Shelly Shepard Gray writes very good Amish romance but in her Secrets if Crittenden County she branches out into mystery. Though the subject and plot are a bit different, there story still revolves around an Amish community. This community’s young people interact with the “English” a lot and have more liberal ideas than most Amish which can be seen in the acceptance of one of their girls dating a non-Amish man. Still, many Amish traits and ways of life are meshed into this mystery giving it a more “simple” or “plain” feel. Though the mystery is who killed Perry Borntrager, there is lots of romance going on especially between Perry’s sister, Deborah and the man who fought with Perry just before he disappeared, Jacob. Overall, it’s not a bad story and the ending is not one that was expected.
This is the third and I assume the last book in this series. Reading the previous two books would probably give you a better insight into many of the secondary characters in this story but it’s not necessary to enjoy this one. There is enough background information given so that it is easy to jump in to the story even though you hadn’t followed the entire series.
A murder is solved and a quiet Amish community must deal with the repercussions. Amid the surprising revelations, can a newfound love survive?
As the search for Perry Borntrager's killer continues, Jacob Schrock feels like his world is about to crumble. Right before Perry went missing, he and Jacob got into a fistfight. Jacob never told anyone what happened that terrible night. He's good at keeping secrets—including his love for Deborah, Perry's sister. But when Deborah takes a job at his family's store and their friendship blossoms, Jacob senses everything is about to be revealed.
Deborah has been searching for a slice of happiness ever since her brother's body was discovered. When the police start questioning Jacob, Deborah can't believe that the one person she's finally allowed in could be the one responsible for her brother's death. Will she believe what everyone seems to think is the truth . . . or listen to her heart, and hope there is still one more person who is keeping secrets in Crittenden County?