Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Secret by Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis is once again written a book set in the Amish countryside. Filled with descriptions of serene, rural landscapes, you are taken inside the workings of an Amish family working their farm and keeping their life simple. In one sense, this book is extremely similar to other books by Ms. Lewis. She has a good pattern that works here and it is an enjoyable book to read! However, there are some differences. One of the most prominent (and I don't think I'm spoiling anything by sharing it) is that the main character Grace does not seem intent on leaving her Amish roots, as many of Ms. Lewis' other books seem to be dealing with some sort of coming-of-age rebellion.
Another well-written book that I would recommend as these characters ponder family secrets and their relationship with the Lord. And can I just say one other thing that I love about these books ... all the Amish cooking! :) After reading them, I feel inspired to spend a day canning and baking pies!
In the seemingly ordinary Amish home of Grace Byler, secrets abound. Why does her mother weep in the night? Why does her father refuse to admit something is dreadfully wrong? Then, in one startling moment, everything Grace assumed she knew is shattered.

Her mother's disappearance leaves Grace reeling and unable to keep her betrothal promise to her long-time beau. Left to pick up the pieces of her life, Grace questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment.

Heather Nelson is an English grad student, stunned by a doctor's diagnosis. Surely fate would not allow her father to lose his only daughter after the death of his wife a few years before. In denial and telling no one she is terminally ill, Heather travels to Lancaster County-- the last place she and her mother had visited together.

Will Heather find healing for body and spirit? As the lives of four wounded souls begin to weave together like an Amish patchwork quilt, they each discover missing pieces of their life puzzles--and glimpse the merciful and loving hand of God.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Secret, go HERE

1 comment:

  1. I love Beverly Lewis books... I haven't read any in a while.

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