Secrets of Harmony Grove

Christian - Romance - General
368 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2010
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Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Readers' Favorite

Sienna Collins just landed the biggest account of her advertising career. She is on cloud nine when she walks into her office. But there on the door is a note to go to her bosses office immediately on her return. Sienna notices that those people at their decks do not even look at her when she passes by. Her bosses tell her that she is suspended without pay because she is being investigated by the government. When she tries to question them more they tell her that they have nothing else to say. Sienna heads to her parents for some morale support but when she gets there her mother had a bad day after her treatment for MS. So she just lets her parents think that she has come for a visit and nothing more. While she is there she gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Troy. He keeps asking her about a fishing tree. Then he starts to slur his words but tells her that it's her B & B manager's fault that she is being investigated.

Sienna decides to head to Lancaster county Pennsylvania to the Bed and Breakfast she owns. She inherited the house and land along with her father and brother but over time she bought both of their shares out and turned the house into a B & B. When she arrives she finds Troy dead by the swimming pool and her manager Floyd unconscious. Sienna calls the police and then gets involved in the investigation with the help of the lead detective. They think the clue to the case will be in the grove of trees her grandfather planted and dedicated to his first wife. Troy had been looking for the diamonds that family lore told her grandfather hid there. Suspicion is on her cousin Jonah because of the emu's that he raises, then they find chemicals used to poison Troy in her Uncle Emory's shed. Through it all Sienna deals with ghosts from her past and she tries to learn what happened to Troy and what she was unwittingly involved in.

I found this book rather hard to get into. It seemed to be a little wordy in parts but overall is a very good story. Liked the glimpse into the Amish way of life and how they related to their English cousin. The characters were enjoyable and well rounded. I liked the book but it took me longer to read than most.