Mira, Jun 2004, 5.99, 400 pp.
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 opposites 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).
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner