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Mysterious Events Plague a Greenhouse in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country   When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their deaths, as they become the sole providers of the family they have left. The women’s only income must come from the family greenhouse, but someone seems to be trying to force them out o Mysterious Events Plague a Greenhouse in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country   When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their deaths, as they become the sole providers of the family they have left. The women’s only income must come from the family greenhouse, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business.   Amy King has just lost her father and brother, and her mother needs her to help run the family’s greenhouse. It doesn’t seem fair to ask her to leave a job she loves, when there is still a sister and brother to help. But Sylvia is also grieving for her husband while left to raise three children, and Henry, just out of school, is saddled with all the jobs his father and older brother used to do. As Amy assumes her new role, she also asks Jared Riehl to put their courtship on hold. When things become even more stressful at the greenhouse, will Amy crumble under the pressure?  


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Mysterious Events Plague a Greenhouse in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country   When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their deaths, as they become the sole providers of the family they have left. The women’s only income must come from the family greenhouse, but someone seems to be trying to force them out o Mysterious Events Plague a Greenhouse in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country   When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their deaths, as they become the sole providers of the family they have left. The women’s only income must come from the family greenhouse, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business.   Amy King has just lost her father and brother, and her mother needs her to help run the family’s greenhouse. It doesn’t seem fair to ask her to leave a job she loves, when there is still a sister and brother to help. But Sylvia is also grieving for her husband while left to raise three children, and Henry, just out of school, is saddled with all the jobs his father and older brother used to do. As Amy assumes her new role, she also asks Jared Riehl to put their courtship on hold. When things become even more stressful at the greenhouse, will Amy crumble under the pressure?  

30 review for The Crow's Call

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is an Amish Mystery written by Wanda E. Brunstetter. This is the first book in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. As I was reading the book I starting feeling that this is the greenhouse that was talked about in the Prayer Jar series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I feel Michelle and Ezekiel and a few others from The Prayer Jar series. The Prayer Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter has been my favorite Amish series, so I am so happy to see some of the characters from that book being part of this book. This is an Amish Mystery written by Wanda E. Brunstetter. This is the first book in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. As I was reading the book I starting feeling that this is the greenhouse that was talked about in the Prayer Jar series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I feel Michelle and Ezekiel and a few others from The Prayer Jar series. The Prayer Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter has been my favorite Amish series, so I am so happy to see some of the characters from that book being part of this book. I really liked this book, but I did not love it. I found the woman across the road was not needed, and she just drove me so crazy. I did not like that she just did not like them because they where Amish. I know someone people would be like that, but it always drives me crazy when it happens. I also didn't love the ending, but I think ending like that to leave us hanging for the next book. I won a kindle copy of this book for a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion. (*)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is an Amish Mystery, and this is the first book in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. As I was reading the book I starting feeling that this is the greenhouse that was talked about in the Prayer Jar series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I feel Michelle and Ezekiel and a few others from The Prayer Jar series. The Prayer Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter has been my favorite Amish series, so I am so happy to see some of the characters from that book being part of this book. I really liked this book, bu This is an Amish Mystery, and this is the first book in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. As I was reading the book I starting feeling that this is the greenhouse that was talked about in the Prayer Jar series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I feel Michelle and Ezekiel and a few others from The Prayer Jar series. The Prayer Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter has been my favorite Amish series, so I am so happy to see some of the characters from that book being part of this book. I really liked this book, but I did not love it. I found the woman across the road was not needed, and she just drove me so crazy. I did not like that she just did not like them because they where Amish. I know someone people would be like that, but it always drives me crazy when it happens. I also didn't love the ending, but I think ending like that to leave us hanging for the next book. I won a kindle copy of this book for a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion. (*)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    This in NOT your typical Amish Fiction Book. It was by far Wanda's best book to date. I love the mystery the intrigue. It was so unputdownable that I read in just a few hours with out ever moving once until I closed the book. I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this new series, Amish Greenhouse mystery. Wanda has found her calling mysteries are her perfect genre. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed This in NOT your typical Amish Fiction Book. It was by far Wanda's best book to date. I love the mystery the intrigue. It was so unputdownable that I read in just a few hours with out ever moving once until I closed the book. I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this new series, Amish Greenhouse mystery. Wanda has found her calling mysteries are her perfect genre. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    The Crow's Call is the first book in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. In it we find some of the characters from The Prayer Jar series. Wanda Brunstetter has been a favorite author of mine since she has begun writing. Her books are so charming and authentically Amish with such an important scripture message in all but it's not to much that you feel overwhelmed by it either. I always feel so inspired and full of life and ready to help others when I am done reading a book of hers. This book is diffe The Crow's Call is the first book in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. In it we find some of the characters from The Prayer Jar series. Wanda Brunstetter has been a favorite author of mine since she has begun writing. Her books are so charming and authentically Amish with such an important scripture message in all but it's not to much that you feel overwhelmed by it either. I always feel so inspired and full of life and ready to help others when I am done reading a book of hers. This book is different than her others books as it involves a bit of a mystery. Life changing events happen in this book and while we can see only what's right in front of our face at the time God sees the whole picture start to finish right from the start. Our life plan is in his hands and he will take care of us as long as we have not forsaken him. The book is filled with love,loss,forgiveness and unanswered questions. Yes while there were questions I had answered I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to answer the rest of my questions. Published March 1st 2020 by Shiloh Run Press. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    linda hole

