Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Secret by Beverly Lewis

I’m not sure exactly what I think about this book! The Secret, Beverly Lewis’ newest book on the shelf, seems a bit different than most of her others.

Some of Beverly’s books are written in a more contemporary setting, but because the characters are mostly Amish, it’s hard to tell what time period they are in. The occasional mention of a neighbor picking them up in a car, or the use of a phone, is about the only reference to the modern world.

The Secret seems to have a dual main character – Grace Byler, a young Amishwoman and Heather Nelson, an Englischer. Because an Englischer seems to be an integral part of the story, the book is peppered with references to Twitter, iPods, email, and texting – not something that appeals to me when reading.

However, that being said, Beverly still knows how to write a story that draws you in. I had to keep reading “just one more chapter” to find out the secret!

Grace's Mamm is acting strange. No one understands what is wrong and Grace is becoming concerned. One day, Mamm just leaves. No one knows where she is; no one hears from her. Grace feels her Daed knows something, but won't reveal any
secrets. Where could Mamm be?? What could be so awful in her life that she would leave her family so suddenly?

Heather Nelson has just lost her mom to cancer. She herself has just been told that she now has the awful disease and must begin treatment. Heather refuses to admit something is wrong or go through treatments that only left her mom more sick and weak. Determined to find a more natural way and some peace, Heather arrives in Lancaster.

By the end of the book, you will know the secret, but, if you’re like me, you’re going to feel like the whole secret wasn’t told!

I have my suspicions, but I have to wait until book 2 is released! The Missing won’t be available until September. Not too much longer to wait!

If you enjoy Beverly’s books, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in The Secret. I just generally prefer books pre-WWII, so the setting was the only thing I didn’t really like. Even though I know The Missing will very likely be filled with more modern references, because of the characters, I am still anxious to see the rest of the secret revealed!

352 pages by Bethany House.


OceanDreams said...

Hi! Welcome to SITS!I love reading Christian novels as well...Janette Oak has been one of my favorites as well as Lori Wick. That is fantastic that you will be published! Congrats. ;) Hope you have a lovely day and happy reading! I need to make more time to read. Every since I graduated it is harder, even though there are so many amazing books to read! ;)

AB HOME Interiors said...

Wow this sounds incredible. Welcome to SITS!

Melissa said...

I haven't read any of Beverly's books, but this sounds like a good story. I don't think the modern references would be a negative for me.

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