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Sunday, June 4, 2023

About the Book

Book: Amish Wilderness Survival

Author: Mary Alford

Genre: (Amish) Romantic Suspense

Release date: March 28, 2023

To stay alive, she must escape a killer’s clutches. . .

When her brother goes missing, Leora Mast will do anything to find him…even if it means putting her life in danger. Upon arriving in Montana, she finds an ally in Fletcher Shetler, but almost as soon as they meet, they’re running for their lives. With Fletcher’s help, Leora must unravel the truth about her brother’s disappearance…before the man who wants them dead tracks them down.

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About the Author

Mary Alford grew up in a small Texas town famous for, well not much of anything really. Being the baby of the family and quite a bit younger than her two brothers and her sister, Mary had plenty of time to entertain herself. Making up stories seemed to come naturally to her.

As a preteen, Mary discovered Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt and knew instinctively that was what she wanted to do with her over-active imagination.

She wrote her first novel as a teen, (it’s tucked away somewhere never to see the light of day), but never really pursued her writing career seriously until a few years later, when she wrote her first inspirational romantic suspense and was hooked.

Today, Mary lives in Texas with her husband and loves to create characters who face dangerous situations with faith on their side.

Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the social media platforms listed at


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Before the Story Begins


Every good Christian romantic suspense has a beginning where the hero and heroine are introduced to each other and to the danger they’ll be facing, followed by an ending where everything (usually) is tied up nicely.


In Christian (and Amish) romantic suspense, there must equal amounts of danger, romance, and faith.


As a reader, one of my favorite parts of the book is when the hero and heroine have backstories that draw me in and have me pulling for them to overcome their pasts as well as the villain chasing them.


In AMISH WILDERNESS SURVIVAL, the heroine, Leora Mast has a heartbreaking backstory. As a teenager, Leora’s and her twin brother Tanner’s parents were killed in a fire that was later ruled arson. They relocated to Colorado to be closer to their aunt and uncle and grandparents. Soon after, Leora’s brother left the Amish faith and joined the marines.


As an adult, Leora has gone through 2 separate rounds of breast cancer. She’s just finished the final round of chemo when her brother goes missing and Leora travels to West Kootenai, Montana to find Tanner’s marine lieutenant hoping to get answers about her brother’s disappearance.


Instead of finding her brother or Ethan Connors, she runs into Fletcher Shetler and the danger unfolds quickly from there.


Fletcher Shetler’s family has seen their share of heartaches as well. They have lived in West Kootenai for several generations. Fletcher’s grandfather started the furniture making business and the family mill their own timber for the pieces they create. Fletcher has a big heart and has been taking care of his mother since his father passed away.


Fletcher can’t imagine living anywhere else but his West Kootenai community and being part of a close family. But that loyalty cost him the love of his future bride when she chose to leave the community and break his heart.


Both Leora and Fletcher must put aside their pasts to try and find out what happened to her brother and Ethan before it’s too late.


From facing down armed kidnappers, to almost being swallowed alive by a sinkhole, to being forced to hideout in a cave in order to avoid being captured, Leora and Fletcher face one trial after the other, and yet they persevere thanks to each other, Ethan’s K-9 German Shepherd dog, Molly, and their faith in God that is unshakable.


From the first page the author delivers an action packed story complete with danger, deceit and greed that could cost someone their life. I loved how the story brings  a young Amish woman together with a trained man who  will do anything to help them survive. I enjoyed Molly the dog who  is trained for search and rescue. Having her in the  story was a plus because she never gave up finding her owner. 

Leora is way over her head trying  to find  her brother after he disappears. The background of Montana heightens the story as we find Leora and Fletcher running through terrain that is difficult to maneuver at times. They had to find shelter when the rain and cold was too much as they tried to stay one step ahead of danger. I liked that the author shows Leora as a strong person who has battled an illness not once but twice. I understand her hesitance to not want to get involved with anyone because her fear consumes her right now. What if her cancer comes  back? How can she put someone she loves through the emotional toll it would take on them both? 

Fletcher is my hero in this story because he never hesitated to help Leora find her brother and his friend. His skills prove to be very useful as he takes them through the mountains to find  shelter. I loved  that his faith is evident in the story and his compassion for others is seen by his actions. There is a lot of danger ahead as they face bullets flying, men who will do anything to make someone talk and a risky rescue that has twists that took me off guard. 

The author has once again given readers a story rich in faith, a lesson on trusting God,  overcoming fear and an action packed ending. I loved reading how well the story flows with strong characters who never give up and following God’s direction. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Betti Mace, June 3

Blossoms and Blessings, June 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 4

Texas Book-aholic, June 5

The Avid Reader, June 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 7

Holly’s Book Corner, June 7

Lighthouse Academy Blog, June 8 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 9

,Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 10

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, June 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 12

Splashes of Joy, June 13

Bizwings Book Blog, June 13

Simple Harvest Reads, June 14 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, June 15

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 16 (Author Interview)

Books I’ve Read, June 16


To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for your review on "Amish Wilderness Survival" by Mary Alford and for being part of the book tour.

    Fabulous author who has succeeded in giving up another wonderful must read book. Love how she can tell just wonderful stories and weaves them with a strong thread of faith. And I love the cover too!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Thank you for the review

  3. I enjoyed your review, thanks for sharing

  4. Deana, thank you so much for your wonderful review of Amish Wilderness Survival and thank you for sharing it with your readers!

  5. Another book by Mary Alford that will be hard to put down for even a minute…

  6. this sounds like a very good read for the weekend thanks for the review

  7. This sounds like a great book! I’m very interested!