    another Great book from Wanda brunstetter. I love her writings about The amish ordinary Days. she describes their lives so good you almost feel like you are a part of their family. In this book she also manages to throw in an interesting mystery. and I liked we get to meet persons from her other series The prayer jar again. i am looking forward to The next book in The series. Thank you to netgalley for this e arc.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this story about a family faced with the death of three of its members. This is the first book in the greenhouse series, but the characters have been in other books by the author.since it is a series and there are so many characters I decided to list each one so I'll remember who is who. Belinda- wife of Vernon, who is killed in a buggy accident. They own a greenhouse. Amy-daughter of Belinda, courting Jared. Sylvia-daughter of Belinda, husband killed in accident, has two children. Severely I loved this story about a family faced with the death of three of its members. This is the first book in the greenhouse series, but the characters have been in other books by the author.since it is a series and there are so many characters I decided to list each one so I'll remember who is who. Belinda- wife of Vernon, who is killed in a buggy accident. They own a greenhouse. Amy-daughter of Belinda, courting Jared. Sylvia-daughter of Belinda, husband killed in accident, has two children. Severely depressed Henry-teenage son of Belinda, not happy with working in greenhouse. Might be smoking and might have damaged several things around their home. Ezekiel-oldest son of Belinda. Married to Michelle who used to be English. Two children. They live seven hours away from the rest of their family Lydia-Amy's friend who is secretly seeing Rudy Zook. Mary Ruth-was in other books. Husband now dead. Michelle and Sara pretended to be their granddaughter. Sara- owns flower shop. Married to Brad. Monroe Esh-past boyfriend of Belinda who never married and now has moved back to be near Belinda who is clearly not interested in him Virginia and Earl-English couple who live across the street from the King family

