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Editorial Reviews


"Secrets of Harmony Grove is not your standard fare Amish story. It was exciting, interesting, educational and just plain excellent story telling."
T. Volkmann

"This is a mystery with unexpected depth, much more than a quick afternoon read."
Lorena McCourtney, author of Your Chariot Awaits

"Clark serves up another winner as the Amish community meets the modern world with surprising results. Clark's writings are realistic and intriguing. She is one of the rare authors who create a female main character that a man enjoys reading; characters that are real people of faith living in real situations."
Professor Dave Trouten, Division Chair, General Education, Bethany Bible College, Canada

"In Secrets of Harmony Grove, popular author Mindy Starns Clark takes readers on an exciting adventure in the peaceful Amish setting of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Sienna Collins, absentee owner of the Harmony Grove Bed and Breakfast, finds herself caught in a web of mystery and danger when she discovers her former boyfriend murdered and the inn's manager unconscious. Struggling to clear herself and learn the truth, Sienna must call on all her strength and faith just to survive. Highly recommended!"
Marta Perry, author of Murder in Plain Sight

"We have just finished reading Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark. It was a good read, hard to put down because of the surprising plot. We especially enjoyed the inside look at the Amish faith. The Christian values expressed in the plot were much appreciated."
Ed and Barbara VanderHey

"Well-researched, brilliant suspense writing. Mindy's best by far."
Donn Taylor, author of Rhapsody in Red and The Lazarus File

About the Author

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 800,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. www.mindystarnsclark.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736926259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736926256
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
After losing her marketing executive job due to some sort of US Attorney General investigation of her, Sienna Collins considers moving onto the property she inherited from her late grandfather in Harmony Grove, Pennsylvania. Based on the advice of her then boyfriend Troy Griffin, Sienna and her dad converted the place into a successful Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast though she has not been there in a couple of years.

Still in Boston, Sienna tries to figure out what just happened to her when Troy calls. Sienna heads to the B&B only to find Troy dead and already in legal trouble, she is only suspect. As she investigates, she finds ties to the Holocaust and increased suspicion by the cops that she is dangerous while someone watches her every move.

The key to this strong suspense thriller is a romantic subplot remains mostly in the background supporting the prime theme of a woman in trouble. The story line is fast-paced from the moment that Sienna is suspended from her job and never slows down as she and the readers try to figure out what is going on in this complicated mystery. Although the climax seems too simple for such a complex plot, fans will relish learning the Secrets of Harmony Cove.

Harriet Klausner
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Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark

Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark was the March group read for the Fans of Amish Fiction group on GoodReads. (A group which excitingly now has over 100 members!!)

I finished it in the first couple days of the month, but I held off posting my review so that I wouldn't ruin anything about the book for our other group members who hadn't gotten through it yet.

Let me start off by saying I *REALLY* liked Secrets of Harmony Grove.

Secrets of Harmony Grove follows the story of Sienna Collins who is working a high profile job as a marketing executive. However, she gets called into the office by her bosses as she returns from a business trip to the news that she is going to be going on unpaid leave due to the federal investigation which has began looking into some crime she may have committed. Her bosses refuse to give her any more details, and Sienna is left to pack up her office and has one week to clear or name or risk being fired.

Sienna, obviously upset, goes to see her parents, but does not want to burden her family with the news due to her mother being very ill with M.S. As she is at her parents trying to figure out what has happened to her, she gets a strange phone call from her ex-boyfriend, who is out at the inn she owns in Harmony Grove, Pennsylvania. He is confused, asking her strange questions about a "fishing tree" and seems to be falling terribly ill during the conversation.

Totally baffled, Sienna cannot get a hold of her ex after he hangs up on her, and so she decides to drive out to Harmony Grove to figure out what is going on at her inn. When she arrives, she finds his dead body in the yard along with the manager of the inn.
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Sienna Collins returns to her advertising job after winning a big contract in New York. Expecting praise for the win, she is suddenly placed on leave because she's being investigated by Federal agents. Sienna has no idea why.

Her former boy friend, Troy Griffin helped her buy a Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster County, PA and hire a manager. The manager regularly sends Sienna payments. She soon discovers that no guests visit the B & B. So where is the money coming from?

In addition to this problem, Sienna becomes a suspect in Troy's murder, discovers family secrets and wonders if missing diamonds really exist.

As is so intriguing with Mindy Starns Clark novels, complications set in regularly and increasing dangers. The story also involves Amish people as viewed by Sienna, who was raised in that culture but left it. Will she return to her roots?

Clark keeps readers up for hours of the night if they start reading at bedtime.
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Readers familiar with Mindy Starns Clark know that she is an incredible writer that can weave an intricate story together in a phenomenal way. Her plots are always complex and her characters believable. It is also very difficult to put down one of her novels because the action is always non-stop.

That said, Secrets of Harmony Grove was a rather complicated story. The plot, while interesting from the word "go," had way too many twists and turns. It was a mystery within a mystery, with a few other mysteries served on the side. With all of the subplots, it was not a surprising experience to find several lagging portions in the book.

Knowing that Clark has written another Amish/mystery story, it was a given that the two books were easy to compare against each other. While neither book was overtly Amish, each book featured parts of the Amish lifestyle that are not commonly mentioned in strictly Amish novels. For example, this novel dealt with mental illness and Amish ancestry, while her other novel explained the intricacies of DNA research and diseases among the Amish.

Readers who enjoy lighthearted stories may wish to bypass this particular novel. Clark is a very talented mystery author, but this novel, in particular, had a few scenes that were darker than her usual fare. It will be interesting to see how she has used this novel, as well as her previous Amish/mystery novel, as she branches out with co-writing Amish novels.

3.5 Stars
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