Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Review - The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper
Home To Hickory Hollow
By Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: September 2, 2013
ISBN: 978-0764209802
Pages: 352


It's been ten years or more since I read my first Amish fiction novel by Beverly Lewis, but I have fallen behind on her last few series, but I have been trying to catch up on the Home To Hickory Hollow series. I'm glad to say I have finally gotten around to reading the fourth book in the series last week.

In The Secret Keeper, finds Jennifer Burns fed up with her modern lifestyle, so she decides to make a major change. She leaves everything behind and joins an Old Order Amish community of Hickory Hollow. An Amish couple, Samuel and Rebecca Lapp, have agreed to let the young woman live in their home and learn their way of life.

Of course there are many skeptics in Hickory Hollow, but Jennifer is determined to prove to everyone that she is serious about living as an Amish woman. She makes a few friends within the community, while others somewhat disapprove of an outsider in their mix.

The Amish lifestyle isn't as easy as what Jenifer thought it would be and she struggles with the everyday chores. As she gets more acquainted with the community, she finds herself keeping a secret, one she would rather not keep to herself.

Beverly Lewis is one of the best writers at Amish fiction and she continues to work her magic with The Secret Keeper, the fourth book in the Home To Hickory Hollow series, though each book is a stand alone story. Though the plot of an outsider joining an Amish community has been done dozens of times, Beverly Lewis's great storytelling avoids all the clich├ęs, delivering wonderful characters. Overall, The Secret Keeper is an amazing read and I recommend it to others. 

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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