- Title: Fall from Pride
- Author: Karen Harper
- ISBN: 9780778312499
- Page: 295
- Format: Paperback
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 old fashioned quilt square, representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved The works of art were intended to draw tourists to the Home Valley in the struggling economy But instead, they invited a menace One by one, eacSarah Kauffman sought permission from her church elders to paint murals on a few of the Amish community s barns Each was designed like an old fashioned quilt square, representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved The works of art were intended to draw 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 pridefulnessor whether there s a 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.
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Amish barns are being torched in Home Valley Ohio, is it a hate crime against the Amish? Perhaps it might be that the arsonist is targeting barns where Sarah Kauffman has painted her murals. You see Sarah is an Amish woman who loves to paint, so when the elders of her community decide to allow her to paint quilt squares on Amish barns in the hopes it might draw in tourists, those barns start burning! When Englisher Nate MacKenzie is sent from Columbus to investigate he knows he will have his wor [...]
This was a good mixture of Romance and Mystery. Sarah is a young Amish woman who loves to paint. Her bishop allows her to do it from the standpoint it might bring in tourists. Sarah sees it as an acceptable way to do what she loves without appearing prideful. The barns she has painted symbols on are burning and this causes an outsider to be brought in to investigate the crimes. Sarah now faces her feelings for a man who is not Amish. This is another no-no. I loved the way the author didn’t try [...]
Wanted to like it, but was pretty convinced early on I wasn't going to. Growing up in Holmes County makes me more aware of the Amish culture, and I knew there was no way to have a satisfying ending. But I had to keep reading, because I generally like Karen Harper's works.
Amish barns are starting to burn, State of Ohio arson investigator Nate MacKenzie is called to Home Valley. One thing in common is Quilt Art on each of the barns. With permission of the Bishop Sarah Kauffman has been painted quilts on barns, to tempt tourists in the area.I enjoyed the descriptions of every day life in the Amish Community. Loved the relationship of the family with their Grandmother. You will meet a couple of Sarah's friends that are shunned. You will also find a forbidden relatio [...]
It took me forever to read this book. Partly it is because I just don't have time and partly because the book moved slowly. I think the rating is generous because I thought it was quaint. I wanted to say that it was cute but I think quaint fits the bill accurately. As a spiritual person who is a believer in God I would recommend it to the Christians out there and it had enough suspense to make and keep it interesting. It's about Sarah, a young Amish woman who struggles to hide her artistic talen [...]
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to future installments in this new Amish-Fiction trilogy by Karen Harper. I don't usually pick up a work of Amish Fiction (not enough spice--ya know;-) But this novel intrigued me when I saw it received a starred review in Booklist. After researching the novel further and learning it was filled with suspense, mystery and a sexy Englische Auslander arson investigator, I was sold! This novel was very well written and its plot engagin [...]
MehI enjoy books written from the amish perspective, but this is a poor attempt at trying to capture that. I found Nate to be believable, but found Sarah's "oh poor me I want to paint, to be truuuuuue to myself" such a teenage whine.It's a light, relatively entertaining romantic mystery. It's not an Amish romance nor an Amish mystery, but it us an ok way to while away a couple of hours of travel time, but I wouldn't pack it for my "nothing but poolside reading" holiday.
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 old-fashioned 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 [...]
Against the peaceful night sky, a barn burnsSarah Kauffman sought permission from her church elders to paint murals on a few barns in her Amish community. Each were designed like an old-fashioned quilt square - representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved. The works of art were intended to draw more tourists to Home Valley in the struggling economy. But instead, they invited the menaceOne by one, each barn is set ablaze & destroyed. And soon, the arson fires spread fear through t [...]
The story in this book was quite captivating. I loved the romance that was tied unto the story because it allows the reader to fall in love while still pondering the mystery. I figured out the who-done-it long before I was halfway through the book but I enjoyed seeing how it panned out. Overall, an enjoyable read.
