A Sister’s Test by Wanda E. Brunstetter

1869576Fiction — print. Barbour, 2007. 287 pgs. Received from PaperBackSwap.

Continuing the story line from A Sister’s Secret, the second novel in the Sisters of Holmes County series focuses on the middle daughter of the Hostettler family. Ruth is thrilled when Martin Gingerich begins courting her as she wants nothing more than to be a wife and mother, but the attacks on her family have her concerned especially when Martin says he wants to marry her because he fears something will happen to him.

Although a plethora of clues is provided, it is still not obvious who is behind or why the attacks are occurring on the Hostettler family. Even so, the mystery still continues without becoming an annoying plot toll as the plot moves along smoothly. One thing that sticks out in my head about Brunstetter’s novel is how often the Hostettler family goes to the doctor, dentist, and chiropractor.

It seems odd that the Amish, who shun the outside world, would use what many in the English world consider “alternative” medicine. The second book in the series still does not ending in a completely satisfying way, although it is still better than the first. Despite the focus being mainly on Ruth and Martin, the whole family gets the attention necessary to finish out (or in some cases introduce) their stories.

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