What do you do when the husband you thought was dead shows up on your doorstep? How do you react when you meet a stranger who turns out to be the wife you have no memory of? Deadly Amish Reunion by Dana R. Lynn is the story of Luke and Hannah, a couple who has to navigate these two hard things while struggling to stay alive.
My Review of Deadly Amish Reunion
When Luke sees a news report that a man has escaped from prison, he knew he meant trouble for someone. The trouble is, he’s not really sure who this person is since he’d lost his memory five years earlier.
When Luke shows up on Jennie’s doorstep, she gets the shock of her life–the husband she thought had died five years earlier is very much alive and has no clue who she is.
The Characters in Deadly Amish Reunion
Luke was a strong, male lead. Even before he knew who Jennie was, he was determined to do what he could to save her from a danger he knew was coming.
At the same time, he stuck firmly by his beliefs and did his best to uphold his Amish principles while he tried to protect his family. I respected his willingness to put himself between his family and danger even when it meant great peril to himself.
Jennie was a strong character. She had been through a hellish upbringing but somehow managed to live her life without being bitter or brittle. She had issues trusting people but it was easy to see why. But when it came down to the test, she accepted when she needed to depend on others instead of trying to do everything herself.
Some of the tension in the novel was because Luke was Amish and Jennie was not. In fact, for much of the novel, she seemed like someone who had lost their faith in God and had no desire to worship or serve Him. But the beautiful thing about God is that He doesn’t need us to love Him before He lavishes His love on us. Jennie soon found that to be true.
The Themes in Deadly Amish Reunion
This book reminded me that God is looking over the affairs of men. When we are hurt or betrayed, it’s easy for us to blame God and turn our backs on Him. Thankfully, He continues to pursue us with an everlasting love. He does not give up on us even when we give up on Him and when we ask Him to help (and even sometimes when we don’t) He shows up and keeps showing up.
There was a faint theme of sacrifice and what one would be willing to give up for love. Each of the characters wrestled with this question and eventually made their own sacrifices for what they believed to be the greater good.
Final Thoughts on Deadly Amish Reunion
I love how this story played out. The author made it so that Luke had impressions about Jennie and his former life even as he struggled to regain his memory. Ms. Lynn did a great job showing Jennie’s unwillingness to trust others, as well as, the very valid reasons she has for her mistrust.
The action started early in the story and kept up to the end. Jennie and Luke were forced to depend on each other and Jennie found herself turning to the God who she had always believed had abandoned her. She came to realize that God had always been there for her even in the hard situations she had to live through.
Deadly Amish Reunion is a great story that reminds you that as horrible as people can sometimes be to each other, there are still people out there who are willing to help those in need. We are also reminded that God is with us in every moment of our lives.
I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publishers through Just Read Tours; a positive review was not required. Purchase your copy of Deadly Amish Reunion.
About Deadly Amish Reunion
Separated by amnesia…
reunited by a lethal holiday threat.
Jennie Beiler’s husband was supposed to be dead, so she’s shocked when he rescues her from an attacker. Although Luke has no memories of his Englisch wife, it’s up to him to protect her from someone who won’t stop until she’s dead. Can the peaceful Amish community he returned to after losing his memory shelter them and their son this Christmas when danger strikes again?
About Dana R. Lynn
Dana grew up in Illinois but now resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, and enough animals to start her own petting zoo. She is a teacher for the Deaf and hard of hearing during the day, and an author of romantic suspense by night.
Her friends know to beware…anything they say may someday show up in a story. Crafting stories all her life, she is often seen jotting down ideas wherever inspiration strikes. You can contact Dana at www.facebook.com/WriterDanaLynn or www.danarlynn.com.
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