Upon a Winter's Night

Upon a Winter's Night

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by Karen Harper

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Return to Home Valley with book four in Karen Harper’s fan-favorite romantic suspense series

Though she is deeply loved by her parents, the fact that Lydia Brand is adopted has always made her feel different—an outsider. But as Christmas approaches and she begins to search for answers about her biological parents, more

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Return to Home Valley with book four in Karen Harper’s fan-favorite romantic suspense series

Though she is deeply loved by her parents, the fact that Lydia Brand is adopted has always made her feel different—an outsider. But as Christmas approaches and she begins to search for answers about her biological parents, more questions surface.

Soon it seems that the deaths of two women in her small town may not be coincidences, after all. And her pursuit of the truth has left her only with hints of a dark secret—and threats from an unseen adversary.

While she does her best to stave off advances from her parents' preferred suitor, Lydia discovers that her heart truly belongs to the man who's been there all along: her friend Josh Yoder. It's only with his help that Lydia can ensure that the stillness of a winter's night means peace…and not danger.

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Karen Harper is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of romantic suspense. A former Ohio State University English instructor, she now writes full time. Harper is the winner of The Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel, DARK ANGEL. She also writes historical novels set in Tudor England.  Please visit or write her at her website at  www.KarenHarperAuthor.com

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Upon A Winter's Night 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Karen Harper fans will love her latest mystery/romance novel entitled Upon a Winter's Night. Lydia Brand is an Amish woman who has always known about her adoption following the untimely deaths of her biological parents. But now, as a woman, Lydia longs to know her roots. Not wanting to upset her parents, Lydia solicits the assistance of Josh, a neighbor who own animals. Lydia is attracted to Josh as she tends to his animals but she is being pushed to marry Gid, a steady man who works in her father's furniture shop. When Josh's female friend begins to assist Lydia in her search to find her birth parents, she is found dead in Josh's barn and he becomes a suspect. Another woman meets an untimely death and that brings in local law enforcement as well as the press. The small town of Homestead threatens to become chaotic as Christmas is near and the town is swarming with strangers, all who want some part of the Amish people who have always appeared elusive to the English. Upon a Winter's Night is one of those novels that strikes a chord in readers who harbor the need to find out who they really are. It is a novel for those who are not quite content to have decisions made for them. It is a story for those who long to set things right while respecting the values of those who love and support them. Lydia is a marvelous character. She is tenacious while remaining loyal. She is adventuresome while remaining true to her Amish upbringing. Daad is also a wonderfully-developed character. You just know he hides secrets but how he reveals them is a surprise and a delight! This is not just a story of Christmas; rather, it is a story of the human condition - the good, the bad and the hidden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I don't think that this was Ms. Harper's best book, I did enjoy reading it. I love following the tales of the Amish as she presents them. I admire the Amish for their dedication and faith. Ms. Harper seems to capture the essence of that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some people don't care for Karen Harpers books but she keeps my attention until the end. If you like mystery you will like her books.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is the first Amish mystery I've read by Karen Harper but it definitely won't be the last one.  UPON A WINTER'S NIGHT has just the right combination of mystery, love story, and Amish  traditions.  Reading it right after Thanksgiving was perfect timing too, as this book's time frame is the Christmas season. Lydia has a good life with her parents, but she has always wanted to know about her "birth" parents.  She had asked about them when she was younger, but was promptly put off by her adoptive parents.  She has avoided further hurting her parents by returning to the subject since her Mom has been grieving the loss of her little brother ever since he ran off and drowned in the pond years earlier.  Her Dad had secretly gave her a snow globe that was her "birth" mother's but will tell her nothing further. Her parents are hoping she's decide to allow Gil to court her too.  He works in the Amish made furniture store that her dad owns, but her heart is with Josh.  She works in the store in the daytime, but volunteers her time helping Josh with his variety of animals that he rents out for Nativity scenes during the Christmas season. When a local woman is found dead in Josh's yard, she is clutching a note that finally sends Lydia in search of her "birth" parents.  BUT, someone obviously does not want Lydia to succeed, as threats and fear grip Lydia and those around her.  As the mystery proceeded, I was sure one person than another was the culprit.  I'm pretty good at choosing the culprit early on in mysteries, but in this book, I was kept guessing right up until the end.  The characters were very realistic also, with themes of love and forgiveness evident throughout the story.  Thankfully, Karen Harper has already written a number of Amish books that I can now choose to read !! Definitely recommend this for mystery fans who are not into blood , gore, and flaunting sex!! 
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*pads in looking around the room* "wt..happened?" *she meowed