A Christmas Mourning: An Amish Mystery Short Story

A Christmas Mourning: An Amish Mystery Short Story

by Laura Bradford

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A Christmas Mourning: An Amish Mystery Short Story by Laura Bradford

Claire Weatherly has come to respect how the Amish of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, value tradition. But not all traditions are necessarily quaint. When a decades-old mystery threatens the well-being of local police detective Jakob Fisher, she'll pit herself against a community rooted in the past so that he can get on with his future.

When Claire decides to visit the one-room schoolhouse Jakob attended as a young Amish boy, she's puzzled by his refusal to go along too. As Jakob tells his story, Claire is stunned and saddened by the heartbreaking tale of a childhood mistake that led to the mysterious disappearance of a precious family artifact--and signaled the first break between Jakob and his mother, made all the more painful now that he's been shunned by the family and community he loves.

Knowing there's only one way to help heal the irreparable wound that continues to haunt Jakob, Claire sets off to follow the trail of the missing heirloom, never suspecting that it will lead her to Jakob's oldest friend, a long-ago Christmas secret, and an enduring truth about family, love, and the power of forgiveness.

Praise for the National Bestselling Amish Mysteries

"The best cozy mystery debut I've read this year." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben

"Delightful . . . Well-portrayed characters and authentic Amish lore make this a memorable read." --Publishers Weekly

"A fascinating cozy that showcases the culture of the people." --Gumshoe Review

"Bradford's characters are some of the best developed, most interesting ones I've come across in a cozy mystery." --Lesa's Book Critiques

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156685615
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2015
Series: Laura Bradford's Amish Mystery Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 37,334
File size: 842 KB

About the Author

Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). Portrait of a Sister, her new women’s fiction novel, will be available in June. Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with multiple sclerosis. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.

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A Christmas Mourning: An Amish Mystery Short Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters the storyline and how easy it was to follow the plot it kept me guessing all the way to the end I will look forward to reading more of her books
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this may be a short story but it does not disappoint! i love mysteries that test your imagination. this story does. a lost article that belonged to jakob's mother has gone missing for a long time and jakob still feels the hurt he caused his mother. can it be found after 25 years? kept me guessing and it will you too. loved the story!!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
This is a very heart warming Christmas short story. Years ago Jakob had lost an item of his mother's and Claire has decided to try and find out what happened to put his mind at ease. Ms. Bradford has a way of writing that places you right there with the characters, totally enjoyable read. I will definitely continue with this series.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts A perfect story for the season even though it takes place in the summer. Scratching your head, well let me explain. We all have Christmas traditions but way back when a young Jakob Fisher was in school something happened that changed one of his family’s Christmas traditions. All these years later Claire is trying to heal that hole that was created. I like this brief little visit to Heavenly. Claire’s love for Jakob just glows. She hates that he is shunned by his family and will do anything to bring them closer. A heartwarming story that will stick with you. The story may be a short one but my emotions were all over the place. We only have to wait 2 months for out next visit as A Churn for the Worse releases March 1. I can’t wait!
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
The Amish Mystery series by author Laura Bradford has been one of my very favorite series since I started reading cozies. This wonderful short story is a perfect addition. A CHRISTMAS MOURNING, is a beautiful, heartwarming story. A light mystery dealing with the character Jacob. But we also get to see all our favorite characters from this fantastic series. Laura Bradford’s writing draws you into her stories and makes you feel a part of them. Every description transports you to the place she speaks of. You are in Heavenly, Pennsylvania. You hear the sounds, smell the smells, see the sights. You live the story as you read it. Only an author of Ms. Bradford’s caliber can truly bring a story to life. A CHRISTMAS MOURNING is a must read for every reader of this series. If you haven’t read the Amish Mystery series, please, start them as soon as you can. They are truly magnificent. I’ve been looking forward to reading book 5 in this series, A CHURN FOR THE WORSE for some time now. After reading A CHRISTMAS MOURNING, I’m even more excited!