I was excited to start this new series by Linda Byler after reserving the third book in the series and not realizing that I hadn't read the rest of the series. Davey's Daughter (Lancaster Burning) by Linda Byler was the second book that I read quickly after the first.
Barns are burning
in the Lancaster County's Amish community, and no one knows who's doing
it or why. Sarah Beiler's barn was the first to burn and it was quickly
followed by two other barn fires. The entire Amish community is on edge
and wrestling with how they should respond to these seemingly random
crimes. Sarah thinks Ashley, whom she's learned to know at the local
farmers market, knows more about the fires than she will admit. But
Sarah can't convince her to share her secrets. Should the Amish consider
police protection as Sarah's cousin, Melvin, insists, or should the
community continue to follow their traditional peaceful approach to
violence as Sarah's father, Davey, the local minister, counsels? Then
another barn burns, this one more devastating than any other, and the
community again rallies around the distressed family.
in the midst of this chaos, life must go on for Sarah and her family.
But now it feels as if nothing is normal. The local Amish school board
asks Sarah to take over teaching a school where the students are out of
control. How will she handle obstinate Amish kids and their defensive
parents? Matthew is asking if the Amish church is the right fit for him.
Will Sarah follow him if he decides to leave the community? Sarah's
mother can't stay out of it and keeps urging Sarah to pay more attention
to Lee, the well behaved Amish man, who helps anyone in the community
in need. How will Sarah respond to all of the forces that are pulling
her in different directions? She is Davey's daughter, after all, raised
to love and respect the long-held traditions of her people. But will the
outside forces become so great that she gives up her parents' ways and
decides to leave her community? Will her father agree to police
protection for the vulnerable Amish farmers especially for those who are
widowed—or continue to insist that God will provide?
This book picked up right where the last one stopped. It was a great continuation of the story of the small town fires in the barns in the Amish community. Sarah takes the next steps in her life after Matthew leaves the Amish community and goes to Haiti. She becomes a school teacher for a troubled school which gives her life more meaning than it has had in a long time. Sarah is making a difference in the troubled children's lives. All of these changes start to open her life again so that she can move on. This book and all of the great characters made it even better then the last book!! I hope that you check out this book as well as the others in the series. I think that you will enjoy this "mystery" series as much as I have. I put down the first book and picked up the second book and quickly finished it over the weekend and started on the third in the series.