Hannah has a good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, and a wonderful Amish community are only a few of her daily blessings. But she has carried a heavy burden for years: a secret that no one must know. When tragedy strikes, her secret threatens to be revealed, jeopardizing everything she's ever loved. Will Hannah be able to face her greatest fear and find God's purpose for her life?
©2013 J.E.B. Spredemann (P)2013 J.E.B. Spredemann
This was the first book I've read (listened to) by this author. I plan to read many more because I enjoyed this one so much.
Hannah lives with a secret that she has shared with no one. It's amazing how one secret can affect so many people but this story illustrates just how that can happen.
Hannah grows up with Samuel and Christian who are best friends. Samuel leaves their Amish community without warning but leaves a note behind saying goodbye. Hannah and Christian get married and attempt to start a family when tragedy strikes, threatening to reveal her secret.
This is not your typical "feel good" Amish novel. It brings up real-life situations that can, and do, happen and the harsh consequences of our decisions. Because of some bad choices we make, we can struggle with shame, remorse and many more heartbreaking emotions. Fortunately, this story also focuses on forgiveness and trusting in God. If you make it through this book with dry eyes, you are much tougher than me.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting a closer relationship with God or desiring to learn the importance of forgiveness.
I received an audio version of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I have read many amish books but i do think this is one of my favorites!
The Story was written so you could really feel the emotions of the characters.
Voice was very soothing and fit the personality of the characters.
i went through many emotions with the books, from tears of joy to tears of sadness.
I really loved this book, it is the second book i have listen to by this author. Look forward to more.
This book dealt with issues of life that not all Amish books have. I stayed interested throughout the story. There were a few moments when the narrator seemed to have a difficult time making sentences flow smoothly. A couple times there were small annoyances with how she used her voice, but I don't think it was so bad to not listen.
God healing people
Can't say as it is a spoiler.
Yes it is.It was a book that made me think about choices we make and how they affect our lives.
Hannah has a secret, a secret that she thinks is unforgivable.This secret could ruin her marriage and have her shunned. How can she go on with life as this secret affects not only herself, her husband and her family and close friends. Will her husband forgive her and more importantly can God forgive her.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I've long had admiration for the Amish, who after I had grown up, settled in our area in Kentucky, gaining the respect of their neighbors. We often stop and buy baskets and other handmade goods from them when we travel back home, and marvel at their craftsmanship. We have always thought of them as brothers and sisters in Christ. This book touched my heart in ways unimaginable. I have often wondered how these humble, hard working people can exist untouched, and unblemished alongside their "English" neighbors, in a world that is so corrupt and full of temptation. As we have driven past their simple houses, with no electric lines going to or from their homes, and no cars parked in their drive ways, I've contemplated it. For you can see their black buggies at Wal-mart sometimes, they must venture out into the "English" world . . . to be in it but not "of" it. Just as all Christians must . . . but the rest of us, at least we THINK we have put on a little armor . . . This book, An Unforgivable Secret, gives us all a deeper look into Amish life . . . and for me, a greater hope that His mercy penetrates deep into all who would call themselves His servants.
I really enjoyed this book, it covered a very difficult topic and did it well. It really touched my heart.
Lisa did a wonderful job narrating this story, especially with all the different characters. She brought each of them alive and truly an individual.
A great read, well written and will truly touch not just your heart but your soul.
DJW in San Diego
The story goes on forever, many times after great places to stop. About 3/4 of the way through, when I had invested too much time to quit, it turned out to be an anti-choice tract, followed by heavy doses of religion. Amish girl cheats on fiance, gets preggers, in desperation has abortion, then can no longer have babies (doppilies), has to go to 'Englishers" (Christians) to get cured of post-abortion trauma. She tries but fails to become an anit-abortion activist, standing in front of clinics to stop girls from going in. She ends up adopting a "doppily" from a teen mother as her penance to "herr" (god). The story was cute and well-developed, but way too long, and aimed at adolescent girls. Nothing in the book really says much to prevent teen pregnancies, just to condemn termination. The religious angle should have been made clear (other than that it was Amish) in the synopsis, as this is one factor that would absolutely stop me from buying the book.
That it took WAY too long to get to it.
She does have a very comforting, gentle voice, but not monotonous. Her voice was animated enough that I maintained interest in the story.
Many many times the narrator seemed not to be aware of the tone, inflection, etc, that the author obviously had in mind. It was distracting and I had to stop and think what a sentence really "meant" as opposed to a rote recitation of the words.
Unless you like teen girl directed, Christian, anti-choice literature, pass this one up - and probably all of the author's novels.
The story was too predictable. The book seemed very juvenile. I might possibly have loved this book when I was 13, but being the reverse of that I was left wanting more substance.
I really don't know how this book has been rated as highly as it has been.
Maybe not the genre, but definitely the author. The only reason I even made it through to the end was that I was listening to it with a friend on a road trip. She felt the same way about the book, predictable and meant for a younger audience.
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