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Shelley Shepard Gray

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Nov. 1 2008 Center Point Christian Romance (Large Print)

When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side.

Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe—the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brenneman. The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing, and help around the inn.

Katie's older brother Henry is the only one who doesn't take too kindly to the intrusion. He tries to ignore Anna, knowing no good would ever come from caring for an Englisher like her. But as he gets to know Anna, he discovers her good heart and is surprised with her readiness to accept their lifestyle.

The more time Anna spends with the Amish, the more she feels she's found a true home. But how can she deny the life she left behind? And will her chance for happiness be stolen away by the man from her past?

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Pub; Lrg edition (Nov. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602852936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602852938
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,431,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  68 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Aug. 7 2008
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
Anna has finally seen her abusive boyfriend for what he is, an overgrown bully, and she knows that she will have to go into hiding to escape him. Since Ron has completely bamboozled her family and support system she knows of only one place to run. She runs to the place where she has always felt completely safe - the Brenneman's Bed and Breakfast. Anna does not have much trouble fitting into the Brenneman's simple way of life as Amish plain folk, and it actually seems to help her to decide what she really wants out of life. Anna is glad she and Katie have stayed friends since the quilting class she took years ago. Now if only Katie's brother Henry would just stop jumping to conclusions about her.

The longer she stays the more she figures out what she wants in life. And the more that Henry learns where he might have misjudged her. Will Anna decide what is best for her or will Ron catch up with her? And will her parents abide by her decisions?

Hidden was a sweet and thoughtful story surrounding not just the simple lifestyle of the Amish. It deals with an individual's real path in life and also deals with actions of abuse, and how someone might get in too deep to see what is happening. I found I was drawn into this story from the beginning and when it ended I was hoping the next book in the series was already out, I'm not that lucky and am now left impatiently waiting for it to be printed. But, that is ok as it will allow me to share my thoughts on Hidden. I think Ms. Shepard Gray did a fine job in telling the story of Anna and what is really important in her life and where she is the most comfortable. It also shows the strength of a community that many see as too simple. I thoroughly enjoyed Hidden and hope you will also.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st book kicks off series right July 2 2008
By Christina Lockstein - Published on Amazon.com
Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in the Sisters of the Heart series. Anna flees her abusive, powerful boyfriend Rob by going to Ohio's Amish country where her Amish friend Katie lives. Katie's family takes Anna in, and she adopts their clothing and ways in order to hide in their B&B. But Katie's older brother Henry takes an instant dislike to Anna with her fashionable clothing and makeup for bringing possible danger to his family's doorstep. Anna quickly falls in love with the Amish way of life: no constant noise, working together, simple clothing, and time to think and focus on God, and her search for the self that has been hidden is really the most powerful part of the book. Anna's relationship with her parents is very sad and all too realistic. The home she finds with the Amish allows her to become more and rather than remain hidden, for the first time, she finds her true identity. Gray's book is a wonderful story of faith and romance.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIDDEN * ( SISTERS OF THE HEART Aug. 17 2008
By June C. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable for a quick read June 1 2011
By Elena - Published on Amazon.com
I found this book in a second-hand bookstore. It was enjoyable enough for a quick read, but the book was too short to appropriately handle the subject matter of domestic violence. It seems difficult to believe that Anna's parents didn't listen at all when she tells them she is afraid of Rob. It was completely unbelievable that once they had doubts about him they would let him search her room trying to find out where she had run.

Also, her quick immersion into the Amish way of life, and her decision to join, was not believable at all. Not to mention how quickly she was accepted as a fiance for the Amish son. Having previously lived in an area close to the Amish, I know this wouldn't happen.

Like I said, easy to read, but it skims the issues too lightly, can't take it seriously and wouldn't read any more in this genre by this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! June 26 2008
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Anna has fallen in love with the wrong man. Rob Peterson is a well-known Cincinnati lawyer running for a seat in the House of Representatives who is accustomed to getting his way. Anna's parents are so impressed by their daughter's beau they urge her to stay with him even as she tells them she needs to get away. Walking away from Rob is just another example of her quitting.

Rob's need to control sometimes turns to violence. The police don't believe Anna so she feels the need to run and hide. Going undercover in an Amish community where her childhood friend, Katie, lives seems to be the safest thing to do. Katie's brother Henry doesn't seem to approve of her being there and fears she will bring danger to his family as she works in their bed and breakfast.

Rob visits Anna's parents and his anger and bullying make them wonder if she's in danger. She said she was going to the beach with friends, but she didn't take her suitcases or swimsuits. Something is terribly wrong.

While her parents and fiancé look for her, Anna becomes aware of how her life needs to change. Her Amish friends live so simply, yet so fully. Can she give up the lifestyle she knows for the life she needs? Will Henry be a part of her new life even though he has been deeply hurt by a woman who left him for an Englisher?

Shelley Gray's characters deal with real life, real love and real redemption. Can Anna forgive Rob yet again, or her parents? Can Henry forgive the woman from his past in order to love the woman who could be his future? When the world seems to have turned against her, Anna must seek God's will in her life. Repentance and forgiveness ring loudly in this first Christian book for the award-winning romance writer Shelley Galloway.

Armchair Interviews says: Reading this first in the new Sisters of the Heart series will make you anxious to read the second.

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