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    A continuation from the Prayer Jar series except this new series is going to be even better!! This book was truly amazing!!! I just couldn't put it down!! I loved every bit of it. Wanda is an excellent story teller! Her books really do have some wonderful messages in them! I love how she puts her characters through some life changing events and they come out on top of it for the better. Life is funny like that. While God sees the whole picture we can only see bits and pieces of it. Amy is a young gi A continuation from the Prayer Jar series except this new series is going to be even better!! This book was truly amazing!!! I just couldn't put it down!! I loved every bit of it. Wanda is an excellent story teller! Her books really do have some wonderful messages in them! I love how she puts her characters through some life changing events and they come out on top of it for the better. Life is funny like that. While God sees the whole picture we can only see bits and pieces of it. Amy is a young girl who has had to learn life's lessons the hard way. I can relate to Amy in many ways. I enjoyed getting to know her and her family. They certainly felt like my family. Michelle knew what she was doing. We also get to know Belinda, Amy, Sylvia and Henry. I sure wanted to give ol Henry a good shaking to make him come to his senses. But somehow I don't think that would've helped. This is just my opinion and some people do deal with grief in their own way but, I thought the story focused too much on Sylvia. Grief has no time limit that's for sure. I still miss my family. They would have loved my son. I felt that they missed out ob so much! Amy and Henry got their fair share as well. Their squabbles made me realize what I missed out on!! I was raised as an only child. I'm like Amy I didn't like that old bird. And yes, I know as Christians we aren't supposed to be superstitious. There again I can't help myself. Virginia sort of reminds me of my mother in law. Snooty, hard to get to know, judgemental etc while Earl is my father in law a very down to earth man. In other words, the peacekeeper of the family. I miss Charles so much. He left such a void in our family. I snickered at Virginia a time or too. She amuses me for some reason. I found this a very delightful tale of a wonderful Amish family. I loved that the author has made them flawed and I enjoyed watching them deal with life in their own way. I think this book is a wonderful reminder to tell your loved ones how much you love them and never take for granted what you have. Take each day as it comes and remember to tell God how thankful you are for all he has given you. I know I am blessed and Thankful. I highly recommend. My thanks to Barbour Publishers and Netgalley for a copy of this awesome book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Not my favorite read. I have been looking forward to this series for awhile because the mystery angle was appealing. Unfortunately the mystery is more minor and given the events in the opening pages of the book, overall the book is more than a little depressing. I have the next book in this series for review and I hope to see a more hopeful thread and that the depressiveness of this book isn't a main thread in the next. Not my favorite read. I have been looking forward to this series for awhile because the mystery angle was appealing. Unfortunately the mystery is more minor and given the events in the opening pages of the book, overall the book is more than a little depressing. I have the next book in this series for review and I hope to see a more hopeful thread and that the depressiveness of this book isn't a main thread in the next.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Crow’s Call by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the first novel in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. Michelle and Ezekiel from The Prayer Jar trilogy are in this series. I thought The Crow’s Call was well-written with steady pacing and developed, realistic characters. You could feel the character’s emotions pouring from the pages. I felt so bad for this family who suffered such a devastating loss. To lose three family members in one day is unthinkable. Each one of them is grieving and each one han The Crow’s Call by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the first novel in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. Michelle and Ezekiel from The Prayer Jar trilogy are in this series. I thought The Crow’s Call was well-written with steady pacing and developed, realistic characters. You could feel the character’s emotions pouring from the pages. I felt so bad for this family who suffered such a devastating loss. To lose three family members in one day is unthinkable. Each one of them is grieving and each one handles it differently. They struggle to get through each day. Their workload has increased, but they must soldier on. Unfortunately, Sylvia, the eldest daughter, is too grief stricken to do more than mind her children. Henry, the youngest child, is full of anger and bitterness which he takes out on the family. Amy is our main protagonist. Before the deaths, she was looking forward to her beau proposing. With all the added responsibilities, Amy has little time to see Jared Riehl. Ezekiel and Michelle are settled in Clymer, New York where their bee business is doing well, and Ezekiel just drew the lot for a minister. He feels he should move back home, but his mother does not want him to disrupt his new life. I enjoyed getting to know the various characters and their stories. It makes for an interesting book. As if the King family does not have enough to handle, someone starts sabotaging the greenhouse. They do not know if it is Henry acting out, the new English neighbors, the homeless woman, the owners of the new greenhouse in town or an unknown entity. The crow was an interesting addition. Amy has feared crows since a child and believes its caw foretells doom. Is the crow warning them of danger or just a coincidence? Faith plays an important part of the King family’s lives. A terrible tragedy can either draw you closer to God or pull you away. We see a combination of both in The Crow’s Call. The Crow’s Call allows us to follow the King family as they struggle with their grief and attempt to move forward with their lives. It is not an easy process. You move forward a step and then go two steps backward. This realistic novel will tug at your heartstrings. The Crow’s Call has family, friendship, community, faith and mystery. I am eager to read The Mockingbird’s Song when it is released.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    THE CROW'S CALL by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the first in Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. This intriguing novel set in a small community in Pennsylvania will tug at your heartstrings. A terrible accident leaves three grieving women struggling to keep the family greenhouse business. Amy thinks that when the crow caws something bad will happen. Her brother Henry likes the crow and hopes to train it to be his pet. I enjoyed learning about the Amish way of life. It was a special treat to find some of THE CROW'S CALL by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the first in Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. This intriguing novel set in a small community in Pennsylvania will tug at your heartstrings. A terrible accident leaves three grieving women struggling to keep the family greenhouse business. Amy thinks that when the crow caws something bad will happen. Her brother Henry likes the crow and hopes to train it to be his pet. I enjoyed learning about the Amish way of life. It was a special treat to find some of the characters from The Prayer Jar series in this book. This is a book of love, grief, anger, faith, forgiveness and unanswered questions. I am looking forward to finding answers in the next book in the series, The Mockingbird's Song. The Crow's Call should appeal to those who enjoy reading Amish fiction, Christian fiction, sweet romance novels and a little mystery. My thanks to Barbour Publishing, Inc., Shiloh Run Press, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book, which enables me to write my unbiased thoughts and opinions in this review. #TheCrowsCall #NetGalley April 30, 2020 posted on Goodreads, NetGalley, Savvy Reader, Twitter

