The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper

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by Beverly Lewis
     
 

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Readers Eagerly Await the Latest from Beverly Lewis, the #1 Name in Amish Fiction

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

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Readers Eagerly Await the Latest from Beverly Lewis, the #1 Name in Amish Fiction

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?

Editorial Reviews

When Jennifer Burns decided to leave her modern life and live among the Old Order Amish in Hickory Hollow, she surprised people on both sides of that great divide. Her family was mystified and shocked; the men and women in the community that she had joined were curious—and one Amishman in particular was especially captivated by this beautiful newcomer. A trade paperback original.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764211485
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Home to Hickory Hollow Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in eleven languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Seven of her blockbuster novels have received the Gold Book Award for sales over 500,000, and The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.

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The Secret Keeper 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and while it was an enjoyable read I didnt feel it was Beverly's best work. I was anxious to read this particular book because I myself have wondered what it would be like to embrace and live the Amish way of life. There were several story lines that would have made for a great trilogy, including the main story line. I would have liked to see Jenny struggle more with her faith, pride and submission to the Old Order ways but she was accepted so readily into the community and any struggles that would have challenged and intrigued the reader were instead wrapped up too quickly. Still an interesting read and Beverly remains the best Amish fiction writer in my book. Just wanted more of the cliffhangar suspense I've come to love with her books.
Proudmom508 More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Hickory Hollow series but the first one I read. Definitely can be read as a stand alone but now I do want to read the rest of the series. To be honest, all the characters were so well developed that I forgot it was part of a series because I didn't need any "background" from other books to read this one. I picked this book because I enjoy Amish Christian fiction and because I was curious about whether an Englisher could become Amish. Beverly Lewis did an excellent job of describing the daily life of the Amish womenfolk and the struggles of the teens as they prepare for baptism. I enjoyed reading about Jenny's struggle to be Amish and learn about herself. Great characters and storyline. I can't wait to read more of Beverly's books.
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This is another great one
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halfpint64 More than 1 year ago
From the time I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Very good book.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series I have read, but the story didn’t leave me missing anything from the previous books.  Beverly Lewis is on my favorite authors list.  I have never read one of her books I didn’t enjoy. The story line was very different.  While so many stories involve Amish who want to leave the life and become “Englishers”, this one is about an “Englisher” that to wanted to leave the world and become Amish! From the time she was young, Jenny Burns had been drawn to the Amish faith. Everything about them and their way of life deeply touched her.  The wealthy, materialistic, fast paced life of Jenny’s family always left her at odds with them and not fitting in.  This made her long for the simple life even more.  After corresponding for many years with an Amish friend, Marnie, she met on vacation; she feels she is ready to make the move.  She saves her money, sells her earthly possessions, and quits her job.  Marnie arranges for her aunt and uncle, the Lapps, to welcome her into their home and help her during her year of “Proving”.    Being a “seeker”, someone from outside desiring to become a church member, the community meets her with distrust or open arms, there doesn’t seem to be a happy medium.  Jenny struggles to adapt, learning the language and all the skills she must have to be a true Amish woman.  While she is very happy, she finds the way of life more difficult than she thought, but most of all her image of the Amish people being “perfect” is shattered.  She finds they are just as human as she is. Accidentally she stumbles on a secret of another’s that she would have to reveal when she joined the church or she would not be holding true to the Ordnung.  That combined with her homesickness for her family, whom she never thought she’d miss nor would miss her, makes her begin to question if she can  stay.  She had grown to love the people and one young man in particular.  What should she do?  The ending has an unexpected twist! I always enjoy the details about daily Amish life but this book gave me something extra.  It looked not only into the hearts and minds of the Amish characters but also through the eyes someone outside of the faith seeing it from the inside for the first time.    I look forward to reading the other books in this series.  I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
