Thursday, August 25, 2022

Amish Jane Doe by Shelley Shepard Gray the

Amish Jane Doe

Book Summary

He left her without a word…

Now he needs her help to catch a killer

Escaping his Amish community as a teen was about survival, but leaving meant breaking LizBeth Troyer’s heart. Now Detective Jackson Lapp is working a cold case—and the clue to a murdered Amish girl’s identity leads him back to his hometown. Can Jackson and LizBeth rebuild their broken trust and work together to catch a killer before another young Amish woman is murdered?

My Thoughts

I found myself quickly drawn into Amish Jane Doe by Shelley Shepard Gray.  Jackson Lapp left the Amish community as a teenager when he could no longer tolerate his father’s behavior.  He left behind his sister and his close friend, LizBeth Troyer.  Twelve years later, Detective Jackson Lapp returns to solve a cold case.  Jackson reconnects with LizBeth who may be able to help him identify the victim in his cold case.  The attraction they felt as teens is still there.  Jackson gets a chance to speak with his younger sister, Marie.  Marie is a teenager who is upset that her brother left her behind to deal with their strict father.  She wishes to escape, and Marie has found someone who can help her.  Can Jackson and LizBeth work together to find the culprit before another Amish girl is lost?  Amish Jane Doe is a quick read.  I was able to finish it in a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.  I like the author’s engaging writing style.  I thought the characters were realistic.  I enjoyed visiting Berlin, Ohio which is Jackson’s hometown.  It is a suspenseful story with an intriguing mystery. There were twists and turns along the way.  I had a good time solving the mystery.   I like the blend of Amish and English.   The ending was sweet (made me smile).   Amish Jane Doe is a story about facing the past, forgiveness, healing, family, love, and a cold case.  Amish Jane Doe is a gripping tale with a curious cold case, a troubled teen, an erstwhile friend, a recognizable clue, a determined detective, and an unidentified foe.

Amish Jane Doe is available from Amazon*.  Shelley Shepard Gray has Happily Ever After coming out on October 25.  It is the debut of The Amish of Apple Creek.  Christmas at the Amish Market publishes November 8.  On January 3, 2023, the author has Her Heart's Desire coming out.  It is the beginning of A Season in Pinecraft series.   I cannot wait to read each one of them (I like preordering the books so they will show up on my kindle on the release date).  You can find all of Shelley Shepard Gray's books here.  I will be sharing my thoughts on The Amish Matchmaking Dilemma by Patricia Johns tomorrow.  It is the debut of the Amish Country Matches series.  Thank you for dropping by today.  I hope that you have a spirited day.  Take care, stay cool (it is still in the low 90s in my area), and Happy Reading!


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