The Witnesses

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The Witnesses

Lancaster Burning, #3

Even though this is the third and final book in this trilogy, it is easy to follow the story line. In other words, you don’t need to read the previous books to thoroughly and completely enjoy this one. The problem of choosing between interested men is a universal one and one that many women will be able to relate to. Also, putting beliefs to the test is something that most can also relate to. How far can you bend your beliefs before they aren’t recognizable? Yet, overall, this is a love story. The love of family, friends, community and God are all intertwined throughout this story as well as Sarah’s love of two men. When tragedy strikes, values and beliefs and even ways of life are tested. The drama is intense and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. How will this end? And, who has been setting the fires and why? All will be revealed and it may not be a straight forward as it looks!

Sarah has loved Matthew since they were in school together. It broke her heart when he left for Haiti without her and even more when he married another. But, when he returns home a widower, she dreams of him returning to the Amish church and marrying her. After being caught in a fire, another man shows his interest. Lee’s care and concern grab Sarah’s interest. But, what about Matthew?


Book Blurb for The Witnesses

Who is responsible for setting the barn fires that continue to keep the Amish of eastern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on edge? Who is responsible for seeing that they are stopped?

In this third and final novel in the Lancaster Burning series, author Linda Byler takes us inside the home of Davey Beiler, the leader of this Amish district. He clearly feels the heat in more ways than one. Some of the younger members of his church are ready to testify against the man who has allegedly started at

least several of the fires. Davey counsels patience and forgiveness.

But when Sarah, Davey’s daughter, spots flames late one night in the widow Lydia’s barn, Sarah refuses to let the fire win. She gets the horses out just in time, but not before a beam explodes overhead, knocking her to the ground as the barn rages in flames all around her. In that moment, Sarah’s life ?turned darker than black.” Gone were her lovely good looks, her life as a teacher, and perhaps the attention of the two young men who had been so drawn to her.

No one suffers more torment than Davey, who wonders if he was really responsible for Sarah's accident. If he had agreed to have police guard the Amish farms, as some wanted, Sarah would not have been hurt.

The Amish may be peace-loving, but they are not without their tensions. Author Byler, who is herself a member of the Amish, writes a tautly told story, full of dark fears, difficult dilemmas, and deep love.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 4.50