Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Secret Keeper

Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
September 2013
ISBN:  978-0764209802
Genre: Amish

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?

THE SECRET KEEPER is  the fourth book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, but it easily stands alone. In addition to being part of this series, THE SECRET KEEPER also follows Katie Lapp from The Shunning and that series that have grabbed readers and movie watcher's hearts from the book and movie of the same name.

I enjoyed getting to know Jenny, and her struggle to become plain. It was interesting to see this take on the Amish life. She moved in with Rebecca Lapp (Katie's Mamm) and into Katie's old bedroom and started interacting with her relatives.

A really sweet story, more of a women's fiction than a romance, though there is a clear romantic interest, and to be honest, I couldn't help but fall in love with Andrew myself!

Fans of Amish fiction will definitely want to read this book by the queen of Amish fiction, Beverly Lewis. THE SECRET KEEPER is a great book. Highly recommended. $14.99. 346 pages. 5 stars.

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