Book Review: Her Brother’s Keeper

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“Charlotte came to Amish country to find answers. What she never expected to find was peace.

Charlotte Dolinsky is not above playing dress-up and telling a few lies to find out what happened to her only brother. In fact, that is exactly what she’s come to Lancaster County to do. Now, calling herself Mary and slipping on a kapp, Charlotte will lie her way into the confidence of anyone who knows why Ethan had to die. Unless she gets found out first.

But when Charlotte befriends a quiet Amish man named Isaac Miller, she begins to rethink her motives. And with a little help from a friend back home, Charlotte might find out that love comes packaged in ways she couldn’t have foreseen.”

My Comments

I have said this before, and I will say it again, I am a huge fan of Beth Wiseman. I have been blessed with the opportunity to read several of her books and have loved them all.

Having said that, Her Brother’s Keeper is not one of my favorites. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it; however, I just couldn’t get as engaged or sucked in as I have for her other books.

As always with Wiseman’s books, I love how the characters are “real” and relatable. They aren’t perfect and make mistakes. The protagonist, Charlotte, lies and bases her relationships on those lies, and reaps what she sows through feelings of guilt and has to face the consequences of breaking the trust the others had for her. At the same time, she grows and finds redemption in unexpected ways.

I also love how she sometimes tackles difficult subjects. In this case, the subject is suicide. She grapples with questions like, “Does someone go to heaven if he commits suicide?” There are no easy answers to this, of course, and I don’t necessarily agree with the proposed answer. However, I do appreciate how she successfully discusses the issue with sensitivity and honesty.

My only real “problem” with the book is that the middle of the book seems to drag on. The beginning was great, and I was drawn into the book. As it went on, it seems to slow down and get a little boring. However, after Charlotte’s secret is discovered, it starts to get better again.

Still, I would recommend the book. If you are a Beth Wiseman fan, you will probably like the book, and perhaps disagree with my assessment.

I give the book three (3) stars.

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