Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review & Giveaway of "Buried Secrets"

Review & Giveaway of Buried Secrets

by Rachel J. Good

Guest post by Rachel Good: 
Readers who have read Change of Heart, the first book in the Sisters & Friends series, will remember Emma as the wild teen who defied her family. Her older sister, Lydia, tried to prevent Emma from making mistakes during Rumschpringe, the Amish running-around time. Throughout most of the story, Lydia and Emma were at odds with each other, but in the end, the family needed to forgive Emma and show her God’s love.

In Book 2, Buried Secrets, Emma has no memory of her rebellion, so she’s devastated when she finally does remember. Then she must confront her past, learn to forgive herself, and also ask for and accept God’s forgiveness. Sometimes when we’ve done things we’re ashamed of, we struggle to believe that God can forgive what we’ve done. But God’s mercy has no limits. Emma needs to open her heart to that truth. As she does, she discovers an important lesson: Some mistakes in the past can never be undone, but God can forgive anything.

Authors often write about themes that are close to their hearts, and I’m no exception. Many times, after I write a novel, I look back and see how God directed me to tell a story containing lessons I needed to learn. In Change of Heart, Lydia discovers that judging other people or suggesting ways they can improve their lives can be a form of self-righteousness. God used my young daughter to point that out to me, but it’s a lesson that bears repeating. And as I finished the novel, I clearly saw it as a reminder not only to Lydia, but also to me.

Emma’s story also blessed me by reminding me how deep and wide God’s love is for each of us. No matter how we’ve failed, He never stops loving us, and His forgiveness is only a prayer away.

I also hope to remind readers that “all things work together for good for those that love God.” So often we expect hardship when we do God’s will, but He has promised to give us the desires of our hearts. Lydia learned in Change of Heart that God’s will was so much better than anything she could have planned, and Emma, too, comes to realize that, by trusting God to direct her life, she is blessed many times over.

Has God ever given you a desire of your heart? To enter the giveaway, share one of God’s blessings in your life. And let’s rejoice together at the many wonderful things He has done for each of us.


Overcome the past and any other obstacles that stand in the way of the future God has planned for you.

Three years after the accident that almost claimed her life, Emma Esh has recovered physically but has no memory of the year before the accident. When she moves to a new community to help her sister Lydia and brother-in-law, Caleb, prepare for the birth of twins, she falls for their neighbor Samuel.

But the twins’ premature birth, a visit from the Englischer Emma once dated, and the sudden return of her memory threaten Emma’s romance. After the secrets of her past are revealed, will love be able to overcome all obstacles?  

MY REVIEW:   Boy, does this one have plenty of surprises?!!!  This novel threw a really big surprise for me.   It was something that I honestly don't think I've ever read about in any Amish books previously.   Amish fiction is definitely not new to me.  I am an avid reader and Amish fiction is one of my absolute favorites.  Rachel J. Good is a new author to me and I am very impressed with this novel.  I did not read the first book in the series, but it did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book.  I'm sure that reading book one in the series first would add some additional information that would make the story and characters continue on and become like family to the reader.   
          Emma and Sam were both highly likable characters.   I could certainly feel the emotions of both of them.   Family dynamics played a large part in the lives of Emma and her family.   Emma and her sister, Lydia, have some issues from their past to resolve and these issues keep cropping up in their present day lives.   Sam has been hurt by a girl once, and he doesn't care to be hurt like that again.   
          I highly recommend this book to readers!   My star rating on this book is 5!
          I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Book Tour. and netgalley.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

About the Author: 

Rachel J. Good

Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friends series, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. Rachel also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. She loves reading (of course!), traveling, and spending time with her five children and three grandchildren. Visit her at her websiteFacebookauthor pageTwitterPinterest, and Goodreads. You also can sign up for her quarterly newsletter here.


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a full box of Whoopie Pies freshly baked for you from a bakery in Amish country, along with copies of Angels Unaware, the brand new Amish Words and Proverbs Coloring Book and Amish Quilts Coloring Book #1 (Large Print Edition), an autographed copy of Change of Heart, and an Amish cookbook!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries :   


  1. Thank you for the great giveaway! I have Angels Unaware and plan to read it soon. All of Rachel's books look good!

    1. Hi Becky, thanks for stopping by! I haven't read "Angels Unaware". I'll have to put that on my TBR list.

  2. I count my family as a great blessing and my faith is also so important to me. Thanks for this giveaway.

    1. Hi Connie, this book is full of examples of faith and blessings, isn't it? I feel the same as you. My faith and family are important to me also. They get me through so many things.

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me, Rhonda! I'm so glad you enjoyed BURIED SECRETS!

    1. Rachel, how kind of you to stop by! It was my pleasure to host you here on my blog. You are such a wonderful author!

  4. There are so many blessings...but today I'll mention my newest published book, Hutterite Diaries. Not only is it a blessing getting it published, but the fact that I hear from so many people who've enjoyed it.

  5. I can't wait to read Rachel's books. I love all Amish books and am super happy to find new authors to follow.
    Whoopie pies sound good.
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  6. One of God's blessing,I have received is my Family and my Grand babies. And my health and friends. You have some great giveaways to share and Your books are going on my must reads list. Thank you for a chance to win one of your gifts.


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