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  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Oasis Audiobooks; Abridged edition (Dec 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598595539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598595536
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #750,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Graf-Martin on April 28 2009
Format: Paperback
I can understand why Beverly Lewis has addicted fans... this story left me longing for more and waiting for the next in the series (coming this fall, fortunately!).

Even in a quiet Amish setting, mystery and romance abound, secrets are kept and families struggle. "The Secret" weaves two stories together - that of the Amish Byler family - holding long-time family secrets; and that of Heather - an 'Englischer' outsider facing devestating illness and looking for peace in her mother's beloved Amish country.

I didn't realize that Amish fiction could be gripping and keep me up late at night reading, but Lewis has made it happen.
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The first book in a new series by Beverly Lewis, The Secret tells the story of Grace Byler, an Amish girl who lives in a house of secrets. Her mother wanders the house at night, pale and tearful, but will not open up to her family the reason for her distress. Her father remains silent, leaving Grace and her siblings confused and concerned. What is the deep and painful mystery that holds this family?

I found this book to be very slow moving, even compared to Lewis' other books about the Amish community. Also, the ending left me with a lot of questions unanswered. I would like to see this series bound together as a 3- or 4-in-1 book at some point, as I feel that would create better continuity for the reader. As it stands, I think this book on its own is not as strong as it could have been, but is still quite intriguing.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
a delightful peek at modern Amish life April 4 2009
By Richard Cumming - Published on
Format: Paperback
Beverly Lewis has forged a splendid career with her realistic depictions of modern day Amish life in America. This latest is the first in her Seasons of Grace series. Grace is a young, unmarried Amish woman living with her parents in Pennsylvania Dutch country. She has a part time job in a health food store which exposes her to non-Amish life.

This book is about a family secret that is troubling her mother and that her father is pretending does not exist. As readers learn about Grace's aspirations in life we are immersed in the deeply religious and very human world of the Amish. There's a romantic echo in these gentle pages. It is no surprise that Lewis has a huge following these days. It's delightful stuff!
61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Just depressing and I could not finish it April 16 2009
By Margaret C. - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am taking out the book mark at page 265. I just cannot continue. Nothing pleasant has happened so far in the entire more than two hundred and fifty pages minus one paragraph. Many things are going on, yet every single one is depressing with no reprieve. I have read a handful of reviews so far that love the story and the presentation of the Amish lives through the novel. This book for me just is not happening.

In the past, I have read several titles by Beverly Lewis and loved them. This one is just dull and bland and I cannot continue it. There are too many dozens of books to be read. I spent three days and more pages and effort than I should have. Some already have, and some will love this book, but I do not and I do not recommend it. It could turn around, but you need some relief in the hours of depression and pain and this so far has not had it.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The Secret May 23 2009
By B. MacFetters - Published on
Format: Paperback
Beverly Lewis is, by far, my favorite author of "Amish books", or "Bonnet Books" as Time magazine labeled them in a recent article. I have read every one she's written. Once I pick up one of her books, I have trouble putting it down. I love her characters, her depiction of Amish life, and her style of writing. Not so with this book. I had trouble reading this one. I actually find it hard to believe Mrs. Lewis wrote this book. It is nothing like any of her previous works. I was never comfortable with these characters, nor with the way they treat each other. They are very different from her usual characters; they even speak differently. Normally I finish Mrs. Lewis' books in two or three sittings. I devour her books and find it hard to wait for the next one. It took me two WEEKS and much determination to finish this one - and I did only because it's Beverly Lewis. Now I will pass it on to my mom as I've done with all the others. She loves them as much as I do and often finishes these books in one sitting! I'm anxious to know what she will think of this latest one. I hope Mrs. Lewis' upcoming books will be better than The Secret.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Incomplete April 4 2011
By micmac - Published on
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This is the first book by Beverly Lewis that I have read. While I enjoyed parts of the story, it is not fair to call it a book. A book should be able to stand alone. This one clearly cannot. She didn't even attempt a conclusion. It is just the end of a chapter, leaving the story/book incomplete. There wasn't any resolution, just lots of loose threads. One of my English professors said a loose thread or two can be overlooked in a great piece of literature, but never in anything less.(And very rarely will you find any in great literature!) I cannot imagine purchasing two more books on the hope that she may tie off those threads and finish what should have been one book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
OK ... though it felt like a middle grade book ... with adult topics April 3 2011
By Luna - Published on
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I read this because I like Amish books for a light, quick read, so long as I get them free or cheap. This one was free.

Frankly, it's a boring read, but it doesn't have to be. This book has potential, but it is too slow-moving, and by the time I realised there would be no resolution (ending) to the story in this book, I wwas almost done. I refuse to purchase the remaining two books to finish the story, as really this should have been one good novel, rather than a boring series.

The subject matter is good, though perhaps misplaced in an Amish community ... I don't know enough to say. It did not ring true to me and even though you know by the end of the book where it is going, the modern Heather is more an annoyance in this first book of the series than an addition to it.

Just not very convincing or enticing.

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