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    I love how New York Times Best Selling Author Wanda Brunstetter can take every day routine occurrences in the life of the Amish and write about it in such a way that readers find it hard to put her books down. In The Crows Call Wanda adds mysterious events to spice up the story and keeps her readers guessing who it could be that is causing all this chaos in the King family's lives lately. Who is so much against them that they would deliberately vandalize their business and property . Why would t I love how New York Times Best Selling Author Wanda Brunstetter can take every day routine occurrences in the life of the Amish and write about it in such a way that readers find it hard to put her books down. In The Crows Call Wanda adds mysterious events to spice up the story and keeps her readers guessing who it could be that is causing all this chaos in the King family's lives lately. Who is so much against them that they would deliberately vandalize their business and property . Why would they do this to a widow and what's left of her family, after the terrible accident that killed her husband, Son and Son in law? While they are left vulnerable and in shock with hearts that are raw with grief. Life must go on so Widow Belinda King reopens the greenhouse after the funerals. Amy, her daughter is a big help and encouragement to her mother but her youngest son Henry is filled with bitterness and anger because of losing his Dad, brother and brother in law. He has a lot of responsibility now since he must fill in and try to do the work his father and older brother did. Belinda's oldest daughter has lost her husband and is left with two young children. Sylvia is so filled with grief for the loss of her young husband and her other family members that she can barely function to take care of the children much less help out in the greenhouse. Then mysterious things begin to happen first to their property and then to their greenhouse. Why and who would do these things to them? Could someone deliberately be trying to put them out of business? All readers of Amish fiction or fans of Wanda Brunstetter will want to read this book. The Crows Call is the first book of the Amish Greenhouse series. The next book will be The Mocking Birds Song. Readers will be pleased by the fact that some of the characters from the Pray Jar Series will show up in this new series too. I received a paperback copy of The Crows Call from the Author and Barbour Publishing. Thank you! A favorable review was not requested. All opinions expressed here in this review are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    If you read the author’s previous series you will be familiar with a lot of the characters presented here, but this new series can be read on its own. The book begins with a nightmare, that never ends in this story, when all but one of the men are wiped out with a buggy accident. Their father, brother and brother-in-law, what a tragic, horrific happening. When the book ends there are a lot of unanswered questions, yes, some are answered, but I was left wondering! Will Sylvia ever be able to have a If you read the author’s previous series you will be familiar with a lot of the characters presented here, but this new series can be read on its own. The book begins with a nightmare, that never ends in this story, when all but one of the men are wiped out with a buggy accident. Their father, brother and brother-in-law, what a tragic, horrific happening. When the book ends there are a lot of unanswered questions, yes, some are answered, but I was left wondering! Will Sylvia ever be able to have a life again beyond the security of her mother’s home and having her children in her arms? Will Henry be able to move on and accept responsibility beyond taking on the work of his Dad and brother. Will Amy be able to let herself have a life beyond the Greenhouse, and what of brother Ezekiel, will he continue to live in NY. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: The Crow’s Call (Amish Greenhouse Mystery #1) Author: Wanda Brunstetter Pages: 320 Year: 2020 Publisher: Shiloh Run Press My rating: 5 out of 5 books The Crow’s Call is a very intriguing mystery that leaves this reader looking forward to the next installment, The Mockingbird’s Song, released August 2020. The King family must learn how to live again after the loss of three family members. Amy King is one of the main characters in the book. She is one of the daughters who is grieving and attemptin Title: The Crow’s Call (Amish Greenhouse Mystery #1) Author: Wanda Brunstetter Pages: 320 Year: 2020 Publisher: Shiloh Run Press My rating: 5 out of 5 books The Crow’s Call is a very intriguing mystery that leaves this reader looking forward to the next installment, The Mockingbird’s Song, released August 2020. The King family must learn how to live again after the loss of three family members. Amy King is one of the main characters in the book. She is one of the daughters who is grieving and attempting to help her mother with a greenhouse business. Belinda is grieving the loss of a husband and son, while trying to put one foot in front of the other. There is a crow who keeps driving Amy silly with its call that she believes forebodes ill. But does it? Across the street from the Kings, an English family has moved in and so far that isn’t going well either. So, is this book a downer? I don’t think so at all. If anything, the story reflects to readers how faith, family and friends can walk with someone who is hurting. In addition, while trying to run a business without other family members, the greenhouse is experiencing vandalism. Who is the culprit? Is it Amy’s brother Henry or is it Belinda’s one-time fiancée from many years ago? I don’t know when these questions will get answers, but I do know that the story in the book is quite enjoyable to read. I enjoyed reading it because of the strong faith component and how the family works through grief while looking at some of the fun past moments. I look forward to discovering if the crow is really a symbol of foreboding to Amy or is there more going on with this lead character? None of the players in the book are perfect nor do they have all the answers. The author allows them to struggle with life just like real people do, but she also shows the thread of hope that keeps people buoyed in life. I encourage readers to enjoy this first novel with its flavor of a mystery, faith, family and hope while looking forward to The Mockingbird’s Song coming later this year! Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    This is the first book in a new series and Ms. Brunstettler has upped her game. I’ve been a fan for years but this is the beginning of Amish fiction with many twists and turns like a country road. It deals with the grief a family endures after a buggy accident and the different ways people grieve in a real and tangible way. It also has you trying to figure out who is doing mysterious things to cause setbacks to the family and their livelihood which is the greenhouse. Add in a strange new neighbo This is the first book in a new series and Ms. Brunstettler has upped her game. I’ve been a fan for years but this is the beginning of Amish fiction with many twists and turns like a country road. It deals with the grief a family endures after a buggy accident and the different ways people grieve in a real and tangible way. It also has you trying to figure out who is doing mysterious things to cause setbacks to the family and their livelihood which is the greenhouse. Add in a strange new neighbor and you will be scratching your head and wondering what is her story. This book is written with great balance and smoothly transitions like a juggler with many balls. Amy King is admirable in how she hides her hurt and does what needs to be done. She is strong and puts others first and is very identifiable. If you are new to Amish Fiction this is a great place to start. I found this to be an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a great Amish mystery to read. I am looking forward to the next book in this series

