•°o•:*:•. OY! I loved this book .•:*:• o°•
OY! I loved this book, is how I promised Jen Turano I would start my review (if, of course, I DID love it), because she had commented that nothing good ever starts with “OY!” after a not-so-nice comment was posted on an unrelated review. And, I am happy to turn that around because I certainly did enjoy this modern mystery romance, filled with faith, animals, some Amish ways, and true-to-Jen comedy stylings.
I don’t usually read modern fiction, but if Jen is writing it, I am reading it! This mystery about modern pop-star Margo Hartman had me guessing the entire time, particularly since the mystery goes back more than 20 years. Margo has bolted from her high-pressure life, via a quick dye job and a vintage mini-cooper to simply get away and see where the open road takes her. However, her adventure is cut short, when an unexpected guest joins her, and causes her to seek help in a nearby town primarily home to Amish and Mennonite families. I won’t give the guest away, but she’s a favorite! Seems Margo’s adventure may be only just beginning.
Deputy Brock Moore has been tirelessly following up on a case that he has a personal connection to, when, a stranger shows up in town. Determined to figure her out, he sticks close and ultimately realizes she may need his protection. He’s a really good man, who is too hard on himself, and a natural servant.
I really enjoyed how the various cultures blended in this story; simple country folk, crazy stage mom and Hollywood types, a “slightly famous” (-smile) pop-star, Amish and Mennonite people. Mrs. Hershberger is extremely clever and has a good heart, who helps the story in many ways.
Ch. 5 was a “holy cr*p!! moment that caught me completely off guard. Won’t spoil it for you, but when that happens, well, that’s good writing. Ch. 19 had a big reveal that brought me to tears. OY! My heart! There are times when you just want to slap those ultra-rich, have-no-clue characters. And then there are tender moments:
It is my great privilege to be included in Jen Turano’s Influencer List and I received this copy for no compensation. My opinion is strictly my own, and I highly recommend this five-star book.
Oh, and as a side note, I have to say Bravo! To Gilead Pub. for their excellent packaging of the book, in cardboard so it did not get damaged (like those blasted golden, padded envelopes that never quite survive shipping). I thank you for the book & the packaging!
SERIES: Finding Home
Until next time;
hugs and a cup of tea,