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review 2017-09-14 15:07
Assaulted Caramel
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

Author: Amanda Flower

Series:  An Amish Candy Shop Mystery #1

Rating: A solid 4 stars


Book Blurb: Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .


This was a great read.  Bailey is a likable MC who has come to a crossroads in her life. What I liked about this start to a cozy series is usually the series start with the death of a family member or a divorce in the MC's recent past and our journey begins as she tries to pick up the pieces. Here, Flower decided to start her story as the catalyst for change is happening. Unusual, at least in the cozies I have read. It paid off. You know what's coming, but it was a welcome switch to be on the emotional ride that caused the MC to seek drastic change. 


Of course, the risk is that you then become attached to people that the MC has to inevitably say goodbye to. Rarely do cozies get me  as emotional as this one did. But it also meant I was invested, so when Bailey decides hey - I'm gonna upend my life to change, you get it.


The mystery in this book was great. Yes I suspected the murderer at some point, but there was enough red herrings to keep me guessing at least. There was a point towards then end I was thinking WHAT IS GOING ON? which is a good sign when I'm reading a mystery. Also the twists lead to other questions you know will be explored in future books, not all loose ends are tied up.


The minor characters, which are key for me to continue on with series like these, were likable. Aside from Nutmeg the cat, my favorite is questionable as to if they will be a part of future books - we were left on a cliffhanger as to their status. Won't elaborate cuz spoilers. Which guarantees I will be reading the next book when it comes out in February.


Would I recommend it? Without hesitation if you are a fan of cozy mysteries.

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text 2017-09-13 22:07
Reading progress update: I've read 46%.
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

The cat's name in this book is Nutmeg.




You see him on the cover? Isn't he cute? I want a cat named Nutmeg!


About halfway through and this is a solid first-in-a-series so far. No awkward world building slowness. Held my attention from page one. I'm reading it for a Goodreads  challenge and had meh feelings about reading it, but I am pleasantly surprised. 



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review 2017-08-13 04:29
The Runaway Amish Girl - Riley Moreno The Runaway Amish Girl - Riley Moreno

Hannah wants to do more than keep house and do chores around the farm so she runs away.  Jacob picks her up on the highway and tries to persuade her to stay in her community but she will not be swayed so she goes with him to Philadelphia.


I liked Hannah and Jacob.  I liked the protectiveness that he felt for her.  I also liked Hannah's brother Toby and how he watched over her even when he did not agree with her.  I enjoyed the story.

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review 2017-07-26 01:51
The Amish Face the Technological Apocalypse with Grace
When the English Fall: A Novel - David Williams

I'll admit I was trepidatious about being assigned this novel to review at first. Much as the setup is catnip to me -- a fresh take on technological shutdown and societal collapse? Sign me up! -- I have a real thing about how the Amish are sometimes portrayed. They're sort of infantized and fetishized in a lot of contexts, like they're just these adorable weirdos who don't have electricity. Not to get too far into it, but any religious group who practices shunning is on my shit list, and that goes for Scientology as well. But! The Amish are no monolith, like any group, and embrace a number of societal ideals I find admirable, non violence being the main one. Anyway.


David Williams managed to sidestep all of my fears, and spin a compelling tale. His main character, Jacob, is not without faults, but his very active engagement with the rough realities of the technological failure of the English (that's us, to them) is deep and thoughtful. A very good book. 



My latest at B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy

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review 2017-05-31 23:02
Good Story and Characters
Amish Brides - Jennifer Beckstrand,Molly... Amish Brides - Jennifer Beckstrand,Molly Jebber,Amy Lillard

The Reluctant Groom:

Annie encouraged matches , she felt young men she be married before they made nuisances of themselves. Ester told Annie  it wasn’t her responsibility and Annie told her daughter  who else would make the matches  if she didn’t Annie’s husband Telly said “ if t wasn’t for your mamm half of Berduel would still be single”. Then Suvie came to Annie’s house and said she needed help finding a husband. Suvie said she couldn’t cook and that’s why she needed Annie’s help as every man wanted his wife to be able to cook, Suvie had three proposals but she wants to care/love the man not marry someone she cringes at when they are in the same room. Then Suvie said she had fallen in love with their great grandson Aaron Beachy.

Joshua’s Bride:

Madeline was happy whenever she was with Joshua and Joshua had just proposed and Joshua’s brother Nathaniel had fallen in love with Madeline’s sister Catherine but Catherine had left Nathaniel and the Amish without saying a word. So Joshua’s parents had not wanted Joshua to propose as they were afraid Madeline would also leave and break Joshua’s heart. But Joshua went ahead and asked the Bishop to marry them in June. The Bishop agreed after talking to Joshua for a few minutes. Then Catherine came back long enough to drop her daughter off to Madeline without even naming her as she didn’t want to be attached to the baby. Knowing Joshua’s family’s disdain would be even worse now Madeline broke the engagement even though it broke her and Joshua’s heart she now had to raise Ruthie as her father and her had named the baby after Madeline and Catherine’s mother. Mary would die an old maid who still loved Joshua.

A Summer Wedding In Paradise:

Reba was replacing the teacher as she was getting ready to marry;s Reba;s brother. Reba got up late this morning and then and to top it off her brother liked to play tricks on Reba and took the dress she put out to wear outside all night and it had rained all night. And Reba was behind on her laundry so Reba touched up a dress she had wore a couple of days earlier. Then she had to leave to walk to  the school. Then A buggy was approaching quickly and the man had no control of his horse and ran Reba off the road and she fell into a ditch now she was covered in mud and gook and had badly hurt her ankle and Reba could barely walk on it. Reba got to the school and sent her oldest niece to get a dress for her to change into. There was a stranger at the school to do some repairs especially on the roof when it rained as it leaked. Then it turned at the man at the school was the one who ran her off the road. Then it turns out Reba’s ankle was broken and she wasn’t ready to forgive the man Abel  was also do some work for her brother.

I really loved the first two stories and liked the third one a lot but it left you hanging a little on a couple of things.  But the stories were all really good . The plots were good.  I think everyone can pretty much find at the very least one of the stories to ;like a lot. These stories are well written, I loved the characters and the ins and outs of the stories and I recommend.

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