Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review of The Secret Keeper

Review of The Secret Keeper

by Beverly Lewis 

 Readers Eagerly Await the Latest from Beverly Lewis, the #1 Name in Amish Fiction

With her love for all things old-fashioned, Jennifer Burns has often been told she's an "old soul," but no one is prepared for the young woman's decision to set aside her modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world. Yet Jenny does exactly that, adopting Plain dress and settling in with Samuel and Rebecca Lapp while she works as a mother's helper for the bishop's wife--a far cry from her former job as an x-ray technician.

The people of Hickory Hollow are curious about the beautiful young seeker among them, one handsome Amishman in particular. But he is not the only man vying for Jenny's affections, and Jenny faces many challenges in the Proving time the brethren have set for her...challenges of the heart, as well as the spirit.

Will Jenny's secrets keep her from the peace she longs for? Or will they lead the way home?

Home to Hickory Hollow Series book 4

MY REVIEW:
Think it would be wonderful to join the Amish and get away from all the troubles of life?  Jenny thinks so too, and you can join her in her "Proving" time to get a feel for the fantasy.  Everything is NOT perfect and simple for Jenny though.
What happens when "the seeker" falls in love with an Amishman and he returns the feelings?   Will the Amish community accept them as a couple? what about his annoying sister, Emmalynn, who seems determined to ruin things for Jenny at every turn?  Who will teach Jenny to bake a perfect loaf of bread?  You might be surprised at the answers!
I have often fantasized about "running away from life and becoming Amish" and this book allowed me to get a glimpse into the dream.   We often are guilty of thinking "the grass is greener on the other side" but it is not. I have learned that I must be happy where I am, with my own internal feelings.  We can not hide from our hearts, can we?   We may wish to give it a try though.   I do love air-conditioning and my dishwasher though.  I don't know how easy it would be to give up my cellphone and computer with internet access either.  Running to a phone shed to call my daughters would not be my idea of a good day!  
I have loved the entire Home to Hickory Hollow series and readers will want to pre-order this book now!  
I received a free pdf copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  

About the Author:
I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."
After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.
My first book (Holly's First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers ("Big Bad Beans") which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled "SummerHill Secrets," which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up--near the heart of Amish country.
But it was the story of my grandmother Ada Buchwalter's shunning by her ultra-strict father and subsequently her old order Mennonite community that nudged me toward writing adult fiction. THE SHUNNING was published in 1997 by Bethany House Publishers, and along with its sequels, has touched a nerve in millions of readers intrigued by the Plain tradition of Lancaster County, PA. The Hallmark Movie Channel will air the movie, "Beverly Lewis's The Confession" on January 19, 2013--the sequel to "The Shunning" movie.
My passion for Amish-related stories continues to keep me up at night, and I'm presently editing the 2nd book (The Bridesmaid) in my new series: "Home to Hickory Hollow," due out September 11, 2012.



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