Since I have already devoured two other books in the recent series, "Home to Hickory Hollow" by Beverly Lewis, it was a pleasure to read and review her latest book, "The Secret Keeper."
This series is quite appealing to me because it goes a little outside previous "perfect" Amish story lines and considers other possibilities of what could happen in the Amish community. In this book, an Englisher, Jenny Burns, is dedicated to becoming a part of the Amish community that she has dreamed about most of her life. As a result of making an Amish friend Marnie several summers ago, she finally has the opportunity to stay with some of Marnie's relatives and begin the life she has always dreamed.
However, there are still secrets that Jenny discovers that makes her doubt that this dream can become a true reality, and she realizes that no community is perfect. As she struggles to make it through her "Proving" period, her resolve is shaken when she finds out that the one person who has helped her to make this dream come true is now thinking about leaving the community. Yet through her own challenges, plus the fact that she is still an Englisher until a confirmed member of the church, she is still able to help her mentor and new friends face their own struggles as well.
It is another happy ending, but I believe it is also an ending that you may not have truly expected. Another great read by Beverly Lewis!
The entire "Home to Hickory Hollow" Series:#1 - The Fiddler (April 2012)
#2 - The Bridesmaid (September 2012)
#3 - The Guardian (March 2013)
#4 - The Secret Keeper (September 2013)
#5 - The Last Bride (April 2014)
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This book was complimentary from Bethany House Publishers for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.