Please welcome Marta Perry!
Have you ever, even for a moment, thought about starting a completely new life? For me, the answer brings an inner panic. As a child, I had to move several times. I still remember vividly how frightening that first day of school was in a new place. How I longed for a friend – just one friend – who would help make the unknown less frightening!
As an adult, I probably wouldn’t succumb to the panic, but maybe that was in the back of my mind when I came up with the idea for my latest book, Where Secrets Sleep. My protagonist doesn’t want a new life, but she’s forced into one, and before long she finds that the new setting has dangers and secrets far worse than any she’s ever imagined. Here’s a bit about the story:
In Amish country, not everything is as simple as it appears.
After a terrible betrayal, Allison Standish flees Philadelphia for the small Amish community of Laurel Ridge to claim an unexpected inheritance. Allison intends to sell the mansion housing various shops – until she meets Nick Whiting, a single father and tenant of Blackburn House, who challenges everything she believes about her estranged grandmother and the Amish community.
Strange stipulations in her grandmother’s will soon bring distant relatives and seething townsfolk to Allison’s door. As anonymous threats escalate, Nick grows protective of Allison, and she finds herself falling for the handsome carpenter… But then she discovers her grandmother’s death may not have been accidental, and someone wants Allison gone. Permanently.
Where Secrets Sleep came out in March from HQN Books. It received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and was ranked as a “Must Read” in USA Today.
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Bio: A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch heritage led Marta to write about the Plain People who add so much richness to the heritage of her home state. Marta has seen over fifty of her books published, and is currently at work on number fifty-seven, with over six million books in print. She and her husband live in a centuries-old farmhouse on twenty-five acres in a central Pennsylvania valley. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sewing, gardening, baking, or enjoying her six beautiful grandchildren.