Debby Giusti is a medical technologist who loves working with test tubes and petri dishes almost as much as she loves to write. Growing up as an Army Brat, Debby met and married her husbandthen a Captain in the Armyat Fort Knox, Kentucky. Together they traveled the world, raised three wonderful Army Brats of their own and have now settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where Debby spins tales of suspense that touch the heart and soul.
Amish Refugeby Debby Giusti
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
Miriam Miller barely escapes the ruthless attacker that killed her mother and kidnapped her sister. Running deeper into the woods, she's running out of hope until she falls into the arms of an unlikely bodyguarda peaceful Amish farmer. Something about Abram Zook inspires her trust, but even in bucolic Willkommen, Georgia, Miriam
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
Miriam Miller barely escapes the ruthless attacker that killed her mother and kidnapped her sister. Running deeper into the woods, she's running out of hope until she falls into the arms of an unlikely bodyguarda peaceful Amish farmer. Something about Abram Zook inspires her trust, but even in bucolic Willkommen, Georgia, Miriam faces danger. Both from the men pursuing her and from her growing feelings for the caringthough guardedwidower who protects her. Because if she falls for Abram she'll have to embrace his Amish faith as her ownor lose him. With each minute, her abductor creeps closer, pushing Miriam to an inevitable choice: stay and risk her heart or leave and risk her life.
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This book begins with you stomach in your throat and continues that way through the book. A mother and her adult daughters traveling through Northern Georgia and what seems like a routine traffic stop, changes their lives forever. Somehow Miriam Miller escapes her captors, and thus finds a beacon of hope when she ends up at an Amish home. Loved how her arrival at the Zook home does seem to change their lives also. What I didn’t like about the story was there wasn’t any closure as far as her Miriam’s sister Sarah. Where is she and the missing Amish girl that was mentioned, will these questions be answered in the future books? The story is a quick read, but danger seems to lurk around every corner and quickly becomes a compelling page-turner. I received this book through Net Galley and Harlequin Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
One of the scariest, most intense starts to a story I have read in a while, that had my heart rate up. The tension level stays elevated, the fear is tangible and concrete in the tale all the way to the end. I have not read many Amish stories, and the culture and religion fascinated my mind. I enjoyed the tidbits of the information shared, as well as the strong faith Abram had in God, his belief on God's guidance in his life. Abram Zook is a great complex hero. His past mistakes are weighing heavily on his mind and the battles to do the right thing, to forgive himself, to swallow his pride, to accept his growing feelings towards Miriam Miller were his constant companions. He is protective, kind-hearted man, who wants to follow the old traditions, to honor his family, and keep his faith. Miriam Miller had barely escaped a great danger. She had witnessed the murder of her mother, her sisters are missing, and even before the danger they got in, her whole life seemed to be in trouble and upheaval. Miriam had good intentions, she didn't want to put anyone else in danger while not sure who to trust. But she didn't take any advice and made grave mistakes, putting people around her in even more trouble. Her stubbornness not to hear anyone else, not to think things through before acting was frustrating, say the least. I liked the story, both the suspense and the romance side of it had fascinating elements and events. The growing feelings between Miriam and Abram develop fast but are believable and satisfying. I wish there would have been a bit more about the investigation, that the crimes committed would have come to more of a conclusion. I understand this is part of the series, and there isn't a cliffhanger per se, yet I was left wondering about what, why, how, who - just many unwrapped or unexplained elements in the crimes and investigation. So I am conflicted with this story because I really enjoyed it, the characters were intriguing and their faith in God was unwavering. The danger and fear in the air were toe-curling and crimes committed were savage. But all the questions left open in my mind at the end is what took the score down, as well as the stubborn and foolish actions of Miriam when facing dangerous situations. ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Amish Refuge starts out with a chilling bang when a young woman barely escapes a ruthless attack from a nefarious villain she calls Serpent—but somewhere along the way the suspense fizzled out for me. Englisher, Miriam Miller, is rescued by Amish farmer, Abram Zook, when she runs into the woods to hide from her vicious kidnapper. Forced to hide out on Abram's farm with his sister, Emma, Miriam begins to fall for the protective widower. However, there appears to be insurmountable odds standing in her way of love...the fact that Abram can't seem to get over his late wife and Miriam is not Amish. There were a few things in this novel that didn't line up for me as far as the Amish are concerned. Abram prays aloud which I don't think the Amish do, and he never went to church services...not once, nor had fellowship with the Bishop or other church members. However, that didn't ruin the sweet story of forgiveness, love, and forbidden romance between two people from different walks of life with a whole lot of baggage. As I mentioned earlier, the suspense died down for me as the kidnapper continually speeds down the roads in his black sedan and that got repetitious. Not everything was tied up with a nice little bow at the conclusion, and I anxiously await the next book in the series to see how everything turns out for...well, you'll see. :)