A Summer Secret (Mysteries of Middlefield Series #1)

A Summer Secret (Mysteries of Middlefield Series #1)

by Kathleen Fuller
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A Summer Secret (Mysteries of Middlefield Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Syracusedoula More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This good book ifyou like amish books and mystries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. If you love reading amish books.
readingformykids More than 1 year ago
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
angela09 More than 1 year ago
Although this is a teen book I believe that both teens and adults will adore this book. I have read numerous Amish themed books but I have found that Kathleen Fuller always offers readers a bit more than other authors. If you are searching for the perfect weekend read, this is it!
kw50197 More than 1 year ago
Contrary to the impression given in the book description, the mystery mentioned was actually no great mystery. It is easily and quickly solved early on in the book. There is a mystery which remains unsolved but it is not the one you expected. Still, I enjoyed Mary Beth and her twin brother, Johnny's attempts to identify the person who has encroached on their secret place. It was almost like taking a trip down memory lane to those first childhood detective stories I'd read before. The real story of A Summer Secret is how Mary Beth and Johnny handle what happens after discovering Sawyer, the orphaned runaway they find hiding in the old barn. True to their upbringing, the twins try their best to help Sawyer without frightening him off but soon realize they may have bitten off more than they can chew. I found this part of the story engrossing; Sawyer's fears of being dragged back to the foster home and the twins dilemma on how to get help for Sawyer while keeping him hidden engaged both my sympathy and interest. Best of all is the depiction of the main protagonist's character. Mary Beth is a very real 13-year old. She's responsible and wants more than anything to be thought of as dependable by her parents but she also isn't averse to disobeying them when she believes she can away with it. Of course, she does learn the importance of adhering to her parents' injunctions at the end of the story but she wouldn't be a believable person without these moments of defiance. As a plus, I got a glimpse into the lives of the Amish. At first, there is a sense of incredulity. It was as if these people had been displaced by time. Once you get used to it however, it is just a different way to live. The only negative for me was the resolution of Sawyer's problem at the end. I find it very hard to believe that things could be so easily solved. I love happy endings but I just find the answer to Sawyer's situation a bit hard to swallow. Still, A Summer Secret is an enjoyable enough read. I wouldn't purposefully search out the next book in the series but I wouldn't reject it either if I came across the book. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I am not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.
historygirl2008AS More than 1 year ago
This book was good. It is worth a read. It was a different type of book for me to read because it was Amish fiction and I have not read any Amish books before (but Ive been to the Amish area many times), this book was actually a mystery but most of the book didnt feel like it was a mystery. I think this is a good book for teens or adults to read I mean there was nothing fantastic about it but like I said before its worth a read.
ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
This book is about a 13 year old Amish girl named Mary Beth. Having younger brothers she must find a place of her own. She decides on a old abandoned barn. Although she thinks it is her own secret - it turns out others also share in the same secret. There seems to be some growing up to do! This book deserves 5 stars. I would allow my children to read it and learn more about the unknown culture of the Amish. It was clean and very easy to read. I loved the story and the encouragement through out the book. It was nice to see a good story for younger readers with a wholesome meaning. I would definitely recommend this book to adults as well, although it is meant for young readers! Blessings to you! You are loved! Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.
JDyan More than 1 year ago
Mary Beth is a thirteen year old Amish girl living in Ohio. Having three brothers to look after and being the only girl is a challenge especially when she adds babysitting to her already long list of chores she is responsible for. The only time she has any privacy is when she finds time to sneak away to the condemned barn across the field even though her parents have forbidden her from going there but its the only place she has peace and quiet. I absolutely loved this book! It was so heartfelt; tears were brought to my eyes. In the beginning I was very skeptical about reading a book about the Amish being that I didn't know very much about them, I prepared myself for the worst. It broke my heart to read about the Yankee boy's young life story and even though he is a fictional character I know that many children today are going through the same things. Being a children's book I was surprised at how inspiring " A Summer Secret" was. It made me realize how grateful I am for my family. The generosity Marybeth and her twin brother showed towards the Yankee gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. I was expecting a cute little romance to blossom between Mary Beth and the boy. Kathleen Fuller did an excellent job with "A Summer Secret", it definitely stirred some deep emotions and I recommend this book to everyone regardless of age or religion.