  16. 5 out of 5

    Connie Lynch

    Wanda Brunstetter leads the reader down a path no family should ever have to walk. Readers meet Amy King and her family and she shows the reader family values and sacrifice. Amy is a wonderful character with a great heart. This is the start of an enjoyable series and I look forward to book #2.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The Crows Call is a good story. I enjoyed it. The storyline is about the Kings. If you remember Michelle from the Prayer Jars series. Well, we meet up with Michelle and Ezekiel once again. You will be surprised when you do. I am glad to see them once again. We get to see a bit more of their storyline. Though this takes place mostly around the King's greenhouse and the King's family. There something tragic that happens, and those remaining have to deal with it. They seem to deal with it in differe The Crows Call is a good story. I enjoyed it. The storyline is about the Kings. If you remember Michelle from the Prayer Jars series. Well, we meet up with Michelle and Ezekiel once again. You will be surprised when you do. I am glad to see them once again. We get to see a bit more of their storyline. Though this takes place mostly around the King's greenhouse and the King's family. There something tragic that happens, and those remaining have to deal with it. They seem to deal with it in different ways. Though this seems to be mostly Amy King and Jared's story? How will Amy deal with the tragic events that hit her and family? Wanda seems to show how everyone deals with grief in their way. Though we see each family member cope in different ways. Henry seems to be the one that struggles the most. How will he deal with it? Everyone seems to tell him what to do. There seem to be a silver lining to his way. He seems to attach to a crow and when to train it. Will he be able to?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    Can the call of a crow bring danger and tragedy? Should the main characters be on alert at all times? After a horrible accident, life is changed and happiness may be lost. In this intriguing mystery, the author brings a story of love, faith and trust. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becka

    1.5 stars The Crow’s Call is described as Book 1 of the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. If you have read Brunstetter’s Prayer Jars series, you will recognize many of the characters in this book. Because I enjoyed learning more about those characters, I gave 1.5 stars. Beyond that, I really didn’t like much. I don’t think there’s enough of a “mystery” going on to merit calling the book a mystery, unless book 2 develops that plot line more. I don’t understand why the English neighbor lady’s POV was 1.5 stars The Crow’s Call is described as Book 1 of the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. If you have read Brunstetter’s Prayer Jars series, you will recognize many of the characters in this book. Because I enjoyed learning more about those characters, I gave 1.5 stars. Beyond that, I really didn’t like much. I don’t think there’s enough of a “mystery” going on to merit calling the book a mystery, unless book 2 develops that plot line more. I don’t understand why the English neighbor lady’s POV was included, nor did I see the significance of the woman who lived in the shack. Probably the most frustrating part of the book is that there is absolutely no resolution to any of the plot lines. It feels like the second half of the book is missing. Although I do own the second book in the series, I will not be continuing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)

    When I think Wanda Brunstetter, I think clean, Amish romances. I think carefree, happy characters with inspirational messages woven within. So, imagine my surprise when I see that she is writing a mystery series! Yes, it's still Amish, but it's a mystery series! I love suspenseful mysteries so I was super excited to check this one out!  The characters that Brunstetter chiseled for this novel quickly stole my heart! My heart went out to them as a devestating tragedy envelopes them. I felt all thei When I think Wanda Brunstetter, I think clean, Amish romances. I think carefree, happy characters with inspirational messages woven within. So, imagine my surprise when I see that she is writing a mystery series! Yes, it's still Amish, but it's a mystery series! I love suspenseful mysteries so I was super excited to check this one out!  The characters that Brunstetter chiseled for this novel quickly stole my heart! My heart went out to them as a devestating tragedy envelopes them. I felt all their emotions as if they were my own. Following them as they try to piece the puzzle together on the vandalizing and the who's and why's of it all, was truely interesting and not something I would expect from Brunstetter. But she did it perfectly, just like she always does!  If you want an engrossing, inspirational, roller coaster ride of a story, then grab this first book up in her new Amish Greenhouse Mysteries. You'll fall in love with her writing all over again and you won't want the story to end! I am highly anticipating what will happen in book 2! I can't wait. Well done, Brunstetter! Well done!  *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I thought it was interesting that this new series features Ezekiel's family (he being Michelle's sweetheart from the 'Prayer Jars' series). I enjoyed getting to know his mom Belinda, and siblings Amy, Sylvia, and Henry, though their circumstances throughout the book were heartbreaking and troubling at turns. I liked how Amy tried her best to focus on God's blessings despite her heartache at losing her family members, but she came across as a little bossy with regards to her younger brother at tim I thought it was interesting that this new series features Ezekiel's family (he being Michelle's sweetheart from the 'Prayer Jars' series). I enjoyed getting to know his mom Belinda, and siblings Amy, Sylvia, and Henry, though their circumstances throughout the book were heartbreaking and troubling at turns. I liked how Amy tried her best to focus on God's blessings despite her heartache at losing her family members, but she came across as a little bossy with regards to her younger brother at times, even when their mother was there to take charge of the situation. I have a few ideas of who might be the culprit behind the vandalism at the greenhouse, especially one person in particular, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out over the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Howe

