The Secret Keeper
From the back cover:
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 spirit.
Will Jenny’s secrets keep her from the peace she longs for? Or will they lead the way home?
Beverly Lewis has woven together another cast of characters that will warm your heart.
The first half of the book moved a bit slow for me. I wasn’t turning pages quickly and I could put the book down too easily. But by the halfway mark I found myself getting pulled into the story more.
Tension start to build as Jenny, the main character, begins to discover that Amish people have their fair share of struggles as well and she is asked to keep a secret.
The romance between Jenny and Andrew, an Amishman, is a slow build that I liked very much. I could feel the tension, the pull between them, but wondered if it could possibly work out. Wonder if Jenny doesn’t become Amish? And there’s this constant question of an old romance from her past. Will it come back to haunt her?
I also liked that there are some familiar faces in this book. If you are a Beverly Lewis fan and have read some of her earlier work you will get to check up on some old friends. Katie Fisher (used to be Lapp) turns up in this book and it is her mother, Rebecca, that Jenny is staying with during her Proving. A nice twist of events, since Rebecca lost her daughter to the English world and now has a girl coming to live with her who wants into the Amish.
Following Jenny’s struggles as she tries to become Amish is very interesting. Don’t we all have that question? What would it take and could I do it?
If you enjoy Beverly Lewis I have no doubt you will be pleased with this book.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.