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The Mockingbird’s Song–love rises from the ashes

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The Mockingbird’s Song

by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The saga of the King family, an Amish family that suffers the tragic loss of three males in the family in an accident, continues in The Mockingbird’s Song, the second book in Wanda Brunstetter’s trilogy called the Amish Greenhouse Mysteries. The women in the family are the focus as they try to work through their grief and decide when it is time to move on. Amish men are important to the story as well in their interactions with these women. 

Most of the characters are likable and the book is a pleasant relief from more intense genres. Several characters are a puzzle. Maude is a homeless woman who goes a step too far in taking things that don’t belong to her. Monroe held a romantic interest as a teenager in Belinda, the recently widowed matriarch of the King family. Now he reappears in her life with renewed attentions, but she is unsure of his motivations. Virginia is a non-Amish character. She seems to have had a rough life, but she is currently self-centered and prejudiced. Could any of these characters be behind the vandalism, destruction, and threats the King family is enduring in what seems to be a plot to destroy their greenhouse business? The answers will be found in the third and final book in the series, released March 2021.

I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to Barbour Publishing (Shiloh Run Press) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Christian, Mystery

Notes: #2 in the Amish Greenhouse Mysteries, but the author does a good job of reviewing the main points in the previous book.

Publication:   August 1, 2020—Barbour Publishing (Shiloh Run Press)

Memorable Lines:

Belinda felt the emptiness in her house, all the way to her bones.

Getting the first month’s rent and giving Dennis a key to the home she used to share with Toby made his death seem so final—like coming to the end of a novel. Only, Sylvia didn’t feel the satisfaction that came from reaching the end of a book. Her heart ached more than ever.

Thought all I needed was a happy life with the woman I love. I’m beginning to realize I can never find true happiness until I’ve learned to forgive.


  1. Carla says:

    Virginia is certainly an unlikable character. I did not realize the next one was already out, I missed it. I am looking forward to seeing who has been responsible for the vandalism. Nice review Linda, you have rekindled my interest in this trilogy.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I missed the third one as an ARC also. I want to know how the trilogy ends! Purchasing it is a little pricey, but I located it at the library of the city where we just bought a house. I was excited to discover that it is a very nice library with online and printed versions of the third book. Warning: don’t look at reviews for the third book on Amazon. I was skimming through them and there was a spoiler that I wished I hadn’t seen.


      • Carla says:

        I am so happy for you, that you have found a good library you can use. I love my library and use it constantly. I already found it on Hoopla through my library. I will stay away from the reviews for sure. Thanks for the warning.

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  2. A good review, I wish my library had more ebooks. I haven’t on it for a while. I know they won’t the new books in of mysteries.

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  3. It sounds like an interesting read about a different way of life, the Amish have always fascinated me…

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