours. While there is a strong stand against prejudice and hate crimes in "Dark Harvest", and some worthwhile information about genetic disorders in "Dark Angel", I found that the romantic-sexual side of both stories put me off them completely.

I'm sorry, but the overt sexuality displayed between the hero, a strongly traditional Amish widower, and the heroine, an 'English' ex-cop, was just not credible. In fact, such behaviour is downright contrary to Amish mores on all levels, and is in my opinion very disrespectful to them. The same applies to "Dark Angel".

I understand that the writer here wanted to mix suspense with her idea of torrid romance, but I would expect much more sensitivity to the moral values of the Amish and much less sensationalist pandering to 'English' tastes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was a delight to read. I know a little about the Amish people but not a whole lot. This book was actually educational. I didn't know if I would like it because it seemed far fetched that there would be romance between an English woman and an Amish man, but it just goes to show that you can't help who you fall for. There were lots of characters who could have done it and the mystery was hard to figure out. It seemed like some of the events were pretty random and thrown in there for confusion but all in all well done without being over the top. The romance was sweet, and I really liked the kids. I am not a "kids" kind of person so it was refreshing when I actually cared about what happened to them. All in all, definitely one I would recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie McKinzie on July 18, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Set in Amish country, the little town of Maplecreek is having all too many hate crimes and no one can seem to solve anything until..... an outsider comes in, disguised as Amish and uses her cop experience to the fullest.

It seems the Bishops are prime targets as are the children. It is very suspenseful and intriguing to watch this story unfold and with it a sweet, sweet love story as well.

I happened to read book three first, and this is book two, but they can be read alone or in series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LuvsLabs09 on March 22, 2009
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I have read two or three undercover Amish cop stories, including "Witness". There is nothing original in the concept here. The story drags on and on. There is so much unnecessary detail I felt the book would never end. Some of the things that happen just aren't believable. The book is described as a suspense. It is not very suspenseful at all. I really didn't care who was caught, I just wanted it to end!!!

Don't bother!
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