Where Hope Dwells (Sugarcreek Amish Mystery #2) by Elizabeth Ludwig
It has been a while since I’ve reviewed one of these so quick recap. The Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries are part of the Christian Inspirational series, so they are clean mysteries. No murder, no swearing, no sex. Mysterious happenings and investigation.
In this series, Cheryl Cooper was ready for a change. Her boyfriend turned out to be a stuck up prig, she disliked her job as a banker in Columbus, Ohio; so when her aunt called her asking her to take over her shop in an Amish community while she goes overseas as a missionary-Cheryl jumped at the chance. She quickly falls in love with the Amish town and finds herself in the middle of a few mysteries.
After all the mysterious things that occurred in October (and the last book, Blessings in Disguise) things have calmed down and Cheryl has grown to deeply love Sugarcreek, made some friends, and hopes she gets stay here for a long time.
She also has grown to like Levi Miller, an Amish bachlor, but doesn’t want to cross lines that should never be crossed. So for now, she is just content to be his friend.
Now with it being November, Cheryl has been focusing on getting ready for the holidays. She also has been having to heavily stock her shop with baby items as it seems that everyone is having one, everyone except her.
One morning a tourist rushes in the shop and buys a bunch of baby items, running away fast.
Cheryl thinks it is odd, but doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking on it as Naomi Miller, her best friend and surrogate mother/aunt (also the stepmother of Levi who she is crushing on) has arrived with the blankets they will be taking to her new friend Rebecca.
Rachel was born an “Englisher” and met her Amish husband Samuel, later converting. She and Cheryl have become really close as both find it wonderful to be with someone like them.
Cheryl goes to visit Rachel and see her babies, fraternal twins boys, but while she is there one is snatched from its crib. Now Naomi and Cheryl are set on discovering who the kidnapper is.
Cheryl has three suspects:
- The strange woman from her shop has been seen all over town buying up baby items even though she has no child with her. Always in a hurry. Could she have kidnapped the baby and trying to get supplies for him?
- Rebecca and Jeremiah Zook lost their little boy recently to leukemia. First Rebecca vanishes without a word and then Jeremiah also takes off. Could one of them have stolen the child and run away with it?
- The parents of Rachel disowned her after she left them for the Amish lifestyle. Even after hearing of the disappearance of their grandson they refuse to see her, and are planning on taking a vacation to Europe to adopt a child. Could they have stolen their grandson and are planning on pretending to “adopt it”?
Who could it be? Or is there another person involved they haven’t realized yet?
Thoughts After Reading:
This was not as good as the first one.
I liked Cheryl, Levi, and Naomi investigating together but in this Levi was missing from the whole book which threw the whole dynamic off.
This wasn’t as well paced as the previous novel as Cheryl happens on information rather than being able to actively investigate. The comedic and heartfelt moments were more on pointe in the other book as this one felt extremely rushed. Altogether, this was just too easily summed up and just not good.
I hope the next one is better.
For more Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries, go to Blessings in Disguise
For more Amish mysteries, go to The Lesson
For more kidnapping mysteries, go to What Strange Creatures