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The Secret Audiobook

The Secret: Seasons of Grace, Book 1

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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)

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    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 01-02-11
    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2016

    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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    Norm 03-20-15
    Norm 03-20-15
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    "Not my favorite Amish/Lewis story"

    Reader had strong articulation, but her little girl voice distracted throughout. Slow story line. It felt like she was drawing it out to have enough for a series. Overall, pleasant...but I wouldn't buy again if I had it to do over.

    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 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 1 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 2017

    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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    mary 01-03-17
    mary 01-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "not really sure what I thought when I chose the b"

    will be asking for refund. did not have an interest in this book. sorry it didn't hold my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Music109 United States 12-14-16
    Music109 United States 12-14-16 Member Since 2014

    I love to read and I love listening to books. I like a variety of reads. Love mysteries and Amish.

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    "Narration brings the book down"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to the story was great, but the narrator was not fit for this particular genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grace, she seemed to be the one the story relied on.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rachel Botchan?

    Not sure, but definitely not her.


    Do you think The Secret needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, and it has one!


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator had awkward pauses before trying to pronounce the Amish terms. Many of which she did not pronounce correctly. I would give the book 5 stars if it hadn't been for her. Beverly Lewis does not dissappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 11-19-16
    Molly 11-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Okay story but way too long"

    I felt like this was such an anticlimactic story. It took a while to finally get to the point of what the secret is. While I understand the secret is a good one for Amish community I saw it coming as soon as the books said her mother was bothered and a man she knew Samuel. I feel like this book could have left out a lot of what the characters were feeling cause it was just in repeat the confusion and hurt. To me it was like okay I understand you're confused please lets get somewhere. I understand this book is a series. I will not be purchasing the next one. The whole book would have been better had the author shortened it and put all of the books together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances P Blackford 11-18-16 Member Since 2016

    franforchrist

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    "Disappointing"

    I usually love Beverly Lewis but this story really could be complete in one book. seems an attempt to drag out to 3...full of mundane sentences...things of no importance to fill pages in an attempt to stretch it out. I almost returned it twice but I kept waiting for it to pick up.

    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 Member Since 2017
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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 2012
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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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