Kelsey91 More than 1 year ago
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.
cleffairy More than 1 year ago
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.
mvl More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of new series Mysteries of Middlefield, written by Kathleen Fuller, an author of Amish novels. With more of a young adult approach here, Fuller does well in appealing to both young people - girls and boys - and adults who want to lose themselves in a tale of a simpler way of life. Female readers in particular can identify with the plight of Mary Beth, 13, as she seeks her own special place away from the demands of chores and family responsibility. Yet Mary Beth's chosen place is an old barn that she has forbidden to go to. She is startled to find someone else has been visiting - her first clue is a button she finds lying in the hay, which, as she notes, is not used by the Amish (they use pins to fashion their clothes). It's details like these that will help captivate readers of any age as they learn about another culture. Whether or not you are currently a fan of Amish literature, you may be surprised to find out how much you enjoy the book. My only criticism is that the mystery itself was not very suspenseful - but I enjoyed the book's attention to detail and cultural insight so much that I hardly cared. Just a note: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for an honest review, and I was not required to write a positive review.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
A Summer Secret By: Kathleen Fuller This is another great story by Kathleen Fuller. A Summer Secret is about an Amish girl, Mary Beth, who finds a Yankee boy, Sawyer, in an abandoned barn-which is where she escapes to when she needs time alone. Mary Beth, and her brother Johnny, discover Sawyer hiding out in the barn. They decide to keep him a secret from their parents. This is the story of how faith and trust come into play in ordinary lives. Read about Mary Beth's journey from a young girl-wanting to slip away for some alone time, to a young adult-realizing what family, love, and trust is all about. I really liked this book; once I started it, I couldn't put it down. Kathleen Fuller has done her research on Amish families and ways of life. Whatever is going on in the story, she explains it so the reader can see what is happening. This is the book for a great Christian Amish romance. Finding out what caused Sawyer to be in the barn to begin with-and what happens to him in the end-keeps you intrigued throughout the book.
C_Chu More than 1 year ago
A young Amish teenager named Mary Beth Mullet has brothers that drive her crazy, and sometimes she just needs a place to get away and have a moment to herself. She escapes the noise and constant chores in an abandoned barn near her family's farm-a barn she's been told to stay away from, because it's likely to collapse. One day she finds out she isn't the only one using it as a hideout. Should Mary Beth reveal the truth, even though the secret isn't hers to keep? This book has a solid storyline and well-formed characters. Female readers at the middle-grade level will easily identify with the thirteen-year-old main character, despite the different vocabulary and lifestyle of the Amish culture. The descriptions of modern Amish life were well integrated into the story. While informative, the author's portrayal of Amish clothing and customs set the scene in a natural way. The main character's reliance on her faith is evident, though it does not feel forced to get a message across. This book is well written and even paced, though the plot is a bit predictable. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the series Mysteries of Middlefield. Mary Beth is 13, with three brothers, including her twin, Johnny. Being the only girl, she feels the need for a place of her own, to think, write, and draw, and just get away from her brothers teasing and tricks. She discovers that place, in an old barn near their home, and even though she is forbidden to go there, she continues slipping away to her secret hideaway. Johnny follows her, and wants to share. Then they discover that some else has been using the barn and has eaten the snacks, and drank the juice boxes Mary Beth has left. They finally meet Sawyer, who is a orphan, his parents had been killed in an auto accident. He has run away from foster care, after being mistreated. They start slipping food from their home, and clean clothes to him, and even invite him into their home while their parents are away. Mary Beth soon gets irritated at Sawyer, when she finds he has read her journal, where she has written down her private thoughts, and he runs away. The barn catches fire, and they fear that Sawyer is inside. Though this book is meant for younger readers, I must say that I enjoyed it a lot. It is well written with a very good theme, and I'm glad I had the chance to review it. I'm going to read the rest of the series, as it is published. Tommy Nelson a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers 268 pages I recived no compensation for this review other than a copy of this book from BookSneeze. Opinions expressed here are my own.
NCgramof2 More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book this morning and sat down to read it, and ended up finishing the book! Delightful mystery! I love the combination of young Amish lives mixed with Godly lessons and suspense. I laughed, I prayed and I was intrigued by the mystery through out the whole book....and I'm a grandma! But this is certainly a book I wouldn't mind reading again. Kathleen Fuller knew how to create magnificent novels for adults and now she has found a wonderful, clean way to include teens in better genre of books. She packs this book full of lessons, but does so in a way that will hook the young reader and keep them guessing til the end. This is a book that I would recommend to all the young readers out there. It is something I wish my daughter had growing up! Kudos to Kathleen for a great job! ~A Copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. ~I do not receive financial compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary review books to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review.~
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Doesnt the oeader pay attention to shimmerit?
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