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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Secret Keeper...Review

About the book:
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 antiquities appraiser.

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?

Jenny has always loved the quiet, simple things in life and has always been drawn to the Old Order Amish world.  When she finally musters the courage to leave her wealthy family home and move to Hickory Hollow her Amish friend Marnie arranges for her to board with the Lapp family while goes through her time of proving.  As Jenny finds herself becoming more and more Amish, Marnie finds herself drawn to outside teachings.

I loved the premise of this book, that an Englischer wants to become Amish and I loved the way that Beverly portrays the opposite experiences of Marnie and Jenny.  As always, I do not understand the concept or purpose of shunning, but I was pleased with how it was handled here and that the Bishop was actually a man who listened to others and softened his heart.

Fourth in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, the story stands alone just fine and it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I just love picking up a new Beverly Lewis book.  With few exceptions, I always adore Beverly's books and characters and this one was terrific.

Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Beverly Lewis here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

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