    Great read! So many twists and turns.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The Crow’s Call is an Amish suspense novel by author Wanda E Brunstetter. It is book one in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. It may have been superstitious but ever since Amy King was a child she did not like call of a crow. It seemed to always mean something terrible was going to happen. One day she lost a brother, brother-in-law, and father. My favorite character was Henry King because I could relate to him and understand his actions. My least favorite was Virginia Martin because she was unf The Crow’s Call is an Amish suspense novel by author Wanda E Brunstetter. It is book one in the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series. It may have been superstitious but ever since Amy King was a child she did not like call of a crow. It seemed to always mean something terrible was going to happen. One day she lost a brother, brother-in-law, and father. My favorite character was Henry King because I could relate to him and understand his actions. My least favorite was Virginia Martin because she was unfriendly and judgmental. I highly recommend this book to fans of the Amish and I look forward to book two in the series with great expectations. There are discussion questions at the end of the book which would be great for a book club. Plus, there is a recipe for Amy’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Itkin

    Amy and her family are all gathered to celebrate their mothers birthday. When Amy's father Vernon suggests he will go out for ice cream his son, Abe and his son in law Toby decide to join him. Within minutes they are involved in a horrific accident that kills all three of them. How will the family cope? Sylvia and her two young children? Amy and her mother and younger brother Henry? Sylvia is beside herself and can hardly function. Amy jumps in immediately to help in the greenhouse full time. Hen Amy and her family are all gathered to celebrate their mothers birthday. When Amy's father Vernon suggests he will go out for ice cream his son, Abe and his son in law Toby decide to join him. Within minutes they are involved in a horrific accident that kills all three of them. How will the family cope? Sylvia and her two young children? Amy and her mother and younger brother Henry? Sylvia is beside herself and can hardly function. Amy jumps in immediately to help in the greenhouse full time. Henry who is just out of school feels the burdens of taking on additional tasks that his dad used to do. Will they be able to earn enough money to support themselves? Amy and her mother are determined they can make it work. Amy, however, feels now that she is so busy working full time in the greenhouse and helping in the house that she has no time for romance. She does love Jared but feels she cannot handle both and has to tell him. Henry suddenly has become a very unhappy younger brother and seems to be hiding things from his family, what is he up to? This is a very emotional story with how each of the members of the family handles this tragedy and what the future will hold. As always Ms Brunstetter will have you captured from the first chapter and not be able to put it down. The Crow's Call is the first in a new series Amish Greenhouse Mystery.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pam Pavkov

    The Crow's Call is the debut book in Wanda Brunstetter's new series, Amish Greenhouse Mystery. The author has done an amazing job of telling her story filled with loss, love, healing and forgiveness thru her well defined characters. The storyline has a mystery running through it and definitely keeps the readers interest in trying to solve the mystery. As a family is trying to come to grips with the sudden loss of three of their loved ones in a horrific buggy accident there is someone who is targ The Crow's Call is the debut book in Wanda Brunstetter's new series, Amish Greenhouse Mystery. The author has done an amazing job of telling her story filled with loss, love, healing and forgiveness thru her well defined characters. The storyline has a mystery running through it and definitely keeps the readers interest in trying to solve the mystery. As a family is trying to come to grips with the sudden loss of three of their loved ones in a horrific buggy accident there is someone who is targeting them by vandalizing their property. The family believes they know who is behind the destruction but aren't willing to fully believe it. Everytime something has taken place a crow has appeared and screens caw, caw, caw. Is he warning them in advance or just being a nuisance? The family who has been dealing with the loss of three of their loved ones has a different way of managing their grief. Belinda, the mother, has lost her husband, son, and son-in-law but she knows she has to lead the family so she pushes forward. Amy has put her life on hold to help manage the family greenhouse by breaking off her courtship, Sylvia the oldest sister, who has lost her husband of only a few years, can't find the strength to do more than care for her two young children. Henry, the youngest son, is so bitter he strikes out at everyone and fights all the changes that he needs to make. As this family needs to pull together to heal a former friend of Belinda appears and makes things very uncomfortable for her. Belinda tries to avoid him but he keeps appearing at times which makes her consider his motives. I enjoyed each of these characters and the part they play in this family. As they start to pull together as a family more vandalism occurs causing each of them to look at different people as the person responsible. Wanda Brunstetter has once again developed a story for her readers to show how a family can pull together and survive through love, forgiveness, and faith. I did accept an advance copy of this book from Wanda and Barbour Publishing. I was not, however, approached to post a favorable response. I have rated this story with five stars for meeting my expectations of a wonderful story that I can highly recommend to others. All opinions stated are my own. Congratulations to Wanda Brunstetter for writing such an inspiring story for readers of all genres. This book is a wonderful start to her new series and I anticipate the release of the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally Mander

