Series: Kate Burkholder #7.5
Published by Minotaur Books on May 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
“Zimmerman’s Orchard was the last place fourteen-year-old Katie Burkholder wanted to be, especially with her older brother, Jacob.”
FINAL DECISION: An intriguing little story that gives more background and depth to Kate and her family and friends, this short story gives readers a glimpse into Kate’s life as a young teenager.
THE STORY: Fourteen year old Amish Kate Burkholder is avoiding her chores with her best friend Mattie. When a barn burns, Kate is torn between the evidence and believing her best friend’s version of events.
OPINION: This short story taking place in Kate’s teenage years gives some interesting insights into Kate and her relationships with her Amish friends and family. Kate is as dogged as an adult and also willing to go for overall justice even if not particularly factual. I liked seeing this glimpse into Kate before her life became more dark and complicated. I didn’t think this story was needed to understand Kate or those around her and I don’t think I would reach for this as a re-read but I was satisfied with the story.
WORTH MENTIONING: This story takes place not long before Kate’s rape.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SEEDS OF DECEPTION is book 7.5 of the Kate Burkholder series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.