Where do you turn when it seems the whole world wants you dead? Who do you turn to for help when you can’t trust anyone in your circle? In Covert Amish Christmas, Mary Alford explores this very topic.
My Review of Covert Amish Christmas
Covert Amish Christmas was a hit-’em-up action movie in book form. The action didn’t let up, but when I stopped to think, there were several things that didn’t make sense. As for me, the head henchman was glaringly obvious and I couldn’t understand how this seasoned CIA agent couldn’t see what was so obvious to me.
I also didn’t realize how much running one can do with a bullet in the leg…
The Characters in Covert Amish Christmas
The character development was not very deep as so much of the book was focused on the action, still, you got a sense that Aaron was an honorable man who was willing to risk a lot to protect the woman he felt needed his help.
There were a couple of references through the story about the “things he had done that were against the Amish beliefs” or what he would do that was against those beliefs to help someone he had just met. This seemed a bit implausible and made me wonder if he was really as honorable as he appeared.
Victoria struggled with the things she had done which went against Amish beliefs and wanted to be part of a simpler life but knew that would not happen as long as she was fighting for her life.
She seemed like a determined character who would not let anything so simple as a wound or exhaustion get in the way of her doing what she could to get justice for her dead partner. And she fought like a lion to protect the people who were trying to help her.
There were a number of secondary characters who all had one thing in common: they were all willing to help. I liked how the Amish were willing to help a woman they had never met, but I shuddered at the danger these innocent people had been put in (good job Ms. Alford 👏👏).
The Themes in Covert Amish Christmas
There was a theme running through the story that though we may fear our sins are unforgivable, God is willing to forgive us if we come to Him with a repentant heart.
Victoria had to learn this lesson. Though she had spent her early years living in an Amish community, circumstances caused her to grow up among the Englishers and her life turned out different as a result. For much of the book, she struggled with feelings of unworthiness and believed her sins were too great to reconcile her to God and the community she loved.
But God kept pursuing her and drawing her to Himself until she realized that her sins were not enough to separate her from the love of God.
Covert Amish Christmas is a thrilling read that will require you to suspend belief a bit (but what good novel doesn’t?) It will definitely grab your attention and hold it.
I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publishers through Just Read Tours; a positive review was not required. Purchase Covert Amish Christmas:
About Covert Amish Christmas
Fleeing to Amish country
might be the only way to survive Christmas…
Hiding in Amish country, former CIA agent Victoria Kauffman’s determined to find evidence to catch the corrupt agents who killed her partner. But when her Christmas refuge is discovered, the sole person she can trust is Amish widower Aaron Shetler. With ruthless—and dangerously powerful—enemies after them, Victoria must use all her training to make sure they live through the holidays.
About Mary Alford
USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the unexpected. Combining unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots that result in novels the reader doesn’t want to put down.
Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly bestselling list, and have finaled in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence in mystery, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.
As a writer, Mary is an avid reader. She loves to cook, can’t face the day without coffee, and her three granddaughters are the apple of her eye. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two cats and one dog.
Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryalfordauthor. Or any of the social media platforms listed at www.maryalford.net.
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