written by Shelley Gray
I've read many books about the Amish. Most of them involve teenage Amish during their "wild years" and Amish doing very non-Amish things. This book, Her Secret, is a nice switch from that. I wouldn't say it portrays a typical Amish family but it does a good job of helping the reader relate to the family that struggles to handle things in their own way. The parents try to protect their kids by hiding from them and running away from problems and the oldest girl deals with guilt and blame over everything that is happening.
The contrast between the main character's family and a neighboring family creates a longing that is satisfied as the book progresses and everyone learns to work through their problems.
There is a gentle love story in this book that is painted against the agitation of an infatuation that turns into stalking and a family being completely uprooted. It takes the love and help of friends (and those who turn into more than just friends) to pull main-character Hannah out of the depression and fear she has closed around herself.
Though this book deals with many things between a stalker, men and women, and even talk of marriage, the book stays very modest and would be a permissible read for even the more protected of teens. There is some violence and kidnapping but all done tactfully and without any comment to the what-could-have-been's that we hear on the news in real life.
It was a pleasant read and I was able to finish it in about a 24-hour span. Much faster than I had planned on reading, but once I started I didn't want to stop. It is a page turner, comfortably predictable with delight as it ends happily. A book you close with a happy sigh.
This book was sent to me from litfuse publicity group in exchange for my writing this unbiased opinion.