Fall From Pride by Karen HarperI graciously received a review copy of this book from NetGalley. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.Fall From Pride by Karen Harper is set in Home Valley in a small Amish town. Sarah Kauffman has received permission from the elders to paint quilt squares on the sides of barns in Home Valley in order to help boost the tourist trade. But not all the Amish are on board with her paintings as they are considered by some to be "just f [...]
Reviewed by Heather. 3.5 stars on Fic-TalkIn Fall from Pride by Karen Harper, a young Amish girl named Sarah Kauffman is an artist. With the approval of the elders in her community, she begins to paint Amish quilting squares on the sides of some of the barns in the area. The elders hoped that the paintings would bring in more tourists to the area, but all it really did was cause chaos.One by one an arsonist begins to burn down the barns with Sarah’s work on them. Englishman Nate Mackenzie come [...]
Het verhaal zelf zit goed in elkaar, de personages komen redelijk uit de verf en het is weer eens iets anders om over de Amish te lezen. We lezen over hun gebruiken, gewoontes, cultuur, geloof en ook de struggles van bepaalde personen met dit alles en hoe zij hiermee omgaan. Dit maakte het verhaal erg interessant.De schrijfstijl was minder interessant. Door de vergelijking met de boeken van Linda Castillo (zie cover) had ik een super spannend en hier en daar misschien zelfs gruwelijke thriller v [...]
De Amish-trilogie - Sinds de ene schuur na de andere in vlammen opgaat, heerst angst en terreur in de anders zo vredige Amishgemeenschap in Home Valley. Rechercheur Nate MacKenzie, die de branden onderzoekt, ontdekt een patroon. Letterlijk zelfs, want op elke afgebrande schuur prijkt een geschilderd quiltpatroon van de jonge Sarah Kauffmann. Toeval? Veel van de geloofsgenoten van Sarah, die toch al een buitenbeentje is, zien haar kunstenaarschap als hoogmoed - een hoofdzonde die niet ongestraft [...]
Arson brings Nate MacKenzie to Amish country where he meets Sarah Kauffman who paints murals on barns. Stangely only the barns with her paintings on them are singled out by the arsonist. As Nate struggles without much success to find the culprit, he and Sarah draw closer and closer. The Amish do not believe in self pride, in making or keeping anything of beauty. Everything must have a use but Sarah has itchy hands that long to draw and paint, not just quilt patterns but people as well. Then ther [...]
The first book in this series was fantastic. In this book, an arsonist is burning down barns in The Home Valley, Ohio, Amish country. Sarah Kauffman is the one who spots the first fire. Nate MacKenzie is called in to investigate the barn arson and knowing nothing about the Amish, he has a lot to learn.Sarah Kauffman paints quilt squares on the barns in The Home Valley. Secretly she yearns to paint scenes of the Plain People, but it is forbidden. When it becomes suspect that the barns being targe [...]
Despite a beautiful setting in rural Ohio amid quiet, peace-loving Amish, Karen Harper's book has suspense, mystery, and a little romance. I liked becoming more familiar with Amish ways and seeing them just as people. Harper does a good job of relating the Amish community to the "outsiders" who live in the area. One outsider, arson investigator Nate MacKenzie, investigates barn burnings with respect for the Amish ways. Sarah, who seems to be the target of the arson because of her quilt paintings [...]
This book presented an in depth view of Amish beliefs and lifestyle along with the story line of the mystery of discovering the arsonist behind the burn barning. It also showed the struggle a young Amish woman faced in her desire to expand her painting beyond the restriction of the Amish prohibitions. However, I felt it was incomplete in its portrayal of her character in that it only touched upon her past. There is also a huge gap in the character portrayal of the other primary character, Nate. [...]
More a 3.5 - 3.75 rating, so I raised it to 4.No need to summarize here, since has many summaries and ratings already posted. Along with some other reviewers, I did not figure out who the culprit burning Ohio Amish barns was. Neither did I think the author wrote enough about Sarah having a serious internal struggle, nor was there enough dialogue between the two main characters, one an outsider (the fire investigator) and the other an Amish young woman (with yearnings to be a painter), to bring [...]
