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The Secret: Seasons of Grace, Book 1 | [Beverly Lewis]

The Secret: Seasons of Grace, Book 1

The Secret by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis is a compelling portrait of an Amish family's struggle to overcome the effects of a baffling secret. Soon-tobe-engaged Grace Byler is perplexed by her mom's nocturnal weeping and wandering - and her dad's refusal to discuss what's wrong. But when her mom runs off, Grace puts her own life on hold to pick up the pieces her mother left behind.
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Publisher's Summary

The Secret by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis, is a compelling portrait of an Amish family's struggle to overcome the effects of a baffling secret.

Soon-to-be-engaged Grace Byler is perplexed by her mom's nocturnal weeping and wandering - and her dad's refusal to discuss what's wrong. But when her mom runs off, Grace puts her own life on hold to pick up the pieces her mother left behind.

©2009 Beverly M. Lewis; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Two young women, Amish Grace Byler and graduate student Heather Nelson, stand as counterpoints in parallel plots involving two secrets. Grace's mother is troubled; Heather, whose mother has died of cancer, tells no one in her circle of her own diagnosis of terminal illness, which drives her to Pennsylvania Amish country in search of healing. Grace's mother makes a decision that painfully complicates the action and drives it forward. Grace, her family and friends and the Amish milieu are drawn with characteristically ample detail, right down to jars of preserves set out on the tables at many bountiful Amish meals. Lots of powerful emotions go characteristically unspoken in this reticent culture, though the reader won't miss them." (Publishers Weekly)
"No one does Amish-based inspirationals better than Lewis." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 01-02-11
    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2009

    West Sunbury, Pa.

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    "Enjoy all of Beverly's books"

    I enjoy all the books that Beverly Lewis has written. I am intrigued with the Amish stories. This series is one that you must listen to all three books to find out the ending. If you want a wholesome, clean series, this is the one for you. Take time to share these with the young people in your home.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-06-10
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-06-10 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "good story"

    Beverly Lewis' books start out slower than Cindy Woodsmall's but once they get going she spins a good sory. The Secret could be written in any setting but this author writes with Amish ones. You learn about Amish life and realize they have hopes, dreams, and lives just like everybody else. This book answers what the secret is but it leaves enough mystery hanging that you know you are going too read book two to experience what happens. Sometimes I'm not sure why I enjoy these books but I do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen La Crescenta, CA, United States 02-13-13
    Karen La Crescenta, CA, United States 02-13-13
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    "Book is only a teaser--Do no fall for it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I purchase a book to finish at least part of the story--this was like a soap with NO answers.Just a teaser to buy more books....I will not be purchasing her books again. $60 to read one story and get it finished.


    What was most disappointing about Beverly Lewis’s story?

    Did not fill in one blank. Not one story line was completed! I feel she was looking to make lots of money and just devided one book into thirds.


    What about Rachel Botchan’s performance did you like?

    She did a nice job and I found her voice easy to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE


    Any additional comments?

    These three should be sold as one....that is how I feel I have been cheated. I have read other series that move on to different stories, but they finish the first leg of the story and then move on. She opened 3 stories and did not finish even one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becky PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States 09-07-12
    Becky PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States 09-07-12
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    "great start!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret the most enjoyable?

    I love beverly lewis & i can relate to her characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    mama she stood her ground for doing what she felt was righr


    What does Rachel Botchan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    i actually prefer other narrators but prefer to listen as i spend so much time on rd.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no im a health care provider & cant sit long unless in my car!


    Any additional comments?

    I was raised in a strict christian home parents make decisions they feel are best for their children beverly lewis writes alot of memories similar to my childhood even though not amish. Great stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Mesquite, TX, USA 05-29-10
    Jackie Mesquite, TX, USA 05-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic Amish series"

    Beverly Lewis is the best known amish story teller. I really like book series, in triology sets. I use a creative zen to download my audibles and listen to them at night before bed, and while exercising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Church Road, VA, United States 04-29-10
    Janice Church Road, VA, United States 04-29-10
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    "I Love Beverly Lewis!!"

    This is awesome - just like Book #2 and I can hardly wait for #3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Menominee, MI, USA 04-15-10
    Beth Menominee, MI, USA 04-15-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Very intriguing"

    Love Beverly Lewis's stories. They always hold your attention from start to finish and this one is no exception. Great start to the series....can't wait to start book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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