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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country, is a former schoolteacher, an accomplished musician, and an award-winning author of more than eighty books, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times. Her novel The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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35 of 36 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 Kindle Customer - 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.
28 of 31 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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Incomplete April 4 2011
By micmac - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is really more like a long chapter in a book than a book itself -- too many loose ends Sept. 12 2009
By M. C. Crammer - Published on
Format: Paperback
There's a difference between a series of books (many of the same characters, different stories) and a serial -- a book that's published in chapters. This book had so many unresolved plot lines at the end that it was like reading a chapter in a magazine where you have to wait until next month to find out what happens next. That widespread lack of resolution in the plot lines kept me from giving this book four stars.

Additionally, I thought the pace was a bit slow -- you could have edited 30-40 pages out easily, and should have. Too much time is spent describing characters' brooding thoughts -- and there's a lot of brooding in this book -- when thoughts are best expressed by actions and, to a lesser extent, dialogue.

One plot line involves an Amish family, in which Grace is the central character. There's a secret in the family that's making Grace's mother very unhappy -- so unhappy that she takes to wandering around the countryside at night. Her unhappiness is bothering everyone in the family. Grace is being courted by a young man, so there's a plot line involving that, as well.

Another plot line involves Heather, a non-Amish young woman (an Englischer) who comes to stay as a boarder with an Amish family for the summer. It's never clear how she got the money to do that, since she's a student. It also doesn't adequately explain adequately how or why she would choose to work on her thesis (on her laptop) in a house without electricity. Having several batteries is not only very expensive, but you have to take the laptop and wait for many hours to get them all recharged. Then there's Heather's serious illness -- she has a rather unbelievable response to that, as well.

I'll probably give up and buy the next book in the series to find out what happens with all those plotlines (don't expect resolution of any plot lines in this book), but it's annoying -- but I guess it sells books.