by Shelley Shepard Gray
Amish Fiction / romantic suspense
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series---The Amish of Hart County
---with this suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker.
After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she's getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky . . . if only she wasn't too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone
---even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she'll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.
For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called "The Recluse" confuses him like no other.
When he learns of her past, he knows he's misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God's gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there's always more to someone than meets the eye.
Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, HER SECRET is the beginning of a new series by Ms. Gray set in Hart County, Kentucky. It is supposed to be a romantic suspense, and it is heavier on the romance than the suspense, but she has a good start. I had no idea that some of the things in the story were as they were until they were revealed. And while some of the events seemed to be contrived and a bit unrealistic, it did end with me reading with bated breath, and on the edge of my seat for awhile.
If you like Ms. Gray's books, Amish or historical, and like romantic suspense this book would be good. Ms. Gray has quite a gentle, non-intrusive voice, and that didn't change any in this new book.