A Christmas Mourning:
An Amish Mystery Short Story
Setting – Pennsylvania
Beyond the Page (November 12, 2015)
Print Length: 63 pages
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.
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!
Find out more about Laura Bradford and her alter ego Elizabeth Lynn Casey on her webpage here.
*This book is from my personal library.