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Clouds without Rain
An Amish Country Mystery
P.L. Gaus

November 30, 2010 /Reprint Edition / ISBN 978-0452296688

Reviewed by Susan Johnson

As a reader, I am fascinated with the lives and religious beliefs of the Old Order Amish and Mennonite sects that are scattered around the United States. Writer P.L. Gaus has actually lived for over 30 years in the area of Holmes County, Ohio, which has the largest Amish and Mennonite communities in the world. P.L. Gaus knows of what he writes.

He describes the culture and lifestyle with great detail and gives his subjects the quite dignity that they deserve.

In this new series, Professor Michael Braden is drawn into the community when a terrible accident involving a tractor trailer truck and an Amish buggy has tragic and fatal results.

The accident impacts the community, but soon it appears that there is more to it as a trustee for the deceased disappears and land developers arrive to take advantage of a horrible accident,

Professor Baden is joined by two other “English” men to help the Amish community, the sheriff Bruce Robertson and Pastor Caleb Troyer. ”The English” is what the Amish call outsiders.

The three men work together to solve the crimes that are occurring and restore peace and harmony to the community.

I very much enjoyed reading this book as it added to my knowledge of the Amish people. P.L. Gaus is so knowledge about the Amish people and their way of life that he makes it easy to be swept up in the book and lose a day in a world I would love to live in.

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Reviewer Laura Hinds is the author of 2009's Are You Gonna Eat That Banana?
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