When I look around my house, I see an abundance of electronics, toys and so many modern conveniences that I’m sure I couldn’t live without! Sometimes I sit back and wonder if I would be able to live without these things and although I’m sure I COULD live without them, I positive that I wouldn’t like it very much! This is so unlike Jenny Burns, a young English lady whose sole desire is to become Amish. She longs to live a “simple life”, and makes the difficult decision to sell all of her worldly possessions and move to Hickory Hollow where she hopes to be able to fulfill her dream and become Amish. Before Jenny can be baptized into the Amish faith, she first must go through a time of Proving. While learning the ways of the Amish she becomes friends with some of the younger folk who are interested in the world she left behind. They entrust her with a secret that threatens her dream of becoming Amish. Will Jenny find the strength to succeed in the Amish ways? The Secret Keeper is the fourth book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, but it can be read independently. The author, Beverly Lewis,uses descriptive language to weave a tale that draws you into the Amish culture. She teaches us that you can turn your anxieties over to God and he will carry you through your troubles in the time that he sees right for us. She tries to instil in the reader the idea that you don’t need all the fancy things in life to be happy, you can be happy with what you have. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
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This was a very good book
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If you are a fan of Amish fiction, I highly recommend adding The Secret Keeper to your reading list. Beverly Lewis is renowned for her quaint, simpler tales of Amish life, and this book did not disappoint. The Secret Keeper is the story of a modern girl, Jenny Burns, deciding to join an Old Order Amish community and learn their ways. The story follows the ups and downs of her experience and also those of the people around her. I really enjoyed feeling like part of the Old Order Amish world. As a girl in a modern world, I often share the same feelings Jenny had about wanting a simpler life, and that made it really easy to relate to the main character and share in her excitement and tribulations.  While I really enjoyed the world that Beverly Lewis created (and learning a bit more about Amish culture in the process), I also found the story intriguing and interesting. There are other challenges in the Amish community besides those that are obvious, and it was exciting to see how everything developed. Another thing I really appreciated about this story was the romantic element. I liked that the book didn't lean on the romantic element to develop the story; instead, it was a very pure, precious part that is rare in modern novels. In all, I really enjoyed this book and I will be keeping it on my bookshelf for years to come. Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Searching! I was carried away with the life of Jenny Burns. Would I freely give up everything I've  ever known and my way of life to live "Plain?" Jenny is searching for a place where  she truly fits in. Jenny feels her family doesn't understand her nor do they seem  interested in her or anything she does. Would she dare leave the English world and  try making it in the "Plain" world? A world she has always been fascinated with since  she was a child? The Author Beverly Lewis has spun a wonderful story. The characters in this book  are not only likeable (well most of them) but they felt like friends of mine. I found  myself yearning to live in Hickory Hollow with the Lapp's too. I was swept away as I turned page after page waiting for what was coming next. I love Beverly Lewis' books because they are so God centered. Not only is there  prayers through-out this book but scripture is quoted too. It is inspiring to read a good clean christian book. Thank you Beverly Lewis for your  dedication to God. I have read all of the Amish fiction books by this author. They just keep getting better  and better! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!
avidreader2HR More than 1 year ago
Living in Amish country in central Pennsylvania, I find Beverly Lewis's books very good. I realize her books are fiction but a lot is not. You need to read it to discover the Amish live a very simple life but have much the same concerns as we do.
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A Different Twist and A Great Read As the fourth book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series by Beverly Lewis, The Secret Keeper introduces us to an Old Amish Order from the perspective of a young seeker, Jenny. Jenny is a young adult who wants to leave her privileged middle class background to join the Amish and convert to their faith. Before joining the Amish church, Jenny must live among the People, learn their ways, and pass her Proving time. Thanks to an Amish acquaintance, Jenny dives optimistically into Amish life and takes up residence with Rebecca and Samuel Lapp. Jenny loves everything Plain and finds peace and hope in her new surroundings. But, as Beverly Lewis adeptly shows us through Jenny’s story, just running from the past and pursuing a dream does not make a wholly perfect life. As Lewis does so well, she uses the routine experiences of Amish life to show us how much relationships matter, especially family relationships. While Jenny struggles with her own insecurities, she learns that her Amish friends, despite living a simpler life, also struggle with making their hearts right with God and their families. Jenny’s is a touching story of courage and hope in the future, and learning to accept our humanity. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis to review.
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