    THE CROW'S CALL (Amish Greenhouse Mystery #1) By: Wanda E. Brunstetter Form: Paperback Pages: 320 Published: 3/1/2020 Isbn: 9781643520216 Publisher: Shiloh Run Press an imprint of Barbour Publishing Reviewed by: mrsboone4, Green Forest, AR USA Date: 3/3/2020 Rating: 5 Stars Is the call of a crow a foretelling of foreboding? Amy King thinks it could be. Any time she has heard a crow's call, in her family's yard, something bad has happened. Amy's father, brother, and brother in law are in a terrible acciden THE CROW'S CALL (Amish Greenhouse Mystery #1) By: Wanda E. Brunstetter Form: Paperback Pages: 320 Published: 3/1/2020 Isbn: 9781643520216 Publisher: Shiloh Run Press an imprint of Barbour Publishing Reviewed by: mrsboone4, Green Forest, AR USA Date: 3/3/2020 Rating: 5 Stars Is the call of a crow a foretelling of foreboding? Amy King thinks it could be. Any time she has heard a crow's call, in her family's yard, something bad has happened. Amy's father, brother, and brother in law are in a terrible accident, with her father's horse and buggy, one evening. Amy, her mother, her sister Sylvia and her brother Henry are all heartbroken. No one seems to be able to cope with the tragedy. Amy takes it upon herself, to make sure that her family's greenhouse is properly run, so they will have money to live on. Amy feels she has no right to keep her sweetheart Jared, so she breaks off their relationship-causing her even more heartbreak. Amy's mother is having a hard time coping with the loss of her beloved husband and two sons. Sylvia has two small children, she can barely take care of their needs and has literally nothing left to give to the rest of the family or the greenhouse business. Henry is at a difficult age for a boy and he has to assume the duties that his older brother and his father used to do, on top of his own chores. He rebels, not knowing how to deal with the losses and added workload. Jared is heartbroken, not only for Amy's family and their loss, but also for Amy and his love for her which does not diminish, even after Amy refuses to see him any longer. Someone is causing trouble for the greenhouse owners. Small things at first, then larger and larger targets. Amy doesn't know what to do about them. She and her mother think that Henry is possibly responsible for the troubles, but Henry denies any knowledge of the trouble and says whomever is targeting him is just making more work for him and he wouldn't do that to himself or his family. The book flows nicely and is an interesting story. There are several mysteries that are not concluded in the book. They will keep you in suspense until future books are published. I would have liked each book to have it's own mystery, with a solid conclusion at the end of each one. All in all, very good Amish Fiction. Suspense. Many thanks to Shiloh Run Press an imprint of Barbour Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book and I was under no obligation to post a review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read

