Sunday, November 16, 2014

Trading Secrets

Trading Secrets

The truth may set you free--but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters--and many secrets--with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah's kept quiet on the biggest secret of all--the fact that despite her name, she's a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach's Amish farm, but she's more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?

My Impressions:
When I first read the blurb about this book I knew I had to have it. I had a morbid curiosity to see how everything played out for both Micah and Zach. Since I have read other books from Melody I already knew I would enjoy her writing style, character development and lovely little plot twists she likes to throw into the mix to keep us all intrigued and entertained.  This book did not let me down and proved to be worthy of  the typical writings you find from Melody.

I have had pen-pals over the years as have my kids, but I think even they know that the Amish do not mix male's and female's within their community, much less when dealing with outsiders. I found it interesting that while writing for each other for all these years that certain topics that would have revealed Micah's sex never appeared, but the author does a decent job of giving explanations as to why and how Micah avoided this.

It never ceases to amaze me how one deceitful act can have such a ripple effect in so many lives. Micah never intended to hurt anyone, but despite that lives were changed. Some for the better and some for the worse.  I enjoyed that Micah felt the connection with a simpler lifestyle while on the farm and Zach made her more aware of how engrossed Englisher's are with their phones, to the point that we miss the beauty that we are surrounded by. The author does a terrific job addressing issues of selfishness, deceit, obligations, becoming your own person, and Gods grace in this lovely story.

I received a copy from Revell through the publisher Baker in exchange for my honest review

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Dating Games series, the Life at Kingston High series, Double Take, A Simple Song, and My Amish Boyfriend. She has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.




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