I enjoyed reading When Secrets Strike. The story has a nice mix of Amish and English characters in it, has an interesting love story flowing throughout, and a good amount suspense laced with danger.
I must admit that I did figure out who the “bad guys” were before the ending and even had an idea as to why, but that did not take away my enjoyment of the story. However, I think my favorite parts of this book revolved around the potential love story between Sarah and Aaron. It is one of those unrequited love premises. Aaron married another woman years earlier and is now a widow. Where it goes from there is thoroughly entertaining.
When I requested this book from NetGalley, I believed it would be an inspirational fiction title and realized when I was almost through the entire book that it was not. I would classify this book as “clean” fiction, with the exception of one curse word, just one, that is uttered by a villain toward the end of the book. Other than the one curse word that was present in the galley copy from NetGalley, I really enjoyed this story.
This book is the second in a series and I have not read the first. This did not hinder my enjoyment of When Secrets Strike. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Amish quilter Sarah Bitler’s dreams no longer feature a husband and family. Instead, she searches for success in the quilt shop within Blackburn House, a place once tarnished with deadly secrets. She refuses to let the past influence her future…until an ominous fire forces them to collide.
Firefighter Aaron King was the first to touch Sarah’s heart—and the first to break it. Now a widower and father of two small girls, his return to Sarah’s life brings her buried feelings to the surface. As a string of horrific incidents tears apart their community, an arsonist’s wrath threatens to destroy them all. With Aaron as the only suspect, Sarah must follow her instincts to find the truth. But to protect an innocent man, she might risk her heart to Aaron again…and risk her life to an unknown killer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marta Perry realized she wanted to be a writer at age eight, when she read her first Nancy Drew novel. Most girls reached the end of that book wanting to be Nancy. Marta wanted to be the person who created the story.
The dream lay hidden for years while she pursued other career goals, but eventually it re-surfaced, and she began to write, beginning with short children’s stories for Sunday school take-home papers. After seeing hundreds of her short stories published in a variety of magazines, Marta finally started work on the novel she’d always wanted to write. Fifty-some published novels later, she still feels the same excitement when she begins a new book.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta to the books she writes now about the Amish. The Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books are longer, more complex emotional stories with Amish main characters, while the Amish Suspense series from HQN Books are more adventure-filled books set in Pennsylvania Amish country. She also continues to write for Love Inspired Books.
Marta lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in the Pennsylvania countryside, but spends winters at their vacation home in South Carolina. When she’s not writing, she’s active in the life of her church and enjoys traveling and spending time with her three children and six beautiful grandchildren.