The Secret Keeper, from Bethany House part of the Home to Hickory Hollow.
I so enjoyed this - and I rarely do with a series. It felt like I was coming home to Hickory Hollow with familiar characters.
I have started to read Amish fiction less and less, especially romantic Amish fiction.
This book is different. The main character has been visiting and corresponding with a girl from Hickory Hollow for several years. In her Englisher life, she has cut down to the most basic simple lifestyle. Her desire is to be Amish, making it through the Proving, and be baptized and join the church.
This story gently pulls you through what the Proving Process looks like. How the community reacts to an outsider, how fear and trust, faith and hard work intertwine. As she learns that not all of ‘The People’ are perfect and without sin, there is question in her heart if she will ever measure up. Although the book is not centered around a beau, there is a character that gives her attention and you wonder through the book if they will get together. There is no pining over him, and no long drawn out ‘thought’ script of romance.
I believe this book could stand alone, or be the best thing since sliced bread if you’ve read other books in the series. Beverly Lewis has done it again! Well Done!
I received a free kindle version of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.