I am so glad to be able to enjoy an Amish book that is NOT part of a series. This has been something that has bothered me for a while, and honestly I have stopped even buying alot of Christian fiction because of all the series.
So I was delighted to be able to settle in and read a novel that is going to be wrapped up neatly at the end of the book . This book is well written. I liked each of the characters. Ms Lewis didn't jump around to so many different characters like some authors do. but, instead settled down with one or two women that we could really come to know and relate to. It was a welcome weekend read.
I am not quite half way through The Secret Keeper and I can hardly stop readiing it!!! I keep trying to put myself in Jenny Burns place and wonder if, and what it would be like to become one of the Amish. I think of that often. This is a wonderful book and if I could give it a TEN I would. This is certtainly one you don't want to miss. I don't want to read too quickly because I don't want it to be over and the next one doesn't come out until April of 2014. Wish it came out sooner. Just a wonderful, most enjoyable. book.
I found this a fascinating read on so many levels. First, getting to follow a "Seeker" as she explores the notion of living an Amish lifestyle with the goal of actually converting. I think most Amish readers have harbored at least a smidgen of that kind of yearning and being able to read about Jenny's progress was a bit like living a dream.
Another attention grabber is that Jenny isn't the only seeker. Yes, she's the only Englischer bent on converting to the Amish faith, but that doesn't mean that other characters around her aren't seeking in their own way. There are wonderful faith-wrestling questions in the pages of this book that challenged me to think.
And Jenny isn't the only one harboring secrets. This is a story that explores the impact secrets can have on a life and a community. More fascinating stuff to ponder.
Then there's the sweet romance that's really just icing on the cake. It finishes off an exquisite read in a most satisfying way. There's a reason Beverly Lewis is considered #1 in Amish fiction.
I was carried away with the life of Jenny Burns. Would I freely give up everything I've ever known and my way of life to live "Plain?" Jenny is searching for a place where she truly fits in. Jenny feels her family doesn't understand her nor do they seem interested in her or anything she does. Would she dare leave the English world and try making it in the "Plain" world? A world she has always been fascinated with since she was a child?
The Author Beverly Lewis has spun a wonderful story. The characters in this book are not only likeable (well most of them) but they felt like friends of mine. I found myself yearning to live in Hickory Hollow with the Lapp's too.
I was swept away as I turned page after page waiting for what was coming next.
I love Beverly Lewis' books because they are so God centered. Not only is there prayers through-out this book but scripture is quoted too.
It is inspiring to read a good clean christian book. Thank you Beverly Lewis for your dedication to God.
I have read all of the Amish fiction books by this author. They just keep getting better and better! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!