Book Review: Among the Wicked


Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff’s department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English” communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate’s long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she’ll have limited communication – and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can’t turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she’s briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone… trapped in a fight for her life.

*****5 STARS*****

We know it’s not going to be a simple assignment and I wanted to slap Kate when she said “It’s the Amish, how bad can it be?” Oh it’s bad. It’s always bad. 

Yes in the end Kate makes it out, but I fear one day she will not be so lucky. At least she is able to connect with her roots and make dear friendships that I hope she holds onto. 

Highlight for Spoilers

((((It turns out the Chief of Police in the town she’s undercover is part of the human trafficking and cult activity. He is responsible for raping, impregnating, and killing the murdered girl. The cult leader, who pretends to be an Amish bishop, knows his desire for underage girls and traps the police chief. Now he is at the bishops mercy. 

Kate solves it and barely makes it out alive.))))

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2016 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 46 books toward
her goal of
55 books.

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Sounds like a sweet read with lots of life lessons along the way. Hope it’s not too sappy though. 

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This week’s Listicles: 10 ‘OH NO YOU DIDN’T MOMENTS.

These all take place before we had Dino…I’ve done some crazy things as a mom…but most of these moments were reminders from hubby. What a trip down memory lane.

1. When I was still living at home I hurt my ankle and was on crutches. I fell coming out of the door and landed on my nose. Thankfully, it’s just as hard as my head and was fine.

2. Met hubby in community college and tried to impress him by throwing a GLASS Snapple bottle into the garbage. Of course I missed and it broke. Everyone in the cafeteria cheered me…what a way to impress new boyfriend.

3. Before I met hubby’s parents, we were over his house watching TV, seriously watching TV, and his parents came home early. In a fit of ridiculous worry he told me run out of the house thinking he would be in trouble…mind you he was 20 and I was 19 and we were just watching flipping TV. He made me run out the back door…and as I ran out the back past the front porch, I ran past his parents trying to get in the front door. I was so embarrassed…especially when I had to officially meet him for the first time.

4. Trying to spit out mouthwash like hubby and spitting it all over my clothes…yeah, I’m cool.

5. While at dinner with hubby I went to hold his hand across the table and knocked over both of our glasses…water ALL OVER THE PLACE.

6. Many years ago for Christmas, we drove an hour to my parent’ house to sleep over. I feared I left the heating blanket on, so we drove back to turn it off, then drove back to my parents…boy was hubby mad.

7. Hubby bought tickets for us to see BonJovi in concert. We went with his wackadoo co-worker at t he time…what a moron that guy was. Anyway on he way there we stopped to have breakfast in a diner. I don’t know how, but I almost flushed my keys down the toilet (I only did #1 people). I held on for dear life as the water flowed around my hand…Thankfully I kept my keys (the only set we had that day). I washed my hands about a hundred times and used a full bottle of antibacterial spray.

8. While I was at work, Hubby locked himself out of the house…WITH …Balboa. He had to borrow a ladder and climb up and crawl through a tiny bathroom window.

9.While I was at work, Hubby locked himself out of the house but had a car key. He drove all the way to my job just to get the house keys-which was about forty-minute drive each way.

10. Hubby is always leaving keys, wallet, and cell phone, and winds up having to drive back to work to get them.Usually he will get home, look at me with his typical I messed up face and walk right back out.

Squirrely Blogger Award

Karen from Baking in a Tornado gave me THIS awesome award…

I need to divulge 7 to 10 quirky facts about myself and then name 7 to 10 bloggers who would be okay okay sharing quirky facts about themselves…*evil laugh*  Who can I torture???? BWAHAHAHAHA

I’m pretty much an open book, unless it is something that a parent or co-worker could see and might affect my work.

1. I rarely listen to music…mostly books on CD…when I do listen to music it’s mostly Jackson Rathbone, former 100 monkeys, Johnny Cash…and some Lady Gaga. Most of the time if you turn on my car…you either hear, an annoying kid’s song, the vivid details of torture and murder, or a sappy confession of love from one person to another.

