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The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson


Cover art: The Silent Order Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: The Silent Order
Author: Melanie Dobson
Publisher: Summerside Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-60936-019-1
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Late 1920s Cleveland and Sugar Creek Ohio
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Melanie's Website: www.melaniedobson.com

Nikki Cardano is the "deceased" daughter of the big Cleveland mobster "Club" Cardano. Only a very few know that the now Amish woman Katie Lehman is in fact Nikki. The night that Nikki's older sister Liz was murdered was also the night that Katie Lehman was born. Not only did Nikki turn her back on her family and her name but she took her son Henry as well. They went to the Amish community of Sugar Creek to live with her Aunt and Uncle. They went away from all the crime, blood and violence that is the Cardano family’s way of life.

About eight years later, Rollin Wells literally stumbles into the barn that belongs to Katie's Aunt and Uncle, bloody and incoherent. Rollin is part of the "old life" back home and Katie is not happy at all to see him, everything could blow up with him around. Little does she know that not far from where she now lives her family, namely her brother Antonio is setting up a meeting that would forever change the Cardano organization.

Rollin's connection to Katie is through her sister Liz. Rollin and Liz dated a long time ago and slowly but surely Katie knows that Rollin will either figure everything out or she will eventually tell him. Rollin never does actually figure out on his own who Katie really is, that is until Katie herself decides to trust him and tell him that she is actually Nikki. By that time Rollin is all ready falling in love with her and Katie's old feelings for Rollin have all ready come back full force.

The three things they have to get through in order to be together are:
1.) Henry- there is a secret about Katie's son that I refuse to give away but it is a doozy and a very touching part to read.
2.) Katie's Amish, and in order for Rollin and Katie to be together she has to give up the life that she adopted and has been living under for about the past eight years.
3.) The Cardano's – She worries if they were to find out where she was, would they come after her or just leave her alone? I will tell you that her Mom does know where she is and always has known. Though only when she figures out that her husband and son are doing things in Sugar Creek does she go to see her daughter and grandson for the last time.

All of these secrets and major points in the book makes it so good to read. I loved trying to figure out how all of this was going to play out.

Rolling and Katie together are great. I really don't think they would have worked out as well if she were still Nikki. As Katie, Nikki has calmed down into the mellow life of the Amish raising her son and just surviving in hiding though where she is the only thing that stays hidden is her past and old existence. But, when Rolling shows up and her past is somewhat revealed the Amish community does band together and help out with whatever they can or however they can. That to me just proves that the Amish aren't as stuck on themselves and their ways as some may think they are. Now, while I know this is just a book, I can't help but think that there is an Amish community—if not a whole lot of others—that would help out an outsider if it were needed. They are very giving people and that is one reason why I love the read books based on them. Their way of dealing with things and how they live is so mellow and low key you just can't help but wish you could just for a day live like them and see how it really is. I bet that is why Nikki became Katie and moved in with her Amish Aunt and Uncle. You can't get any further way from the life of crime she was used to then a farm out in the quiet countryside.


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