    Wanda Brunstetter is a wonderful storyteller. It’s no surprise that she’s written almost 90 books and has sold over ten million copies. She has a way of gently drawing me into the lives of the characters she’s created, and by the time I finish the book, I feel as if I have been part of that community. This book continues the stories of some of the characters in the “Prayer Jars” series, so this one felt as if I were returning to this Amish community for another visit. However, this book has a dif Wanda Brunstetter is a wonderful storyteller. It’s no surprise that she’s written almost 90 books and has sold over ten million copies. She has a way of gently drawing me into the lives of the characters she’s created, and by the time I finish the book, I feel as if I have been part of that community. This book continues the stories of some of the characters in the “Prayer Jars” series, so this one felt as if I were returning to this Amish community for another visit. However, this book has a different tone than the “Prayer Jar” series. This is not a light-hearted book. From the beginning of the first chapter, there’s a sense of foreboding as the family gathers together for a celebration. The King family is living through the aftermath of heartbreaking tragedy, and the family members are struggling to find a “new normal” again. Each is struggling in their own way, and not all are handling it well. The family’s relationships are stretched as they relate to each other, but there’s always the foundation of love for each other that holds them together. Each one faces their own crisis of faith. There’s quite a contrast in the ways that Amy and Sylvia handle their grief. Their mother, Belinda, is the anchor that pulls everyone together. I admired her commitment and love to her family, even as she struggled with her own grief. Another way this book differs from Wanda Brunstetter’s other books is that this one ends rather abruptly with several questions unanswered. I’m not really a fan of that type of ending, and felt unsettled when I finished the book. But this is a mystery series, and I am now definitely waiting to reading the next book to hopefully get some of those questions answered. I’m trusting that once I finish this series, I’ll understand how each book flowed into the next one. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Wanda Brunstetter has a new series called Amish Greenhouse Mystery. I have finished reading Book 1, “The Crow’s Call”. I enjoyed reading this book and found the mystery very intriguing. Someone is trying to sabotage the King family’s greenhouse business. The worst part begins at the very beginning when Amy King’s father, brother, and son-in-law are killed in a buggy accident. Strange things start happening as the King family tries to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Small “accidents” Wanda Brunstetter has a new series called Amish Greenhouse Mystery. I have finished reading Book 1, “The Crow’s Call”. I enjoyed reading this book and found the mystery very intriguing. Someone is trying to sabotage the King family’s greenhouse business. The worst part begins at the very beginning when Amy King’s father, brother, and son-in-law are killed in a buggy accident. Strange things start happening as the King family tries to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Small “accidents” beginning to happen to the family and the business. Amy attaches these to her superstition that crows bring hardship. I enjoyed this book very much, except when I read almost to the end. I was execting some resolutions to the mysterious events occurring to the King family. I was disappointed that there were no resolutions at all. The reader was kept hanging and all things were suspect. Was it an accident or something worse that killed the King men? Who was behind the sabotage of the King livelihood, the greenhouse? Who is behing all of this? For this reason, I was not satisfied at the end of the novel. If this is Ms. Brunstetter’s way of keeping us reading her series, I was not impressed. Although the story was good, I felt that I was in limbo after finishing the book, and I did not like that feeling. I received a print copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was not required to review it. You can find this review on my blog at https://wp.me/p2pjIt-zz. Reviews of other books can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Wanda Brunstetter brings back some of the characters from the Prayer Jar series in this new series. She is an amazing Amish author and I loved this new book, The Crow's Call. I could not put it down. Amy feels when she hears a crow call it brings bad things. And this time after she heard the crow, her father , brother and brother in law are killed in a truck/ buggy accident. It is a devastating loss for her family but they must pick up and keep running the family greenhouse business to support th Wanda Brunstetter brings back some of the characters from the Prayer Jar series in this new series. She is an amazing Amish author and I loved this new book, The Crow's Call. I could not put it down. Amy feels when she hears a crow call it brings bad things. And this time after she heard the crow, her father , brother and brother in law are killed in a truck/ buggy accident. It is a devastating loss for her family but they must pick up and keep running the family greenhouse business to support their family. It is hard on everyone, with each family member dealing with their loss in different ways. Her sister after losing her husband, father and brother withdraws from people. Her mother just stays strong and carries on trying to save the business. Amy works hard and tries her best to help her mother and in doing so she realizes she has no time left for her boyfriend and decides it is best for him if she ends their relationship. Her brother starts acting out and doesn't want to help with the chores or the greenhouse. Strange things starts happening and several strange people start appearing. This book has just enough mystery to keep you guessing on who is doing these strange things and who are these strange people and what are they up to. And will Amy realize before it is to late that she can make time for her boyfriend and that she misses him and needs him. This book will not disappoint you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    I love the way the book is written with the views of all characters, the way the author includes bible scriptures so a reader can understand on how it’s been interpreted and can interpret the verse themselves. The theme and plot is understandable for any reader whose been through tragedy, grief and depression. The book demonstrates that people no matter the age, gender, culture or religion all goes through grief and how they tend to adjust their emotions and lives. The family do their complete b I love the way the book is written with the views of all characters, the way the author includes bible scriptures so a reader can understand on how it’s been interpreted and can interpret the verse themselves. The theme and plot is understandable for any reader whose been through tragedy, grief and depression. The book demonstrates that people no matter the age, gender, culture or religion all goes through grief and how they tend to adjust their emotions and lives. The family do their complete best to be there for each other, maybe pushing each other away is the way they cope. I’d recommend anyone to read the book,. I like that the author has given a recipe and thought provoking questions for individuals or BookClubs to answer. Lastly it’s a great page turner with a slight cliffhanger as it leaves a reader with unanswered questions. I do like the method used as it draws the reader to anticipate the next instalment.

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