Monday, September 20, 2010

the Secret book review

I just finished reading the Secret by Beverly Lewis! Now, while Deeanne Gist is my favorite author for romance and fun reads, Beverly Lewis is my favorite when I want a sweet and fulfilling story. She is a wonderful author, who was born in the Pennsylvania Dutch country and writes beautiful Amish fiction, usually drawing from real experiences and stories from her family. This is the first in one of her latest series, Seasons of Grace.
It was a heart wrenching tale of Grace Byler and her family. Grace's mother, Lettie, seems to have a secret, and is having a horrible time dealing with it. Grace herself, is praying that she's making the right decision with her beau, so that she doesn't end up a maidel (old maid). Beverly does a beautiful job (as always) of letting you enter the hearts and lives of her characters on the journey they travel.  This book is quite different from her other series, it's much darker, almost depressing at times. But still so very sweet and real. I am anxious to read the others, to see how this story plays out.  I would still recommend this book to fans of Beverly Lewis, but be forewarned, it is not like her others!

"The loving hand of God is at work in even the most unsettling circumstances...
In the seemingly ordinary Amish home of Grace Byler, secrets abound. Why does her mother weep and wander deep in the night? And why does her father refuse to admit something is dreadfully wrong? Then, in one startling moment, the quiet life Grace has known is irrevocably altered, leaving her to question all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment."

*I received this book from Bethany House Publisher's book review program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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