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A Summer Secret (Mysteries of Middlefield Series #1)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

More great Amish fiction

My husband Tim has been making fun of me for years for alternating between reading smut and books about the Amish. Lately, with all of my reading about birth and midwifery, both my smut reading and my reading about the Amish have suffered. Luckily, I was given a copy of...
My husband Tim has been making fun of me for years for alternating between reading smut and books about the Amish. Lately, with all of my reading about birth and midwifery, both my smut reading and my reading about the Amish have suffered. Luckily, I was given a copy of A Summer Secret from BookSneeze in exchange for writing about the book.

The book starts out with a note about the Middlefield, Ohio Amish, on whom the book is based. That is followed by a "Glossary of Amish Terms," so that the reader can understand the Dutch words that pepper the story.

Thirteen year old Mary Beth, the main character, finds herself in the middle of a mystery when she finds a button in the borner of their barn. This raises flags, as the Amish don't use buttons on their clothes. Between doing chores on the family farm, spending time with her Ma and Da and fighting with her brothers, she continues to find more clues that point to something strange happening.

A few chapters into the book, we meet Sawyer, a runaway who has been hiding out in her family's barn. Throughout the story, Mary Beth and her brother, Johnny, spend time with Sawyer and wrestle with what to tell the adults in their lives.

Just like other books of the genre, A Summer Secret is a wholesome read, a book where people grapple with issues and come out of it ok. Though they have things going on in their lives that may feel challenging, they have a strong support system to fall back on when things get tough. Eventually, when the parents step in to help, everyone is kind and supportive.

Patrick, my oldest son, is reading A Summer Secret now.

posted by Syracusedoula on January 7, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Light Read...

I was given a copy of A Summer Secret (The Mysteries of Middlefield Series) from BookSneeze in exchange for writing a review. This books, as titled, is a light read. The book starts out with thirteen-year-old Mary Beth, who is the main character. She is Amish and lives ...
I was given a copy of A Summer Secret (The Mysteries of Middlefield Series) from BookSneeze in exchange for writing a review. This books, as titled, is a light read. The book starts out with thirteen-year-old Mary Beth, who is the main character. She is Amish and lives in a small Amish community with her family. She spends her time in a neighboring abandoned barn, where she gets away from her chores and taking care of siblings. After a while she finds a couple things in the barn that she did not leave. In-between her chores she finds time to look for more clues about the mystery. After a few chapters she meets Sawyer, who is a run away who has been living in the barn. Through out the story Mary Beth and her brother, Johnny, make friends with Sawyer and try to figure out what they should do. A Summer Secret is great for a 12-14 year-old, adults might like it, but it is not written for an older audience. I felt like it just barely kept you hanging on. It didn't draw you in as much that you couldn't stop reading it, but just enough to keep reading. It is a mystery but some things were really easy to guess and not many things surprised you, I really like suspenseful books and this wasn't one of them. Overall this book was fine as a very light read but it would definitely not be one of my favorites.

posted by 9801966 on October 2, 2011

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    I have no idea why this book is labeled as "mystery." Only the first 50 or so pages were even remotely considered mystery. Just when Mary and Johnny were trying to figure out who was in the barn and eating their food, and even then it wasn't a mystery to the reader because it switched narratives, so I already knew who the boy was before the main characters did. I consider a "mystery" to be completely surprising and shocking to the reader, and A Summer Secret wasn't a secret at all. I think it should've been labeled as General Fiction or Drama.

    I didn't like this book. It wasn't exciting enough for me and the writing was dull. I didn't like the Amish language throughout the book. I know that they don't speak like regular Americans and that there was a translator in the beginning, but I still didn't like it. I like to read through a book in English, not to have to refer back to a translator. I've read other Amish books where they don't do this.

    I won't be continuing to read the series.

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