Vow of Silence
Melynda Price 

Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: May 27th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

A killer is hiding in Plain sight…
The hunt for a serial killer leads Homicide Detective Josiah Troyer back to his Amish roots. To catch a madman preying on young women, Joe must return to Lancaster County and regain the trust of a shattered community.
The FBI knows Joe is the best chance they have of solving this case. By returning to Lancaster, he will face shunning, and resentment from the people he once called family and friends.
Hannah’s heart was broken when Josiah abandoned her eight-years ago to live with the Englishers. Forced to wed a man not of her choosing, her husband’s untimely death has left her struggling to put her life back together.
When unspeakable tragedy strikes again, Josiah unexpectedly returns, investigating the murder of her sister and two other young Amish women. Hannah quickly discovers the man that’s come back is not the same one she fell in love with.
Gone are Josiah’s easy smiles and gentle ways. He’s harder, colder—a true Englisher… But not even shunning can stop the attraction from consuming them both, and Josiah soon opens Hannah’s eyes to a world of passion and pleasure she never imagined. Choosing Josiah would mean walking away from the only world she’s ever known.
Josiah’s investigation begins to unravel when he discovers the killer is closer than he thought. Soon, he’s in a race against time to save the only woman he’s ever loved before she becomes the next victim.

~ Guest Post with Melynda ~

Please tell the readers about the main character Josiah, how did you come up with him and about the plot for this book?

Melynda: Hi! Thank you for inviting me to write a guest post featuring my new release, Vow of Silence.
I’m especially excited about this book because I wanted to tell a story about what might happen if the Amish world collided with ours and if the violence of our society touched theirs. What would that look like and what would some of those obstacles be?
From this objective, I created Josiah’s character, a homicide detective that was raised Amish and left the faith to join the outside world when the woman he was in love with was promised to someone else. To catch a serial killer preying on young Amish women, Josiah returns to Lancaster County and must regain the trust of a shattered community. When he encounters Hannah, the woman who broke his heart, they both must face the past and the painful truths that kept them apart.

Developing the plot and conflicts was easy because the setting of the story creates so many obstacles. Josiah encounters shunning, anger, and resentment from the people he called his family and friends while Hannah grapples with loving Josiah who is no longer the untarnished man she once knew.

Vow of Silence maintains the feel of a romantic suspense while giving a taste of Amish culture. Staying true to the genre I’m known for writing, this story has a dark side, is a bit angsty, and very sexy. Don’t read this book if you’re expecting Beverly Lewis. So many stories written in the Amish setting are sweet, slow-paced romances. I wanted to write a thrilling Amish-based book that felt contemporary and unique. Telling Josiah and Hannah’s story was a roller coaster of emotion and I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did.

~Melynda Bio:

Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her novels have finaled in and or won many awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers’ Choice, Write Touch, and New England Readers’ Choice.
What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.