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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (12 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595545646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595545640
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,351,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

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:Loved this book & the Amish way of life depicted very well & the tension built throughout the story .
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By Kathryn Price on 8 Jan. 2010
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I loved this book from opening it to closing at the last page. I found it to be very good reading.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Page-turning Suspense at Its Best 3 Jun. 2008
By Cara Putman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In Anathema, Colleen brings her fiction to Indiana for the first time, this time in the heart of Parke County and a close-knit Amish community. This book is richly layered with conflict. But it's not all external conflict related to finding the killer and staying alive.

Hannah is so conflicted about the Amish faith she abandoned and the problems that she created for herself when she left. She has a hard time separating those she controlled from the ones she didn't ask for...and is left paralyzed. She's also running scared from her abusive husband, but he's found the one tool that could drag her back to him. Matt hides a secret from Hannah that can only destroy the relationship they may have. But he doesn't see that he has a choice. He's also torn between duty and the past.

Add in a host of supporting characters, and the texture and twists of the plot form a tangled weave that pulled me through the pages and chapters. I have to admit, I did not fully guess the killer. I was close -- only the person I thought was the killer was the accomplice.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An Amish Story Like No Other 29 Sept. 2008
By Nora A. Stlaurent - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely not your typical Amish Story. I didn't think I would make it though the first chapter. The decisions that Hannah Schwartz had made when she was younger, made things turn from bad to worse for her. Hannah soon discovers that it's better to look before you leap into a big decision like marriage. Things are definitely not what they seemed to be at first.

She is thrown into a world so unlike her own, it's disturbing at best. She thought she knew what she was doing. She had entered a nightmare she never dreamed possible. God would understand her wanting out. She had tried her best to get out for many years. She was trapped and just can't live like this anymore. She gets a chance to escape this nightmare and she takes it.

After Hannah escapes she discovers that life could be so freeing, so full of hope. With a successful book completed and another one in the works, Hannah seems to have it all. But in order to complete her book, she has to go home - that's where this second book is leading her. "Home" -- a word that brought to mind dread of her past but yet a desire to belong again, all at the same time. She knew that she could never go home and be accepted; too much has happened in her life. She left after she was baptized into the faith, so she knew what she was doing when she walked away from the church and the Amish way of life.

She is home in the Amish community for such a short time and a murder occurs. She goes to the police and says "We are Amish. We abhor violence. If you look through your files, I doubt you'll find a single case of one of us breaking the law. No one is our community kills.." This can't be happening again she thinks after saying this to the officer. She thought the worst was behind her, and now she is back and trouble is starting again!!

The theme of forgiveness runs through this book for Hannah and the other people in her village. Hannah and the others soon discover, in a huge way, that forgiveness truly sets you free. When you forgive someone, you are not bound to that person anymore; the pain is drained from your heart, mind and emotions, and you can truly begin to live life free of the pain that bound you.

This story was full of mystery, suspense, murder and betrayal. On the flip side it was full of love, intrigue, forgiveness and redemption. This book has it all! Not what I expected in an Amish story. I was delighted!!

I LOVED how Colleen wrapped this story up in quilts. I LOVE quilts. Each chapter starts with a quote from Hannah Schwartz's book called "The Amish Faith Through Their Quilts". By the end of this book, I really wanted to look in Hannah's 'fictional' book she wrote. I wanted to see this book that was filled with the amazing quilts mentioned at the top of each chapter. Hannah is also in search of a special quilt that will lead to her family's killer. I haven't read a story like this ever. I know the quilts and a love that Hannah discovers, helped me to keep reading through the abusive husband parts.

This book will also inspire you to make some of the quilts and perhaps do a Google search on Amish quilts. The characters in this story will stay with you for quite some time after finishing the story. So treat yourself to a very different and amazing story by Colleen Coble. You won't be disappointed!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great read! 4 May 2008
By Denise Hunter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Amish fiction is very popular right now, but Coble has a fresh take on it that shouldn't be missed. There's something very disturbing about murder in the peaceful Amish community, and that juxtaposition is a great hook.

Coble writes a page-turner here, one also filled with a sweet love story, great characters, and stellar writing. Amish suspense at its best!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book about the Amish 27 May 2008
By Ruth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Colleen Coble slices up a small, intriguing section of the Amish life for us, while throwing in a great mystery. The main characters are real, believable, and easy to identify with. I love her descriptions of Amish life, and I even learned a few things about their culture. Great book, great author--Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
one of the best 28 Aug. 2008
By Grandma Cee - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read many books about the Amish and this it top of the line. Couldn't wait to get home from a stressful day and get back in the book. I hope there is a #2 with the characters. There was an element of suspense and I would recommend it to anyone.
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