Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the sole purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.
If you are a fan of Christian literature or the Amish Literature than boy do I have a book for you? The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis is an awesome work of Christian Fiction. Just read the summary and find out for yourself.
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 Amish man 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?
When I was reading this book, I found myself wondering if I would make the choice that Jenny makes to leave the modern world to live in a world without technology and modern conveniences. I will admit that it would be very hard to make those sacrifices. Heavens know, I can’t live without my iPad, iPhone, computer and television. In fact as I am typing these words I am watching a Betrayal (my new obsession) on my iPad. Too many times we make fun of those that different, shouldn’t we embrace those that are different and learn to become different ourselves.
I cannot say that I yearn for the simple life like Jenny did because I sometimes get caught in the ways of the world. I have always loved the simple ways but as Jenny finds out that she has to learn to stand by her own convictions. She has to learn that protecting the ones she cares about makes it hard sometimes to be a part of the society that she longs to belong too. Jenny learns that she may not be able to make a life as a plain woman because of the secret she keeps.
This book has everything that you can imagine. It is strong in Christian references, a love story in the making and an awesome study of the differences in the Amish culture.
I have always been a big fan of Beverly Lewis. This book does not disappoint, in fact I think it is one of the best stories she has ever written.
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