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Sometimes the truth comes at a cost. Can she forgive him when she learns his true identity? Posing as an Amish groundskeeper at Rose Allgyer’s lakeside cabin retreat, Englischer Caleb Miller is determined to clear his brother’s name of theft. But as he’s drawn to Rose’s good nature, the burden of his ruse gets heavier—especially after learning Rose was deceived by her ex-fiancé. Still guarded, will Rose trust Caleb with her heart when she discovers he isn’t who he claims to be?
Carrie Lighte enjoys traveling to Amish communities across the United States and she hopes to visit a few in Canada soon, too. When she isn’t writing, reading or researching, she likes to hike, kayak and spend time at the beach.
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing, Netgalley, and Love Inspired for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
I would first like to say that I am not an expert in Amish religion, nor have I ever claimed to be, so any references to Amish religion in this novel, I am hoping that the author did her due diligence and research in ensuring that it is portrayed accurately and respectfully.
Now, I also personally don’t agree with our main character posing as an Amish groundskeeper even if it is for an honorable reason, but that’s beside the point in this case. it is enough that Caleb is able to maintain his disguise in this Amish community while he tries to find some evidence to prove that his brother did not commit theft like he was initially blamed for. He is serving as a groundskeeper on the property of our other main character Rose’s lakeside cabin retreat, so of course there is going to be a lot of interaction between them.
Caleb and Rose start to develop some sort of relationship between them, from a working relationship to something along the lines of friends, maybe the potential of something more. Although, with the fact that Caleb is lying to Rose and Rose has confided in him that she was deceived by her ex-husband, he is feeling a sense of guilt. Which of course makes sense, and that may bring some tension between their working relationship that they already built.
Even though Rose has not completely put her trust in Caleb – and rightfully so – the two plots that take place in this novel (the mystery of finding out whether or not Caleb’s brother really did commit the theft and the relationship between Caleb and Rose) seem to work out in a delightful way. I know that religious fiction isn’t usually a genre that I normally read, and luckily I have been pretty lucky with Harlequin sending me novels that haven’t felt uncomfortable for me to read, and this is one of those that falls in this category.