I've always been curious about the steps one must take in order to become Amish. As a result of the recent flood of Amish fiction books, I've read several stories about people leaving the Amish church. However, I had yet to discover a book explaining the opposite process. That is why I was pleasantly surprised when Beverly Lewis wrote about this topic in The Secret Keeper, the fourth book in the Hickory Hollow series.
Here's a brief description from the back cover :
Jennifer Burns shocks her family and friends when she bids farewell to her modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world, settling in with Samuel and Rebecca Lapp.Throughout the book, the characters make social comments about abandoning wealth and frivolity in exchange for a simpler lifestyle. It highlights both the negative aspects of legalism within the Amish church and the benefits of adhering to the rigid Amish lifestyle. I felt that Lewis did a fairly good job of presenting a realistic view of the Amish.
The people of Hickory Hollow are curious about the beautiful young seeker among them--one handsome Amishman in particular--and Jenny faces many challenges in the Proving time the brethren set for her...challenges of the heart, as well as the spirit.
One thing that I really liked about The Secret Keeper was that mentioned characters from some of Beverly Lewis' earliest books, including the very famous novel The Shunning. For a girl who loves to dream about how her favorite literary characters' lives turn out, this was certainly a treat!
I don't have any complaints about this book. In order to be fair, however, I must caution potential readers that The Secret Keeper is very predictable and slow-paced. That said many, including myself, enjoy Lewis' fiction because of the predictable happy endings, descriptions of a simple lifestyle, and calming pace.
All in all, this was an interesting book that presented a counter-cultural view on achieving a simple lifestyle. I give this book four out of five stars.
This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.