By: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: August 2020
Reviewed by Diane Lunsford
Wanda Brunstetter pens a captivating story of grief and sorrow and focuses on the healing powers of faith in book 2 of the Amish Greenhouse Mystery Series, The Mockingbird’s Song.
Sylvia Beiler is only one of the family members who has been crippled with grief after a tragic accident that takes the lives of her beloved husband, father and brother. It’s not easy to own the responsibility of raising two young children after her husband, brother and father are killed in an accident when their horse and buggy were hit from behind by a truck. It was a moment none of the family members would forget.
Not even a year has passed since the accident and Monroe, a family acquaintance, is trying to wheedle his way back into Belinda’s (Sylvia’s mother) good graces. In his mind, her husband may be gone, but doesn’t she know he is ready, willing and able to fill the void. Henry, Sylvia’s brother, on the other hand struggles with civility every time Monroe shows up. And for that matter, how is it that he knows the exact time, every time to make an appearance just in time for the family dinner? Henry is angry. He misses his father and questions his faith. How is it possible his God took his father away? Fortunately, before he travels further down a path of ill repute, Henry turns to the wilderness and finds comfort in bird watching. Meanwhile, there are other forces playing against the family. Somebody doesn’t want to see their greenhouse business succeed. After a series of attempts against the business, it’s time for the family to band together and defeat the setbacks once and for all.
Wanda Brunstetter is, in my opinion, one of the most wholesome writers in present day. She stays true to her pen and consistently delivers heartfelt stories centered around the Amish community. There is a dash of faith, lots of hope and a strong sense of community among the characters she develops in each story. I’ve had the pleasure of reading several of her books. She breathes beautiful life into each character while she complements their reality with beautiful scenery and credible dialogue throughout the read. Something that is signature in each of her books is at the end, she always treats her audience to a few recipes from Amish country. The ingredients are attainable and the recipes themselves are easy to follow. Once again, I thank Ms. Brunstetter for another well-written book and look forward to the next.
Quill says: The Mockingbird’s Song is a warm and inviting tale that addresses the depths of grief and is complemented throughout with a message that resonates with hope.