A great mystery which kept me turning the pages late into the night. This is one of the few Amish mysteries I have read and will look for others in the future. The book starts with the burning of barns, not just any barn but the one which has a painted quilt square and no one can figure out why this is happening. An outsider coming to investigate these fires (Nate MacKenzie) in trying to find the culprit with upsetting any of the Amish culture was interesting. Sarah the painter has to deal with [...]
This was a very good mystery. Every barn in the area with a painted quilt square are one by one being burned to the ground. Sarah worked so hard on them and her only wish is to paint more than bird houses and quilt squares on barns. In her Amish community it is frowned upon. Then a dashing fire inspector comes into her life. There was one point I got scared only because of one scene. It was leaning more onto a Non Christian romance and I refuse to let that type of books in my house. If my kids c [...]
An interesting story form a couple of angles for me. Our Heroine Sarah Kauffman is an Amish artist (now there's an oxymoron!) Being an artist myself I could sympathise with her need to create to paint and sketch. As the story developes a series of barn fires make for a suspenseful read. Nate MacKenzie, an arson investigator, an Englisher (an outsider)comes to investigate and trys to seperate the Barns, from Sarah's artwork painted on them. Having grown up Bretheren (think Mennonite in regular cl [...]
Karen Harper's book Fall from pride was the first Amish book I have read. When I first opened up this book I wasn't sure if I would like the Amish styled writing,the further I kept reading into the book I was absolutely entranced with the ways of the Amish and the beauty of the landscape it made me feel like I was in the Amish community at that moment. I loved the main characters and Karen harper made me keep guessing at times I thought I pieced together who was behind the fires then I realised [...]
This book is in the "romantic suspense" genre, and although I thought the romance stuff was just too obvious and predictable, the suspense who-done-it was top notch. Kept me guessing until the very end. This is about an Amish community in Ohio, and gave what seemed like a very good insight into the Amish religion, culture and beliefs. I was particularly taken with the Amish tolerance of rebellious teenage years called "Running Around Time", a very practical response to a prickly problem. The end [...]
A really interesting and intriguing read. The arson angle was very cleverly done. Lots of suspects but I didn't zero in on the real culprit until close to the end. I was very proud of myself, let me tell you. :-) Harper does a good job of balancing the positives and negatives (according to Englischers) of the Amish culture and I found myself somewhat unsettled by some of Sarah's choices along the way. If you are looking for solid suspense paired with an emotionally impossible romance, grab a cop [...]
The Audible version of Fall from Pride by Karen Harper was a good listen. I always enjoy an Amish mystery, and Fall From Pride was no exception. In fact, the characters and mystery seemed more real than in other Amish mysteries that I’ve read. I imagine that the inclusion of some modern ways and attitudes might be more reflective of Amish life in 2015, although I don’t know if that’s true or not. In any event, Karen Harper wrote an engaging mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely a g [...]
I read most of Karen Harper's books, but somehow I missed her previous mysteries centering around the Amish. I've read a couple of other mysteries set near Amish communities, that seemed more realistic than this one. Her version of the Amish seemed a bit more modern. If I had to guess, I'd say this version is more accurate, but not as interesting as those with a bit more isolation and tradition. It took me a long while to get into this book, and I almost stopped reading it. In the end, it did be [...]
I thought this book was good, but not great. It is very similiar to me to Marta Perry's Amish romance/mystery series, but I do prefer Perry to Harper. I thought this was a bit too heavy on the romance dance and that the writing was a bit weaker than Perry's. If I had two books by these authors in front of me, I would def. choose Perry first.
I enjoyed this book very much. In fact, I listened to it on audio and did extra cardio on my treadmill in order to finish it! I loved following Sara's journey and really felt for her. It was also very interesting trying to figure out the mystery of the arson, and the author kept us guessing (even though I was right!). I would recommend this to my friends, and I can't wait to revisit Sara in the next Home Valley Amish book, which I have already downloaded.
I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could. I liked the who dun it part of the book. Kinda thought the arsonist was someone else and was surprised when it wasn't. Without giving too much away I was a little saddened by the ending. The reason I didn't give the book a 4 or 5 star rating was that in my opinion the book dragged a little and was repetitious at times. Other than that I thought the book was good. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
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