I really enjoyed Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis and read it in just a few days! This is the first of Beverly Lewis's books that I have read mainly because I live in the heart of Amish Country, Ohio and was not interested in reading about their daily lives in story form since I see them on nearly a daily basis. However, this book intrigued me when I read that it was about an English girl who longed to become Amish. I have often wondered if it were even possible for an English man or woman to join the Amish Community and whether or not they would ever be accepted if they were able to join. That is precisely what this book is about. Jenny Burns lives in Connecticut and has always been interested in the Plain People. However, her family always made light of it until one day when Jenny tells them she is leaving and has sold all of her belongings...but doesn't tell them where she is going until a couple of weeks later. Through a newfound Amish friend, Marnie, who she met at a Farmer's Market a few years ago, Jenny was given the opportunity to live with an Amish family and learn their ways. She can get a first-hand look into Amish life and decide whether or not it is something she would like to pursue. During those first few weeks she knows without a doubt that Hickory Hollow is the place for her! Her family of course things she's crazy, and sometimes she wonders herself if she is, but it feels like home to her.
Her hosts, Samuel and Rebecca Lapp, are gracious hosts and wonderful teachers, but Rebecca Lapp has a secret. Jenny catches Rebecca doing something that is not accepted in the Community and she asks Jenny to keep it a secret from the bishop. But later the bishop inquires as to whether she knows anything regarding it and Jenny is forced to decide. Should she tell the bishop and ruin Rebecca or should she keep the secret and risk not being found worthy at The Proving, where the bishop decides if she possesses enough qualities to become Amish? Jenny has a hard decision to make, but all the while she leans on God to help her through and to know what is best for her.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for this honest review.