From the author, Beverly Lewis who has made the Amish culture popular! This book, number four in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, and is sure to delight.
This book was so much more than just a good contemporary fiction. It included a history lesson, Amish customs and a glimpse into a day in the life of an Amish-woman. To this Amish reading junkie, I was a kid in a candy store!
Because the story revolves around a seeker (Jennifer Burns) who's life's desire is to become all things Amish, the reader is given a wonderful spy glass into what it truly means to be Amish and the struggles and joys that come along with the "Simple life". The take was so vastly different from the books I have read so far, I found my self to be quite intrigued. The main character is trying to become Amish not trying to leave the Old Order, what a nice change in story line!
Through Lewis's talented writing, Jennifer learns that being Amish is not a perfect solution to the worlds troubles, that facing your past, dealing with your problems and giving them to God is the only true way to experience peace and joy.
I think my favorite part of this book was about halfway in, when Jennifer falls for the Amishman, That's when the story really blossomed for me, who doesn't love a complicated romance? Can their love ever become a reality?
I was also highly curious about the aspects of her "proving time" Not having read a book that mentions this time of proving ones self as set apart, devoted and submissive to their faith and community of believers. I found this extremely interesting.
I always imagined it would be so nice to be Amish, and live "simple"... but I absolutely love my modern conveniences waaay too much! I guess giving up TV, gardening and canning will have to be as Amish as this county girl's going to get.
In closing, this book was entertaining and educational all at once, and I think if you are a Amish fan like myself you will certainly enjoy reading this novel. Well done Beverly Lewis!
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The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis is the story of a young English girl who seeks to become Amish. Jenny Burns was born "fancy" and longs for a simpler life. When she meets another young Amish girl, Marnie, at a roadside vegetable stand, and begins they begin to exchange letters, Jenny realizes her dream of becoming Amish is close to a reality. Without a word to her family or friends, Jenny sells her "fancy" things and packs up to head to Lancaster County PA.
Little does she know the overwhelming pressures of becoming simple, and the strictness of their simple faith. As Jenny finds her host mother, Rebecca Lapp, involved in secret actions to visit her shunned daughter, Jenny is torn between telling the truth so she can pass her Proving and protecting the woman she has come to love. As Jenny tries to make it Amish she realizes she is slowly falling in love with her host family's nephew, Andrew. Love is no stranger to Jenny who had a fiance walk out on her a few years ago.
As Jenny realizes what she must do to fully become, the plot of this story begins to twist and turn. Beverly Lewis does an excellent job again at drawing the reader in. Although this book starts out slow and seems to wallow in the mundane, the pace soon picks up and it quickly becomes a book you cannot put down!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing group, and am not being compensated for my review.
When I look around my house, I see an abundance of electronics, toys and so many modern conveniences that I'm sure I couldn't live without! Sometimes I sit back and wonder if I would be able to live without these things and although I'm sure I COULD live without them, I positive that I wouldn't like it very much!
This is so unlike Jenny Burns, a young English lady whose sole desire is to become Amish. She longs to live a "simple life", and makes the difficult decision to sell all of her worldly possessions and move to Hickory Hollow where she hopes to be able to fulfill her dream and become Amish.
Before Jenny can be baptized into the Amish faith, she first must go through a time of Proving. While learning the ways of the Amish she becomes friends with some of the younger folk who are interested in the world she left behind. They entrust her with a secret that threatens her dream of becoming Amish. Will Jenny find the strength to succeed in the Amish ways?
The Secret Keeper is the fourth book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, but it can be read independently. The author, Beverly Lewis,uses descriptive language to weave a tale that draws you into the Amish culture. She teaches us that you can turn your anxieties over to God and he will carry you through your troubles in the time that he sees right for us. She tries to instil in the reader the idea that you don't need all the fancy things in life to be happy, you can be happy with what you have.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
I usually don't read this type of book, but once i started it I could not put it down. I received this book from Bethany House Publishing as a review book and I am glad I did. It was such an engaging story and I loved the detail that Beverly Lewis put in the character development. I was engaged from the beginning as I said and with each chapter i had to find out what was going to Happen so much so that I actually read the entire book in about 8 hours I didn't do any housework, just read all day and into the evening.
I loved the story of the Jenny and how she tackled learning the ways of the Amish, it is not an easy life and it was facinating to learn more about that culture. I can see the simplicity of the life that would draw one in but as Jenny soon found out it is not for the faint of heart.
I was drawn into the pain of the Lapp family that Jenny stayed with as they worked through the shunning of their daughter and all the implications that had on not only the family but the community at large and how everyone dealt with this in their own way, some even risking being shunned themselves because their bond was so strong.
If you want an engaging story this is the one, I highly recommend this book.
This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own