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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait for the Followup!
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...
Published on April 28 2009 by Ellen Graf-Martin

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3.0 out of 5 stars A cliff-hanger
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...
Published on Aug. 4 2009 by Jolene Togeretz


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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait for the Followup!, April 28 2009
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A cliff-hanger, Aug. 4 2009
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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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