About the Book
Book: Shielding the Amish Witness
Author: Mary Alford
Genre: Amish Romantic Suspense
Release date: April 1, 2021
Seeking refuge in Amish country puts everyone she loves in danger.
On the run after discovering her brother-in-law was behind her husband’s murder, Faith Cooper can think of only one safe place—her Amish grandmother’s home. But when danger follows Faith to the quiet Amish community, her childhood friend Eli Shetler is her only protection. And their survival depends on outlasting a relentless killer…one who has nothing left to lose.
Click here to get your copy!
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the un-expected, whether it be in a rugged mountain setting or a peaceful Amish community.
Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling List, and have been finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.
Mary lives in Texas with her husband, two very spoiled cats, and a sweet rescue dog name Cody. Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Face-book and Twitter or any social platforms listed at www.maryalford.net.
More from Mary
As a reader, I love books that are part of a series. There’s something comforting about being able to revisit characters that are special to me and meet new ones along the way. You get to go back to your favorite place and hang out with the people who make you smile.
It’s like coming home.
When I set out to write a series about five Amish brothers, I knew exactly where I wanted to set the series. The West Kootenai Amish community in Montana. West Kootenai is a remote community with sweeping mountain views surrounded by vast wilderness spaces. The perfect setting for suspense, along with a chance at redemption and a second chance for the hero and heroine. I love that.
In November, I introduced Covert Amish Christmas, the first book in the series that featured Aaron Shetler, the oldest of the five brothers.
In Shielding the Amish Witness, we meet Eli Shetler, a widower who has returned to West Kootenai to try to start over after his wife’s death two years earlier.
Eli is reunited with his childhood friend, Faith Cooper, who is running from a relentless killer who was once part of her family.
The book takes the reader through the breathtaking countryside of West Kootenai and into the homes of the Shelter family. We get to catch up on what Aaron and Victoria have been up since last we met and are introduced to some new family members. That’s the wonderful thing about series.
So, come with me on a trip to the beautiful community of West Kootenai, Montana where I hope my characters will make you feel right at home.
In writing about the Amish, I’ve come to love preparing their dishes. I’ve tried many recipes, from Amish Pizza to Friendship soup. But one of my all-time favorites is Amish Fry Pies. They are SO good!
Today, I thought I’d share the recipe for Amish Apple Fry Pies. I love this delicious desert and I hope you will as well.
AMISH APPLE FRY PIES
(recipe curtosy neighborfoodblog.com and a favorite of mine)
For the filling:
- 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cider
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
For the dough:
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup HOT milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the glaze:
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
- To make the filling, combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat until juices start to form, about 3 minutes. Make a slurry by whisking together the cider and cornstarch. Stir this into the pan, turn the heat up to high, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened, about 3 minutes longer. Remove from heat and set aside.
- For the dough, cut the butter into cubes then use a pastry cutter to work it into the flour. Continue to cut in the butter until it’s in small pea-sized lumps. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and salt together. Slowly pour in hot milk, stirring constantly. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Stir together until a dough begins to form. Turn the dough out onto parchment or wax paper, and knead it until it smooths out, about 1 minute.
- Divide the dough into 6 equal sized pieces and roll them each into a ball. Use a rolling pin to roll them out to about 6-inch circles. Fill each circle with 2 Tablespoons of apple mixture. Fold the dough in half over the filling and pinch the edges together to seal. You can flute the edges or use a fork to crimp them. If the edges aren’t sealing properly, wet them with a little water.
- Heat the oil in a deep saucepan to 350 degrees. You can test to see if the oil is ready by sticking a wooden spoon into the center of the pot. If small bubbles form around the handle, you’re ready to go.
- Place the pies in the hot oil one at a time and fry until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to dry.
- Repeat with remaining pies.
- While the pies fry, make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth. It’s best to glaze the pies while they’re still warm. I use a pastry brush to brush the glaze on one side then let it dry, flip them over, and glaze the other side. You can put two coats of glaze on for extra sweetness if you like but wait for the glaze to harden in between coats.
- Pies can be stored uncovered for 2-3 days. If you want the glaze to remain hard, do not place the pies in a plastic bag or sealed container. Just leave them on a wire rack or pan.
The book is one of those that keep you on the edge of your seat. The action starts right away and I felt like I was watching a movie because it seemed so vivid. The author really stepped up her game in this story that features suspense, danger, greed and trust.
I couldn’t believe how fast Faith’s life was in danger. I don’t know why I was surprised since she was being hunted by a cop. The evidence she has can take down many in the police force and she has a target on her right away. I screamed every tine Vincent got close to finding her. My heart pounded when she found herself underwater. Oh my I would panic for sure about that time , but she kept her wits about her. I liked her determination to see justice served.
The story takes place in Amish country and I loved how Eli came to Faith’s aide without thought of his own safety. What makes the story so good is the cat and mouse game between Vincent, Eli and Faith. How can you feel safe in a buggy when a vehicle is racing towards you? The author does a good job of describing how Vincent continues to track them down.
The danger never lets up as the author gives us a taste of romance but it is not the focal point of the story. Faith must learn to trust again while Eli needs to forgive himself. They each have something from their past that draws them closer together as they race to keep themselves alive.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 17
Genesis 5020, May 17
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 18
For the Love of Literature, May 18
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 19
The Avid Reader, May 19
Texas Book-aholic, May 20
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 21
Blogging with Carol, May 21
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 22
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 23
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 23
For Him and My Family, May 24
Hallie Reads, May 24
Inklings and notions, May 25
Blossoms and Blessings, May 25
Older & Smarter?, May 26
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 26
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 27
deb’s Book Review, May 27
Locks, Hooks and Books, May 28
Maureen’s Musings, May 28
Simple Harvest Reads, May 29 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
She Lives To Read, May 30
KarenSueHadley, May 30
To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.