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Shunning Sarah: A Novel

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    Keeps your attention to the last page. Riley Spartz is a TV rep

    Keeps your attention to the last page. Riley Spartz is a TV reporter
    who has survived a mass shooting at her station. In addition to the
    killings of several coworkers, the incident was the death of her
    engagement to the government agent who killed the shooter. A new
    station manager has come on board and is pretty much a young bean
    counter with an eye to the ladies. His brilliant new idea is that the
    reporters will carry their own cameras and shoot their stories
    themselves. Riley has become involved in the story of a young boy who
    fell down a sink hole and discovered a dead body. The body turns out to
    be a young Amish girl who left the religion and was shunned by her
    family and community. In addition to the unsolved murder, Riley gets
    mixed up in a local sheriff’s election, with the family of Sarah, the
    murdered girl and with Ike the owner of a store that specializes in
    Amish handcrafts. Nick Garnett, her onetime fiancé reappears but Riley
    is not sure how she feels about him any longer. As she gets deeper into
    the back story of the murder, Riley uncovers disturbing information
    about Sarah’s life that could have consequences for her surviving family
    members. I have read all of the books in this series and enjoyed them
    all. Riley is an interesting character. She is not a glamorous TV
    persona, rather a day to day slogger in a small market trying to
    survive. She is a widow and has not has the best luck in her romantic
    adventures. Her age is a factor in her continued employment in a media
    that celebrates youth. In other words, she is realistic and believable
    and someone you want to read about. This book continues the series and
    keeps the reader hooked to the last page and wanting more when it is
    done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

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    A real page turner

    Riley Spartz is an investigative reporter in Minneapolis who knows a good news story, even when her new boss Bryce doesn't. When she gets a tip about a ten year old boy who has fallen into a sink hole in Harmony Minnesota, a rural area that is in the middle of an Amish community, she convinces her boss that it is a newsworthy story. By the time she arrives on the scene though the little boy Josh Kueppers has already been rescued.Undaunted Riley decides to interview the sheriff on the scene, and soon learns that there is another story. A dead body was down in the sinkhole with Josh, a body that might be hard to identify because it is missing its face. Riley is determined to see the case solved, even if it puts her own life in jeopardy. I am a huge fan of Amish fiction and when there is mystery and suspense involved I know I am in for a great read. With "Shunning Sarah" the author spins a story that pulled me in from the beginning. A little boy trapped, I wondered how or if he would be saved, but then the real story begins after he is rescued. A woman's body at the bottom of the sinkhole who turns out to be an 18 year old Amish girl named Sarah Yoder. What happened to Sarah? Well that question kept me turning the pages to find out. As a fan of Amish fiction I admit I was most fascinated by the Amish portion of the story, but there was also an interesting secondary story going on as well that involved the drama of TV news. Ms. Kramer is truly knows how to paint a picture with her words, she brings her scenes, and characters to life, without being overly graphic in her descriptions. Even though this book wasn't the first in the Riley Spartz series I had no problems diving right in. The author provided enough background information so that I didn't feel lost. While Riley was the main character in the story, for me I couldn't get Sarah out of my head, as her story is finally revealed my heart broke for her. Fans of mystery, suspense,and a plot filled with more twists than a winding country road will certainly want to read this one, the Amish twist is an added bonus. On a scale of one to five I would easily give this book a six, and plan on going back and reading the rest of the series! Highly recommended. A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Excellant Book

    Great thriller occuring in the Amish community...several twists and turns

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    Posted October 17, 2012

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