A real coming-into-yourself kind of story. Anna isn't only running from abuse, she's running from the shell of the woman she has turned into. She thinks she's looking for safety, but what she really needs is peace. Living Amish brings a fresh perspective, in the form of new-found hope...and a forbidden love.
Hidden is a gentle love story that progresses from animosity to friendship to something much more profound. The cultural divide is a huge stumbling block and when the chaos from Anna's past turns threatening I wasn't quite sure how the author could possibly pull out a happily ever after for Anna and Henry. But she did! As well as some valuable life lessons along the way.
If you haven't had the chance to read an Amish Book or if you like to read books in this genre then you'll want to read Hidden. A friend of mine gave me this book to read, it was the very first Amish book that I had read. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Hidden is a "Hidden" Gem! Shelley Shepard Gray gives us a rare glimpse into the Amish life. A unique touching love story that spans two different ways of life. You will be drawn in from the first page. Her characters seem so real and will pull you into the story.
Hidden is a special story to me. Anna and Katie are my favorite characters in this story. I totally felt Anna's struggle as she ran away from an abusive relationship, to finding her own voice, independence, and a new way of living while she was staying with Katie and her family at the bed and breakfast. I was cheering her on as she renewed her faith and found God's love, and when she realized that she had found love again with Henry. I was on the edge of my seat when Anna and the family faced her abuser.
I love that the setting was in a bed and breakfast and it sounds so beautiful the landscape and the town. I was glad that her and Katie's friendship was strengthened even though they had some differences. Reading about how the Amish live and their values really struck a chord with me. I enjoyed learning how the Amish work the land, and use no electricity, and they work hard for what they do have. All the characters add depth to Anna's story and are each unique in their own way. I would highly recommend this book.
HIDDEN is a story of how a beautiful timid woman finds strength to leave her very powerful, handsome & abusive boyfriend. Up until she'd finally seen what kind of man Rob Peterson was Anna had done everything he told her to do in order to please him. She had even left her job and took a part time one so she'd have more time to spend with him. Rob was running for a seat in the House of Representatives and he needed beautiful Anna on his arm at political functions.
After another "accident"_that's what Rob called it, Anna was determined she would get away from Rob and he would never hit her again. She left her parents a note saying she was going to Florida for a couple of weeks with friends. Then she headed for Amish country and the home of her childhood friend Katie Brenneman. She felt sure Rob would never think to look for her among the Amish. He was determined to find her for several reasons. She knew too much. No one ever walked away from Rob Peterson. He needed his arm candy & everyone liked Anna.
The Brenneman's welcomed her into their home with the exception of Katie's brother Henry. He was skeptical of Anna and the English in general. He had lost the girl he thought he would marry to the English world. Anna quickly became a part of the Brenneman B&B helping with chores, cooking, whatever needed doing. She was very comfortable living and dressing Amish. She showed such compassion after the death of Henry's beloved dog that he started seeing her through different eyes.
Will Anna be safe at the B&B? Will danger come to the Brennemans? Will Rob be able to find her in Amish country dressed as one of them? Will the secret that she knows about Rob come out? What of Anna & Henry? Will Anna stay at the B&B and even become Amish? Read this wonderfully written story by NY Times & USA Today's bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray and find out what happens to Rob, Anna and the Brennemans.
I have read Hidden and it was a great book. Its about an English woman who lives in the city and is being physically abused by her boyfriend. She goes to the Amish country to escape him. There are twists and turns but she eventually finds love within the Amish community. I loved this book because it dealt with a growing problem in America and things you have to overcome to get on in your life. I recommend this book to everyone. It is a great read.