Monday, October 7, 2013

The Secret Keeper, Home to Hickory Hollow Book #4


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?

I truly enjoyed this book, it's a stand alone book, if you've read the other 3 in this series you will recognize some of the names, but if you haven't, no worries, you'll be fine!

I liked the new twist in this story, it's usually the Amish that are getting shunned, or running from their roots, but this time, it's an Englischer!  No one can quite understand Jenny, especially her family.  The Amish are a bit leery of her, since it's been so long since they've had a seeker.

Jenny comes to the Hollow in a time where the church is in a quandry, many think the preacher too harsh, and many are going to a shunned Amish home for Bible readings, things are quite a mess, and yes, there are secrets...big ones, secrets that could be devastating.

Once again, Beverly Lewis writes a wonderful story!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Bethany House


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