Fall from Pride
By Karen Harper
(Mira, Paperback, 9780778312499, 352pp.)
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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Against the peaceful night sky, a barn burns
Sarah Kauffman sought permission from her church elders to paint murals on a few of the Amish community's barns. Each was designed like an oldfashioned quilt square, representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved. The works of art were intended to draw more tourists to the Home Valley in the struggling economy. But instead, they invited a menace. One by one, each barn is set ablaze and destroyed
The arson fires spread fear through the community amongst Amish and Englischers alike. Now Sarah wonders if she's being punished for her pridefulness or whether there's a more malevolent will at work.
As an outsider, arson investigator Nate MacKenzie struggles to investigate the crime scenes while adhering to Amish ways. With Sarah as his guide, he warms to the Plain People and their simple ways. As the fires rage, beliefs are challenged, a way of life is questioned and family secrets are exposed. In the aftermath of the destruction the people of the Home Valley must join together to raise their barns and their hopes for the future.
"...Harper, a master of suspense, keeps readers guessing about crime and love until the very end, while detailed descriptions of the Amish community and the Ohio countryside add to the enjoyment of this thrilling tale, the first in the Home Valley Amish Trilogy." - Booklist on FALL FROM PRIDE (starred review)
"Harper's Home Valley trilogy continues with a strong installment that deals with one woman's struggle between wanting to make it in the outside world and staying with what she has always known. The author's likable, engaging characters and a strong plot lend additional strength to her ever-amazing descriptions of Amish life." - RT Book Reviews on RETURN TO GRACE
"Danger and romance find their way into Ohio Amish country in a lively and endearing first installment of the Amish Home Valley series by Harper (Dark Angel)...Readers will likely enjoy a trip into the heart of Ohio's famed religious community and may be tempted to find out what lies ahead for this unlikely crime-solving couple." - Publishers Weekly on FALL FROM PRIDE
"Haunting suspense, tender romance and an evocative look at the complexities of Amish life-DARK ANGEL is simply riveting!"-Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
"A compelling story...intricate and fascinating details of Amish life."-Tami Hoag, New York Times bestselling author, on DARK ROAD HOME
"There is plenty of intrigue, romance, and a whole range of emotions to keep the reader turning the pages. Ms. Harper brings the Amish people and their ways to life, and her vivid descriptions and characterizations make DARK ROAD HOME an excellent read." -Rendezvous
"Harper's description of Lisa and Mitch fighting the river and braving the elements are so realistic the reader can almost feel the icy winds. A tale guaranteed to bring shivers to the spine, DOWN RIVER will delight Harper's current fans and earn her many more."-Booklist (starred review)
"A strong plot, a pair of well-written characters and a genuinely spooky atmosphere add up to yet another sterling effort from Harper. Fast-paced and absorbing, this one will keep readers turning pages far into the night."-RT BookReviews on DEEP DOWN
"Well-researched and rich in detail...with its tantalizing buildup and well-developed characters, this offering is certain to earn Harper high marks."-Publishers Weekly on DARK ANGEL
"The story is rich and the tension steadily escalates to a pulse-pounding climax."-Publishers Weekly on THE HIDING PLACE