2. I must have a large bucket of popcorn when I go to the movies…whether I pop it at home or buy it there.

3. I’m scared of the basement…there are evil spiders, bugs, and serial killers hiding down there, I just know it. Yes, I am crazy.

4. You can usually tell what I am feeling from the look on my face. I have a hard time keeping my emotions from showing. Whether its aggravation, anger, .silliness, fear, hunger, or exhaustion.

5. When hubby offers to go to subway for lunch he knows I am going to order the same complicated and crazy sandwich, but Dino loves it too. I order a foot long (that I share with Dino) Italian bread, with turkey, provolone, mayo, oil vinegar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and olives.

6. I always hang my keys in one of two places: directly on my purse or on our key rack. If I can’t find my keys and they are not there I go into full panic mode. One time I couldn’t find them anywhere, hubby went on and on how I need to be more responsible and take care of my things…(meanwhile he would lose his head if it wasn’t attached). So where did we find them? In hubby’s other coat pocket…I tortured him for days/weeks for that one.

7. I’ve mentioned this before, I have a thing with water…like the girl from SIGNS. I can’t drink water in a cup, I swear there are all sorts of buggies and floaties in there. So I need it in a water bottle of my choosing and with some sort of crystal light just to add color…so I can’t see the floaties. Yes I have issues.

So which bloggers are being passed the sack of nuts? BWAHAHAHA

It’s NOT an obligation…so no worries if you can’t post…just feel honored.

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~*~Semper Fidelis Award~*~

Dana  gave me a super cool award…and she added some rockin’ poetry too, check it out here. I am so bad at accepting and returning the favor…but I am being good this time. 

The award is the…Semper Fidelis Award. This phrase means “always faithful” in Latin, but this award has nothing to doing with the Marines. It is a thank you for loyal and supportive fellow bloggers. The creator of this award used wolves to represent a group with strong ties. semper fidelis awardNow Dana showed a pic of a hot man which plays a wolf in True Blood…but if you know me I am crazy for Twilight…but not really into the wolves…but here is a hot wolf pic anyway. I guess hanging out with these hot wolves wouldn’t be so bad.

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Of course awards come with rules, and they are:

1. Add the award logo to your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated/gifted you and link back to their blog.
3.  Nominate five bloggers whose loyalty and friendship you value and who you consider being part of your ‘wolf pack’.
4.  Post something special for each one of your nominees and dedicate it to them such as a quote, picture, poem, saying etc…something you think pertains to that person.
5.  Let your nominees know that they are nominated!

Janine’s a technology DIVA who helped me transfer to self-hosted domain. She’s a former teacher and current SAHM.
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Kathy and Melinda are spiritual DIVAS who provide thought provoking posts and support all moms.

Carli is a certified personal trainer DIVA who uses her love of fitness to educate us all.
Real IntoKerry mom of twin girls with a set of twins on the way, a multiples DIVA…like me she has suffered through infertility but came out with true miracles.

Karen, a baking DIVA and mother of boys…whose stories both scare me and make
me laugh hysterically.
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I got this awesome award from TWO fabulous ladies.

Thanks you to TWO fabulous ladies One Mommy and  Melissa for nominating me for this award.  YOU LADIES ROCK HARD

So here is the deal.
1)  Thanks the blogger who gave you the award.
2)  Post 7 things about yourself.
3)  Pass the award on to 7 deserving bloggers and let the know they have been nominated.
4)  Include the logo of the award in your post.
7 Things about Me:
1)  I am a HUGE Twilight fan and can’t wait for the final movie to come out. I am going to sob during the film. I can’t believe it’s over.
2)  Ever since my pregnancy I can NOT stand to look at or smell tomato soup. Pasta sauce is fine, but tomato soup…I will hurl.
3)  I love a sandwich with the works…mayo, oil and vinegar, pickles, olives, lettuce, and tomato.
4)  I could drink cherry coke EVERY day, but I can’t.
5)  I am TERRIFIED of spiders and heights
6)  My parents forced me to go up the Statue of Liberty thinking it would cure me of  my fear of heights, it only traumatized me.
7)  I love blogging and reading other blogs, I love knowing I’m not alone.
7 Bloggers to Pass the Award on To: This was so difficult to only pick three. I feel awful that I had to leave others out.
1) The Busy Mom’s Diet
2) This Happy Mom
3) Mom on The Run x2
4) Mother Daughter Book Reviews
5) A Duck in Her Pond
6) Forgetful Momma
7) Something Undone but he’s DEFINITELY not a mom, so I made him a different award…but I’m not great at graphics. I hope it’s not too corny.

