For most of her life Jenny Burns has felt out of place in the modern world and drawn towards the simple Amish life. No one seems to understand her longings especially when she decides to leave her modern life and join the Amish community of Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania. She moves in with Samuel and Rebecca Lapp, who lost their daughter Katie to the English world, and begins her Proving before she can join the community.
Everyone is curious about her, especially one young Amish man, and Jenny faces many challenges during her proving. Will she be able to pass and become part of the community? Find out in The Secret Keeper book four of the “Home to Hickory Hollow” series by Beverly Lewis.
I really enjoyed this book! Like many Amish fiction readers I have often wondered what it would be like as an Englisher to join the Amish world. (Not that I have any plans to) Lewis gives us a taste here of what it would be like, and I found it fascinating!
Lewis gives her fans here a bonus too. If you are familiar with her “Heritage of Lancaster County” series, you should recognize Samuel and Rebecca Lapp’s names, along with their daughter Katie. Lewis continues their story here along with telling Jenny’s. It was wonderful to revisit some of my favorite characters and see their stories brought to a stronger resolution.
The potential danger of keeping secrets is a major theme in this book. Rebecca confides a secret to Jenny and asks her to keep it, but Jenny struggles with whether or not she should tell the Brethren, since she is in the midst of her Proving. It affects her personally as she tries to become part of the community and causes her to struggle in her faith.
On the whole, this is a wonderful book that will appeal to fans of Amish fiction and Beverly Lewis. I give it five out of five stars.
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