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“The Lost Sisters” by Lindsey Hutchinson

I was very anxious to read “The Lost Sisters” by Lindsey Hutchinson.  The story begins with Orpha Buchanan’s mother physically and verbally abusing her, finally throwing her out of the house.  Albert, Orpha’s father, obviously has no idea that this treatment is happening to his daughter and she is afraid to tell him.  Not only that, but previously and infant daughter was “stolen by Gypsies” as an infant, never to be found.  After roaming the countryside, Orpha meets up with Peg and is taken in by her.  Lo, and behold, they find that they are sisters.  Peg is the long lost infant.  Although I admired the ability of the author to conjure up these instances, the longer I read, the more inconceivable it became.  Hortense Buchanan was an evil woman and how she got away with all she did, abuse, arson, murder…is beyond me.  Although I read the book in its entirety, I questioned every new coincidence that occurred.  Albert’s inability to see the truth, his apathy in bringing his wife to justice, his “other’ life that was brought to light… just really irritated me.  And through it all Orpha becomes a successful entrepreneur.  The ending was unbelievable.  I’m sorry, but I would not recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com and was under no obligation to post a review.

“What the Bishop Saw” by Vanetta Chapman

“What the Bishop Saw” begins in Goshen, Indiana.  Henry Lapp is beaned in a baseball game and as a result has acquired savant syndrome.  This allows him to display unusual skills in art.  He is able to draw everything he sees, right down to the facial expressions.  He and his parents almost consider this a curse.

Fifty-two years later finds Henry in San Luis Valley, Colorado as bishop of an Amish community.  Someone is setting fires and in one of them a man died.  The whole town is on edge, but it seems that the arsonist is targeting only Amish families, causing some of them to move away instead of trying to find the person responsible.  Henry resists using his “gift” to help, but pressure from his friends cause him to draw exactly what he saw at the first fire.  His uncanny ability to capture absolutely everything around him at a particular moment finds clues that would not be recognizable at all.  This novel by Vanetta Chapman is entertaining.  It is centered around a syndrome that is quite rare and the story surrounding it brings to light the problems that it sometimes causes.  I like the book, it kept me interested.