Last winter I read Leah’s Choice by Marta Perry. The story is still stuck in my head and I’m determined to read the other books in that series. In the meantime, I was searching through the Free Book-list for my new Kindle and discovered another Marta Perry story. How could I refuse that great deal?
The result is Hide In Plain Sight. This is Book 1 in The Three Sisters Inn series. All three stories are set in the Unger family mansion in Pennsylvania Amish country. Grandmother Unger is alone in the mansion and having a hard time financially. Granddaughter Rachel has the idea to turn the mansion into a bed and breakfast. The other two sisters, one at a time, join in to help.
My Synopsis: Hide In Plain Sight features the oldest sister, Andrea, and Cal, the man who is renting the barn for his hand-made furniture business. Andrea has a corporate job in the big city but is called home when her sister Rachel is injured in a hit-and-run accident. Rachel and Grams were within weeks of opening the Inn when the accident occurred. Grams is not physically able to get it all going on her own.
While Rachel is recuperating in the hospital Andrea takes a look at what needs to be done and sets to it. Within days of her arrival there are numerous acts of vandalism that tell Andrea and Cal that someone is trying to sabotage the opening of The Three Sisters Inn.
My Evaluation: Overall, I liked the story. The plot was simple and the story moved quickly. I liked the characters of Andrea and Cal although I would have liked to know more about Cal. I didn’t learn a lot about Grams but I’m assuming there will be more in the next two books.
As far as the mystery of the vandalism, the author gave me enough reasons and suspects. I’m happy to say that, in the end, I picked the right guilty person and why they did it.
Although minor, this is a story of faith. It’s not preachy or overdone at all. It’s just a natural part of the story. This is Amish country but, except for the housekeeper and her family, the characters are not Amish. I liked this book enough to consider it a teaser for Book 2 and 3. I’ve already downloaded those two to my Kindle. (Not free, but only $3.96 each.)
About The Author: Beth Fish Reads featured Marta Perry in a recent guest post. It was a super post in which she tipped her hat to William Penn and the value of living in Pennsylvania. In that guest post Ms. Perry offered a brochure of her Favorite Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes. It just came yesterday and I’m already planning a special meal.
Marta Perry is a very prolific writer and has a huge list of books to her credit. There’s a new suspense series I’d like to try and an older series that looks very good. For more about Marta Perry, visit her website.
I’ve seen Marta Perry’s books at WalMart, Target, the library and, of course, Amazon. If you are interested in the free download of Hide In Plain Sight, it is here.
Hide In Plain Sight (The Three Sisters Inn, Book 1) by Marta Perry / Steeple Hill, 2007 / My Rating: B+