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With her love for all things
old-fashioned, Jennifer Burns has often been told she’s an “old soul,”
but no one is prepared for the young woman’s decision to set aside her
modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world. Yet Jenny does
exactly that, adopting Plain dress and settling in with Samuel and
Rebecca Lapp while she works as a mother’s helper for the bishop’s wife –
a far cry from her former job as an x-ray technician.The people of Hickory Hollow are
curious about the beautiful young seeker among them, one handsome
Amishman in particular. But he is not the only man vying for Jenny’s
affections, and Jenny faces many challenges in the Proving time the
brethren have set for her… challenges of the heart, as well as the
Will Jenny’s secrets keep her from the peace she longs for? Or will they lead the way home?
I thought this was an interesting take for a story. Normally
I read Amish stories were the characters are thinking of leaving the community.
I have to say this is the first I’ve read on one seeking to come in, very interesting
twist that I really enjoyed. I do have to say that the main character Jenny did
get on my nerves sometimes, especially at the beginning of the book with all
the internal dialogue. It seemed a bit much. This being the first of Beverly Lewis books I’ve read from the Return to Hickory
Hollow series I wasn't sure what to expect as I read the first couple chapters.
I found that Beverly really shaped the characters well and you really felt that
you were taking part of the Amish life as she made you feel like you were in
the kitchen with Jenny and Rebecca baking and going through all the emotions of
life. I am also a hopeless romantic so I loved that she also introduced two
love stories into this book that you got to see grow throughout this book. I am
very interested in reading the first three books in this series and very
excited to read Beverly's future releases so I can feel like I am caught up. I’ve
always been fascinated with the Amish life and getting to take a glimpse from
the Englisher that wants to join the Plain life and sells all her worldly possessions,
minus a lovely nightgown, and tosses caution to the wind was fun to get to read
about. I am not sure I would want to give up electricity, but other than that
the Amish life sounds wonderful.
I received this ARC of The Secret Keeper courtesy of
Netgalley and Bethany House!