About the Book
Book: Dangerous Amish Showdown
Author: Mary Alford
Genre: Amish Suspense
Release date: August 24, 2021
Under siege in Amish country…
She must fight for their lives.
Gunshots shatter Willa Lambright’s placid Montana evening—and that’s before she discovers on-the-run lawman Mason Shetler on her doorstep. Willa hadn’t glimpsed her childhood friend since he’d turned his back on Amish country years before. Now the US marshal’s returned with an injured partner, a young witness he must protect at all costs…and vicious Mafia agents dead set on making sure none of them survive.
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About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Mary Alford loves giving her readers the unexpected. Her titles have appeared on the USA Today list, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list, and have finaled in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence in mystery, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.
Mary is an avid reader. She loves to cook, can’t face the day without coffee, and her three granddaughters are the apple of her eye. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two spoiled cats and a dog who thinks he owns the place.
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When I first heard of the title for my latest Love Inspired Suspense, I smiled. Dangerous Amish Showdown reminds me of the old westerns where the good guys face off with the bad guys and always win. As a child I loved watching them, mostly because my dad loved them so much, and yes, a big draw for me besides sharing the time with him, was seeing the good guys win. It’s what I try to put into every single book I write, and it’s exactly what happens in Dangerous Amish Showdown.
Lately, I find myself reminiscing a lot about childhood things such as watching old westerns with my dad, and smiling at those simpler times.
In Dangerous Amish Showdown, it takes coming back to his simple childhood Amish community for Mason Shetler to realize how special that life once was for him. Through the courage found in a little girl who has lost everything, and the strength of a woman whose future is uncertain, Mason discovered what he had been searching for all along.
I truly hope you enjoy Mason and Willa’s fight to protect young Samantha and the love they find along the way. And I hope their happy ending leaves you with a smile on your face, and maybe takes you back to a simpler time in your life.
“What dangerous events had taken place near her peaceful community to bring back a man who’d professed he would never return to the Plain life again? And what deadly effects would his return have on her simple world?”
A different take on the Amish romance novel, Mary Alford’s Dangerous Amish Showdown introduces readers to US Marshal Mason Shetler, his partner Erik Timmons, and a precocious six-year-old named Samantha. She is under their care as a member of the witness protection program due to witnessing the murder of her parents, and Mason is determined to keep her safe at all costs. Ironically, doing so leads him home to West Kootenai, the Amish community of his youth and the place that he fled thirteen years earlier, and his childhood friend, Willa Lambright. A faceoff against the Mafia on a remote Montana farm does not present good odds, but it may offer unexpected redemption.
When I consider the romantic suspense genre, Amish fiction is not the first thing that comes to mind, especially when the Mafia is involved! This anomaly is therefore intriguing, and I appreciate how Alford utilizes it to encapsulate a story about redemption and deliverance. Even though Samantha is ultimately the target, it is Mason’s faith that has been under fire since the events that caused him to leave his Amish upbringing, and Dangerous Amish Showdown highlights both the physical and spiritual battles that we face in this life. In many ways it parallels the Biblical story of the prodigal son, as Mason is slowly able to see the winding path of his life: “Through the years of beating himself up for the decisions he’d made back then, Mason hadn’t really thought about God directing each one of them, taking Mason’s missteps and using them for His purposes.” Even when those purposes include heartache and suffering.
Throughout the gripping narrative, Willa and her ailing mother, Beth, demonstrate the essential, life-giving power of godly faith in the midst of great trials, against overwhelming odds. As such, the sacrificial nature of these women and of the Marshals serves to remind readers of Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. As the situation becomes more dire for the characters, Matthew 19:26 kept coming to mind, wherein Jesus tells His disciples: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” The same God who knows each sparrow that falls to the ground is the same God who watches over us, and nothing is too hard for Him. He is always the victor of showdowns with evil.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
My rating: 5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥
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