Monday, October 7, 2013

Book Review: The Secret Keeper

I'll admit I'm a sucker for Amish Fiction.  While the storylines do sometimes get repetitive, I time and again find myself entranced in the story's of Old World Amish, the characters, and the constant search for freedom in Christ.  Beverly Lewis is the original author of this genre and can tell a tale of these people like no other.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read her latest The Secret Keeper which is actually a continuation of her stories of Hickory Hollow and the Lapp family.

The Secret Keeper picks up 6 years after the last Lapp family book left off.  Katie Lapp has been under the strict Baan with her husband for 6 years.  Her and Daniel settle into a mennonite lifestyle in a neighboring village while her parents struggle with the loss of their daughter and now the realization they have also lost the grandchildren from that union.  Rebecca Lapp faces daily reminders of her daughter and all that could have been while her husband quietly soldiers on.  The story in this novel focuses on an Englisher coming to attempt to become Amish.  Jenny's heart seeks answers and simplicity.  Taken in by the Lapps and with their help she hopes to prove herself worthy of becoming an Old Order Amish member.

What I loved about this book is that it wasn't merely the typical Fancy vs. Amish world or toil between having to chose which life to lead, but it brought about the spiritual decision that it would bring.  While the Old Order Amish are very religious, they do hold their bishops at almost a higher place than Christ. They serve rules over forgiveness.  They also discourage self study of the scriptures.  The Secret Keeper brings about the desires of Amish youth to find out their faith for themselves and the decision could cost them everything.  I really enjoyed learning about more of the Lapp family history and characters.  While traditional Lewis writing, it was surprisingly fresh in its approach.

If you love Beverly Lewis, you will not be disappointed in this classic Lewis storytelling.

*In exchange for my honest review I was given a copy of the book by Bethany House Publishers.