Wednesday, September 7, 2016


P. L. Gaus fills A Prayer for the Night with non-stop action.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about action like you would find in a Spiderman movie. But once Sara Yoder calls Pastor Cal Troyer and his friend Professor Michael Brandon to an abandoned barn where they find the murdered body of a young man on Rumschpringe, the flow of the story never stops.

Rumschpringe is the time when Amish teenagers break away. They test the "English" ways.

At the close of Rumschpringe each teenager will return to the Amish faith, or the community will shun them forever.

Troyer, Brandon, and their friend Ohio Holmes County Sheriff Bruce Robertson work to protect the rebelling teenagers. This time, some in the Rumschpringe group have gone too far. They have become involved in drug dealing.

The Amish adults are caught in the middle. They don't want to interfere. Most of them experienced a milder form of Rumschpringe. They believe their children need to test the outside world. Their children need to make their own decisions. It is a tenant of the Amish faith.

The English way attracts Sara Yoder (whose story this is). But she sees the terror of it too. This Rumschpringe will change her life forever.

A Prayer for the Night has a strong religious element. At one point, Pastor Troyer says, "They all prayed. Yes. A great many people, Sara. Prayed through the night."

Those who know P.L. Gaus' Amish-Country Mysteries, know that Cal Troyer is a special character. He is the bridge between the English and Amish, an "English" pastor with an Amish heart.

All three major characters (Troyer, Brandon, and Robertson) have their parts to play.

A Prayer for the Night was among the best of the Amish-Country Mysteries I have read so far.

I checked out this Kindle book from our local library. 

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