Liebster Award

I had to delete and repost, comment luv was not showing again…So, now onto the post. I was nominated for the Liebster Award

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers by bloggers. It is a way to acknowledge each other and say “you’re doing a great job”. It is for blogs with 200 or less followers, so it’s also a great way to spread the word about smaller blogs and get them more readers and followers! When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person(s) who nominated you. You pass the Award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions. You’re not allowed to nominate the blog(s) who nominated you! (To get the button, right click the picture on my page and save the picture to your computer. You can then upload to your blog.)

Thank you so much to Melissa at Adventures with Construction Destructo for nominating me for this award!  I really appreciate it.

Random facts about me:
1)  I have a younger sister
2)  I can handle reading gore but can’t watch it
3)  I can handle reading gory crime dramas, but can’t read about ghosts
4)  I love cooked peppers in food, but can’t stand them raw.
5)  I originally wanted to be a Spanish teacher, but they didn’t offer it as a college major anymore
7)  I used to regularly camp with hubby, but afraid to take Dinosaur just yet
8)  Hubby and I lived a few blocks away from each other, but didn’t meet till college
9)  I curse way too much, it’s a bad habit
10)  I often sleep on the couch, because hubby snores too loud
11)  Our french bulldog, Balboa was our first baby and still kind of is

I am nominating these wonderful blogs for this award:
1)  Susan at  This Happy Mom
2)  Emily at The Busy Mom’s Diet
3)  A Mother’s First
4)  CMcKane at Annuary Chit
5)  Hannah at Hannah Says
6)  Audrey at The Idea Girl
7)  Desirae at The Not So Ugly Ducklings
8)  Michelle at Michelle Mossey
9)  Miranda at Words and Whimsey
10)  Tragic Sandwich
11)  Kate at Help I’m Surrounded by P*nises

Questions I Was Asked:

  1. What is your favorite food? Oh, that is hard, since I am allergic to dairy I am very picky. It has to be good pulled pork or my pasta and sauce.
  2. What is your dream job? I’d love to just have a job, but my dream job would be at home blog designer/updater.
  3. What did you want to be when you were a little kid? at teacher and a mom
  4. What was your favorite book as a kid? Where the Wild Things Are and the Judy Bloom books. 
  5. What is your favorite color? brown, my wardrobe is all based on brown. 
  6. What season is your favorite? fall, I love the colors, smells and weather
  7. What is your favorite holiday? hmm, Thanksgiving and Christmas eve, all because of the food.
  8. If you could have one day to do anything, what would it be? spend a day at a spa getting massages
  9. Which chore would you rather do, dust, grocery shop, or laundry? now that we have a washer and dryer in the house, LAUNDRY
  10. How many kids did you think you would have as a child? five, three boys and two girls
  11. What do you look forward to most about fall? used to be going back to school, now its the cooler weather, apple and pumpkin picking
Questions for my Nominees:
1)  What would you do first if you won a million dollars?
2)  What is your favorite room in your home?
3)  What did you want to be when you were a little kid?
4)  What is your favorite book to read to your child(ren)
5)  What is your favorite color?
6)  Which kid’s show do you wish was cancelled?
7)  What is your favorite holiday?
8)  What is the most expensive gift you have given someone?
9)  Are you a good dancer?
10)  How many kids did you think you would have as a child? 
11)  What do you look forward to most about fall?

run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
vacuum bedrooms
clean oven and stovetop

What’s your cleaning agenda today? 

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