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A Summer Secret (Mysteries of Middlefield Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great read

This good book ifyou like amish books and mystries.

posted by 10696117 on January 8, 2012

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1 out of 1 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 November 6, 2010

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    Didn't Care for it.

    I had the opportunity to read A Summer Secret (The Mysteries of Middlefield Series) by Kathleen Fuller. It is a book geared towards young adults which I normally don't read but having a preteen I'm always looking for good books for her so I thought I would give it a chance.

    The story is set in an Amish community in Ohio. There you will find 13 year old Mary Beth hiding out in an abandoned barn on the outskirts of her family's property. There at the barn she trys to find some much needed privacy while sketching. Her parents have told her to stay out of the barn as it's old and not safe, but it's the only privacy she can find.

    As she spends more and more time there she starts to notice things out of the ordinary such as buttons, her private diary she has hidden in the barn has been
    gone through. She soon finds out that her twin brother has also been using the barn as a hideaway at night, and they see a foot print that doesn't belong. They learn that it belongs to Sawyer who is a run-away. They soon become friends with Sawyer and try to help him. After helping their new friend for a few months, an accident
    to the barn and the secrets they've been hididng are out.

    I found the book a little hard to get into and kind of boring. Also the story made it seem as if disobedience was okay if it all helped out for the better good in the end.

    Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BookSneeze bloggers book review program, all reviews are my own honest review of the book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    Honest Review on A Summer Secret

    Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BookSneeze.com bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review, and therefore, the review is 100% my honest opinion.

    I quickly flipped the book to read it, and finished it within 2 hours. This is what the book is all about:

    A Summer Secret was written about a young girl named Mary Beth who has a twin bother and five younger brothers. As most older sisters, she has her fair share of responsibilities, chores and babysitting.

    It seems like a huge burden to carry but with finances a problem, everyone in Mary Beth's family do their fair share of work. Mary Beth gets tired of the boys being disgusting and obnoxious, making messes, invading her private space and their constant irresponsibility.

    Tired of all the nonsense, Mary Beth seeks to find a place of her own. A place for privacy where she can record in her journal and have some serenity. She decides to find a refuge in an old abandoned barn in a neighbouring field which her parents have declared off limits. But then again, she desperately needs a place to call her own. It will be her secret.

    There is only one problem. She is not the only person who is claiming the barn as their own. Her secret has been discovered and now she may be in grave danger.

    From a reader and an author's point of view, I think the storyline does not progress fast enough for the reader to get excited with the book. I nearly put the book down after a few chapters, and the so-called mystery in the book, is not quite a mystery after all. It's rather predictable for me, and I wouldn't really suggest the book to young readers. It will make the targeted audience scream with dissatisfaction, as the book is rather preachy and too wordy. The characters are not quite dynamic, and it's quite a bore.

    I would definitely not recommend this book to young readers, but I think some parents would prefer their young teens to read this book as they're trying to lock up their children from facing the harsh reality and the things that goes on in the outside world. This book makes me think of Rapunzel all locked up in the tower by the evil godmother. This book, somewhat justify the godmother's action.

    I would rate this book 2 out of 5.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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