on August 4, 2009
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.